One book, two titles! It's Hell's Bells in the UK; it's The Infernals in the US. Yes, it's the same book...
Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is he in love with the wrong girl, but the demon Mrs Abernathy is seeking revenge upon him for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of Darkness. She wants to get her claws on Samuel, and when the Large Hadron Collider is turned on again, she is given her chance. Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into Hell, there to be hunted down by Mrs. Abernathy and her allies.
But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for Mrs. Abernathy has reckoned without the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel's friend, the hapless demon Nurd. Most of all, she hasn't planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in Hell.
If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather's Elves...
"[A] joy to read . . . Despite the terrors of Hell, this highly enjoyable, often funny adventure is buoyed by optimism and the possibility of grace." —Publishers Weekly
"Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines top-notch writing with cutting wit." —Kirkus Reviews
"First of all, I just want to start off with my rating: A+ times INFINITY! I'm not even joking; this is one of the best books I've ever read! It's way up there, I swear! Now, to get serious.
I got this book about, ehhh, 2 or so weeks ago. I have another book to read for an English book project. Guess which book I felt I needed to read first? Yep, this one. Hell's Bells is a perfect mixture of science, fantasy, and, well, demons. Hell's Bells and The Gates, another book by John Connolly, are the only two books I've read with captions on the bottom of the pages, and I love them! Some have to do even with things that happened during ancient times, some just 100-ish years ago. The captions are unpredictable, yet it doesn't really matter after the humor works its way in. Some start off with science-y stuff, then at the end have humor that, well, A) Explains the science-y stuff, B) Relates the science-y stuff to the book, and C) make you fall out of your desk during English Class laughing, earning you weird looks from the whole class. I speak from experience.
During the book, Samuel Johnson has another "happening." He ends up in Hell, fighting the forces of Mrs. Abernathy. How he gets there, what he meets along the way, and all of the occurrences that happen are secret. Read to find out!
Overall, a great book (See what I did there, I kept it short and simple)." —Kyle, 12, US
Atria Books, US & Canada hardcover, October 2011, ISBN: 9781451643084 Atria/Emily Bestler Books, US & Canada paperback, April 2012, ISBN: 9781451643091 Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, May 2011, ISBN: 9781444724943 Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, November 2011, ISBN: 9781444724967