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Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarra Cannon
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Book Description

Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. After yet another episode, Harper is sent to a home for troubled girls in the mysterious small town of Peachville. It's her last chance, and she'll do anything to make sure her strange powers remain a secret.

But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has an even bigger secret of its own.

Beautiful Demons is a fast-paced YA novel with magic, mystery, and a touch of romance. This series will appeal to fans of Pretty Little Liars, Hex Hall, and The Vampire Diaries.

The Peachville High Demons series is complete Find the full series here:

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Peachville High Demons series:

"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

This is BOOK 1 of the Peachville High Demons series. This series is now complete! Read them in order:
  1. Beautiful Demons
  2. Inner Demons
  3. Bitter Demons
  4. Shadow Demons
  5. Rival Demons
  6. Demons Forever
*Beautiful Demons is a short novel at 47,000 words.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3476 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1624210120
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dead River Books (October 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A14RI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,679 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Demons November 4, 2010
By KristiS
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Harper Madison has been shipped from foster care home to foster care home since she was 10 years old. Known as a troubled child with violent tendencies she's never spent enough time in one place to ever feel a sense of belonging. Strange things happen around Harper, especially when Harper feels threatened or scared and those strange things usually end up with someone being hurt. Although Harper has never intentionally hurt anyone she is blamed just the same and Harper carries the guilt, shame and sense of abandonment with her everywhere she goes.

Harper's options are limited now; since her last foster home placement she has one chance to make it at the Shadowford Home for girls, if she blows this then its Juvenile Detention Center for the rest of her high school days.
Shadowford Home isn't as bad as she thought it would be. Ms. Shadowford is creepy and weird but everyone else is friendly, especially Agnes who is outgoing and extremely talkative; she raves on and on about the Peachville High School Demons football team and especially the cheerleading squad as if they were Goddesses! Harper's also crushing on Jackson, the house mother's son who is edgy and different, a definite bad boy who has much more underneath that tough exterior. Jackson and Harper hit it off right away and she finds herself drawn to him.

On Harpers first day of school things are going good until she has a mishap with one of the cheerleaders at lunch and then it all goes horribly bad. Suddenly, Harper is involved in a murder investigation, learning things about the town that seem impossible and learning that Jackson has some answers to her questions.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised March 9, 2011
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I will be up front. I didn't expect a lot from this book going in. Not because of the price (99 cents is the right price for me to try out an unknown author, but not for me to expect Tolstoy) but because of the length. I'm used to reading 100,000-word stories in the adult fiction section, and 60,000 words in YA. This book comes in at a little over 45k, which is firmly in the "longer novella" category.

This book pleasantly surprised me. So much so that I downloaded the sequel immediately, and tore through it like Grant went through Richmond. And after that, I had no problem ponying up the 2.99 for the third.

I won't waste space with a summary, but Harper is an engaging heroine, Peachville is just the right amount of creepy, and the cheerleader angle is cleverly done.

It's hard to find YA paranormals that don't immediately turn every boy character into a potential date/crush/love polygon candidate. It's also very difficult to find a YA paranormal that strikes the balance between romance and external story. Cannon's series does just that. Harper has romantic interests, but they are not the focus of the story. Harper's still very much her own person, and doesn't bore the reader with endless moping about how Tall, Dark And Delinquent is her whole entire life now. Harper is also well-suited to the story, and her decisions reflect both her experience as a cynic in The System and as a girl who hasn't yet lost hope. She's no ingenue, adorable helpless heroine, TSTL, or I'm-soo-badass heroine, but rather a well-rounded blend of skeptic, outcast, and hopeful, who is smart enough to know when she's out of her depth. The story is first and foremost a young girl's journey from last chance to a potentially wonderful world...with a dark underbelly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Demons is a great read November 8, 2010
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Beautiful Demons is a refreshing new series from a budding young author. This book is written so well, the words just flow off the page. With every click of my "next page" button, I could not wait to read what was written. Even though this is a young adult fiction, I would recomend it for older groups as well. I could not put this book down and finished it in 3 days. I found myself waking up to read it while I waited on my kids to get ready for school. I can not wait until the next book in the series comes out. I am looking forward to more wonderful books from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An addicting read. May 12, 2012
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I bought this book because it was free and figured I didn't have too much to lose. In reality I ended up losing all my free time because once I got through this book I HAD to read the rest of the books in the series and could not put them down. I found myself hiding my Ipad under my desk at work so I could keep reading and staying up late at night gasping at the situations Harper found herself in.

