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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Review: DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT

Demons At Deadnight by A & E Kirk
Book 1 of the Divinicus Nex Chronicles
Genre: urban fantasy YA
Format: ebook

About Demons At Deadnight:
DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.
Source: Info in the About Demons At Deadnight was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13244372-demons-at-deadnight on 31/03/2012.

Review:
I have to admit that I bought this book only because I like Alyssa. She's a wonderful blogger! Always polite and has a wicked sense of humour that tends to shine through in the way she relates to people in the blogging world. And when I started reading this book, that impression about her humour was pleasantly reaffirmed! Humour is always pleasant to read! Which, I think, also contributed to the book being fast paced.

There are two main things I like most about this book which stands out to me. One, is the snarky remarks. Like I said I like humour in a book. And this snarkiness peppered the story all through out from cover to cover. That earned the book a lot of kudos. Second, is the team dynamic between our protagonists. The camaraderie is wonderful! Plus not everybody agrees with everybody which makes the human relationship between the Hex Boys real. Another kudos to the book for that!

The ending though was sorta hanging... but I guess this is an age-old marketing ploy to make readers buy the next book in the series. The plot also did not have that much of a structure. This gave the book a feeling of being merely an introduction to the world of Divinicus Nex and not really a whole story. But just the first chapter of a bigger book. That did not win a lot of points with me. I like my books to have a coherent structure with a central dilemma and an ending with a good resolution even if the book is part of a series. I guess this is one of the reasons why I like Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews' books so much because they give me that. Even their short stories manages to do that. Overall though, I had a lot of fun reading this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the Divinicus Nex series!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 2.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 3

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

7 comments:

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

WONDERFUL!! I have a feeling I would love this books when I get it. And your review just makes me want to run out and get it RIGHT NOW! lol. Sounds like I would love it. Thank you!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it. I can't believe I haven't had time to read my copy yet.

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good :) I'd love to read it though I am scared cos what happens if I do not like it? I do not want to diss it then

roro said...

sounds good
but th cover is so icky
tnx4 the review

fakesteph said...

My favorite part of book blogging is trying books outside my comfort zone because a blogger I respect loved the book. I've found so many books that way. I'm glad you liked this one. :)

Portugal said...

Unless I hear differently about the next book in the series; I most likely won't be looking to buy it in paper form and take up room on my shelves.

Cherry said...

I probably will buy a print copy if and when I come across a bargain one :)

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