- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (17 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250158230
- ISBN-13: 978-1250158239
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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When Life Gives You Demons Hardcover – 17 Jul 2018
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This was such a quirky mix of horror, drama and humor and I ate it up! When you can go off on metal tangents about body movements and exasperating her mentor while in the middle of an exorcism, I knew that this was the book for me. I sat down just to read a chapter or two before bed (because what is better as a bedtime treat then demons?) and found myself half way through the book in just a little over an hour. This was such a fast and engaging reading, easily something you can enjoy in it's entirety in a day (a single sitting if you are motivated enough) and it is a standalone that wrapped up ever so nicely.
The horror elements were spot on, creepy and demonic, just like what you would expect from a scary movie. I also really enjoyed how there were different cultures and religions used in the exorcisms, showing as long as you have faith in something, the power works the same. My favorite part of the book though was the relationship dynamic between Shelby and her uncle Roy. She forces terrible healthy food on him to help him live longer since he is "old and likely to die" while at the same time eating whatever awful foods she can find. He at times acts like her parent, other times like her teacher and also like her conscience, all creating such an interesting relationship between the two that made me really engaged in the book. There was also a nice dash of romance and friendship, but Shelby and Roy interactions hands down the best.
Just when you think you are about to read a typical girl-get-demon-training-from- Priest-while-experiencing- typical-high-school-stuff BAM! And you are wrong. Jennifer took the plot in a surprising direction I sincerely never saw coming, it was a crazy twist that just lured me in even more (if that is even possible with how into the book I already was!). This story is hands down 100% unique and such a good read. This is my first encounter with Jennifer but I loved her people, the dialog, the plot and the subtle humor that she was able to insert into the darkest of moments. If I can chuckle while reading about a demon exorcism, then you know this is the right book for me. I look forward to picking up more books from her in the future- her other books are now on my to-read list.
I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this title.
Besides the fact that I could see it as a series, I will tell you it was a very quick and easy read. I was just turning pages to get to see what was going to happen. Where was Shelby's mom? What was Spencer up to, because there was obviously something going on with him and his family? Then, when we got about 80% in, the story really took off, and it just dove right into the heart of the action and trying to save the town and those they loved. There were definitely your normal exorcism details: heads turning around, crawling on the ceiling, and super-human strength. But then there were some funny bits to go along with them, including a possessed dog, and a teenage boy who really was just being a teenage boy even if his mom thought he was possessed.
A quick, fun, read, check it out!
However, WLGYD suffers from Harry Potter syndrome (too much build up, not enough final battle). At about 75% of the way through the book (according to my Kindle app), there was still no sign of the final conflict happening soon. In fact, I assumed that this must be the first book in a series simply because there didn’t seem to be a final conflict coming.
But nope. We get the final conflict the entire book leads up to. Except it only lasts three pages — on my phone, no less — so maybe one and a half pages printed. It was a s much of a let-down as Harry’s final battle with Voldemort.
I’m also a bit confused about Shane. He’s introduced as though he’ll play a significant part in the story, but then doesn’t get even a mention until a cameo near the end of the book. It’s almost like his part got cut in final edits.
That said, those are really my only issues with WLGYD, so that’s not bad. And I have to award it a few extra “cool points” because Ms. Honeybourn specifically mentions that Uncle Roy uses fountain pens, and that’s awesome. If she’d mentioned which fountain pen he was using, it would be even better. ;-)
Overall, it’s an interesting read, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes non-horror demon stories.
1. Fun, fun, fun. This book's cover perfectly represents the story beneath it. Even though When Life Gives You Demons tackles some serious themes (good vs. evil, finding one's place within family/community), it never takes itself too seriously. Protagonist Shelby is a Catholic school girl/exorcist in training, after all. :-)
2. Mystery. Aside from Shelby's various exorcisms and butterfly-inducing study dates with Spencer, she's also trying to get to the bottom of her mother's recent disappearance. Suffice to say, I was very surprised by Shelby's eventual discovery!
3. All the Buffy vibes. If you're a fan of show, I think you'll love this novel. It's the perfect blend of paranormal and humor, with a kickass heroine you'll wish you could befriend.
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