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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.
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 www.katspaw.com.
I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I had anticipated. I liked the story and characters, but the history and family structure were just as interesting to me. Read morePublished 20 days ago by alison k
I would like to thank Liza Dawson Associates and NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy to review. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lupine Smile
This was a fun book. I enjoyed experiencing the culture of Milan through Mia's eyes, and the descriptions depicted by the author were lush and vivid, totally immersing me in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cherie Barstow
Firstly, demon-hunters? Just the word is enough to get me interested in the book. Demon-hunter family in which a long-lost descendant is possessed - color me intrigued. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Several things interested me in regards to this book. First of all, the title has the word "demon" in it. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Lili's Reflections
The cover of the book caught my attention. I figured i would give it a go. I was sucked in instantly. Now onto book 2Published on June 6, 2013 by mj
I had no idea this book was the first part of a series but by the time I reached the end it was crystal clear. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Susan B. Iwanisziw
Before Milan, Mia Della Torre was the unexceptional sister compared to her smarter, prettier younger sister Gina. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Miss Print
Having barely survived a demon possession, Mia must move in with her Milanese extended family where she'll stay alive by learning the family heritage and mastering the family trade... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer