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Last House Burning
by Katy Scott
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 14 October, 2014
When you speak of the Devil, he probably won’t appear. But he may send one of his staff.
In an old house in a deserted, burned-down village, a young woman called Verla lives alone. Year after year she stays there while the world changes around her, no one else ever stepping foot in the village, the people in the nearby towns forgetting she exists. Verla is used to it. It’s the way things have to be.
Until Ben, a bored teenager visiting the area with his family, barges into her life and demands to know her story. He’s strangely drawn to the house and its reclusive occupant, and when he finds out her secret he’s only more determined to help.
But Ben is dealing with forces he never knew existed. As he plunges into the bureaucratic world of Heaven and Hell that Verla is part of, he realises that it’s going to take more than just an appointment at the local office of the underworld if he and Verla plan to face down her devilish foe.
Last House Burning is part urban fantasy and part satire, and answers two important questions. Firstly, what would happen if there were pockets of Hell here on Earth? And secondly, is the Devil really in the detail? (The answer’s yes. Who else would decide that boring paperwork and tedious meetings could ever be a good thing, if not the Devil himself?)
You can find Last House Burning on Goodreads.
The writing was okay. It’s all from Ben’s POV. This is not a long book and you can read it quickly. It’s easy and maybe you fin it fast paced. Sometimes, for me was too much detail of the situations.
Things I liked about the story:
-The Good and Evil things. How the system in these two were, with the different locations and offices.
– The Sentenced and the Caelun, it was different from other books.
– Ben investigating Verla and her story, fighting for her and what’s different from other books: they don’t end up together.
Things I didn’t like that much:
-Ben was exasperating sometimes.
-For me, it was a bit hard to get into the story at the beginning.
-There were ancestor themes in this book too. And with all I think it was a bit too much of themes.
-Don’t expect romance in here. There’s a bit but it’s not the main thing.
-There is mystery at the beginning with all the house and Verla but then the main theme of the book changes.
-I didn’t expect this story to have so much of ‘devil and good’.
Ben: I liked him but he was annoying sometimes.
Verla: She was great. She fighted for what she wanted.
Jamie: A little mysterious at the beginning but he was my fav character in this story.
A story with mystery at the beginning and then some ‘good and bad’ conflict through the book.
Her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett, John Steinbeck, Roald Dahl and Marian Keyes, and she’ll add Louis CK to that list when he finally writes a book.
Katy likes movies, video games, cheese, chocolate and her husband. Probably not in that order though.