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Alexandra is a human who found herself in another world filled with demons, dragons and many other fantastic creatures. She was such a likeable character. She didn't let anyone push her around, not even when faced with creatures much faster and stronger than herself. I also liked that she could find good in so many of the creatures including a head strong and power hungry demon lord. I found myself laughing out loud at the frustration she caused Balthazar.
Great characters, steamy scenes and lots of brilliant creatures. I can't wait to begin book two.
Then we enter into a totally alternate universe run by Lord Sultans that are killed in their sleep then to be replaced by the oldest prince that has a totally different view of how the kingdom should be run, some in a good way but others in a not so good way. Forcing a sibling to marry two people that the oldest doesn’t desire is no way for an older brother to behave. The chemistry between Belthazar and Alexandra is unmistakable after only a few meetings but neither party wants to admit the attraction for the other, which leads to several "girl" kidnappings that are supposed to be taken as a rescue mission. Then here comes the knight in demon armor that takes back Alexandra only to in short time periods lose her once again to another who wants to rule the kingdom.
So this title made me wary, and I was hesitant about what kind of “demons” Raquel Dove chose to write about. After further research, I discovered that the races featured in this novel were inspired by Arabian mythology. Having been a reader and lover of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy, I felt that I would enjoy The First Book of Demons too.
First, and most importantly, THIS BOOK IS NOT YA. I repeat, THIS BOOK IS NOT YA. I believe this to be the biggest mistake made by people reading this book. They expect a coy narration of the romantic content. I’m sure, like me, they were surprised, if not shocked, to discover their error. While I have read books that were more explicit, I did tire of reading about “fleshy, pink nubs.” I am not saying that this book was inappropriate or vulgar, I am just making you aware of the intended audience. Raquel Dove also writes intimate scenes using antiquated phrases and terms. She might have wanted to highlight the archaic nature of the Demon world, however, it just didn’t work for me.
Racy parts aside, I found myself quite captivated by the story. I love how infuriating Alexandra is. She constantly irks Lord Balthazar and the other demons and it’s hilarious. In his quest for power, Balthazar drags Alexandra along to aid in the collection of three necessary items. As they fight off griffins, thwart attempts to wrest away Balthazar’s throne, and discover the emergence of an unbeatable foe, a deep bond is formed, one with romantic ties (YAY). The end of the novel gives us a sneak peek of how closely Alexandra and Balthazar’s fates are tied together.
I have already read book two, Demons Amongst Us, and am excited to continue the rest of the saga! Have you read any of Raquel Dove’s books? If so, please let me know your thoughts!
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