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Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
"You will be begging for more." ~Ivy Reads
"An awesome journey." ~Jena, Pure Textuality
"Brilliance! From beginning to end, I was mesmerized!" ~Ria, A Bookish Escape
"Cannon casts a love spell with the Peachville High Demons series. It's a wicked read!" ~Megg Jensen, bestselling author of The Song of Eloh Saga
"Reading the Peachville High Demons series is like a ride at Disney, you really experience the story rather than just feel as though you are sitting back watching." ~Momma Says Read
"Sarra Cannon has written a vibrant and addictive series. You won't be able to put it down." ~Best Selling author of the Off Series, Sawyer Bennett
From the Author
- Beautiful Demons (Download these first 3 books in the Beautiful Demons Box Set for FREE)
- Inner Demons
- Bitter Demons
- Shadow Demons (Only 99 cents for a limited time!!)
- Rival Demons
- Demons Forever
- Emerald Darkness
- Forgotten Darkness
- A Demon's Wrath: Parts 1 & 2 (best read between Demons Forever and Emerald Darkness)
- After Midnight
- Sacrifice Me - The New Adult Paranormal Romance serial set in the same world, but with a brand new cast of characters. Season One is available now!
- ASIN : B004A14RI6
- Publisher : Dead River Books (October 28, 2010)
- Publication date : October 28, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1006 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,429 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The pacing is excellent. Each chapter leads naturally into the next one with just enough ebb and flow in the pacing to keep me turning pages. There are hints of bigger things going on and the main character learns just enough to keep it from being frustrating, but it will obviously take time to unravel the full mystery. There were twists that I didn't see coming.
At first, I was worried about witches and demons being portrayed stereotypically in a small southern town, but this isn't some preachy book about the dangers of messing with the paranormal/occult world. People have magical powers but it's their choice how to use them (for good or evil). There is a lot more going on and the main character, Harper, will have to figure out where her allegiances are, how she wants to use her magic, and how she lives her life in general.
The tone is also good, with dialog that sounds like natural teens (and adults). The first person voice is very easy to read and relate to from the first page. Harper is a sympathetic character even when she makes mistakes.
I recommend this to fans of modern witches like True Blood, Charmed, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Harper has a lot at stake which made the story compelling to read. She could be sent to juvie if she screws up this time, even if on accident.
I don’t gravitate toward YA fiction (I’m middle aged). But even though the characters and situations are aimed at younger readers, I still found Beautiful Demons an enjoyable book.
Harper is a flawed character which makes her more realistic. She’s also likable, so it was fun to cheer her on.
In the first quarter of the book, there were some over-written passages. Perhaps Cannon hadn’t settled into her writing groove yet. I took off half a star.
It was too short! I wanted a longer read I could delve into for awhile. I took off half a star for this.
The prose felt rushed and perfunctory in the last quarter of the novel which meant the ending wasn't as satisfying as I thought it could be. I took off half a star for this.
This was a fun, fast, engaging read with an empathetic protagonist. Beautiful Demons is one of Cannon’s earlier books which makes it quite impressive that she wrote it as a new author. I’m only giving this book 3.5 stars, but I’m sure her writing has improved since this story was published, and I wouldn’t hesitate to read another of Cannon’s books.
Are you really trying to tell me that demons would come to this world and set their sights no higher than a cheer leading squad in some small town in Georgia? Give me a break. I almost didn't finish it.
Then, I decided that maybe my initial disappointment caused me to judge the book too harshly. It is well-written, and I'm sure that young teens would really enjoy it. It's written for sheltered girls whose entire world encompasses high school. But for anyone beyond that age, whose stepped into the wider world and experienced something of real life, you'll probably end up rolling your eyes a few times and muttering "who cares?" I mean, how much sympathy can you feel for a young girl who didn't make the squad? Honey, trust me, in five years, you won't give a &*%$.
But I still gave it three stars, because the ending was pretty good, and the main characters were clean-cut and likable.
In the beginning main character knew the name of Tori without being told. Caught a typo as well. Too many plot holes and way too many characters to be introduced. I didn’t like how she described some characters as the ‘black woman’ or the ‘the Asian woman’. I would suggest the author go back and do a full re-write.
Dialogue was messy as well but it is what it is. Character blacks out about 4 times in the book and then goes to school like it’s nothing. We don’t know what the character wants or needs from this story.
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I would reccomend this book to teenage girls who are fans of: Shadowhunters, The Echo Saga series and any other books / films with demons involved ( lots of demons ).
Get ready to be pulled into a wonderful world of demons after purchasing this novel.
OK, so this is the first of this authors books that I have read and yes it was OK. My rating would be a 3.5 if we could do a half.
Why a 3.5?
I liked the story about the troubled teen with a troubled background of foster homes. And that she has uncontrollable powers of a sort and that she had a bit of an attitude. Then we get to Shadowhall and it looked to be a place of potentially dark goings on but nothing really happened other than a ritual that we were given snippets of (to draw the reader in I suppose), then nothing.
The main character goes from having a little attitude that not everyone is a fan of to being part of one of the schools popular elite groups, the cheerleaders. I'm trying to avoid putting in spoilers. The story goes on to hint at the promise of the supernatural but they may come to fruition in book 2. I did not expect that off of Agnes (the best part of the book for me I think), it was a nice twist.
I really wanted to love this book because I am not a fan of leaving negative feedback, but it was like something was missing, the bit that's grabs you and pulls you right in. I will always post honest reviews.
I will be reading book 2 as I feel it will pack more of a punch from the way this book ended.
PLEASE DON'T LET THIS PuT YOU OFF READING THE BOOK, you may love love love it.
Harper has been passed from pillar to post for years, going between foster homes where nobody wants to keep her due to the strange events that seem to follow her around. Nobody believes her when she says that she didn't cause the accidents to happen, which she didn't - at least not intentionally. Harper is being given a last chance by attending Shadowford, a home for wayward girls in Peachville.
At first everyone seems so perfect, it's a bit like the Stepford wives, but covers the entire town. However, things aren't what they seem and there is a dark and dangerous undercurrent which runs through the novel. It's the undercurrent that really draws you into this novel, you know throughout that there is something else lurking in the background but that you're not privy to what exactly it is. I like the way this is done, keeping you wondering what's happening that you're not being told about.
This was quite a short, quick read, which is the only real downside for me. I don't like the trend for a number of short books over a smaller number of thicker books but, that's just me and I guess I'll just have to cope!
I personally thought this book was shallow and they characters within it didn't have any depth.
The story also came of as very vain... Poor girl changing everything about herself to join Peachville elite.
====MOCK HARPER POV====
"Last week you were being rude and mean to me and now you being all nice, why?" I ask.
"I realise it was wrong to treat you differently just because your poor without a family and live at Shadowford. There's something special about you, Harper." Drake replies.
I look up at him with big doe eyes... He said I'm special, sure he was a jerk to me and treat me like mud beneath his feet but now he said im special i think I have truly falling for him..
"Hey Harper, its me Jackson." I hear someone say.. "Get Lost, LOSER!" Drake replies... Ohhhh! He has so changed...
Too me she changes everything about herself to join the elite high... I won't join the cheerleaders, Now I'm joining the cheerleaders..
I always liked story that had an "underdog" and became something/someone, but not in sort of way..
The only thing that kept me reader until the end is what her role as Prima and that isn't even revealed in this book :@ My curiosity :@ This book is a prelude to the series...
I like many books, if the book has a good story premise, characters and plot that you want to read to find out what happens i generally like the book, but i was disappointed in this book.