Athena Franks


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Smashwords book reviews by Athena Franks

  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on May 21, 2012

    I try really hard to not rehash the entire story or give a bunch of spoilers when I review a book, but it may be hard not to this time! I'll do my best, though. ;) I received this book to rebiew from the Shut Up & Read group's Read It & Reap event. I have to say, I have been extremely fortunate in the books I've been given to review through them so far. There really haven't been any misses. :) Anyway, about this book... I admit it--halfway into the very first chapter I was convinced I was going to hate this book. Liora seemed like the typical, overly-angsty teenager often depicted in paranormal fantasy these days. I initially found her constant whiny and hating herself grating. All I can say is I'm so happy I read chapter 2! Lucky kicks ass! There's really no other way to describe her. The demon half of Liora who takes over at night, separated from Liora by a curse, she is angry, obviously. And that anger is often turned toward Liora, her fully human side. She is also strong, practical, loyal to her friends, and more willing to look into herself and face the things that make her uncomfortable that she admits. And as time went by, I found Liora to be less annoying as she found her own strength and started to face her own inner "demons". There are only a couple of things that prevented me from giving this book five stars. The first is that I felt like the romance between Keiran and Liora/Lucky felt too conveniently done to me. There didn't seem to be any build up to it at all. The second issue is that conversations sometimes felt stilted to me. While I appreciate that there was a distinct lack of inappropriate idioms throughout, the almost complete lack of contractions often made discussions feel too formal and unnatural. This book had everything--romance, fear, growth, drama, excitement, sadness, and victory. It was a great story and I can't wait to read the next one!