Hey, you guys! I feel so guilty! I haven't been on here in forever. It's been at least a week in a half and that's a week too long. I finished a book today, so here's the review for that and I'll post a note at the end to talk about why I've been so busy!
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
First in the Kara Gillian series
Gillian is a Beaulac, Louisiana detective who’s finally got the
promotion she’s been waiting for. Kara can do things that most
detectives or people can. She can summon demons which could prove to be
helpful in her first murder case. When she accidently summons the
Demonic Lord Rhyzkahl she doesn’t know why he let her live. But
everything seems to be tied to the Symbol Man who Kara only has a short
time to catch and bodies are piling up left and right. What’s a summoner
to do but that her demonic lore knowledge pays off in the long run? I
had been expecting to be blown away by Mark of the Demon, but sadly I
wasn’t. After reading My Life as a White Trash Zombie and thinking it
was pure comedic fun with gore thrown in, I was hoping for some laughs
and demons. This book is not laughs… at all. It’s actually pretty sick
and twisted how most of these murders were described and I felt queasy a
time or two. I have to give Rowland props for not holding back when it
came to gruesome though.
main female character is Kara. I liked Kara, but I didn’t connect with
her like I had with Angel from White Trash Zombie. Kara’s had it rough,
but at the same time. I sympathized for her but I didn’t really feel
much else. Kara has good qualities though. She’s strong, persistent,
smart, knows her away around, but she’s also very closed off from people
and she’s lonely. Really lonely. I feel like this character trait was
contradicted though. She was lonely, closed off from most people, but
had no problem interacting with people and getting them to talk. I feel
like it shouldn't have been that easy for her. Maybe I'm just over
thinking it. I like Kara, but at times I was hoping for something more
interesting to pop up in her mind or around her.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8
main male characters are Rhyzkahl and Ryan. I liked Rhyzkahl. For a
demonic lord he’s pretty interesting, but I don’t want to ever run into
him. I do want to see where Kara and Rhyzkahl’s relationship ends up
going. Ryan is full of secrets and I just want to know what he is. I
think he’s a good friend to Kara. Will they turn into something more?
Probably and I’m OK with that just as long as it doesn’t ruin their
Swoon Worthy Scale: Rhyzkahl: 8.5 Ryan: 8
That was such a wild ride! I’ve never been so excited when reading a
murder mystery. This was definitely the best aspect of the novel and it
aside from Rhyzkahl it kept me wanting more. This is the way mysteries
should be handled. That was sick, twisted and overall epic! I wonder
what the next villain will be like.
Villain Scale: 10
lot of these characters had potential to be developed, but they weren’t
fully developed. Aunt Tessa could’ve been more present when she was
there. I felt at times she wasn’t showing the personality Rowland
described her of having. The cops could’ve gotten more fleshed out as
well; along with Doc and the other coroners. Hopefully that’ll happen in
the upcoming books.
Character Scale: 8
this book was pretty good, but could’ve been better. I found myself
losing interest at times and that made me lose interest for a while.
Hopefully the next books will prove that this is a great series.
Thoughts: I like the cover, but at the same time I think it’s nothing
special. I do like the arcane symbols though and think they fit
Last week was the last week of Marching Season, which meant Showcase was coming. Showcase is the last and final competition of the marching band season and it was hectic. I had practice every day and no time to read. It was worth it though since Guard did really good! Yay! I promise to be here on a little bit more frequently. Winterguard here I come!