Harper Madison is definitely not like other YA leading ladies. She is fierce, doesn't have the whole 'oh I'm not pretty' whininess about her. She cares more about how she can help others and move forward than about how boys see her.

Highly recommend this book and the rest in the series.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I was feeling overdue for a little YA fiction, and so when Sarra Cannon's "Beautiful Demons" popped up as a freebie, I grabbed it. The protagonist, Harper, is an orphan whose origins are clouded in mystery, who possesses paranormal abilities that she does not yet fully comprehend, and who is unaware of the special destiny in store for her. If that sounds to you like a page out of Harry Potter (and a couple of hundred other YA books), well, you'll get no argument from me. Many of this book's elements struck me as being less than original; however, I thought making Harper a ward of the state who has been shuffled from one foster home to another was a terrific idea, with lots of potential.

Unfortunately, Harper is far from an ideal protagonist. She spends the entire book being reactive rather than active, and her passivity actually grows more pronounced as the story progresses. And despite the fact that we're essentially "in her head" for the entire book (it's written in the first person), her character is not especially well-defined. In fact, if one were to ask me what her strongest traits were I'd have a hard time coming up with a definitive answer. This contrasts sharply with familiar YA protagonists like Harry Potter (inquisitive and determined), or Bella Swan (headstrong and defiant). Characterization is woefully thin for most of the other characters as well, who seem to have stepped right out of central casting.

But what really bothered me most was the quality of the writing. I understand that a streamlined approach can be effective, but Ms. Cannon's writing style is so flat and spare as to be artless. Even though there was ample opportunity to imbue this story with atmosphere and emotion, it's all "I did this" and "I did that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 2 days ago by fhdjhfo
2.0 out of 5 stars On the fence
This is a story that confused me from the first page to the last. It just never connected the dots really and though it was interesting it wasn't that story that pulls you in
Published 5 days ago by Selesta
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic!
I LOVED this book. I felt like I was hypnotized from start to finish... I couldn't put it down. On to book 2 now!!!
Published 11 days ago by A. Lynn Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Questions
I love the main character Harper. the storyline is intriguing, but it ends in a way that leaves the reader with a lot of questions. more of a conclusion would have been better.
Published 23 days ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons)
I thought I was in for a boring YA novel about the miseries of high school, so it was a nice surprise when the story grabbed me in the first few pages and took off running! Read more
Published 1 month ago by jgtimm
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Demons
This short book starts with 16 year old Harper moving to Stepford, sorry, I mean Peachville, because she has powers that she can't control that no one wants to admit they know... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merissa
2.0 out of 5 stars Just annoyed that I wasted so much time hoping for something ...
I just finished this book... well, it wasn't really a book. It's only 1/3 of a book. It just stops partway through and you have to buy the rest of the series to see what happens. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Desperado
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Vampire and Werewolf Free!
Granted, this read like a typical teenage paranormal-girl just discovering her powers, trying to fit in at a new school, the usual high school drama complete with bullies, and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gypsy Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
I loved the amount of action, and also how the beginning of the novel left me in the dark. There are no words to express my feelings toward this book
Published 2 months ago by Jen Scar
5.0 out of 5 stars Merp
At first I couldn't really get into this book but as it progressed it just kept getting better, I didn't even hesitate to buy the second one!
Published 2 months ago by Brianna Arroyo
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More About the Author

An Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Author!

Sarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college age characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

Her best selling Young Adult paranormal series, Peachville High Demons, has sold over 140,000 copies and been featured on Amazon's Top 100 eBooks for Children & Teens. The first book in the series, Beautiful Demons, will be adapted into a graphic novel by Sea Lion Books later this year, and a spin-off series will begin in 2014.

She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in South Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.

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