Thursday, 24 May 2012

Review: Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon (Peachville High Demons #1)

Title: Beautiful Demons
Author: Sarra Cannon
Publication date: October 29th 2010
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 3/5
Content rating: 4/5
Download for FREE: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble

Description via Goodreads:
Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.
My thoughts:
 Oh, I loved this book! Loved it! I wanted to give it a try as it seems to be a pretty popular and well-liked series and now I can see why. It was a whole lot of fun and very, very addictive. It's also very short which is good because it makes it an easy and light read but bad because it leaves you craving more the second you finish the last page!

Beautiful Demons starts off with Harper moving to a new home. She's had a tough life (since weird and dangerous stuff happens wherever she goes) and this is her last chance. She knows that if she screws it up at this home, she's going to be put in a juvenile detention center. You could just sense how anxious Harper was and how desperately she wanted things to go right for once. It was so sad reading about her watching other teens and just wishing she could be normal and relax like them! I thought Harper was brilliantly portrayed and very easy to empathize with. Her voice was very distinct and she told her story well. I think it would be hard not to like her as a character and I definitely wanted things to work out for her.

I didn't feel like there was one huge plot but more like lots of little plots that tied in together. There's lots of mystery in this book and it will keep you racing forward to the next page. There are so many intriguing characters and I look forward to getting to know more of them as the series progresses. There is definite creepiness throughout the book and I was actually freaked out at parts. It was like watching a movie and wanting to yell at the characters to not go into a certain room but you know they can't hear you!

Like I said, it's pretty short and it really is over before you know it. I wish it could have been a bit longer and therefore more developed. However, there's already 5 books in the series and a 6th in the works so I imagine that we will get more answers and a deeper plot as it goes on! You can bet I will be reading the second book very, very soon as I am just so eager to know what happens next. This book gets two thumbs up from me and I would absolutely recommend it to paranormal fans looking for a fun read with fascinating characters!

The good news? Beautiful Demons is currently free on Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes and Noble (for Nook) and Smashwords (all formats.) I don't know how long it will remain free so I definitely recommend snatching it up and giving it a go. You have nothing to lose!


  1. Lovely review, Nicola! This book sounds really awesome! Harper sounds like a very likable and intriguing character, and I'm curious about her story. Thanks for sharing that the book is available for free--I downloaded it as soon as I finished reading your review! =D

  2. Great review, I went straight to the Amazon link and got it! Just from reading your review I felt sorry and protective of Harper, she can't have had an easy childhood so far, I'm looking forward to reading this!

  3. Thanks for the review! I got this one for free a little bit ago, so it's great to know that it'll be worth reading! Short reads can always be a nice break too after all the super long books anymore.

  4. Oh, you know what? I think I already have this one downloaded. I'll have to squeeze it in since it's a quick read. :)

  5. Awesome review. Glad you liked this so much. I considered reading it myself the other day, I was looking through my kindle for something to take me out of my slump but because it was such a big series already, I put it off for another time. I may reconsider it now :)

  6. Oh, this is great! I've actually never heard of this series but it sounds good based on your review, and you can't beat free! Thanks for the heads up. I like the idea of lots of little plots instead of one big plot. :)

  7. Nothing like a really good freebie to cheer a person up. I'm off to get a copy right now, I must admit that it sounds really good, and I'm especially glad that there are already so many books in this series.
    Thank you for the lovely review, Nicola!

  8. Wow wow wow! I remember seeing this book around in some people's IMMs before but never paying much attention to it, but my eyes are definitely opening now LOL -- this sounds AMAZING, especially for a freebie! I love that it's also a mystery because books that keep me guessing are always so easy to get absorbed into!

    Amazing review, Nicola! I'm off to go bribe my sister to get this on her iPod right now so I can read it -- from all the things you mentioned, I think I'll like it just as much as you! ;) <3

  9. Excellent. Love good freebies and even if you don't love it nothing lost rigth? I am going to download it. I need light reads to cheer me up. After two weeks of sunshine we are trapped under rainy gray skies here in Oregon, I need summer. Light books are the cure. I have been reading the mythos Academy books by Jennifer Estep they are fun and light you should check them out!

  10. This is the first time I am seeing this. Thanks for the great review! Sounds like it's going to be a fast read. I have already snatched it from Amazon;)

  11. Amazing, it's fab to get a freebie thats so good & it's not often it happens. Great review, intriguing characters, mystery & lots of little plots, I'm sold. Thanks for sharing, I'm off to grab this one now :)

  12. Oooh, thanks for the heads up on this is currently available for free. I'm on it!

  13. Oh, thi is the first time I see this book, but it sound really interesting! <3 Love the blurb, and the way you describe it just make me so excited! I LOVE books with well-written plots! x)

    AWESOME review, Nicola! Definitely checking out this book now! <3

  14. I don't think I have heard of this but I feel as though I might have seen that cover before somewhere. Anyway, I'm glad you liked it! For a freebie, and a short one at that, it sounds like a fantastic read. :)

  15. Wow, great review! I honestly hadn't heard about this one before, but it definitely sounds interesting. Creepy factor aside (I get scared very easily LOL), I might check it out. And it's even for free! I'm really in need of a fun, light read :)


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