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The Demon's Grave (Volume 1) Paperback – June 17, 2015
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This is what she thinks is happening after she hears things, sees things, and begins having ghoulish nightmares. In order to regain a sense of normalcy, Nora agrees to a weekend away from it all with a bunch of her friends. The getaway is at Aidan's house - the guy she can sense from across a room and kind of creeps her out.
When they go into the old Victorian home, Aidan has pretty strict rules about not going up any higher than the second floor. When questioned, he doesn't really have an answer but insists that his late grandfather indicated that it's unsafe. Of course, teens will be teens and next thing you know, the whole group of them are suddenly locked in a room without a door and a demon is beckoning them to the Challenges that await just beyond his shadow.....
Are you ready to be taken on the "living nightmare" of a lifetime? That is exactly what happens as soon as you open this book. Join Nora, Aidan, and a bunch of their friends as they try to outsmart a demon in room-after-room; each containing one friend's nightmare. Only those who can survive the trials will get to escape The Demon's Grave.
What a mind bending horror story! I was hooked from the prologue. As the story progressed you can't help but become attached to the main characters. Nora has such deep seated issues pertaining to her past and she's tries not to let it affect her. Most of the time she's successful at hiding her pain but when strange things start happening, little bits of memory force themselves to the surface. Aidan is a huge mystery throughout the book. Does he know the demon, or what his familial house harbors? Can either one of them trust each other to get them out of The Demon's Grave safely?
The writing style of this book is wonderful; smooth and flows along nicely. The entire book is engaging for the reader and there aren't any dull or boring moments. I found The Demon's Grave to be a nice and easy read. It took me a couple days to finish the book but when I wasn't able to be reading it, The Demon's Grave was all I thought about. It's one of those novels that tug at you and beg to be picked back up.
Please note that this is a trilogy and as such not all in Book 1 has been wrapped up into a nice neat package.
Also, remember that there is a Content Warning for Language, Sexual Innuendos & References, Minor Gore, & Violence.
Age Recommendation: 17+
Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.
Cons: Need more books!
Overall rating: Highly, highly recommended!!
Impressions: Loved this book! Excellent story and had to pick up the next one as soon as I was done with this one.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)
I have no idea where to start with this review. I loved this book and am so glad that I got to review it. From the get go I feel in love with the characters and the storyline/ideas. It draws you in quickly and keeps you hooked.
Nora is a strong lead and I loved how she has to step up and be the strong person she doesn't think she is. She is flawed and honestly I love the characters that are flawed. She suffers from mental health issues and really that makes her more real for me. I think that when the main characters aren't perfect you get a real connection with them.
I do have to say that in this book I fell for the bad guy. What can I say, he appeals to me. Damien is strong and I think that he really doesn't want to do what he has to do, but he is following the rules. He hints at things through out the book and even up until the end you don't get a full picture of him. I love him though, and I was secretly hoping he was real and I could find him myself. :)
The book is well written and there are no issues with the flow and feel of things as you read through it all. It was easy to follow and for once I didn't have to go back and read something to understand the next point in the book. I love when I can just pick up a book and keep reading until I get to the end.
I will openly admit The Demon’s Grave was not what I was expecting. From the blurb I guessed I’d be taken on a thrilling series of Battle Royale-esque challenges, dark fantasy, thrilling maybe. That isn’t the case, but I’m certainly not going to bash a book for not being what I expected it to be, especially since it does what it was clearly intended for so well, because it is straight up, trouser-crapping, Horror.
Returning readers will know I take to Horror like a Conservative MP to the off button on a live microphone, but that’s not through a distaste for the genre, more from my own cowardice and overactive trigger-happy imagination. So take my opinion for what it’s worth (probably not enough for a bag of chocolate buttons, but here goes) but this book was scary for me, disgusting and disturbing in parts. I don’t think I’ll be alone in that opinion either, the framework for the whole book, in which the characters move through a demon dimension, lets events switch pretty quickly between a variety of sets and set pieces, so there’s something for – all the family? The fast pace (after the prologue, that part could have been edited down a bit) also keeps things moving along too fast for you to think about much, which is pretty key in a book like this, and I never found myself bored, many things, but not bored.
So the sets and events are very well done, and very good at keeping me on my toes. I would have liked to see a few more challenges in which the characters had a little more agency, a lot of the time I felt they were being railroaded, yet the horrors where they made choices leading to their problems were much more frightening. For me the horrors that occurred as a result of a character choosing not to abandon someone were much more harrowing than the spider scene which was just forced on our characters, and I’m an arachnophobic.
But let’s talk about the poor souls who are being subjected to this torture. There are two protagonists, even though we only ever see one of their perspectives, and I wasn’t sure about them at first. The intro we get before the characters are plunged into the Demon’s Grave was rather shallow, so while I knew about their day to day lives I wanted to know more about what actually made them tick.
My hesitation evaporated when things started to go south (Go? I think plunged south may be more apropos for this title) as they grew and changed with the challenges, and were actually pretty dynamic. I want to read Book Two just to hear more about Nora because her character seems to be heading to a really interesting place, but spoilers won’t let me say more than that.
That said I didn’t think much to the rest of the group, the best friend, Phoebe, gets a special brush off from me because she’s one of those Horror characters that doesn’t seem to be aware of what Horror is. You know the guys I’m talking about? The ones that always want to venture into dark and dangerous places alone, split the group up and say things like ‘I’m sure that screeching noise was nothing’. No sympathy.
One last thing from me on this title, while I’m no expert on Horror, I can tell you that if you like Horror with a twist, this may not be the book for you. This book wears Horror like an ironic trilby. The big bad is called Damien for goodness sake.
But when all is said and done this book freaked me out, so if that’s your drug, give it a read.
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