Author: Sarra Cannon
Publication date: October 29th 2010
Age group: Young Adult
Cover rating: 3/5
Content rating: 4/5
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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!