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My name is Ashley and I live on the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland (Got an atlas? Go to the 'Ireland' page and look up at the top of the island. That's me waving up at you just to the right of the middle.)with my husband, children and an assorted menagerie of dogs, cats and a fish called 'Bob'.
I've written stories since I could hold a crayon and 'Demon's Daughter' is my first published novel in a trilogy following the adventures of a feisty nerd called 'Emily'. The second instalment, 'Demon's Revenge', came out in August 2012 and the final stage of Emily's story, 'Demon's Blood', came out in March 2013.
My ambition is to write novels that a reader can get lost in for a few hours with characters that are enjoyable to follow and who can give you a giggle while you read. I worked for Waterstones for a number of years and one of my favourite duties as a bookseller was stacking the shelves with the new titles and finding one that caught my interest. There's really nothing better than finding a few moments to grab a cuppa and relax with a good story; and with books available in so many ways now - physical copies, Kindle, pc, phone - it's so much easier for all us bookaholics to get our book fix!
I hope you enjoy Emily's adventures and look forward to chatting with you again soon.
Well...what to say about this book? It was just AMAZING! I didn't think I would have liked it so much, but I did! And I admit I fell in love with Sariel! He's soooo charming! And sweet! I liked Emily too. She is so funny! And strong. Although sometimes a bit stupid. But I found myself thinking like her most of the time. I think we're somewhat alike, though not totally. Seth? He just got on my nerves most of the time! I really didn't like that he got along with Asmodeus so well. But maybe he wasn't strong enough to resist Asmodeus's mind control? Might be. Or maybe he was just dumb enough. In that I agreed with Emily. Seth's an idiot at times. Joanna, their mother, I don't know what to think about her. I just couldn't get either a good or bad impression. She's easily manipulated and it kind of sickened me. And made me sorry for her. And kinda angry. But mostly, it was Asmodeus sickening me. Just as Emily was sickened and repelled by him. He's just... Ewwww! Adam.... uhm... well... I don't like him. It showed from the start that he's a jerk. I couldn't agree with Emily there. I couldn't see what she saw in him beside the looks. And, seriously? She got Sariel and he's the greatest guy ever! Why she kept going after that dumbass of Adam?!?! Annie and Dylan were ok. They're good friends.
What I didn't like in this book was the use of italian phrases. WRONG italian phrases! One thing you should know about me, I'm italian. And reading all those wrong phrases, all those mistakes... God, my eyes bugged out! I could barely understand what the author wanted to say. It was awful! Some examples: -It doesn't exist "Dolce uno" in italian! To say "Sweet one" you could say "Dolcezza".Read more ›
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This is a good first offering from new author McCook. Obviously meant to be part of an ongoing work (a trilogy???)she has set the scene with a competent and heartfelt set of characters which I am sure will develop into fully developed, fun and care-worthy individuals.
The plot centres on a family with a single Mum, and twins Seth & Emily, who somewhat belatedly find out that their Dad is actually a Demon! Cue fallen angels, werewolves an lots of good teen fun (relationship angst; clothes; clubs; what it takes to be 'in' etc.) and you have 'Demon's Daughter'. The main protagonist is Emily (hence the title) though that does sometimes leave the reader feeling a bit sorry for her brother who obviously isn't as important - still he seems very good natured about it, mainly.
I particularly like the Sariel-Emily empathetic dimension,though it will be interesting to see how McCook develops this, and the physical subtext, given the obvious age (and species!) differences.
I found the book light and fun, yet interesting and compelling. McCook is obviously aiming this at the Twilight generation, however if the following installment develops the characters and relationships in the way promised in 'Demons Daughter' then this certainly has cross over potential. I am sure that there are many slightly aging 'Buffys' who will enjoy this immensely, along with a whole new generation of new 'Emilys' who are just waiting to find their Sariel!
A good first effort - well worth a read.
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