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Though demon possession is bad enough for the average Joe, Black's new heroine, native Philadelphian Morgan Kingsley, is a professional exorcist—making her possession by a powerful demon all the more infuriating (and embarrassing). Worse, the demon inside her, Lugh, is next in line to become king of the demon realm, and factions are hard at work to off him before he takes the throne. As neither of the standard options for demon killing appeal to Morgan (exorcism, which usually leaves the human host a mindless wreck, or burning at the stake, with predictable results), Morgan and Lugh (who communicate in dreams) must race against time to discover how he was implanted into her and, while keeping the rival demons at bay, how to get him out without killing her in the process. Although Black doesn't break any new ground, she's got a winning heroine, a well-crafted contemporary world where demonic possession is just a part of life and a nice balance of mystery, action and sex, making this light but engaging novel an urban fantasy series kickoff full of promise. (Dec.)
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"'An exorcist with an attitude, Morgan Kingsley is sure to win Black a legion of fans.' - Kelley Armstrong 'A sassy heroine who's not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done or to save a loved one's life. Add to that a sexy hero, great secondary characters and a storyline that keeps you reading, and this one is definitely a keeper' - Keri Arthur" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553590448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553590449
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The premise of The Devil Inside really intrigued me. It's the story of how Morgan Kingsley, powerful exorcist and hater of demons, gets forced into the role of unwilling demon host. It's the story about a world where demons exist, and where humans can accept them willingly into themselves in order to become stronger, greater and more powerful than they could ever be alone. It's the story of different factions of demons struggling for power- one group in favor of making humans across the world nothing more than puppets, another group in favor of abolishing unwilling demon hosting. With that backdrop, Morgan is placed right in the middle of the action when she returns from an exorcism to find that her world has changed forever, where friends are enemies, enemies are unlikely allies, and where the demons are always two steps ahead.

I really enjoyed reading about all the characters in The Devil Inside, especially Lugh (the dangerously sexy king of demons unwillingly thrust inside Morgan), Adam (a demon who heads the Special Forces and who likes to inflict pain in the bedroom) and Dominic (a former Demon host and overall good guy). Morgan is a very likeable heroine. At first she comes across as rather hard-edged and cynical- kind of like she's seen and done it all. It doesn't take long to figure out that isn't true. Due to her upbringing in a family zealously in support of all demons and demon hosting, and her subsequent rebellion and hatred toward demons, Morgan is in fact rather close minded and naive. She finds out how much she has to learn after she moves in with Adam and Dominic. Her deep seated hatred and fear don't always allow her to make rational decisions, and in fact she makes several that she later regrets.
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"pretty monumentally stupid". That's not me speaking, that's how one character in this book describes Morgan Kingsley. Unfortunately that's a very accurate description of her. Morgan spends more than half the book apologizing for the stupid things she does. She spends the other half continuing to be stupid.

Morgan is self righteous and hypocritical. At the beginning of the book she boasts to the reader how she likes to wear tight leather pants cause she looks hot in them. Later on she is too embarrased to wear a sexy outfit to a club. She is judgemental of the S&M lifestyle of Adam and Dominic and proceeds to make snotty comments about it whenever possible.

The author, Jenna Black, has created some really interesting fully fledged characters. The romantic relationship between Adam and Dominic feels realistic even though one is a human possessed demon. I was really impressed by her imagination and the way she portrayed every other character. I just can't like a book when I hate the main character. I have about 50 pages left to finish this book, and I all I want from the ending is for her to die. So that I can read the next book with only the supporting characters.

If you are interested in this book I recommend that you check it out from the library first so you don't end up in the same situation as me.
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Morgan is an exorcist. Her worst fear is demon possession--and she has good reason to be afraid. She lives in an execution state--yes, if a human is found to be involuntarily possessed and cannot be exorcised, they're burned alive.

The story begins with Morgan being summoned to KS for an exorcism. The victim is a little girl, already strapped to the metal table and ready to go into the oven if the exorcism fails. The demon inside the girl is quite strong and Morgan gets touched by it--she wakens in a containment room herself, suspected possessed by the demon she just exorcised, but she knows that's not true and can't figure out why.

Her sleep's been troubled for a long time. She sleepwalks and now she's writing notes to her waking self from a demon named Lugh, who claims to have involuntarily have possessed her when she was drugged by her family.

This is just the beginning of a tale that takes you to a world where demons are on one side voluntarily hosted and almost worshipped by the Spirit Society and abhorred and abused by the Wrath of God. The hints of world-building in this novel are very interesting particularly in relation to demon advocacy.

The characters show some potential. Morgan is a strong, feisty woman who doesn't always make the best decisions. Still, she is loyal and will risk her life for someone she cares for. I would like to see stronger character development in the future.

Unfortunately, the plot got bogged down in heavy erotic content. When I say heavy, I am referring to whips and chains, etc. Fortunately, none of it was precisely non-consensual; however, I'd have enjoyed the politics and world-building much more than the explicit material.

I'm not sure this first novel actually has a good niche.
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The basic plot to the story was good and there was plenty of action that helped me get through it, but overall this book did not impress me.

At first I thought I was going to enjoy the book (even w/ a dull, vulgar phone sex conversation pretty close in), but it wasn't long that I started getting really disappointed. Too much of the behavior in this book was unbelievable and senseless.

The word I can best describe the main character is "stupid". She's comes off as weak in every sense of the word. I don't feel the author did a very good job making the reader feel what the characters were feeling. An author can't just write that a character feels a certain way and expect the reader to believe it. He/she needs to lay a foundation, and when the main character flip-flops all over the place without it being properly justified or resolved it fails to allow the reader to become involved.

The book is heavy on the S&M/gay erotica. I don't mind a few sexy scenes in book, but these just bored me or disgusted me. I simply didn't find the sex scenes "sexy".

It's hard to write a review w/o giving too much a way. I really don't want to ruin the book for anyone who may still want to read it. Basically, what I most disliked about the book was the how the main character reacted to everything. Her behavior was almost embarrassing to read. She'd get upset, throw a fit, then back down. There were reasons for her to be upset, but none of the intelligent, moral arguments were ever brought up. She'd just apologize. Also, it made her seem even worse the way she dealt w/ the erotic content. She acted like she thought is was wrong, but it was a blatant case of "the lady doth protest too much".
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