Title: Beautiful Demons
Series: Peachville High Demons, #1
Author: Sarra Cannon
Publisher: Dead River Books
Tags: Young Adult, Witches, Magic, Romance, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Note: Digital Book only
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.
Harper Madison has just been kicked out of a foster family for the umpteenth time. Not because she misbehaved herself, but because she has powers she can’t control. At her wit’s end, her case worker places Harper in Shadowford Home, a home for girls who are, just like her, struggling to fit in. Her case worker also gives her the warning that if she gets kicked out of this one, she’ll spend the last two years of her high school in juvenile detention. Harper is therefore determined to stay calm and in the background.
Of course that doesn’t work as she spills food on one of the most popular girls in school on her first day. When that same girl is found murdered a couple of days later, with Harper’s pendant clutched into her hand, the police comes to her school and takes her into custody for the murder…..
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!
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