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Demon Princess: Reign or Shine [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Rowen
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Book Description

Nikki Donovan has enough trouble fitting in at her new school without the weird guy who keeps following her around. And when he approaches her, claiming to be sent by her long-lost father, Nikki finds out the truth: the father she never knew is the demon king of the Shadowlands- the realm between our world and the Underworld-and now that he's dying, she is his sole heir to the throne. Maybe it's because she's in shock, or maybe it's because the messenger, Michael, is actually kind of cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There, she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne-forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden-he's a Shadow creature and destined to be her slave. What's a teenage demon princess to do? Look out for the other book in the Demon Princess series, Reign Check!

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Grade 6–10—Just when Nikki Donovan is about to go to Winter Formal with the hottest guy at school, she's summoned by a creepy (but also hot) teenage messenger from the land of the demons. It turns out her father, who left her mother before Nikki was born, is the king of the Shadowlands, the dimension between the human realm and the Underworld. Now he is dying, and Nikki is next in line for the throne. While many novels and TV shows remove supernatural creatures from their traditional gothic environments, this book keeps the demons in creepy, mist-shrouded castles. Cartoonish scenes in which Nikki sprouts leather wings and pets unicorns even make the story seem like a spoof. But the real problem is that there isn't enough plot to sustain readers' interest. Instead, Nikki spends a lot of time talking and thinking about her situation: "It didn't make any sense. It couldn't be real. And if it was…if I was half demon, what did that mean? Was I evil? Would I suddenly go all dark side and want to eat souls or something?" For more complicated, less-stereotypical demons, check out Maureen Johnson's Devilish (Penguin, 2006), or A. M. Jenkins's Repossessed (HarperTeen, 2007)—or if you prefer demon-slayers, Rosemary Clement-Moore's "Maggie Quinn" series (Delacorte).—Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI
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“Sixteen-year-old Nikki’s life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she’s no damsel in distress. Just after her birthday, Nikki learns from an attractive stranger named Michael that she is heir to the throne of the Shadowlands, which separate the human realm from the Underworld. Nikki’s father, the Demon King, is dying, and she’s got very little time to decide if she’ll stay in the Shadowlands forever or live as a normal teenager. Her aunt Elizabeth is ready to take over the throne and will stop at nothing to block Nikki’s ascension to power. Nikki knows what everyone else wants her to do, but she ultimately wants to make her own decisions about her future, something every teenager will understand. Although she doesn’t see herself as a superhero, her will to save her threatened loved ones and take control of her own life is nothing short of heroic. The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sixteen-year-old Nikki faces yet another new school and yet another (probably unhappy) marriage for her mother. Still, she is hopeful about the changes until she meets an attractive guy who appears to be stalking her. She is thoroughly spooked after he tells her that she is, in fact, a demon princess whose father, King of the Shadowlands, is ill and wishes to see her. Still, she agrees to enter the dimension that separates the human realm from the Underworld. Rowen walks an intriguing tightrope, moving Nikki between scenes of realism and fairy tale–horror within a single school day or high-school dance. And she crafts intriguing characters, including Nikki’s loving father, who morphs into a leathery horned demon with glowing red eyes at the slightest provocation, and a potential Shadow boyfriend, who serves as Nikki’s servant and protector. Readers who suspend belief will find themselves caught up in a sometimes violent, romantic, complex fantasy that, although not completely satisfying, will tide them over until the next Stephenie Meyer vampire book or Meg Cabot princess title is released.” —Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (August 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2BMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's a girl to do? May 27, 2009
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Demon Princess is the first in an all new Teen Series by Paranormal author Michelle Rowan. Michelle Rowen has written great adult paranormal books but I must say Demon Princess is completely new!

The concept seems a little cookie cutter, mortal girl meets 'other' boy finds out she's a demon princess, yadda yadda. But I can say that Rowen breaks away from the norm with the concepts of Shadows, the Shadow world being the barrier between the Underworlds of Hell, Faery and Demon policies.

Nikki is a normal girl whose mother is on husband number four, blech. A popular girl befriends her and surprisingly they become best friends. (Side plot note, I think her best friend found out she's a demon slayer!) A mysterious boy shows up suddenly everything Nikki thought she knew about herself and her absent father is turned around. Needless to say she doesn't believe that her father's a demon king and that makes her... you guessed it... a demon princess.

She believes when her Darkling (half demon half human) powers emerge. From there the story whirlwinds in to an almost chaotic pace, but the reader is able to keep up, just be prepared to be at the edge of your seat! Nikki meets her father, aunt, other demons, a shadow and a faery king... pretty awesome.

