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Gr 8 Up-Mia Dellatorri is possessed by a demon. With an opening scene reminiscent of Linda Blair's ordeal in The Exorcist, readers are drawn into this intriguing and unique story. Mia is saved by a pair of long-lost Italian relatives and is subsequently whisked off to Milan for her own safety, where she learns the ancient family trade of demon hunting. She learns about much more than demons-she uncovers plenty of mysteries in her own family history as she discovers the history of Milan. Beyer combines atmosphere, characterization, and plot for a believable demon-infested story, replete with ghosts, a touch of romance, an exotic setting, and history to enrich the narrative. Mia's personal growth matches the intensity of the tale, which will surely be continued in further books, as there are plot threads left dangling. The "girl in a pretty dress" cover does not quite match the mood or quality of the book, but it might attract readers who will be pleasantly surprised to find a supernatural novel with a fresh premise worthy of note.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Kat Beyer established herself as a fine artist before turning to fiction writing with The Demon Catchers of Milan, her debut novel. She lives with her family in, variously, Oregon, California, and Wisconsin. You can visit her online at


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Demon Catchers of Milan (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606843141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606843147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mia's an American who doesn't know much about her family's history, or the rest of the family back in Italy, but when she's possessed by a demon, she has to travel to Milan, where she joins her extended family to deal with her...problem. The writing here is stunningly rich. Kat Beyer's Milan comes alive--its sounds, colors, smells, and most especially its tastes.

For me, despite the cover that makes it look like yet another YA supernatural with romance elements, the book stands out from that typical YA crowd. For one thing, the writing is much more evocative. For another, the romance isn't a crucial element of the book. There's no monosyllabic bad boy named Nick with a dark past and dark hair that falls down into his smoldering eyes. Instead, as the starred Kirkus review points out, the romance in this book is between Mia and Milan, and between Mia and her new family. Another way this book is distinct is this: in so much supernatural YA, the girl with the Special Talent is defined by that talent. She's normal, flat, typical, except for this one thing that is supposed to make her distinctive. So many of the YA voices are indistinguishable from each other; it's as if they all share the same basic girl character, just pasting a different Special Talent on each one.

(Obviously I'm getting burned out on YA supernatural).

Anyway, Mia is a distinct person *in herself*, apart from the weird things that are happening to her. As such, she feels like a real person in the midst of a pretty wild, scary plot.

To sum up: if you're looking for a typical YA supernatural with a romance element, this might not be the book for you. But if you'd like something more distinctive and memorable, give this one a try.

Five stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AikidoPilgrim on August 29, 2012
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Kat Beyer's first book is stunningly good, and makes one hungry for the next in what one hopes is a long line of sequels. As other reviewers and the book description provide the outline - a teenage girl in upstate NY survives a possession only with the aid of her Italian cousins, who then take her back to Milan with them in order to protect her from subsequent attacks, and to teach her the tricks of the family's demon-catching trade - I'd rather praise the extraordinary richness of the detail with which she crafts so compelling a narrative, the delightful spirit which animates the storytelling, particularly regarding Mia herself, the seriousness of the family mission, and the courage which gracefully inhabits so many of the characters.

The Demon Catchers of Milan is not just a great read - it has successfully conjured a great world, inhabited it with characters you want to meet (or be), and made you wonder how much of that world might just possibly leak in to this one, if we could be so lucky.

About the cover - looks to me like a marketer's idea of what will sell books, and maybe it will, but please know that the book is much more richly textured and thoughtful than the cover would imply. If you like the cover - buy the book. If you don't like the cover - buy the book anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creating Serenity Reviews on March 6, 2013
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I have to confess something... demons scare the ever living crap out of me. Seriously... It's not that I'm really religious or anything but I think the idea of someone possessing your body just FREAKS ME THE EFF OUT! Yes, it really, really does.

So, when I started reading this and Mia is possessed, images of The Exorcist are flying through my mind. Really?! That is scary! Really!! But what is interesting is even when I was super freaked out for Mia, the demon was actually fascinating. He was made into this crazy being that really has it out for Mia's entire family and for some reason, Mia herself. I don't think the reason was ever stated but this is definitely something that made the demon, and the plot, even more enthralling.

Mia is also very intriguing. At first of course she is scared but as the book progresses, she grows. She wants to know more about her family and the Demon Hunting. She doesn't shy away and you can actually feel the growth in her speech, her demeanor, absolutely everything about her and I loved it.

There was one sentence where the demon quotes the King of Sparta and says, Molon Labe - Come and get them. I am hoping that this gives us a clue to who the demon is and that Kat Beyer is going to give us more information in book two! All I know is that as the quotes were being said, I had goosebumps. This is when Mia is really starting to show that she is not afraid of the demon and is willing to do what it takes to make him go away, whatever the price may be.

And funnily enough, even with all the growth that you see with Mia, my favorite characters are ghosts! Two that she can hear in her bedroom, Pompous and Gravel. They add a bit of comic relief but not so much that it takes away from the seriousness of the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Meisner on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a really lovely book that's odd and original in ways that make it subtly haunting. You know those stories that you enjoy while you're reading, but then years down the line, you realize just how much they've stayed with you, so you can still remember the strange and delicious feeling of being "in" that story? There's so much atmosphere and great detail in this book that I felt as though I'd shared the main character's experience of being a newcomer to Italy and becoming immersed in a whole different culture. With, of course, an ancient magical subculture running through it! The book brings a vision of Milan alive for me, through its visitor's unique outsider/insider view. I love the wonderful sense of family in here too, a rootless American teen discovering her roots in the old country, along with a varied and tight-knit bunch of relatives she'd never known she had. And along with that, discovering her own inner strength and power. There's a strong thread of personal ethics and integrity running through Mia's way of trying to understand the world, and not a simplistic one; it feels very humanistic and thoughtful.

The book warms up as it goes along, until by the end I was deeply immeshed in its world and just wanted to keep reading more. The author has managed to make a whole assortment of ghosts and demons feel not cartoonish or high-fantasy, but natural and organic to real life. They fit into reality in ways that make so much sense that it feels like the author is not inventing a magical system but uncovering one that's already there -- she makes it feel totally believable that this is how the world works!
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