Posts Categorized: demons

Shadows: review

Shadows: review

Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz  since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »

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With All My Soul: review

With All My Soul: review

Title: With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) Author: Rachel Vincent Rating:  4 out of 5 stars Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Age Group: YA Source: ARC from publisher       So here it is: the conclusion of yet another of my favorite series. Did all the YA writers get together to plot to torture us in 2013? No spoilers below, even if you haven’t started the series yet. My favorite thing about Soul Screamers: Kaylee has grown so much over the course of these books. As a bean sidthe, or banshee who calls souls of the dead, she started out somewhat naive and unsure of herself, but grew into a strong, admirable young woman. She makes huge sacrifices for her friends and family, but has stayed somebody you’d still want to invite over for popcorn and a movie. ‘Cause you know she’d eat some to… Read more »

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Demonglass (Hex Hall #2): review

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2): review

Demonglassby Rachel Hawkins I love a good paranormal book as much as the next person, but sometimes they take themselves too seriously. Enter Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series, which follows the hilarious 16-year-old Sophie Mercer as she enters a reform school for supernatural kids. In the first installment, she learns that her father is a powerful warlock and that she’s inherited powers that are greatly coveted and feared–and tries to stop an attacking werewolf by yelling, “Bad dog!” I’m happy to report that Demonglass retains the same sarcastic humor and snappy, action-packed plot. Sophie is spending some time on her father’s estate to figure out whether she’s going to keep her awesome but pesky powers, and she’s still secretly pining for her missing demon-hunter crush, Archer Cross. Complicating matters is the revelation that cute-as-heck Cal has been betrothed to her for years (hey, they do things differently in the otherworld)… Read more »

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Try Me and Fang Me: review

Try Me and Fang Me: review

Try MeFang Meby Parker Blue Sometimes you ask for something…and the author actually grants your wish! After reading Bite Me recently, I noted that the series would be a lot more fun if Val, who is a vampire-slaying part-succubus, actually got a decent boyfriend. I’m happy to say that in the second and third installments in the series, Val breaks up with the honorable but boring Dan and hooks up with someone much more interesting. And that someone is Shade, a fascinating shadow demon who has transparent skin that shows the powerful energy swirling around inside him. Shade’s skin only appears normal when he’s grounded by touching someone else, and paired with the ability to absorb and reshape energy, this character pretty spectacular. Val is partnered with Shade to help figure out who’s betraying the Demon Underground and to recover the missing Encylopedia Magicka, and later finds that he’s very… Read more »

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Bite Me: review

Bite Me: review

Bite Me by Parker Blue Val Shapiro is a part-demon vampire slayer. And she has a snarky dog named Fang who thinks at her in all caps. Bite Me, the first book in the Underground series, surprised me with its butt-kicking heroine, deadpan humor, and an interesting set-up. I really liked Val and Fang, whose relationship is the most compelling one in the book. There are also some great fight scenes and some intriguing secondary characters, including Shade, Micah, Ramirez, and Tessa, and the whole thing is well-written and moves along at a fast pace. The book could have used some fleshing out, however, in the conflicts with her family. Val handles it maturely (so refreshing for YA), but there’s not much insight into her mother’s or her stepfather’s or her sister’s characters. They only make themselves known in the context of the main character, so it’s hard to get… Read more »

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