Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons, #1)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Book 1

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. When evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.
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About Sarra Cannon

Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. Now, she lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle. Books and music are her greatest passions. She has never been a cheerleader, but it's possible she knows a few things about casting spells.

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Review by: Stacey Criswell on March 22, 2013 : (no rating)
It was so easy to get nto, and held my interest to the end!
(review of free book)

Review by: Alysa H on March 21, 2013 :
Fun book! This series is off to a great start.
(review of free book)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Aug. 17, 2012 :
This was a surprisingly short book. It’s what I call a candy floss read – quick, straightforward, and to the point. Don’t get me wrong though. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s filled with endless plot twists and keeps you guessing right up until the end, and still leaves a lot more to be continued in the next book of this series.

What really drew me into the story was the whole idea of a Stepford-like town where everything seems perfect on the outside, but has a sinister feel to it and a darkness brewing below the surface. Peachville has a high school cheerleading team who clearly isn’t what they seem to be and which will have chills running down your spine.

Of course I would get sucked into a story where the main character isn’t allowed to go up to the third floor of the house she just moved into. Instantly I was curious to know what was up there, and trust me when I tell you, it’s well worth the read to find out what is hidden up there, when she eventually goes up to the forbidden third floor.

The reader soon comes to realize that these are only the first impressions of a town obviously guarding generations of secrets, which I’m hoping will be unraveled throughout this series. “Beautiful Demons” is perfect for quick bedtime reading and I’ll definitely be reading the next book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Witchmag on Aug. 05, 2012 :
It's been a while since I've read a book about witches. At first I thought, after reading the blurb and the title, that this book would be about real demons in human form. After reading it, it turned out that the cheerleaders are just "ordinary" witches. I was slightly disappointed, cause I was looking forward to read something about demons. The story would have been so more interesting! Not that it wasn't a nice read, but witches are kinda standard material in YA these days and demons are not (haven't seen them that much or am I wrong? )

At first I sympathized a lot with Harper, since she was innocent most of the times, cause she couldn't control her powers. After she suffers from a combination of the flu and a magic spell, she starts to forget things and I started to feel a little annoyed. Okay, I know she couldn't do a thing about the magic spell, but the author had written it in such a way that it wasn't credible to me. To me it felt like she wasn't trying her best to break the spell, while the author probably envisioned a much more powerful spell...

The ending of the book was a complete surprise for me! From the beginning I had one suspect in mind for the death of the girl, but it wasn't that person at all! Also it was hard to form an opinion if the "witches" were good or evil, since every time that I had one, they did something to turn it completely around.

My overall rating of this book was 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. This was because the end was very surprising and because of my vapidity for knowing which way the witches swing ;). Look forward to reading the next book in this series!
(review of free book)

Review by: merle finch on Aug. 08, 2011 : (no rating)
I won this book from the author's program in Greensboro, NC and enjoyed it very much. The program rocked, too. She's a dynamite speaker and an excellent writer. Rock on, Sarra, and thank you!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Tahlia Newland on June 29, 2011 :
This is a a very short book, but it's good and I look forward to getting the rest in the series. The story is a bit like something else I've read but I can't think what it is. I enjoyed it a lot though.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer McDonald on April 15, 2011 : (no rating)
I won this book from a blog give away. I had read a review of the book on the blog and also on I read this book in one setting and was enthralled with the storyline/characters. I love Harper. She is a wonderful female character that doesn't have self pity for her situation. Jackson is my new book character crush. I read this book and then quickly had to get the other two to read more about Jackson.

Harper is a teenage girl who has been from one foster home to another. She has abilities that she is not sure where they come from and others don't understand them until she moves to Peachville. Once there things start to move along for Harper and she is learning about herself and her family a little at a time. She doesn't take things at face value and is a strong character. She is not about to let others decide things for her she has a great inner strength. I love the way she interacts with Jackson. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a moment of escape. I got lost in this book and its 2 sequels for an entire weekend.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: p Holland on Feb. 25, 2011 :
Harper has been through six foster homes in one year, mainly because she starts levitating objects when she's angry and everybody's pretty freaked about by that. Now she's moving from Atlanta to smalltown Peachville to stay at the Shadowford Home, a last-ditch residence for girls who can't go anywhere else. Shadowford is an old plantation house and the very feel of the place gives Harper doubts. Then she gets to school and finds that the Peachville cheerleaders are much clique-i-er than they are even at normal schools. The fawning attention they get doesn't make any sense to Harper, so she knows that something shady's going on, and it's a whole lot weirder than a town obsessed with school spirit. Harper starts to have troubling dreams and she gets a serious warning about the future from resident bad boy Jackson. What kind of secrets is this rural town hiding?

The heroine's great, and I really like the supporting cast in this book. There's bubbly Agnes who is super friendly, but isn't a standard best-friend character. Agnes often compliments Harper, but she's also quick to subtly put Harper down by suggesting that the quarterback couldn't ever be interested in her or implying that Harper can't be smart enough to take senior Calculus as a sophomore. (I think that's a type of person a lot of us have met!) Then there's Drake, a nice football player, or at least he seems nice and flirty until he learns that Harper's living in the local home for teenage rejects. He's not a good guy and not a villain, and he plays a secondary role to the cheerleaders who run the school. Then there's Jackson, my favorite character. He's a non-mainstream guy, but he's definitely not "bad" at all, and he shows himself to be kind and down-to-earth. He's got a ready smile, and he and Harper have an instant rapport, so any scene with Jackson interacting with Harper is a good one.

I also love some of the little nuances in Harper's character. With her many moves, she's left with a limited wardrobe of mostly plain black clothes. But one of her foster moms worked at a crafts store and gave her lots of ribbons, so Harper routinely ties different colored ribbons around her wrist to make up for the lack of variety in her clothes. It just struck me as a very cool detail, something that sounds true to life.

There's a point where Harper gets short-term amnesia, which is never my favorite plot point because it tends to make characters act unlike their previous selves, but it all works out okay and there's a paranormal reason for it. With brief chapters that move the action along at a good pace, Beautiful Demons is a novella-length story that will give readers a quick, tasty bite of paranormal YA.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Kim Deister on Feb. 25, 2011 :
Beautiful Demons is the first in a new series, Peachville High Demons. From the moment I began reading, I was drawn into the world and life of Harper Madison. She was such a sympathetic character from the very beginning, and I was totally pulled into her story, practically unable to put it down. The book was well-written, and kept me on the edge, wanting to know all the secrets of the story. The characters were interesting and truly made the story fresh and riveting. The ending left me with questions, lots of questions, and many things were left answered. But instead of leaving me wanting or feeling unsatsified with the conclusion, it left me desperately wanting the next book! A definate must-read! 4.5 mugs!!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

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