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Kayla And The Devil (Kayla Monroe: Haunted World Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Smith
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"Kayla and the Devil reads like a collaboration between Richard Laymon, Neil Gaiman, and Charlaine Harris, and is as delightfully bizarre as that mash-up sounds. A wonderful female protagonist. Pitch-black humor. Jack the Ripper. Elizabeth Bathory. BUY IT!"--Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Ghoul

"Right from the very first page Bryan draws you into Kayla's world and never lets up. The pace is unrelenting with enough twists and turns to make your head spin. The ending was fabulous. Not to give anything away, but I am really looking forward to reading about Kayla again."--Famous Monsters Of Filmland

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 sophomore 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 her.

She 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 more wrong. Because this man is the Devil. Capital D definitely intended. The ultimate embodiment of evil. And he has something to tell Kayla.

Kayla 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 Kayla.

He 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.

Acclaimed horror author Bryan Smith turns to the realm of urban fantasy with this 75,000 word novel.

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF BRYAN SMITH:

"Bryan Smith's DARKENED is a full-throttle pedal-to-the-metal ride straight into the heart of the apocalypse. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting. Highly recommended."--Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and PATIENT ZERO

“I look forward to spending a weekend with a new Bryan Smith book the way I used to look forward to spending a weekend with a new Richard Laymon novel. In my view, there isn‘t higher praise than that.”--Brian Keene, author of The Rising.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467923737
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bitter Ale Press (16 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UD2EQA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not surprisingly another fantastic novel 30 Oct. 2011
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I buy everything Bryan writes as soon as its available as he hasn't let me down yet and I'm pleased to say as expected this was another fantastic book. Its not as violent, crazy or bloody as a lot of his other books but the story and the charactors are fantastic. I found it really hard to put down and even with very little time on my hands I still managed it in just over a day. I highly recommend picking this up along with everything else Bryan has written. Bring on the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and original horror story. 13 May 2012
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I got really involved in this book, and felt like I went through all of Kayla's experiences with her. It was made me laugh in places and also brought a tear to my eye too. It's a horror story with a bit of everything and it's totally enjoyble from start to finish. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't have a clue what was going to happen, and the ending was unexpected and gave me shivers.

I can't recommend this highly enough. It's a total bargain and I think everyone who reads it will love it as much as I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant read. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish 4 Sept. 2012
By paul
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booooooring rubbish lots of words but nothing happens these 5 star reviews must be for a different book not the one i only got a third of the way through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smith delivers something different...and it KILLS! 11 Oct. 2011
By Paul Legerski - Published on Amazon.com
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Bryan Smith is known for his creepy characters that stay with you long after you read the last page. He is also relied upon to dress up his novels with tons of gore, grue and things that bleed all over the place. He also writes some of the best horror out there.

Get ready for the new Bryan Smith novel...well, not really. Smith has decided to try his hand at the Urban Fantasy genre. And delivers a great introduction to what may be a fan's favorite character.

Kayla comes across the Devil on a college campus who asks her to sacrifice her eternal soul to him...ok nothing new there but where Smith goes IS new and enthralling.

The characterization is top-notch, the plot interesting and has a few twists and turns for the reader. The only difference is that the gore is off scene...otherwise this could be like his other great novels.

With KAYLA & THE DEVIL, Bryan Smith shows the world that he can write a satisfying novel in any genre.
My highest recommendation!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust Goes to Vanderbilt 18 Oct. 2011
By Kent Allard - Published on Amazon.com
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Kayla Monroe is a sophomore at Vanderbilt, and not that nice of a person. She is sarcastic and the definition of a "mean girl." Since she's also rich and pretty, her personality has never been an obstacle in her social life. In the last year, however, everyone has begun to shun her. She has no friends and even nerds won't sleep with her. This is a mystery to her until she meets a stranger in the park, who explains to her she has been placed under a shunning spell which will keep everyone away from her. The stranger can lift the spell, however, and will be glad to do so in exchange for a couple of things: Kayla has to kill an innocent person, and give up her soul. If you paid attention to the title, you know who the stranger is.

