Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

First in the Fairwick Chronicles series

4.5 stars

Callie McFay accepted a teaching position at the remote Fairwick College in upstate New York. Since she bought Honeysuckle House, a house that called to her and beckoned her, she has been experiencing the same dream. Dreams, where a seductive stranger comes into her bedroom from the moonlight and ravishes her in ways she didn’t think were possible. Maybe the dreams stems from the fact that she wrote the book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie has always loved fairy tales and Gothic literature and Fairwick seemed perfect because of its renowned folklore department. Callie soon realizes that her dreams aren’t figments of an overactive imagination and that she has an incubus- a demon lover. Her incubus isn’t the only mythical creature in Fairwick. That was a wild ride! I really enjoyed The Demon Lover and it was quite interesting. The concept was nothing new, but the world created was delightful and just mystical. One of the only things that bothered me was that there was way too much going on and a lot of the conflicts have yet to be resolved and the ending just added about three more conflicts to Callie’s list of problems.

The main female character is Callie. Callie connecting to people, but when she arrives at Fairwick she seems to fit right in. Callie was a smart character, but I felt like she was stupid at times. The person draining the students on campus was obvious and I knew exactly who it was. Callie was a nice girl, too nice if you ask me. I admire nice characters, but she always seemed to get sucked in to making deals that didn’t need to be made. She did piss me off when Ralph went missing and she completely forgot about him when Liam came up to her in the woods. The whole Grove conflict at the end seemed completely unnecessary. I did enjoy her POV and I’m looking forward to more as her life in Fairwick unfolds.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Callie’s incubus. We never really find out the real name of the incubus and I’m sure he has one. The incubus was once a human that was lured into the world of Faeries by the Faerie Queen and eventually became a shadow. The only way for an incubus to become human again is through sex and if someone loves him. That ending was depressing and I want more of the incubus, a lot more.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- I know who the villain is and it’s obvious that the villain was the intended villain, but there were a lot of plots and conflicts. One villain didn’t seem like enough or like we are getting the whole picture.

Villain Scale: 6

There were a lot of characters in The Demon Lover. There was Elizabeth Book, the dean of Fairwick College and a witch, Diana Hart, owner of the inn across the street from Honeysuckle House and garden variety fairy, Sohelia, a succubus, Frank, an undercover witch, Brock, Ralph, Callie’s familiar, Paul, Callie’s boyfriend, and Adelaide, Callie’s grandmother and witch. Don’t forget Fiona, the Faerie Queen. My favorite characters were Sohelia, Frank, Ralph, and Brock. I also liked Diana and Elizabeth.

Character Scale: 8.5

Aside from all of the constant new conflicts flung at Callie I really enjoyed this novel. I want more of the incubus, Ralph, Fairwick, and drama. Let’s hope for a happier ending next time too. I also really liked that the ending wasn’t so happy; it ended abruptly but set the mood for the next book. I recommended if you love fairy tales and paranormal stories.

Cover Thoughts: The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love it. At times it did feel like a YA cover though. Still an amazing cover and it’s so dark and perfect for the tone of the novel.   

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