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Inner Demons Paperback – May 15, 2011
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My favorite part of the book was Caine himself. I felt like he had grown up and I had been on the journey with him.
About the Author
Meet Author Jasmine Denton Jasmine Denton started writing when she was ten, authoring a series of short stories about a line of princesses who find themselves in similar forbidden love scenarios. As a teenager, she wrote stories filled with angst and growing pains. Now, she’s found a genre that allows her to tell forbidden love and teen angst stories against a paranormal backdrop. Jasmine’s published works include Soul of the Sea, the first in the Curse of the Sea series and Inner Demons, a modern day retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. To learn more about Jasmine, you can follow her on Twitter (@JasmineLDenton) or visit her blog @ jasmineldenton.wordpress.com
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Source: eBook provided by author for review
Blurb: Some people are born with a monster inside of them.
Nobody knows this better than Caine McKay, a high school student harboring a dark secret. Those anger issues of his, they're not only scary--they're lethal. If Caine loses his temper, he loses the human part of himself and bulks out Mr. Hyde style.
When his father is sent to jail, Caine moves from Chicago to a small town to live with his kindhearted grandmother. Struggling to control his violent alter-ego, he tries to start a new life and forget the tragic circumstances that brought him to Tree Hollow. When he meets Hannah, the local preacher's daughter, he finds an unexpected ally. Her belief in hope and second chances give him the anchor he needs to keep his anger rooted, and before long, Caine is completely attracted to her.
Then he wakes up one morning covered in blood, with no memory of what happened. He seeks Hannah's comfort, only to find that she hates him. As Caine scrambles to uncover the repressed memory and piece together the night he can't remember, other buried memories surface--including one that could be the key to everything that's happening to him.
Content Warning: violence
Review: Yes, I am a fan of the Hulk - the big green one. Look at the cover for this book! When I was first asked to review this book, I was excited. Would this be a telling of when the Hulk was a teenager? What I discovered was the story of Caine, heartbreaking and yet redeeming.
Caine reveres his father. He adores his father. His father is everything to him and as you read his story and experience his flashbacks, you understand why. It's no wonder that he and his dad move from town to town and state to state to keep people from knowing the truth about Caine. A monster lives inside of him - a genetic one. Then, one night and one wrong word and Caine's father is in jail and Caine is moving - alone. The town is small, very small, and Caine knows that someone will remember why he and his dad left years ago. But as time passes, Caine lets his guard down and befriends Hannah - kind, beautiful, generous, and already taken.
As I read about these two befriending each other, Caine getting homework help and Hannah exploring the world away from her preacher father's eyes, I got a sense of foreboding that things were not going to go well - for Caine. I was right. He's the bad boy, the one she's supposed to stay away from and while I really wanted to like her, I couldn't believe she had a boyfriend she wouldn't dump for him. Really, I was mad at her for that. When Hannah finally came to her senses, circumstances got in the way pulling them apart. Caine woke up covered in blood with no memory of why.
While we only get glimpses of the monster inside Caine, I was rooting for him all the way, especially when suspicious circumstances point to another monster being in the vicinity and possibly causing the havoc that has come upon the town. My favorite part of this book wasn't about Hannah and Caine. My favorite part of this book was Caine himself. I felt his pain, his joy, his confusion, and his relief when he finally visits his mom and comes to term with what he is and what he's done and reconciles with his dad. I felt like he had grown up and I had been on the journey with him.
Overall, a good read but wished it was longer. I wanted to spend more time with the characters.
Written from Caine's perspective, this is an easy book to read. From the very first sentence we are pulled into Caine's mind and know we are in for something different. The author seamlessly takes us from Caine's memories to current events with no problem. The story builds slowly, giving the reader time to get involved with the characters and their lives. I could easily picture the town of Tree Hollow and felt comfortable in Grams' house. I could feel the wind in my hair as Caine flew on his motorcycle down country roads and I felt the peace he felt when just sitting with Hannah under a tree. There is a little mystery here; what is the story of Caine's family and why is he afraid of his anger? Hints are given and we slowly get glimpses that there may be more involved here than the usual teenage angst.
I enjoyed this book, the target audience is obviously young adult, but it's written in an intelligent style that does not talk down to the reader. As a mother of a son, my heart broke over Caine's pain of separation from his father. As a person who moved often as a child and teenager, I could relate to Caine's first day at a new school and his discovery of a new town.
I must admit, I did keep wondering what was up with his worry about his anger. He is often thinking about it, but we don't really get any evidence of it until about 60% through the book. Up to that point, I was thinking what is the big deal, and was feeling a little mislead by the cover of the book. That small point aside, this is an enjoyable story that will certainly appeal to the young adult reader of contemporary paranormal/romance. There is no strong language or anything more than heated kissing scenes, there is some violence but it's not explicitly described. Somewhere between a novella and a full length novel, I read the book in an afternoon. I recommend Inner Demons to anyone who enjoys a good story of a young man's coming of age, with a twist.
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