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Personal Demons Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is NOTHING like the Downside Ghosts series, and I could only get through about 1/3 of it before I finally just put it down for good. It's not very well-written, but more importantly, I HATE all of the characters.
The main character is a born victim. By the time I put it down, about 4 different men (that she barely knew) had grabbed her arm so hard it hurt and all she could say was "You're hurting me." Everyone is angry at her, but I'm not sure why. She doesn't seem to either, but apologizes anyway. People walk into her house and she wonders vaguely who they are and wishes they would leave. People say the most terrible things to her, and she thinks about how hurt and upset she is that they're saying them. She has no redeeming qualities, and she's the heroine of the story! I like flaws (her Downside heroine is a drug addict & liar... but at least she's likeable, sharp, funny, and you're pulling for her), but this was just too much. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough for her to be believable (and I was totally willing to go with the whole demon angle).
She was so passive that I just couldn't take it anymore and had to put it down. That combined with the utterly ridiculous plotline that demons have misunderstood that the show's tagline is just that... a tagline. And that she's NOT an actual demon slayer. I knew about this plot before I read the book, obviously, and I assumed there would be some humor in regards to it or that it would be better explained why the demons are that stupid. But no. Are we to believe they take EVERYTHING literally and they they're also gunning for Sarah Michelle Geller because she played Buffy?Read more ›
Enter the fire demon called Greyson "Grey" Dante. He represents a demon family that want to use Megan as a way to gain more power. Grey becomes her most powerful ally against the creatures, including zombies and vampires, out to kill her. Grey has three demon bodyguards (named Malleus, Maleficarum, and Spud) constantly at her side, as well as a witch named Tera teaching her how to focus her psychic abilities. To top it all off, Megan's boss has a tabloid reporter, Brian Stone, writing an article about "Dr. Demon Slayer", who has been digging into Megan's past and finding things she does not want to talk about.
***** I found this story to have a unique twist on the over done subjects of demons and psychics. If there are other stories out there like this one, I've never read it. A fanciful walk on the creepy and dark side that will keep you up reading long into the night. A great beginning to a new series. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
HIGH LEVEL: MEH. The ideas in this book are fantastic- the spin on demons and the creative use of magical creatures and abilities are genius. HOWEVER, the main character was just plain weak and the relationships felt forced. If you're not looking for an alpha female and prefer a poor girl-next-door story, then you might like this more than I did.
Megan, the heroine, constantly allowed herself to be pushed around- her boss, the reporter, Greyson Dante (the love interest), her body guards, her patients, other demons, her rivals; EVERYONE was able to force her to do something she didn't want to. Having anger issues doesn't a strong character make, unfortunately. Her anger issues manifested as a whole lot of grumbling and sarcasm and then some increased magical strength. Uh-huh. Sure.
From the first chapter to the last she was the subject of other people's wishes or a victim of circumstance. She isn't a bad character, but you won't find any kick-ass chicks here. This is much more of a Beta or even Omega female just trying to survive, rather than a strong female lead working to save the day. Her actions are motivated out of obligation or desperation and she seems unable to stand on her own at any point.
In terms of the relationships- can anyone explain to me why Megan would accuse a man (Greyson Dante) of being a stalker and then call him to arrange to meet up and talk the next day- at night, outside a closed hospital?? And why would a woman who was introduced as having a prickly, superior disposition suddenly try to be Megan's friend after meeting her maybe twice or three times? Yet, somehow, prior to these events, our poor girl was able to make NO FRIENDS AT ALL. She was alone in the world...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stacia Kane is an intriguing writer but I never wandered from her more well known series. I am definitely going to see where this path leads, do a little binge reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JKW
like an onion. Not quite as much action as some of the urban fantasy I've enjoyed, but plenty of interesting levels to the story. I look forward to the next in the series.Published 2 months ago by Jenny
I loved the Downside series but wasn't particularly fond of Personal Demons' Megan. She had a gloomy, sulky, devoid-of-humor 10-year-old's attitude, akin to "Waaa, I don't... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DH
I read the downside series before this one. I enjoyed downside more than this one.Published 7 months ago by Finn
Megan is a counselor who recently agreed to host a radio show that promises to “slay personal demons”. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barks Book Nonsense
Stacia Kane's ideas are so interesting and unique. I love her Chess and Terrible stories and novels, but this series is also fun. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Book Addict
This book had me hooked from page 1 I couldn't stop reading until I finished the entire book It was fabulousPublished on April 27, 2014 by tarchny
The earlier Downside series is FAR superior to this series. Characters are unlikeable, cliched and irritating. I didn't care what happened to them. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by L K Stoner
i would like the other 2 books in this series as kindle books so i can read those as wellPublished on March 29, 2014 by lyn