I loved this book in the face.
Can I give a shout out both to Bancroft Press, from whence it came, and to Harrison Demchick who is substantially smarter than a sack of hair and actually READ MY BLOG before offering me this book he thought I’d like (take a page, all yous others). VIVE LE PUBLISHERS INDEPENDENT!! In the immortal (and completely apropos of nothing) words of my sister, TAKE NO PRISONERS!!
Speaking of taking no prisoners, so Lucy Burns takes prisoners and then damns them. Wait. I’m getting this all backwards. So once upon a time, Lucy Burns made a deal with the devil, only she didn’t know it, and then the devil started giving her all these things she wanted (like her sister back from a fatal bike accident, or a fierce rack).
Eventually she had to pay the piper (the piper, in this metaphor, being the devil. Stick with me) and she became a Jedi-mind-trick-pulling temptress who lured the damned into her basement (which is also a portal into HELL!!!!!). Totally by appointment, though. Mostly.
So on the one hand she’s having this completely normal life except without her family, because they’d notice that she was turning twenty-nine again, and without any love interests because the big man in the bad place frowns upon that, and without really any friends to speak of. And then on the other hand, she’s Satan’s administrative assistant.
I feel like if I say more words, I will pretty well be spilling the book to you, because it’s a scant 167 pages long. Suffice it to say that Things Get Complicated. Also, wheeeeeeeeeee, tiny books, but also also, boooooooo, because I would have liked more longerness. I mean, there were some chronology problems, like class starts and there’s maybe eight minutes of banter and then HRINNNNNNNNNNG class ends.
Also, more longerness could have drawn out the tension more. It was a little too problemBAMsolution. But it was also awesome, and smart, and hilariously wtf (not, like, Katy-Perry-style-wtf, which is dumb and unnecessary). But don’t take my word for it (no wait, do. But also…), download the first chapter of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns here (I think. I am bad at linking)! Doooooooo it.