UPDATED: I got the impression this was one book in a series but was told that it’s a standalone. My review has been edited with this new found fact.
Author: Kat Beyer
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date Published: August 28th 2012
Mia’s ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon–and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home.
Number of Days it Took to Read: 1
Cover: Nice. Not stand out but pretty all around.
The Writing Score: 3/5
Recommendation: A Casual Perusal
Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable
Rating: 2 demons out of 5 (Previously 3/5)
This book was a nice read. It was definitely an interesting take on demons and the people who fight them. I was more intrigued by the life style described in Italy which Beyer did a great job of doing. I was made to feel as though I could see the cobbled streets myself. I would have liked the plot to have been pushed along a little more. I’m assuming by it’s ending that this will be a series because otherwise it would make this entire book a flop since it introduced things that weren’t resolved (like why the demon wants Mia so bad for one). The characters were fine but I loved the family dynamics they interacted in. I liked Mia’s progression from the weak outsider to someone who could handle herself enough when it comes to the eerie things that go bump in the night (also envy her for learning Italian in a short amount of time). Again, pacing could have been improved a bit more and the writing was okay although it wasn’t something that appeared as a character of it’s own or had moments worth taking a picture of (see Instagram Moments on the blog). It’s a read great for a time when you’re not reading anything else in urgency.
All of the above comments with the addition that the structure of the book was terrible for a standalone for the reason that too many unanswered questions were posed. The ending left things unresolved for me and fell flat. I’m a bit annoyed by this…
A. A. Omer
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