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Almost Demon: Chamber One of the Sigil Cycle [Kindle Edition]

AJ Salem
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 310 pages
  • Series: The Sigil Cycle (Book 1)
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Book Description

Senior year was supposed to be the best one yet until that breezy, summer afternoon when everything changed.

The devastating car crash took Gemma Pope's twin brother, two of her best friends, and although she survived, it ended her average teen life.

Gemma returns to school in a cloak of blame. Everyone in town believes the accident was her fault and in between her bouts of grief and guilt she's been having visions of dark things - Dybbuk creeping out from every corner.

But, two new mysterious men in her life offer a glint of hope. Ian, the incredibly gorgeous new guy who smells of cinnamon and spice and is surprisingly into her; and her new, cute English teacher Mr. Flynn, who dedicates himself to teaching her how to become a demonic summoner.

It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.

Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.

Don't miss the adventure everyone will be talking about!


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★★★★★ ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"A snarky young protagonist facing a mystical world with a realistically unsure attitude makes this chilling novel an enjoyable read."

In AJ Salem's debut novel, Almost Demon, Gemma discovers she was born to be a summoner of angels and demons, and it's up to her to save the town from a supernatural infestation. With a little romance, a lot of mystery, and a blurred line between angel and demon, Salem creates a world that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the last page is turned.

About the Author

AJ Salem lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four kids where she has a closet full of yarn she insists will be turned into complete projects. She loves reading, daydreaming, road trips and British television. Currently, she is preparing for her next job as The Doctor's next companion but in the meantime is hard at work on the next installment of the Sigil Cycle and a soon to be announced Middle Grade novel. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Salem Books; 1 edition (January 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD5HOAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Joe
Format:Paperback
A page-turner filled with discovery and twists at every turn. After the death of her brother, the protagonist learns that she was affected in more ways than you could imagine, and empowered! The Twilight saga meets Harry Potter in an exciting novel. I can't wait for the second book in the cycle to see how the characters (and their powers) develop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great novel! October 25, 2013
By koeur
Format:Paperback
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Publishers Description: The first in the all-new series “The Sigil Cycle” – a dazzling debut by author AJ Salem!
“Almost Demon” will catapult you into the world of Gemma Pope – high school senior, car crash survivor turned reluctant demon summoner.
The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.
Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and best friends, she’s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.
The clock starts ticking when the local librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. Gemma’s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker.
Should she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and access to other dimensions?
It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.
Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.

Review: Wow. This was a kick-ass ride. Demons with unique looks and personalities, Angels, alternate universes and teen angst. What more could get you interested? The story-line is a well thought out menagerie that has constant movement coupled to focused character development. There is never a stagnant interlude of drivel filler. The cover art is just plane kick ass. Reminds me of Jo Nesbo’s “Redbreast” cover art.

The only time you have a long review is when the novel is really bad and demands an editing commentary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Demon October 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Where do I start, first of all thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Second, I LOVE the cover of this book. It is what caught my eye. It reminds me of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, both of which I adored.

I wasn’t expecting this story, it really, really captivated me. It starts with Gemma, a girl you immediately know has a story and she does. She is returning back to school following the tragic accident that claimed the life of her beloved twin brother Brian and friends Jenny and Mimi.

She is disconnected to her dad and apart from her friend Charlotte the rest of the school blame her for the deaths. She also has a ghost camping out on her front lawn, a new sexy teacher Mr Flynn and a mysterious new boy Ian.

Then she sees them, dark, black shadowy mists that are lurking on the edge, waiting and watching. When her nemesis Allison, Brian’s former girlfriend attacks her she sees the blackness is consuming her. It’s in her eyes. When Ian comes to her rescue he tells her he sees them too.

She sparks a friendship with him but also Mr Flynn, a rather yummy character suggests she join his book club. When she reluctantly agrees she realizes she is the only member and Mr Flynn wants to teach her how to summon demons by performing the sigil ritual and chanting from an old grimoire.

What I loved about this story was the easy style of writing, the character development and the way AJ didn’t candy coat Gemma’s grief, guilt or fear of what was happening. The story flowed and grew with excellent fluidity and you were kept on the hook of wanting more by the ease of flow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and incredibly clever tale. October 28, 2013
By The Law
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was a lot of fun to read: unexpected plot twists weave together an excitingly creative story about a young woman dealing with challenges in her life - both natural and supernatural. I look forward to the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eagerly awaiting the second volume December 26, 2013
By Heather
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
“So, have you given much thought to your demon of choice?...”
“How about him? Pointing to a half man, half lion riding a bear with a serpent in hand?”

That breezy, summer afternoon changed everything. The twisted pile of steel on the side of the highway took Gemma’s twin brother, two of her best friends, and although she survived, it ended her average teen life. After that day she was plagued with grief, guilt and visions - dark things – Dybbuks.

Gemma returned to school in a cloak of blame. Everyone in town believed the accident was her fault. But, two new mysterious men in her life offer a glint of hope. Ian, the incredibly gorgeous new guy who smells of cinnamon and spice and is surprisingly into her; and her new, cute English teacher Mr. Flynn, who dedicates himself to teaching her how to become a demonic summoner.

AJ Salem’s debut novel was a fast paced, suspenseful page-turner that kept me up all night cheering Gemma on as she fought to save Harrisport from evil. As a former fanatic of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mystery novel enthusiast, this book hit home. I appreciated that AJ Salem, effectively wove demonic history and mythology into the plot making it an interesting read as well as entertaining, much like another one of my favorite novels, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I’m eagerly awaiting the second volume of The Sigil Cycle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging !
Very good read, I couldn't put it down. I liked the imagery and the way the flashbacks were woven in.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Hyland
3.0 out of 5 stars Just So So
Not one of my favorite YA books. A bit too predictable and too many things introduced at the end of the book to fix 'holes' in the story line.
Published 1 month ago by E. Schroder
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! I'm hooked!
If you're looking for a new series to sink your teeth into this one would be it! I'm not much of a book person, but I became a fan of Almost Demon instantly! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cloud9
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
this book had me hooked from the beginning, can not wait to see where the story goes in the next book :)
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Change in the Supernatural Genre!
Almost Demon caught my eye due to the title. How can something or someone be "almost" a demon, or angel for that matter? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patterson King
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but...
This was an enjoyable read, but the main character's lack of intelligence (it took her WAY too long to figure things out and some of it was really obvious) was a little bit more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rebecca Fyfe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
Emma is the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her twin brother and two best friends! Since that day she has been seeing strange dark shadows and strange happenings in her... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This book was a great read. You have some mystery, heartache, betrayal, magic, demons, other things and friends and family.
Published 15 months ago by Mysticrosetiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!!!
I would've never thought that this was AJ Salem's debut novel. The characters are well-developed with an exceptionally strong protagonist. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joseph DiBartolo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book!
What else can I say about this book other than the fact that it was non-stop excitement with every page turned! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gina DiCaprio
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AJ Salem lives in New York with her husband and four kids where she has a closet full of yarn she insists will be turned into complete projects. She loves reading, daydreaming, road trips and British television. Currently, she is auditioning for her next job as The Doctor's companion but in the meantime is hard at work on the next installment of the Sigil Cycle and a soon to be announced Middle Grade novel.

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Almost Demon, her first novel, follows 17-year old Gemma Pope, a reluctant demon summoner, as she battles the dark shadows suddenly threatening her hometown of Harrisport while coming to terms with her role in the death of her twin brother and two friends.

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