Welcome to the final day of the Indie Book Collective’s Blog Tour De Force: Masquerade! This Blog Tour features 12 authors over 6 days and offers up FREE BOOKS and the chance to WIN A KINDLE! Book Savvy Babe is a proud sponsor of this event and many of the authors. Today, I am sponsoring author Lacey Weatherford. As a sponsor, I have posted my 4 star review of Lacey’s book, The Demon Kiss, and every commenter on today’s post gets a copy! (see bottom of the post for information)
The Demon Kiss
by Lacey WeatherfordPublished by: Moonstruck Media Publish Date: April 13, 2010 Genre: Paranormal YA Source: E-copy provided for review My Rating: Book Blurb:
A sadistic evil. A love of the ages. The quest for power. A hope for peace. The Demon Kiss .
Can someone else’s past come back to bite you? After being drained of nearly all the blood in her body, novice witch, Portia Mullins, wakes up to find that her warlock boyfriend, Vance Mangum, has fled in search of his demon father. Determined to keep him from facing the evil alone Portia follows after him, unknowingly setting herself on the path of a new adventure that will take her, Vance, and their coven over international borders, into a foreign place where they will discover that the black magic which awaits them is far worse than they ever imagined. Portia finds herself tangled up in a web of lies and deceit in another’s quest for demonic power in the excitingly romantic second paranormal novel in the Of Witches and Warlocks Series, The Demon Kiss.
The Demon Kiss is book 2 in the series, but I did not have the chance to read book 1. So, when I started reading, I did have to play catch-up. It took me awhile to understand exactly what happened, and to understand the characters. Also, since I primarily read adult fiction, I had to adjust to reading a young adult book. Especially in the beginning of this book, there is quite a bit of teenage angst, and emotions run pretty wild. As the story progresses, I fell into the plot and I understood the characters and the structure of the witchy community (coven) they are apart of, as well as the nature of the evil they are facing.
Portia, the main character is searching for her boyfriend, Vance, who had run away to try to find his evil father. After some indecision and teenage emotional melt-downs, the two work some things out and their group continues their search for Vance’s father, Damien, down to Mexico. In Mexico, they find out where Damien has based his operations, and the rest of the coven is called to help learn more about Damien’s activities. What they uncover is surprising and Portia and Vance have to face their powers and natures. Ultimately, Vance has to overcome the evil nature instilled in him to stop his father and protect Portia, but the evil inside of him was never fully healed.
Once I understood the world and the paranormal elements to this story, I really enjoyed it. The magic the characters have is all very interesting and it’s fun to see who has what power. The Demon Kiss is not a slow read, and kept my interest through the whole story. I really like Portia’s character, for a 16 year old girl, she actually handles bad situations really well. Both she and Vance definitely have the teenage angst element going. They experience very adult emotions, and often times have very teenage reactions. However, they are resourceful and very loyal, and those are qualities that I love to see in characters.
I am not going to give away spoilers, but I had to say that I was quite surprised by the depth of the relationship that Portia and Vance had. For being so young, they progress pretty far, and their parents and coven are all okay with it. I just felt that the parents and the coven being so okay with teenagers having such a deep connections was a bit weird. Really, this was my only concern with the book, and as I got to know the characters better, it made a bit more sense. When the book ended, I found that I really enjoyed the characters. While some plot threads are ended and tied up, other future story lines are set up, and I find that I am looking forward to seeing what comes next for all the characters in this series.
I was pleased by the author’s ability to create depth in the story and characters; combined with magical paranormal elements, and surprising plot twists, The Demon Kiss is an impressive young adult book.
Paranormal and YA readers, if you are looking for a new series to try, I do recommend giving Lacy Weatherford’s “Of Witches and Warlocks” series a try. I really enjoyed reading The Demon Kiss, but I am sure I would have liked this book even more if I had read book 1 first.Want A Free Copy of The Demon Kissed?The best part about today, just by commenting you get a free e-copy of The Demon Kissed! That’s right EVERY COMMENTER gets a copy! (This giveaway is only open today, October 22) How to enter:
- Leave a Comment on this blog post
- Include your email address
But Wait, There’s more!Want to win MORE?! Follow the hop along by visiting Lacey Weatherford’s Site today! As part of the masquerade, there will be a guest blogger, if you guess the guest blogger correctly, you could WIN A KINDLE!Of course, to follow the Masquerade blog tour every day, be sure to stop by the Indie Book Collective and/or the Blog Tour De Force to see the other participating authors and bloggers. Also, be sure to spread the word! Happy blog hopping everyone!