Author: Kaylie Austen
Release Date: May 1, 2013
"And with that thought, the steady and thick cloud suddenly erupted and disintegrated into the night sky, once again revealing the silver moon which we both desired."
I found Hellhound while searching through Goodreads and it sounded absolutely amazing, so I got it.
Austen's writing is spectacular and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. The only problem is that many, many chapters just lagged on and on with no end in sight. I almost fell asleep from boredom in many parts, so that wasn't very fun.
There is a ton of deep self-reflection, so don't read this book if you don't like delving into character's emotions. The narration was very heavy and intense, like, heavy heavy.
The "mystery" aspect wasn't that much of a mystery; the murderer's identity was incredibly obvious and I was surprised that Austen would choose that certain character to be the bad guy, because, frankly, a child could have guessed who it was. Yeah, it was bad.
Although, the unique background of Selene and her people piqued my interest, so I enjoyed those parts.
The characters were very involving; they all had their own quirky characteristics that I was thoroughly entertained by. I loved Demetrius, was supremely proud of Selene, aggravated by Angel, infuriated by Claudius, and softened by Elder Augustus.
Overall, I'm giving Hellhound a 3.5/5 because the writing was lyrically lovely, but the mystery murderer's identity was too obvious and there was too much rambling in the narration.