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Once I got past of the giant spider on the girl's face on the cover, I dove into the book to see what the heck this was all about. Well, I can tell you that the picture on the cover is definitely pertinent to the story. At first when I started reading the book I was a little confused as to what was going on. I had to go back a couple of times and make sure that these were college kids that the author was talking about because they read like high school kids. It's almost like the author started writing it with high school kids but decided to change it to college and just went back and added "college" where the phrase "high school" was. Most college kids, even the younger ones, have some air of maturity around them. I didn't get a sense of that from anyone in the story. One of the characters name is "Read" and it perturbed me that his name was spelled this way. Was it supposed to be "Reed" or was the "Read" pronounced like the color red, as in Eric Foreman's father on That 70s Show.
There are some things in the book that don't make sense to me or that feel like they were just thrown in there to add content. There is a part in the beginning where Nora is walking with her sisters and she finds a hand mirror on someone's lawn. Something odd happens with the mirror and I can't figure out why that was put in the book because it didn't make any sense to me and it seemed really out of place. Nora, at times, was very childish and immature. I understood that she was troubled and had a horrific past, but that didn't explain her behavior.
After the group heads to Aiden's place, the book gets weirder, not necessarily scary or creepy, just weird. The group has to go through these challenges and if they die, they stay. The demon in the book is named Damian (cliche) and I can't quite figure him out. At one point, he seems attracted to Nora as a possible love interest and she actually kisses him back because he's handsome (cliche). I don't know what Damian's deal is because he seems to want to help Nora escape but keep her there at the same time.
The challenges are definitely hard and creepy and would make anyone freak the eff out. I don't know if I will finish this series because of the issues in this book that I had. I might pick it up and start it and if it's improved, then keep reading. Otherwise, I'm not in a big hurry to read it.
Nora has been having some strange experiences lately but she is afraid to share her fears about them with her family and friends The reason is that she is not entirely certain that shes not imagining it all in her head...
After all its happened before.
She is even more unsettled when the newest addition to her circle of friends,Aidan Birket invites them all to go to an old house that his family owns. Not only because she dislikes him but that she senses that they would be wrong to to go to there.
But in the end Nora is convinced to go with them against her own doubts and her best friend Phoebe reinforcing it by telling her about a strange dream she had. But in the end they all convince each other that they are going.Who care about some weird things like that.
When they arrive Aidan warns them to not to go up the stairs to the third floor,because its not safe,but impetous Phoebe cant resist and goes to explore causing the others to follow her. They find a strange room and a door.
Things are set into motion and a shadow that takes the form of a man appears introduces himself as Damien and tell them that they have to go through the door and take on the Challenges he will make for them that will be based on their fears and desires.
If they pass the Challenges they will all go free but if they fail,or even die. They will all belong to Damien and stay in the Demons grave...
My initial thoughts about "The Demons Grave" was not entirely good as after the prologue I was thrown into a confusion in the first chapter when names where thrown at me in a rapid sucession. Who what?? I mean I the reader is not as wellknown with them,could have eased me in a little bit there author.
But after they all arrive at the house I just couldnt stop reading.
There are editing problems throughout the book,I wouldnt call them typos more like strangely constructed sentences that should be fixed.
As for our main character I liked Nora but it was not an immediate like if you understand me right. I am not sure I understood her very well at first but as piece of the puzzle began to fall in place,she grew on me.
at first Nora when they are taken to the Demons grave and meet Damien she is convinced that everything is part of her delusion and that she is finally slipping into insanity.She snaps out of it however and comes through as a strong character towards the later part of the book.
There is not really a romance in this wich I appreciated, I will however say there are hints of it but the greater emphasis is placed on friendship and other emotions. It does make sense that when you are fighting for your life you have other priorities than making googly eyes at each other.
Then...there is Damien. Our antagonist and the perpetrator of the friends miseries.In terms of personality I would say he is less whimsical than Jareth from Labyrinth but hes not quite as horrid as from Guardians Key.
I would say hes interesting in that I want to know what his deal is and why hes there.
Because of my interest in name meanings I put great significance on the meaning behind Damiens name but alas after a twitter convo with the author she told me this
This book rightly belong on the horror shelf. The amount of things they go through were scary and weird.
II would expect some people will draw comparisions to L.J Smiths Forbidden Game series but to be honest this is hardly a new concept. Its all depend on what you do with it and McCallum does a great work expanding on the theme.
In fact the whole setup centers on one of my favorite reading tropes. Girl underground. Its all what you do with it and in the end this is a book I cant wait to read the sequel.
I just hope there arent any spiders.
((I cant Believe this is more known))
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