As Kayla seeks to fulfill her end of the bargain, she finds out she might not be quite as mean as she thinks. She also gets to meet, courtesy of her benefactor, Jack the Ripper and the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who functions as sort of middle management for Lucifer. Kayla has to make a choice between eternal satanic servitude and being unable to get a date for the rest of her life.

Stories about deals with the devil have a long history in literature, from Faust to "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and so on. It is a rich subject for exploration, and Smith handles it exceptionally well. There has always been an element of humor in Smith's books, and that gets a lot of play here. The book is a bit of a hybrid between the author's previous work and urban fantasy. There is plenty of elements of each genre, enough visceral scenes to satisfy horror fans, and enough of a playful element to attract readers who are more likely to favor Jim Butcher over Stephen King. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Kind of Bryan Smith Story, Same Great Writing 15 Dec. 2011
By David M. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Bryan Smith, best known for his wildly entertaining, gore-soaked horror novels, takes a slight departure into the genre of urban fantasy in this modern tale of Faust, and he nails it.

Kayla is a wonderfully written, flawed protagonist who's made a deal with the devil. Along the way, she encounters some of the most notorious bad guys and gals in history, including Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Bathory, in her quest to salvage a normal life for herself.

You will both love and despise Kayla and the choices she makes, but you won't soon forget her...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review 23 April 2013
By C. Monk - Published on Amazon.com
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I've never heard of Bitter Ale Press before I found this book (ebook) and it looks like it's just an invented publishing house so the author could self-publish but not look like he's self-publishing, though it shows.

This book could have used some fine editing. There are words missing from the text and while you can figure out what the author is trying to say, its sloppy and distracting. Plot editing and some finessing of the story would have come in handy as well.

The story revolves around the character named Kayla, who is a college student who has recently been shunned by everyone. Turns out the Devil is behind this and she must make a deal with him to get out of it. Obviously there is more to it, but I'm not going to give away the plot here.

Kayla is an underdeveloped character; one you really don't care about, and you kind of actually want her to end up in hell. Whenever you do a "deal with the devil" story, you have to either present it as a morality tale of a bad person getting what's owed them, or a sympathetic story where the character is worthy of redemption. This book is neither. Kayla is actually just a rotten individual and you'll find little to empathize with in her.

I found the writing in this book to be almost juvenile. I'm not offended by profanity at all, but it's overused in this book...so much so that it becomes annoying. Have you ever been in a public place where a teenager is using the F-bomb every other word because he thinks he's cool? It's like that.
The sex in this book has that sort of "trying to be seamy" feel to it but it falls short. I was expecting the book to be written by a teenage boy, given the clumsy attempts to present erotic parts of this book.

The inclusion of infamous historical characters was fun, but the inclusion of Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Bathory seemed random to me. It was like the author thought their inclusion would add historical depth to this novel, but it came off as more of a stretch. When Bathory was introduced, the main character explains her crimes in a paragraph. It would have been far more effective to explain who she was over time...or let the main character discover who she was rather than an blunt paragraph where the main character just happens to know the full story of Bathory. I hate to use the word again, but it came off as clumsy.

This book isn't all bad. It's certainly entertaining. The chapters are short and you can definitely blow through the book quickly. The pacing was fast.

I guess my final thought is that the "deal with the devil" story has been done before, and I don't know that this novel takes that different of an approach to it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, You do keep reading... 13 July 2012
By Sister Christian - Published on Amazon.com
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And I'm not really sure why I kept reading, but I did, so I must have liked it a little. I think I just wanted to see how the author resolved the issue, which when you meet one of the late appearing characters, is pretty obvious. Kayla is a very unsympathetic character and you don't really care how she is going to get out of her bargain with the devil. The inclusion of old historic characters, Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Bathory are fun, especially Ms. Bathory (anyone who includes Elizabeth Bathory in a novel gains points from me). It's not worth the money for the actual book, but if you have a Kindle, for $2.99, it's a quick, weird read.
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