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Summary

Sherman had always thought high school was a real drag. He was looking forward to finishing his senior year so that he could coast through college, get a day job, and spend the rest of his life playing video games.

He is used to seeing angels, but when a new girl transfers into his AP physics class, he thinks demons might be more his style.

When his innocent crush leads him to the basement, he finds out that his school is exactly the kind of hellhole he always thought it was; only now he'll be lucky to escape before they eat his soul.

©2016 Michael-Scott Earle (P)2016 Michael-Scott Earle

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-01-17

wild

wow this is entertaining! one nerdy guy that no one can remember well and lots of mythological monster action. some violence and no adult content. I was cracking up over the way Sherman looks at things. short but a great way to distract yourself

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  • Paul
  • 08-03-18

Not Good Enough to buy the next book

Maybe there are people who love this "novel" but it's more like a short story about an 18 year old who is only interesting because he can see past glamour. He is written so stereotypically that it was impossible to identify with him. I did all the things he talked about and liked most of the same things growing up but still c opulent identify with him. the plot is interesting but not enough to get the next book in the series. The narrator nails the protagonist... but the protagonist is a two dimensional caricature of people I knew in high school.

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  • phillip
  • 15-01-17

good

short bou good the only problem was it was a bit heavy on references but not too heavy im looking forward to seeing where it's going

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  • Lexi Michaels
  • 30-12-16

Succubus! Hell High.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael-Scott Earle again?

Maybe. He wrote well, if slightly childishly. This novel had quite a young writing voice which I found quite hard to accept.

Did David Dietz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. Dietz was a very good narrator.

Was Succubus! worth the listening time?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw the plot for this, I thought it would be brilliant, but instead I found it rather lacking; the main character comes across as a stereotypical nerd and is pretty much suffering a case of insta-love with the main female character. Though I feel the insta-love sorta qualifies him for the plot twist at the end. Like seriously dude. She's a succubus. And she never got your name right. Think with your brain for like half a page of this book.

Also the main plot device is never explained and that really bugs me.

I really wanted to like this book... but I just couldn't.

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  • Dakota Murphy George
  • 15-06-18

Short, but funny

I had enjoyed Sherman's character and look forward to hearing how his adventure continues in Satan.

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  • Cazamus
  • 29-04-18

Mindless fun, get it on sale

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really, I got it on sale and while it is good, each part of the series is short, and not worth the price asked per book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Length. The book has no pacing for a rather fun concept.

Which character – as performed by David Dietz – was your favorite?

Sherman was actually fun, David Dietz really got into it, and I have to say that the performance greatly improved the book.

Could you see Succubus! being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not enough to go on for a book or movie.

Any additional comments?

The book has a great idea, with nothing explored or fleshed out. It's fun escapism, that just isn't worth the asking price. At 1.5 hours, it rushes to the end, when I think it would be fun to explore some of the aspects of the MC's life before we are just thrown to the end.

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  • Arthur
  • 18-04-18

Short and fun

Brief experience but comical and fun. I actually went ahead and listened to the other books and they were also enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-04-18

okaaaaay

The book was far to short and guy was way to nerdy. I honestly did not expect it from a book from Michael

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-18

Short but mostly sweet

A very average 1st book the only note worthy part is the amazing performance by the narrator. But is enough to keep me intrested to see the other 2 books which are longer then an hour and a 1/2 -_-

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  • Steve H. Caldwell
  • 01-11-17

Fun dark humor novella.

I read the premise of Hell High and thought it sounded like dark comedy with lots of potential. After reading them, I have to say I was right! A lot of fun dark humor ensues.

Sherman is finally a senior in high school. That doesn't matter much, because a nerdy, anime and comics addicted kid like him, who is literally ignored and overlooked by everyone, even his parents, has no chance to get Charlotte, the girl of his dreams. Sounds like any 80's teen comedy, right? Did I mention that the girl of his dreams has wings and tail? Or that 9 out of 10 students in school is some kind of supernatural creature, whether it be Devil, Vampire, Werewolf, Naga or just about any other creature you can imagine? Sherman has seen them his whole life, so sees nothing unusual in the variety of "people" After following Charlotte as she left the cafeteria in an unusual rush, Sherman follows her into the Boiler room, where she confronts him. He lets slip he can see her true form, which is supposed top be impossible. He lets slip he can see ALL their true forms. This is a problem, since there are many factions actively fighting one another, and they are not allowed to show their true forms on Earth. This is especially a problem since Charlotte has been sent to assassinate a devil, and has been unable to find him so far.

After Charlotte confronts and kills the devil, all hell breaks loose, somewhat literally, as some of his fellow supernaturals of his faction discover his body and give chase. Since there are multiples of them, this doesn't look good for Sherman and Charlotte as they try to escape. After pulling the fire alarm of the school in hopes of escaping from the crowd, they are almost captured. Sherman somehow finds another ability, that of breaking glamours. As every supernatural lays exposed in true form, fights to the death suddenly burst out all throughout the school! The scene is played for laughs and horror at the same time.

Thus starts a wild chase as Charlotte and Sherman have to escape what has become an all out supernatural war. Dodging flying body parts, fireballs and talons, Charlotte and Sherman have to also avoid the faculty, who happen to be huge armed devils. After a harrowing run, Charlotte and Sherman manage to find a place to try and make their escape, and barely escape with their lives. Of course, the escape is to Hell, not exactly a place Sherman wants to visit.

I was really pleased with the characters in this book. Sherman comes across as a real person, and his musing to himself about Charlotte, comics, manga and other pop culture make for some hilarious scenes. Sherman bases his actions a lot of the time on stuff he's seen in comics and manga. Just funny stuff. Charlotte is also a fun character. Going back and forth from teen girl and big bad succubus assassin, its hilarious watching her try to deal with Sherman's mooning over her, especially since she, like everyone else, can't remember his right name. Since it's a shorter story, the rest of the characters aren't as fleshed out, they are still filled out enough to make good contributions to the story. The high school setting felt real, like every high school I've ever been in.

David Dietz handles the narration. He does a great job switching between characters, and gives each character a life of their own. His narrative pacing is good, and really sucks you in to the story.

All in all, this is a fun novella that is a good start to a series I hope goes into quite a few more volumes.