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Kayla s life should have been amazing, she s rich, beautiful and doing well in college Unfortunately for Kayla her life is not going well, she no longer has any friends, men avoid her and even her stalker is now repulsed by her She s baffled over the change, that is until she meets the devil who explains this is payback for something she did in high school He has a deal for her that will lift the shunning spell but to honour the deal she must take an innocent life and she will be doomed to en Kayla s life should have been amazing, she s rich, beautiful and doing well in college Unfortunately for Kayla her life is not going well, she no longer has any friends, men avoid her and even her stalker is now repulsed by her She s baffled over the change, that is until she meets the devil who explains this is payback for something she did in high school He has a deal for her that will lift the shunning spell but to honour the deal she must take an innocent life and she will be doomed to enter Hell whatever she decides to do She has a week to complete the task and to help, the devil partially lifts the shunning spell and sends her some interesting helpers to keep her motivated.Kayla looks for ways to both complete the task or work around the deal, enlisting her ex stalker who seems to be the only person she can trust at the moment Does she have it to take an innocent life or will she be destined to live on the periphery of society as a social leper.Bryan Smiths books always tend to be fun and this was no exception The premise is interesting and there are several ways in which Kayla tries to work around the deal to trick the devil The story itself is very straightforward, the writing flowed well and it was an easy, uncomplicated read to get through.Kayla is at first very unlikable, she s spoiled, cruel and has a razor sharp tongue that she uses all too frequently Her shunning period didn t seem to teach her too much and when the spell was partially lifted she was only too happy to put people down as she d done before I did like that there was growth with her character although much of it came at the end and it was frustrating at times to see her treat people so abominably who were going out of their way to help her.Lee, her ex stalker, was a great character that I wish had been inof the book His relationship with Kayla was quite one sided, she took advantage of him again and again but I liked that he held heraccountable and that his actions towards the end of the book had such a profound affect on her Overall an uncomplicated, fun read that is well worth the read Note Since it wasn t listed here, my copy was the epub copy available for Nook on bn.com While known for his brand of in your face, no holds barred hardcore horror, Bryan Smith took a slight departure with his slick and sexy urban dark fantasy, Kayla and the Devil Meet Kayla Monroe, blonde and beautiful college student, and sometimes a royal bitch and proud of it Mild spoilers ahead Life is usually good for Kayla, until she experiences something weird for someone of her desirable stature Note Since it wasn t listed here, my copy was the epub copy available for Nook on bn.com While known for his brand of in your face, no holds barred hardcore horror, Bryan Smith took a slight departure with his slick and sexy urban dark fantasy, Kayla and the Devil Meet Kayla Monroe, blonde and beautiful college student, and sometimes a royal bitch and proud of it Mild spoilers ahead Life is usually good for Kayla, until she experiences something weird for someone of her desirable stature men and women, mostly, shun her now, as if she s the most despicable creature to walk on two legs Unable to understand why and on the brink of depression, she then meets the man of her dreamstall, dark, and handsome, and he isn t turned off by her But then again, he wouldn t behe s the Devil And he offers Kayla a deal, because of a past transgression Perform a grisly deed and she wouldn t be shunned any longer, or die and be tormented in Hell for all eternity The plot moves along smoothly, mostly due to Smith s deft and razor sharp writing, and a few twists and turns make it enjoyable and unpredictable While not outright horror, there s enough gore thanks largely to two notorious and bloody figures from history to satisfy horror fans, and in a subgenre rife with sexy vixens in leather toting swords and firearms, Smith has created a series I d read any day of the week The climax is definitely a cliffhanger of sorts, leading up to a sequel, Kayla Undead MUST read This is just my second Bryan Smith novel read the first being crazy backwoods horror Depraved some time ago.19 year old college student Kayla Monroe is a mean girl with the looks, brains and privilege to amplify the point She s used to being the centre of attention and getting her own way, especially with the opposite sex Things take an unpleasant turn in her sopho year and for reasons unbeknown to her, Kayla has abruptly turned into a social pariah Even her old stalker runs in the oppos This is just my second Bryan Smith novel read the first being crazy backwoods horror Depraved some time ago.19 year old college student Kayla Monroe is a mean girl with the looks, brains and privilege to amplify the point She s used to being the centre of attention and getting her own way, especially with the opposite sex Things take an unpleasant turn in her sopho year and for reasons unbeknown to her, Kayla has abruptly turned into a social pariah Even