’A Demon Made Me Do It’ is a fast paced roller coaster ride of teen angst and Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque ass-kicking. Liana Greyson is a highly intelligent and introverted misfit at school who has very few friends. This is partly because she can’t socialise after dark, which in turn is due to the fact that she shares her body with Lucky, a Justice Demon, who takes control from dusk until dawn. The book juxtaposes Liana’s attempts to live a semi-normal life with Lucky’s travels into the demon realm and adventures therein. The tone is very much that of a sarcastic and rebellious teen - Liana is railing against her feelings of confinement and the hopelessness of her situation, and Lucky is consumed with the desire for revenge.
There are some definite parallels between Liana/Lucky and Buffy; both have a guardian to guide them through their tasks and advise them on demon lore; both are sassy, wilful, independant teens who go out of an evening to roam the local area killing bad guys; both resent what they feel has been thrust upon them. This does not detract from the novel itself, however. Liana/Lucky has plenty of unique aspects and personality traits. Whilst the book is predictable at times and treads some well-worn paths, it has enough individuality, sass and spark to separate itself from the chaff of the genre.
Liara & Lucky return in the second installment of the Demonblood YA series by Penelope King. Set two months after the close of A Demon Made Me Do It, Kieron, the love interest from the previous book, has disappeared and two new students, blonde siblings Tristan and Casandra have started going to Liara’s small town school. They are very rich, visibly scarred and very suspect. Meanwhile, in Lucky's world, a vicious attack on the Demon Bar she frequents followed by some unexpected news leads Lucky to start planning an offensive.
It’s difficult to empathise with Liora at first, as she is quite weak and introverted, but through her various relationships and interactions with others, she becomes more sympathetic and likeable as the story progresses. I found this echoed the first book in the series. Once the story gets going properly, the two different narratives work really well together. There is also more crossover between the two different worlds that Lucky & Liara inhabit.
Like the first book in the series, the story is again action-packed, with the main characters wheeling from one crazy situation to another. The way in which King describes the fight scenes is excellent, I was really drawn in. As events come to a head towards the end of the novel, all kinds of ridiculous things start happening, but the thread of the plot is never lost. It was fully immersive, and a definite progression from the first book in the series. A well deserved 4 stars. :)