Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.
I really enjoyed this book about demons and warlocks who mostly live in an alternate world. There are different demons, such as fire demons, rage demons, lust demons, and royal demons. Paige is just a normal girl until she saves a boy and almost dies. After that, she can see and talk with ghosts and because she doesn't exactly always know that they're ghosts, people think she's crazy. Her nickname is "Bellevue Kelly" and she has no friends. At all. Except for Dottie, a ghost who died in the fifties and who Paige can only talk to at school. Then Logan comes along and Paige learns about the Dark World, an alternate world where demons and warlocks are at war and Paige may play an important part in that war so both sides want to use her. So yes, you do have the well-known story of a special girl and the mysterious boy who has to save her (a lot), but it works. And there's no love triangle, not even a hint, and Paige's parents are not absent at all. That's refreshing.
Paige is pretty funny and she doesn't want to be helpless so she gets Logan to train her how to fight. Logan's a great guy, and he's also lonely given he moves around a lot, tasked with killing demons. Once that job is done, he moves on. There's insta-attraction, but not really insta-love, and I thought their relationship was sweet. It's a bit romance heavy, but there's plenty of action and fight scenes to keep things moving. All in all, I liked this one and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Posted by: Pam