her old stalker runs in the opposite direction to avoid her Desperately lonely Kayla finds the answer one afternoon whilst visiting her favourite spot in the park For the first time in ages, someone gives her the time of day it s just a pity that someone happens to be the Devil himself, with a solution to her unnaturally shitty social predicament Can Kayla really bring herself to do what is required and literally sell her soul to get things back to the way they were Kayla and the Devil was an entertaining read but not at all the gory violent horror I had albeit happily braced myself for This was a pleasantly surprising paranormal urban fantasy read which I would recommend to friends of mine who like that genre with an added bite.One of the main things I liked about Bryan Smith s writing in Depraved was the lively dialogue which had a good dose of wit and sarcasm In this story there isof that and I found myself laughing at some of the things Kayla said or her mental observations which she somehow managed to keep to herself I also love it when an author makes me like a primarily unlikable character Kayla is a cow but I couldn t help sympathise with her thehopeless and crazy situations she found herself in.I wasn t too keen on the ending but I m still looking forward to reading book two of Kayla s mis adventures What happens is you look up top ten horror books for Halloween and then before you know it you ve moved on to top ten most disturbing books, and half an hour later down the internet rabbit hole you re looking at, like, top 13 splatterpunk books you ve never heard of, and the next thing you know you re reading this fuckin thing and you re like how did this happen Why am I doing this This is not my thing I read seeeerious books This book is not serious Although it is, technically, an What happens is you look up top ten horror books for Halloween and then before you know it you ve moved on to top ten most disturbing books, and half an hour later down the internet rabbit hole you re looking at, like, top 13 splatterpunk books you ve never heard of, and the next thing you know you re reading this fuckin thing and you re like how did this happen Why am I doing this This is not my thing I read seeeerious books This book is not serious Although it is, technically, an exploration of the Faust myth This is like one step up from self published Why would I even review it It s like a Hindu reviewing Methodists Who cares what I think Look if you re considering reading this book at all, my opinion is not the one you should be listening to Read the other reviews I like Virginia Woolf I do not like this book and I shouldn t have read it.It s not at all splattery, btw, and the ending is a catastrophic fail Kayla and the Devil was a very good novel from the warped mind of Bryan Smith Kayla meets the devil standing by a tree He s got a deal for her A crappy deal A damned if you do, damned if you don t kind of deal Kayla is not a very nice person and likes to cut people down with her sharp tongue Can she complete the devils deal and free herself from the fires of hell I couldn t help but make comparisons to Jeff Strand while getting into this one, but the further I read on, I realized that Brya Kayla and the Devil was a very good novel from the warped mind of Bryan Smith Kayla meets the devil standing by a tree He s got a deal for her A crappy deal A damned if you do, damned if you don t kind of deal Kayla is not a very nice person and likes to cut people down with her sharp tongue Can she complete the devils deal and free herself from the fires of hell I couldn t help but make comparisons to Jeff Strand while getting into this one, but the further I read on, I realized that Bryan has his own tale to tell and does it with his own voice, style and wit A well done, fast paced, sharp and entertaining read Evidently, this one is very tame for Mr Smith, so I am off to get some of his backlog and check out some of his splatterpunk work 9 10 , 9 10 , 2 3 , , 13 |Book ♪ Kayla and the Devil ⚓ College student Kayla Monroe seems to have everything Stunning looks, smarts, and loads of money thanks to her privileged upbringing But something s gone wrong Ever since the start of her sopho year, people have been avoiding her Her friends shun her Guys no longer flock to her Even her former stalker, an awkward geek, now wants nothing to do with herShe is on the brink of utter despair when she encounters a young man in the park The man is charming and movie star handsome Kayla thinks maybe her luck has taken a turn for the better But she couldn t be wrong Because this man is the Devil Capital D definitely intended The ultimate embodiment of evil And he has something to tell KaylaKayla hasn t always been the nicest girl in the world At times she has been downright mean She s grown past that, but now her past has come back to haunt her Someone wants revenge Bad enough to engage the services of the devil But the tables have turned again and the devil now has his own deal to offer KaylaHe can end her suffering End the shunning spell But only at a very high price And Kayla must decide whether she has it within herself to surrender her soul and commit an act so heinous it will damn her forever Friendly Fire (Jonathan Grave smarts A Necessary Evil (Sam Wyndham and loads of money thanks to her privileged upbringing But something s gone wrong Ever since the start of her sopho year To Hold (The Dumont Diaries, people have been avoiding her Her friends shun her Guys no longer flock to her Even her former stalker