The Hellbeast King (The Hellbeast King Book 1) by Stephanie Hudson

Emoji Review by Rebeca Dixon

I just finished reading ‘The Hellbeast King,” which is Book 1 of ‘The Hellbeast King Series’ by Stephanie Hudson! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE 🤩🤩 START to what I’m sure will be a FANTASTIC 🙌🏻 series! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Warning ⚠️ ! If you have not read the other books in the Afterlife world that take place chronologically before this book (Afterlife Saga, Transfusion saga, and the Afterlife Academy series,) you may want to stop reading this right now as there may be spoilers!

OK!!! THIS BOOK. WOW 🤩🤩🤩! So if you have read any of my other reviews, you may start to think that I’m just a passionate gal. Yes, that is true. But! I ONLY write reviews for books I LOVE ❤️❤️❤️. I do not write them for one’s I don’t. As my good mama says, “If you don’t have something nice to say, keep your mouth shut!” And that’s advice I try to live by!

So back to THIS BOOK. It FAR exceeded my expectations!! First off, I think it was such a big boon as a reader to read The Reaper’s Book (Afterlife Academy Book 3,) prior to this book! That book really set the stage (no pun intended 😜) for Ella’s adventure to London when she was 18 and this book picks up right with her POV from that time. When I read The Reaper’s Book right before this book, I hoped 🤞🏻& prayed 🙏🏻 that we would hear Ella’s POV in this book! And BOY DO WE 🥳🥳🥳! We thought we knew all there was to entering the Devil’s Ring! But surprise… Ella snuck in a different way and it’s just FABULOUS. I wish I could have taken a ride with her down to the bowels of the Hellbeast’s lair 👹! Super creepy & cool!

Next, we fast forward 11 years and get to know her as an adult. And let me tell you, she’s shaping up to be my favorite Afterlife world FMC! Each FMC just gets better and better in the Afterlife world!!! I love me some Amelia & yeah she has some super geeky and smart moments in Transfusion, but man… a few scenes in Hellbeast with Ella and I was like… YESSSSSSSS Ella! Praise the good lord, you are using that brain 🧠 of yours, girl! So many times I read books and I think… JUST CALL HIM… or ASK FOR HELP… or GO THERE NOW! And man, this girl did it AS I THOUGHT IT! It was so refreshing to not want to strangle a FMC for once 😆! I actually said (out loud) ‘You Go Girl!’ & fist pumped 👊🏻 the air during a certain scene. All I got to say is, thank goodness for social media, right 😉?! Teeheehee😁 Ok…ok… fine. Yes, there was ONE scene that she wasn’t using that smart head of hers and it did have disastrous consequences, but really… I can give her a pass. The poor gal was confused 🤔. And when you read the book, you’ll understand she certainly has a great reason to not know what the hell is going on!!

I was also super excited we get a NEW hottie in this book with brown sugar eyes 👀 ! Brown sugar baby! Who doesn’t love brown sugar?! Oh yes ☺️! But speaking of hotties… Oh boy!!! Ladies & gents, our very own Hellbeast is SMOKIN 🔥🔥🔥! Did you love Dominic Draven!? How about Lucius Septimus???? What would you think about a cross between the two?!?!? BECAUSE YES! That’s what this BEAST OF A MAN is! He’s got the dominating, strength of Dom with the snarky, bad-a$s of Lucius! Alphahole anyone? 🔥🔥🔥 YES PLEASE 🙋🏻‍♀️. Need I say more???! 😁😁😁

Honestly, this book just EXCEEDED all my expectations! It gave us some answers while leaving us with many more! It had the whole A-Team feel to it at times when the oldies but goodies show up for some great humor! It also surprised me in that it really had a great classic werewolf 🐺 thriller vibe to it! That was completely unexpected (even though it is called Hellbeast 😆). This really was not a sleepy PRN… it was loaded with action and hot romantic angst between our nature-loving FMC and our beastly, snarky MMC! I cannot wait to see how they CRASH together in future books! 🙌🏻

This was a FABULOUS book and could very well turn into being my FAVORITE of the Afterlife world sagas!

You hit another homerun Stephanie Hudson! You are wracking them up from me like crazy, so I might as well give you another…. Atta Girl 💪🏻!!!