This is such a great first novel because we are introduced to Nikki and her mortal life, yet the plot opens up so many doors that can come into play later in the series such as Melinda (BFF) as a demon slayer, Michael a shadow prince, and the faery king actually liking Nikki. The next book will be out spring of 2010 and I really can not wait!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, bland characters, predictable ending June 18, 2009
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I can't say I hated this book. I did enjoy the idea of a 16 year old girl, on the cusp of popularity, who suddenly finds that she is the daughter of a demon king. From that description, you expect all sorts of entertaining mayhem to ensue, but sadly, the story is rather flat. The characters themselves are one dimensional and completely predictable. The "surprise" enemy is painfully obvious from the first moment they step into the story. Maybe I am spoiled by other urban fantasy novel written in the first person, because I kept expecting some witty thoughts and comments from our heroine, but none ever came, only tears and a mild anger at being told what to do.

I think this series could turn out to be a good one, but a serious overhaul of the characters is needed to make them interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Heroine! December 15, 2009
Michelle Rowen so happens to be one of my favorite authors and I was extatic when I found out she was releasing a YA novel! Nikki is just your average teenager; she goes to an awesome school, is best friends with the most popular girl, and not to mention that Mr. Handsome is taking her to the school dance. Life just couldn't get better... or worse? After Nikki turns 16, she finds out that she is a half demon from a very cute guy named Michael who urges her to come to the Shadowland to meet her Father who so happens to be the King. Only what she doesn't know is that her life is about to change in so many different ways.

Nikkis is absoloutly one of my favorite characters! She's sarcastic and a complete bad ass (which is very common in Rowen's books :) ). I love the way Michelle writes! It's as if your taking this from a real life teenager. The language is up to date, the events are things that could totally happen to any teenager and not to mention the emotions! It's as if I was going right back to high school (except for the supernatural stuff ;)). I loved the idea of a demon princess, as well as a brand new world that Rowen creates. The Shadowlands captivated me from the first moment it was mention and I was always anxious and impatient for our heroine to return. Rowent does an excellent job with the emotions that this novel projects! When the character experiences her first kiss with a certain person who I will not tell you, it just reminded me of how it felt when I had my first kiss with that person I really liked. If your looking for a fun, sarcastic humored, captivating novel; then Demon Princess is def a must read! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining with "real" characters June 16, 2009
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(I will not cover the plot, since that can be found in the book summary and other reviews.)

I feel that Reign or Shine contains characters that most girls can relate to. It shows the new girl who thinks she never fits in, the popular girl who is actually insecure, the mother who searches for true love again and again, and so forth. Pretty much every character is an example of "don't judge a book by its cover". Nikki, the main character, gains strength throughout the story.

I think the book would have been even better if it was about twice as long. There were a lot of sections I felt were skimmed over, but I know this was necessary for the length of the story. I liked the story building but was not thrilled with the last few chapters. I felt that the "ending" of this story was typical and forced. It felt like the ending was wrapped up too quickly.

I did enjoy something Nikki's best friend said to her at the school dance, and I think it is a sneak peek at maybe the next book. I will not give it away, but the girls laughed at their comments. However, I think they were both telling the truth but afraid to be ridiculed and laughed at. Should make for a very good series!!! I would have given this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the quick/forced/predictable ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute.
I love Michelle's Falling Kingdom series under her pen name, so I thought I'd check some of her work out that's under Michelle Rowen.

This book was cute and fun. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read.
The plot was predictable, but the writing was even and while nothing about the story truly wowed me, it was a very pleasant diversion from the technical stuff I've been reading... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but enjoyable!
Nikki is your average, normal teenager, dealing with normal teen stuff-- high school, crushes, and so on. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lili Lost in a Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute fun
This was a fun and cute read. I loved the characters and they were memorable. Looking forward to reading more about Rhys! This book was very good and the romance was sweet.
Published 17 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars demons
i thought this was a neat book, i will order it for the jr/sr high school library. i can see the next books progressing with the "jokes" between the best friends about... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sueg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first installment
The first installment in this series was cute and fun. It was not by any mean drop-dead perfect but it has so much potential in the books to come. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Morgan Rash
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever trifle
This novel takes a much lighter look at the otherworldly plots popular among teens today -- it's much lighter and cleverer than the Twilight books, and probably better for you. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Richard LeComte
4.0 out of 5 stars Demon Princess: Reign or Shine
When I got this book, admittedly, I was excited to read it. I'd read the synopsis on Goodreads, and I was thinking how great of a book it was going to be. Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by Sierra
4.0 out of 5 stars ~~fun albeit predictable read~~
Nikki, while adjusting to moving to yet another town, discovers that she is half human, half demon. As if moving, finding new friends and trying to fit in isn't hard enough! Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by paranormal junkie
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Reinvention of Old Supernatural Concepts
This was a cute story with some odd twists on the demonic. This book would have had to have a really engaging main character to make me want to read more of the series. Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by K. Policani
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Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance.

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