The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe an awkward geek Murphys Ambush now wants nothing to do with herShe is on the brink of utter despair when she encounters a young man in the park The man is charming and movie star handsome Kayla thinks maybe her luck has taken a turn for the better But she couldn t be wrong Because this man is the Devil Capital D definitely intended The ultimate embodiment of evil And he has something to tell KaylaKayla hasn t always been the nicest girl in the world At times she has been downright mean She s grown past that Ecotarian Diet but now her past has come back to haunt her Someone wants revenge Bad enough to engage the services of the devil But the tables have turned again and the devil now has his own deal to offer KaylaHe can end her suffering End the shunning spell But only at a very high price And Kayla must decide whether she has it within herself to surrender her soul and commit an act so heinous it will damn her forever Bryan Smith channels his inner 19 year old party girl in his latest urban fantasy novel, Kayla and the Devil This modern Faustian tale transforms Nashville, Tennessee into a world where the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, is just a phone call away and Jack the Ripper hangs out in your local movie theater Smith has flirted with fantasy before House of Blood, and its sequel Queen of Blood, both have strong supernatural elements Just earlier this year Smith offered up a frightening apocalyps Bryan Smith channels his inner 19 year old party girl in his latest urban fantasy novel, Kayla and the Devil This modern Faustian tale transforms Nashville, Tennessee into a world where the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, is just a phone call away and Jack the Ripper hangs out in your local movie theater Smith has flirted with fantasy before House of Blood, and its sequel Queen of Blood, both have strong supernatural elements Just earlier this year Smith offered up a frightening apocalypse tale, Darkened, which is alsofantasy than horror, so urban fantasy is a natural transition Still, in terms of style, Smith proves he can step out of his comfort zone without sacrificing his own personal charm.Kayla is a young, beautiful, and privileged college coed with an ugly problem Despite her exceptional physical qualities no one wants to have anything to do with her In fact, those that don t outright ignore her are completely disgusted by her Even the nerd who was once obsessed with Kayla acts like she s got the plague When she meets a super hunk in the park, she thinks her luck has made a turn for the better, but Kayla couldn t bewrong This handsome man is the Devil himself and he s here to make her a deal she can t refuse You see, Kayla was kind of a bully in high school Go figure, right Well, she was nasty enough that someone, with the Devil s help, put a shunning spell on her Unless Kayla performs a despicable act at the Devil s behest, she will endure a life of sexless, attention deprived solitude Even the bums on the outermost fringes of society mock her So Kayla has to decide if she s got what it takes to do the Devil s bidding and end the spell or live as a pariah of pariahs for the rest of her days.Kayla is not a likable character She s conceited, vulgar, and often downright cruel She s also in that annoying in between stage of adolescence and adulthood, when you think you know it all and the world revolves around you In the initial set up, I worried I might not be able to tolerate her for the length of the story, but Smith knows how to spin a good yarn Once he s engaged you in the plot, he sneakily charms you with Kayla s antics It s hard to say where I took the turn from passive observer to Kayla devotee, but at some point there was no denying, I was her loyal sidekick Hell, I even grew to admire her I don t give a shit attitude and feisty disposition Kayla s the type of bad bitch who won t hesitate to tell an angel get out of my way or I ll kick in your heavenly balls An important detail that makes Kayla s character successful is her voice is consistent, so the reader is never taken out of the story A college acquaintance uses the phrase as if which I find a little outdated, but other than that misstep, the language is believable Kayla s dialogue is so natural, I imagined Smith creeping around the Vanderbilt University campus, the setting of this tale, eavesdropping on the female student body for inspiration I certainly hope that s not the case, because I m pretty sure you can get arrested for that.Kayla s not the only entertainment in this story To keep her on task, the Devil sends two legendary baddies, Jack the Ripper and the Countess Elizabeth Bathory While good ole Jack is on site to monitor her progress, when he isn t indulging his unsavory desires, Ms Bathory is there to provide guidance for young Kayla.Despite the violent history of the Ripper and the Blood Countess, you won t find their taste for blood explored in graphic detail here Instead, Smith has toned down the gore for this story Even though Kayla and the Devil is stripped of the viciousness typical of a Smith novel, it s not a glaring omission You won t be aching for bloodletting because you ll be too caught up in the story to notice Smith builds momentum quickly and keeps the pace consistent Once the plot kicks into high gear you ve already committed yourself for the ride.Kayla and the Devil is a light hearted and fun read with a good sense of humor, but I was especially excited about the