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Hellhound Twisted - Karen Swart Hellhound Twisted picks up right where Hellhound Awakened leaves off. Kas a hellhound and magnet for trouble returns to Exsilium to find a lot has changed in the two years since she was dragged to hell. Now she has to fight her own people, the fallen, for acceptance and she has to fight demons to save her best friend. She needs to hurry before time runs out for both of them. If she becomes a hellhound in entirety then the mysterious and her former trainer Chax De Luca will have to kill her. Unless she finds her soul mate.

I read the first book in this series a while back and I loved the story and the characters. So much so that I have been looking forward to reading this sequel. When I discovered it was out the other day I went and bought it.
Kas is the same snarky, spunky hellhound from the first book. I love her fire, and her never say die attitude. It's nice to see a YA heroine that isn't walking around crying about everything. Sure she has her moments, but then she gets over them and picks herself back up.
Chax, her Custos (trainer) was a huge draw for me in the first book. He has that broody bad boy vibe to him, but it's not overkill. He's not a major tool. He's just cut off from everyone. He seems to be fighting something in this book, and I think I have it figured out.
The world that these characters live in is just so cool.

There are a lot of fallen angel/demon books out there, but this one is different. The fallen are all sorts of paranormal beings, from hellhound, to vampire, to different types of fae. The rules in the world are straight forward, easy to follow and make me wish I could do some of this cool stuff. Yes, I am dorky like that.

The writing was good, good enough to make me want to come back for the third book. It wasn't just the cliff hanger ending that is drawing me in. I really do care about what happens to these characters. As for the technical aspects of the writing, I may have noticed a few typos, but I was so into the story that I didn't make note of them. However, I should note that Kas' teenager voice can be distracting and at times did draw me out of the story. It seems in the beginning of both this book, and book one, there is an overabundance of the word "Yip". Like, "Yep", but not. I have no idea why but that drove me nuts. Maybe because I think of dogs "Yipping" not girls. *shrugs* Yes, it is extremely nit picky, and by the end of the both books the instances are cut way down, and I was really able to enjoy the ride. If I was a test reader for the books I would suggest it be cut down in the beginning as well. Alas, I am not, so I will deal with it. I can also deal with it because I can see it for what it is meant to be which is a tool to show Kas' unique personality. However, I feel like her personality and unique speech patterns shine through without the use of it. Once again. I can't change it, I can only choose to overlook it. Which I will because I love the story.

Overall the book was great. A really solid read that I managed to devour in a day, so that should tell you that the rest of the story was superb.
If you are looking for a quick YA/Paranormal read that has its own twists and turns, with fun characters then this is the book for you.