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- Publisher: Dead River Books, LLC (October 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2013
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- Language: English
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Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3: Beautiful Demons, Inner Demons, & Bitter Demons Kindle Edition
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It seems so many books these days have the same premise... I was looking for something a little more original than what I usually get, but I wasn't completely satisfied. As usual, I'll make a list of what I liked and what I didn't like, and I'll leave the choice of reading this book up to you.
What I didn't like:
- Harper: I found her to be showing classic Mary Sue-like symptoms. She's orphaned, friendly, nice, and has awesome magical powers on the side. Oh, and did I mention she's beautiful= One of the characters comments on this halfway through the first book, describing Harper's beauty as "almost pretty enough to be a cheerleader" (a cheerleader, as you soon learn, is characteristic not only because of her athletic skill and popularity, but her unearthly beauty). Harper rarely makes mistakes, and the one mistake she does seem to make (all the way in the third book) is really really quickly forgiven and dealt with, and practically ignored. The reader also discovers that Harper's powers are activated by anger, and her angry magical episodes have gotten her kicked out of a ton of places... so why don't we ever see her get angry? I was expecting/hoping she'd have a bit of a temper, but instead, she's this perfectly peaceful person who we only see get frustrated enough to levitate a lunch tray. Where are the fireworks? Nowhere. Also, considering that she recounts stories of past abuse in the foster homes she's had, and the trauma of having accidentally murdered someone, she seems very sane. Why is she so sane? Right, 'cause she's perfect. The character of Harper was both bland and clueless, not having too much of a personality despite the entire three books being narrated from her point of view.
- the Plot: I don't know exactly how to explain the problem I had with the plot... I think it just annoys me when I don't see an overarching major problem through the series to be fixed. I don't really see the point of a using a whole series if you only introduce minor problems to fix in each book, and just use the series to have the character keep discovering more and more of her powers and the town secrets. It's just not compelling enough to keep reading. And, to be honest, with how quickly I got through the box set, it might as well have been a single book. Even now, having just finished, besides naming the individual climax of each book, I can't really say what other situations happened when. The fact that each next book starts only a short time after the previous one ends, and without too memorable of a beginning, just makes the entire box set blend together into a single piece rather than three individual books.
- the Romance - insta-attraction... Need I say more? Wow, I can't even remember the love interest's name! *looks it up* Jackson! Right! Well, I admit that I liked the revelations we got about his character later in the series (in THE THIRD BOOK! Seriously, these revelations just kept coming way too slowly), for most of the box set I couldn't help but wonder why he liked Harper so much. He practically risks everything for her when they barely know each other, save for a few stolen kisses and secret meetings here and there.
What I liked: (there's a few spoilers in here, so be careful)
- Drake: I know what you're thinking: WTF? But let me explain! Sure, he was a bit of an ass, but I liked the dynamic that his character gave to the book. He's a character who is seemingly sweet and romantic, but only acts that way because his mother has told him to. This almost never happens in books of this kind! Usually, you get the gorgeous young man who is instantly infatuated with the main character, but in this case, you get a gorgeous young man who is told by his mother to ACT infatuated, which Harper, naturally, doesn't like. Strange as it is, I enjoyed his scenes. Bad person, but good character.
- The memory loss theme: It was original to have the main character lose her memories halfway through the first book, and with them, forget a ton of what she'd learned that made her so nervous about the cheerleaders/a bunch of other people. She even forgets her entire relationship with Jackson, putting him in a bit of an awkward position. It was very interesting to have her attempt to remember, and I personally spent a great deal of the part excitedly waiting and waiting for her to eventually regain her memories, until she finally did (because of course she had to). I only wish that the author had used this a little more, and had had Harper discover something else that the reader didn't know about, to add an extra bit of intrigue and anxiety and desire to keep reading.
- Setting: the tiny town of Peachville. I liked how I could really FEEL that it was a small town: the way everyone turns up for the games, the way that the high school cheerleaders are basically the town VIPs and go on to become the most influential people there after graduation, the way everyone knows each other, etc. It all works beautifully! Plus, the name. That name is so perfectly ridiculous it would be the last place you'd expect to find what you do, which only makes it better.