ending You may think you got the plot figured out, but a few twists bring a surprising conclusion Too often an ending can t live up to the expectation born of a great story, but Smith manages to pull one last trick out of his hat for the closer If you re missing Kayla like I do, don t worry, she ll be back because Smith is turning this into a series Who knows what misadventures he has in store for our potty mouthed protagonist Well, I have an idea, but I m not gonna tell ya You never know, maybe someday we ll get to see Kayla and Meli Destroy Frankenstein Or Kayla and Meli versus Planet of the Apes OK, probably not, but I ll be along for the ride anyway ORIGINAL REVIEW HERE Kayla and the Devil is the first novel Bryan Smith wrote after the death of his wife, Rachel, and he dedicates this one to her I had heard about his troubles a while before picking this one up and, along with feeling sympathy for the guy, I wanted to see if his writing had changed in any way I figured he would write a very bitter novel about how the world was created by being shit out of the unclean ass of a less than adequate god, but thankfully, Smith does not go in this direction Instead, Kayla and the Devil is the first novel Bryan Smith wrote after the death of his wife, Rachel, and he dedicates this one to her I had heard about his troubles a while before picking this one up and, along with feeling sympathy for the guy, I wanted to see if his writing had changed in any way I figured he would write a very bitter novel about how the world was created by being shit out of the unclean ass of a less than adequate god, but thankfully, Smith does not go in this direction Instead, he ventures into the land of urban fantasy a land that I know very little about The book follows Kayla s troubles and her efforts to rectify them by completing a task for the devil See that The title is relevant to the story Since Kayla has been cursed by the father of one of her classmates, she is now shunned by the whole of society and believe me, this is definitely a good thing for society to do to someone like this Kayla was partially responsible for this girl s suicide and her father has made a deal with the devil to make sure that Kayla knows what it feels like to live the way his daughter did Anyway, the book has the feel of a game since the devil gives our horrible, disgusting, mouthy, cunt of a main character a time limit to kill, uh I mean, perform said task The real fun of the novel is solely in the plot I could not put this book down because I really wanted to know how this annoying college queef was going to do what needed to be done, and I was also interested to see who all the devil was going to send to help her Jack AKA Alfred the Ripper is one of these interesting characters Now, if you are like me, you may be wondering why such a terrible person, Kayla, wouldn t be able to do whatever it is that the devil wishes of her Well, apparently she has a bit of a conscience which makes this book progress nicely.Now, the main flaw with this book, and with every other Smith novel I have read, is the writing I swear, it is like he is writing for high school drop outs or something His descriptions are so horrible sometimes that I would have dropped this book for good if his plot wasn t amazing Every now and then, his actual writing skills would shine through like gold coins floating in a sewer, but for the most part he chooses to write badly Chooses is the key word there because I know he is much better than this I understand if he is trying to be unique, but I don t get why he is doing it in this way On top of that, his dialog is about as horrible as the actual writing and reminded me of some of Brian Keene s annoying novels like Kill Whitey and Castaways If you aren t really bothered by prose and can read anything as long as the story is engaging, you should really like this book, but if you are one of those people who complain about Stephen King s writing quality, you probably won t be able to get through this Treat yourself to something by Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Tim Curran, or Tim Lebbon instead Kayla is a beautiful but self centered college girl But for some strange reason, people have shunned her She can t even get the nerdiest guy on campus to shag her What could possibly be causing her misery Hint Read the title.But don t worry cause it s nothing that a deal with the devil won t fix But there is another catch Kayla has to kill someone to cement the deal or be a pariah the rest of her life.I have a soft spot for deal with the devil stories and this is a good one Kayla may b Kayla is a beautiful but self centered college girl But for some strange reason, people have shunned her She can t even get the nerdiest guy on campus to shag her What could possibly be causing her misery Hint Read the title.But don t worry cause it s nothing that a deal with the devil won t fix But there is another catch Kayla has to kill someone to cement the deal or be a pariah the rest of her life.I have a soft spot for deal with the devil stories and this is a good one Kayla may be unlikable but she isn t evil Demolishing people with sharp words may be easy for herbut murder The fun in this novel is trying to figure out how Kayla will outwit the devil and save her soulor maybe she won t It s a kick finding out if she does.But be warned This is a first in a series There is a satisfying ending but there is also a tease for Book II Normally I do not care for that sort of thing, but I must admit I m intrigued