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Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by [Rowen, Michelle]
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Length: 289 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Grade 6–10—Just when Nikki Donovan is about to go to Winter Formal with the hottest guy at school, she's summoned by a creepy (but also hot) teenage messenger from the land of the demons. It turns out her father, who left her mother before Nikki was born, is the king of the Shadowlands, the dimension between the human realm and the Underworld. Now he is dying, and Nikki is next in line for the throne. While many novels and TV shows remove supernatural creatures from their traditional gothic environments, this book keeps the demons in creepy, mist-shrouded castles. Cartoonish scenes in which Nikki sprouts leather wings and pets unicorns even make the story seem like a spoof. But the real problem is that there isn't enough plot to sustain readers' interest. Instead, Nikki spends a lot of time talking and thinking about her situation: "It didn't make any sense. It couldn't be real. And if it was…if I was half demon, what did that mean? Was I evil? Would I suddenly go all dark side and want to eat souls or something?" For more complicated, less-stereotypical demons, check out Maureen Johnson's Devilish (Penguin, 2006), or A. M. Jenkins's Repossessed (HarperTeen, 2007)—or if you prefer demon-slayers, Rosemary Clement-Moore's "Maggie Quinn" series (Delacorte).—Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI
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“Sixteen-year-old Nikki’s life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she’s no damsel in distress. Just after her birthday, Nikki learns from an attractive stranger named Michael that she is heir to the throne of the Shadowlands, which separate the human realm from the Underworld. Nikki’s father, the Demon King, is dying, and she’s got very little time to decide if she’ll stay in the Shadowlands forever or live as a normal teenager. Her aunt Elizabeth is ready to take over the throne and will stop at nothing to block Nikki’s ascension to power. Nikki knows what everyone else wants her to do, but she ultimately wants to make her own decisions about her future, something every teenager will understand. Although she doesn’t see herself as a superhero, her will to save her threatened loved ones and take control of her own life is nothing short of heroic. The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sixteen-year-old Nikki faces yet another new school and yet another (probably unhappy) marriage for her mother. Still, she is hopeful about the changes until she meets an attractive guy who appears to be stalking her. She is thoroughly spooked after he tells her that she is, in fact, a demon princess whose father, King of the Shadowlands, is ill and wishes to see her. Still, she agrees to enter the dimension that separates the human realm from the Underworld. Rowen walks an intriguing tightrope, moving Nikki between scenes of realism and fairy tale–horror within a single school day or high-school dance. And she crafts intriguing characters, including Nikki’s loving father, who morphs into a leathery horned demon with glowing red eyes at the slightest provocation, and a potential Shadow boyfriend, who serves as Nikki’s servant and protector. Readers who suspend belief will find themselves caught up in a sometimes violent, romantic, complex fantasy that, although not completely satisfying, will tide them over until the next Stephenie Meyer vampire book or Meg Cabot princess title is released.” —Booklist


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  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2BMA
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By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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Demon Princess is the first in an all new Teen Series by Paranormal author Michelle Rowan. Michelle Rowen has written great adult paranormal books but I must say Demon Princess is completely new!

The concept seems a little cookie cutter, mortal girl meets 'other' boy finds out she's a demon princess, yadda yadda. But I can say that Rowen breaks away from the norm with the concepts of Shadows, the Shadow world being the barrier between the Underworlds of Hell, Faery and Demon policies.

Nikki is a normal girl whose mother is on husband number four, blech. A popular girl befriends her and surprisingly they become best friends. (Side plot note, I think her best friend found out she's a demon slayer!) A mysterious boy shows up suddenly everything Nikki thought she knew about herself and her absent father is turned around. Needless to say she doesn't believe that her father's a demon king and that makes her... you guessed it... a demon princess.

She believes when her Darkling (half demon half human) powers emerge. From there the story whirlwinds in to an almost chaotic pace, but the reader is able to keep up, just be prepared to be at the edge of your seat! Nikki meets her father, aunt, other demons, a shadow and a faery king... pretty awesome.

This is such a great first novel because we are introduced to Nikki and her mortal life, yet the plot opens up so many doors that can come into play later in the series such as Melinda (BFF) as a demon slayer, Michael a shadow prince, and the faery king actually liking Nikki. The next book will be out spring of 2010 and I really can not wait!
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Nikki is your average, normal teenager, dealing with normal teen stuff-- high school, crushes, and so on. But her "normal" life takes a sharp tun into Crazyville when she meets a strange, but handsome, guy named Michael. Michael claims that Nikki is a half-demon Princess, daughter of the demon king of the Shadowlands. Nikki knows virtually nothing about her dad; he left Nikki and her mom even before Nikki was born. And now some weird guys comes to tell her that not only is he still out there, but that he is a demon king? Nikki writes Michael off as crazy and tells him to leave her alone. However, weird, supernatural things start happening to her and she cant help but wonder if maybe Michael wasn't so wrong after all. Also, she cant ignore that undeniable connection she senses every time she is near Michael. Nikki finds herself thrust into a world she didn't know existed and forced to make a decision that could save or destroy her father's kingdom.

I've actually had Reign or Shine for a while, but I just got around to it now, and I can truthfully say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! Nikki was a very spunky and fierce character, which I loved about her. Throughout most of the book she was a very strong, and smart, character.

Michael... *swoons* He was very mysterious and even kinda creepy at the beginning, but as we got to know him, he really grows on you! He is very sweet and very protective, which I absolutely love about him!

Nikki's dad surprised me as much as he surprised Nikki, and that is certainly not a bad thing. I actually really liked him and I really want to know more about him and this whole other realm he watches over.

There was one thing about the book though... the so-called plot twist? Yeah, I saw coming from hundreds of pages away!
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I can't say I hated this book. I did enjoy the idea of a 16 year old girl, on the cusp of popularity, who suddenly finds that she is the daughter of a demon king. From that description, you expect all sorts of entertaining mayhem to ensue, but sadly, the story is rather flat. The characters themselves are one dimensional and completely predictable. The "surprise" enemy is painfully obvious from the first moment they step into the story. Maybe I am spoiled by other urban fantasy novel written in the first person, because I kept expecting some witty thoughts and comments from our heroine, but none ever came, only tears and a mild anger at being told what to do.

I think this series could turn out to be a good one, but a serious overhaul of the characters is needed to make them interesting.
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Nikki, while adjusting to moving to yet another town, discovers that she is half human, half demon. As if moving, finding new friends and trying to fit in isn't hard enough! The first 1/3 of the book is her trying to believe this information that's been delivered by a gorgous servant of her father's, Michael After that the story moves along and we meet Nikki's father, demon king of the Shadowlands. While this kind of story sounds like it might dark it's really a light, humorous and fast read. (It's pretty predicable too and I'm not one to usually find things predictable.) Given that this was such a quick read I'll be reading the follow up book and hope it's as fun as this one was.
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By sueg on October 30, 2013
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i thought this was a neat book, i will order it for the jr/sr high school library. i can see the next books progressing with the "jokes" between the best friends about being demons and demon slayers. should be fun.
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