- Series: Name Your Demon
- Paperback: 812 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539363600
- ISBN-13: 978-1539363606
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,892,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Name Your Demon (Volume 1) Paperback – October 20, 2016
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Megan is a hybrid vengeance/trickster demon, and this series is one of the most unique worlds in the urban fantasy genre. A vengeance demon, for reference, is like karma, and a trickster is pretty much what it sounds like. Together, as you can imagine, would result in quite a bit of fun, just like this book! It's definitely worth reading as Lo is fabulous author. I felt that her story was well thought out, and had a good, steady pace about it.
Note, that in this anthology you are getting some full length books, so this set is a BARGAIN! I'd definitely pick it up if you love urban fantasy, or know someone who does. Do yourself an awesome favor!
It didn't present as a story about vampires at first. I saw a young man, almost grown, living with impossible memories of being viciously abused by his stepfather. The abuse escalates until he witnesses his stepfather kill his mother during a beating. Now, with both parents dead, he's living with his grandmother. Unable to escape the memories and seeing no way out of the bullying at school, Xander places all his hope in a nightly ritual of Russian roulette. I found this to be uncomfortable to read. Teen suicide attempts are a serious matter, and the author handles it simply and with a deft hand.
I thought I knew what to expect of this book when it took a turn, well, sideways. A mysterious boy starts showing up with warnings of danger. Not long after the warnings begin, he wakes up in a hospital having been brutally beaten by bullies. Xander learns his grandmother died in an apparent mugging, and someone really does want him dead. Rescued by strangers from a second attempt on his life in one day, he passes out from his injuries.
When he wakes up, Xander learns secrets about his family that his grandmother had kept from him in an attempt to give him a normal life. But how normal can that life be when you live with a voice in your head that can take control of your body if you let it? There really are vampires and other creatures out there. Xander has a choice to make and the rest of his life depends on what he chooses. The biggest one will give him a better chance at staying alive. He must not only choose to become a vampire, but what kind.
The author has a way with words that envelopes the reader and draws you in to Xander's world. This isn't the typical spin most vampire stories get, not even those that have "good" and "bad" vampires. Squires has come up with a completely new take on the vampire mythos, given it depth and richness, creating a worldscape rich in detail and promise. And he delivers. I like seeing a new twist on an old favorite. I'll be checking out some of his other books.
The Thought Readers by Dima Zales I have read. Young Darren discovered he can stop time around him, which allows him to crash learn anything or affect changes to the course of an act in progress. Quite handy. Except he is not really the only one can do this. A very good series of 4 books and deserving of four stars.
Discern by Andrea Pearson, part of a series presently running to 8 books, is my favourite. This author manages to be very original of thought and the universe she created for the Mosaic Chronical, of which Discern is part 1.
Ever heard of an Arete? Neither have I until I read Discern. Aretes can do magic. Born the fourth baby in a family, these Aretes inherit powers of magic according to the four ancient elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The Arete's hair colour determines the natural primary magical ability, but by learning and practising such an Arete may learn magic of another element as well.
The blond Nicole is an Air Arete, Air being one of the rarer elements amongst Aretes. She is powerful but she has a major problem. She has not yet discovered her focus that allows her to access and control her magic. This can be a serious and a dangerous problem for people around her.
Being enrolled at Karin University for Aretes Nicole is at a severe disadvantage with other Aretes. Professor Coolidge intends to take for the first time some first year students along to the Arches in an expedition and Nicole would love to go.
And so the adventure for Nicole begins.
This is a real page turner with surprises and twists all along. My rating of this novel is a solid 4.5 stars.
As for all the other authors in this compendium, I look forward to read their stories as well. Judging on the quality of writing of the three authors I mentioned, Name Your Demon is going to be awesome.