- The surprises: this is a series of books where you constantly have one surprise revelation after another. On one hand, I enjoyed the unexpected, but on the other, I barely saw any hints leading up to it. I love baby hints; I'm sure you know the kind: it's the kind of hints you don't notice in your first reading, but in your second immediately pick up on as subtle foreshadowing. Like in Young Justice! Or am I the only one who watched that show? Also, these come way too slowly in my opinion. There was a ton of stuff that could have been revealed in the first book, rather than having to reveal them in the two next ones. Like I said earlier, the series seems only to exist to keep Harper discovering these revelations, rather than to actually play out a plot, which is annoying.
So there you go: my opinion on this box set. Will I read the fourth book in the series? Nah. I'm not willing to continue a series where I don't like the main character, the romance, and the plot or lack thereof. I don't doubt that a bunch of people have different likes and dislikes, and may love this book more than anything. But to me, it's just OK but not worth continuing.
I am always a little worried when I begin to read a teen/YA book, they can occasionally be a little too far towards pre-teen readers for a grown up but I was very pleasantly surprised.
I don't want to go into depth too much but having studied writing a little over the past few years I found the following things all done very well which kept me reading, interested and just enjoying a good, not too complicated read.
Backstory, there wasn't too much to put in due to the Protagonists history but what was in was sprinkled through at the right time with just enough but not too much. Then as she gradually discovered more about herself it wasn't in some huge big chunk that spoiled everything else, sent her wailing to her room.
Characters, they were well rounded, well developed and we get to know them gradually but just enough as the story progresses.
Setting, the surrounding town and people that we meet are all also very well described, but not too much and not too little.
It's not an epic novel or possibly even an award winner but it's a great read that any teen or young adult or even a grown up like me should enjoy.
The magic was fresh and new, the writing was nicely done. Typos, wrong homonyms, wrong punctuation that usually brings my reading flow to a halt did not seem to be there. I recommend the authors editor or mentor. If you’re looking for a YA story that is
long enough to immerse yourself in few a day or two this is a very good choice.
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As soon as i started reading it i was thrown in to Harpers world and i didn't want to leave it! And it's a great book for young readers! My 15 year old twins (son & daughter) loves it as much as i do!! so yes! it's great for YOUNG ADULTS to read!
Harper is so confused and doesn't know where she belongs you really feel for her, but it's soon clear why when you read the books, and throughout all 9 books of Peachville High series it's a total roller coaster ride you don't want to get off!
She's sent away to go live in a home where there's other girls.. then strange things start happening... and there's a staircase that she is NOT allowed to go up, which she's intrigued with, hell i'm intrigued with!. What's up there? why isn't she allowed? will she go look? what will she find and will it be helpful to know she really is? will she find out why she's different to others... it's so intense!
Harper see's a guy in the garden (Jackson) and she's so drawn to him, and he turns her world upside down! But there's so many secrets....
You want to find out what they are that Harper is kept away from, and along the way the secrets start coming out one after another and Harper starts to figure out who she really is. Who can she trust? she's betrayed in so many ways.... Questions... so many questions that Harper needs to know the answers to, questions that I need answers to! lol
Your feelings and emotions are all over the place when you read the books, you laugh, you cry, you're ecstatic, you're heartbroken, you're relieved!
Oh my god!..........
Go ahead and read Beautiful Demons, you won't be disappointed!!!!
She finds out that she's a witch, the last in the line of Primas her ancestor 100 years ago joins with a Shadow Demon together they have a daughter and become the first prima.
Prior to discovering this Harper had lived her life in the orphan and foster care system. After witnessing a traumatic argument as an 8year old she lost control of her powers and accidentally killed her foster father in a fire started through her emotions of anger and fear and being upset.
I found myself getting into the story very quickly and eager to find others in the Shadow Demon series.
If you like magic, witches and demons you will enjoy this series.
I think it deserves a 5* rating.
Teenage girl jealousy, cheer leaders and typical football jocks. Teenage angst and a town full of pressure is a keg waiting to explode.
It's a quick and easy read which I really wanted to love, but throughout these three books I almost felt it was more or less three short stories lacking that depth to really suck me in.
You have nothing to lose as the first 3 books are free (when I purchased). I know this is to make the reader purchase the rest of the set, but it's still a bargain. I read the all 3 in about 3 days.
There was so many twists in this story and you just want to carry on reading to find out what happens next to Harper. I loved all the magical elements and the demons And how there's ancient rules. Sarra's writing is so addictive and keeps you reading.
Brilliantly written,thoroughly engrossed,to the point my other half gave up trying to talk to me,definitely looking at seeing what other joys Sarra Cannon has written.