DEMON HEART, by Emma L. Adams
Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy/ paranormal-romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 19, 2015
Cover Artist: Amy Chitulescu
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Can a demon’s heart of ice be thawed?
Ash may have escaped death several times, but now things are finally looking up. The doppelganger is gone, she’s dating Leo, and the Venantium are staying away from her – for now. But a new threat rises from the Darkworld, and only the fortune-teller knows the true extent of the danger they’re in.
Lucifer, a sorcerer who did the impossible and cheated death through escaping to the Darkworld, is on the move. Now his second-in-command, Mephistopheles the demon, is loose in our world – and will do anything to win Ash over to his side.
The Venantium fear a repeat of the Demon Wars, the demonic invasion that wiped out the Blackstone family. But there’s more to those events than the records reveal. When Ash finds the lost diary of Melivia Blackstone, she starts to dig into the past to find the town’s forgotten history – leading to a revelation that shocks her to the core.
Leo seems to be the only person Ash can rely on, yet can she truly open up to him, knowing what she is? Blackstone’s dark history is rising to the surface, and it seems even memory can lie. The worst betrayal waits around the corner, and Ash has to decide whether to trust Leo with her darkest secret, even when it has the potential to destroy them both…
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I was really happy to be able to read the third book in this series. Even though there was a bit less action involved, I didn’t find the book boring to read and it was nice to see more of Ashlyn and her friendships with the other characters, as well as hints of the past connection she had with the Blackstone family… though I did manage to guess how she was connected to them quite early on.
It was good to see Ashlyn and Leo together, even though, by the end of the book, I realised I didn’t actually really like Leo. I did like Cyrus… but Leo just seemed really irresponsible.
It was very easy to relate to Ashlyn as a character and I had a lot of sympathy for her through the course of the book. Her confusion and fear were really easy to understand and made her a much more interesting character.
Howard remained an enigma. I think he was spoiling for a fight for most of the book, but at the same time, he did do the right thing, even if it was because of how much he hated the demons and the Venators. Berenice went down a whole lot in my estimation. She was clearly selfish, only caring about herself and Howard to a lesser extent.
It was interesting to see David once more in this book and I was intrigued by the open hostility between him, Howard and Leo. Alex irritated me quite a bit in this book, since she seemed to only care about meddling in everyone else’s relationships.
I found this book really quick and easy to read. By the end, I was fully connected with Ashlyn and I thought it was good to see how she was affected by what was going on around her. By the end of the book, I had a lot of sympathy for her and I thought it was interesting to see how her demon was almost a separate entity to her.
Since this series doesn’t seem to have hit an end yet, I’m hoping there’ll be more books in the future. I’d like to see where Ashlyn goes next… and I’d be particularly interested in seeing how Cara fits into it all as well.
About The Author
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and inappropriate humour. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.
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