When Claire Hansen is summoned to the Elysian Fields Guesthouse in Kingston she is expecting business as usual, and is not prepared for the current Cousin to abandon his post and leave her stuck there. Soon enough, Claire begins to see why a powerful Keeper like herself received a summons in the first place. On the third floor of the guesthouse is another Keeper, covered in dust, who has obviously been kept in slumber for some time. Claire realizes that someone in the guesthouse did something they shouldn't have, resulting in a hole in the fabric of the universe. The energy coming through the hole keeps the Keeper asleep, at the same time as she is keeping the seal on the hole. To break the seal would be disastrous, ultimately resulting in Armageddon. In the furnace room, Claire finds the hole--more like a pit--that leads directly to hell. Fortunately, Claire has some help in dealing with this situation. First there's Austin, her traveling companion and best friend--who also happens to be a talking cat. Then there's Dean, the hired help at the guesthouse. Claire fights her attraction to him every step of the way. Dean is mortal, but perfectly willing not only to believe in things like talking cats and holes to hell in basements, but to offer to do whatever he can to help--even, as it turns out, to nearly become a sacrificial virgin. This funny, fantastical journey with a motley cast of characters will be a hit with cat lovers as well as fantasy buffs. The good news is that at the end Claire, Austin, and Dean get in his truck and drive west following Claire's next summons--which, of course, paves the way for a sequel. Here's hoping!. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).