Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Book Review: Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher
Demon Girl follows the story of Rae Wilder, an orphan growing up in a changed world, a violent and seemingly unbelievable, irrepairable world. The human race was almost wiped out by demons - vampires, fairies, shifters, and other creatures of the supernatural realm. The Clerics now protect the surving humans, hoarding them like cattle behind purpose built walls and fences designed to keep the demons on one side, and every one else on the other.
Rae dances the fine line between following the rules of the Cleric and wanting to explore the unknown. She has always been a little different, even known as an outcast. She has few friends, and certainly doesn't think twice about slipping through the wall and dissapearing into the forest beyond.
In a whirlwind of intrigue, action, and information overload, Rae is faced with a new world of possibilities. She uncovers the truth about her past, finds herself tied to a sexy fairie-boy called Breandan, and to top it off, somehow gets mixed up with a mysterious vampire known as Tomas.
Did I enjoy this novel? The simple answer is yes. The first few chapters are filled with a riot of quick moving action sequences and enough unfolding plot that losing interest seemed impossible. The characters are consistent and easily likeable, I even found myself drawn to the characters with darker natures and appreciating their part within the story.
About mid way through the novel I found the plot travelled in a few circles. Restlessness settled in where not too much happened as a lot of background detail was being offloaded. I did see the writer's perspective about the summarising of this information, but I still wanted the story to move forward. And, once it did, I had trouble putting the book down. Rae's continued self-exploration and confusing and often exciting trysts with seemingly unlikely characters kept my nose between the pages.
Despite some spelling and slight grammatical issues, the text flowed easily. I have little complaint with this novel other than the fact that it ended. I will defnitely be seeking out the rest of the novels in this series. I rate Demon Girl four out of five stars.
Synopsis: Rae Wilder has problems ...Supernatural creatures swarm the earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Stalked by a handsome fairy who claims she is like him, demonkind, Rae thinks maybe it was a mistake breaking the rules by going over the wall into demon territory. Plunged into a world of dark magics, fierce creatures, and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with guarding a magical amulet. The changes to her mind and body are startling but rather than accept her purpose, she struggles against who she is supposed to be. Throw in a big lust for a vampire who can't keep his hands off her, and life starts to get complicated. Rae is forced to make the ultimate choice; to live and die human, or embrace her birthright and weild magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.