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Posted February 14, 2013
I received The Demon lover-book one to the Fairwick chronicles l
I received The Demon lover-book one to the Fairwick chronicles last December, and have read it twice after that. Getting into this novel was a struggle at first. When I read the synopsis on NetGalley I was truly intrigued-as stated in one of my reviews, I am a sucker for illicit love stories-everything just seemed deliciously inviting. So as the book took off, I was rather disappointed at how the story took form.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Callie has moved to Fairwick in order to pursue a teaching career, leaving her boyfriend Paul behind. As she settles in this eerie ancient house, she experiences paranormal activities … and finds out that the beautiful man, who haunts her dreams since she was young, is also the very one haunting her house … worst, he’s an incubus-an evil spirit said to descend up and have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep (this minor detail was not included in the Netgalley synopsis). Along with her neighbors-who are more than meets the eye-Callie tries to find ways to get rid of this demon. All while finding out that, she, herself is far from normal.
I really tried to love this novel, but with all the sexual contents for more than half the book, I got bored; the story was going nowhere, and I was going to give up half way; but, I am glad I didn’t. Towards the second half I was completely sucked in, that the ending came to me as a bit of a shock.
Callie as a character is strong, yet weak. There were a few times I felt we were going to lose her-it is as if she has this aspect of her, which wants to give in to the darkness … to its comfort, but whenever I felt she was truly done for, she pulls out of it. This is what I loved most about her character, being able to fight the urge to give in.
Would I recommend it?
Yes. If you enjoy romance and supernaturals, I recommend it. Despite the sexual contents and the slow pacing, it was actually a good read-as I stated, the last half was so mesmerizing, that the only thoughts that ran through my mind at the time were, I need to read the sequel NOW! (Not to mention I have just finished reading the sequel-The Water Witch-and it was great!)
Posted January 1, 2012
An Uneven Paced Read
The Demon Lover was not what I expected. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis looked very promising but it turned out be a very uneven paced read for me. It starts off very slow and took a while for me to get into. Than you have moments where everything becomes very fast paced and I found myself flipping through the pages only to be greeted with more slow moments where I actually started skimming through quite a few pages since I felt it did nothing to move the plot along.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Honestly the main concept of The Demon Lover was interesting which is why I still stuck through it and read it but there were alot of parts that could have been taken out and way to many sub plots. Not to mention not much was explained but after learning that there will be more books published in the series I can understand why the author left so much still a mystery.
What I really did enjoy was reading about the Incubus. Pretty much all the exciting page flipping parts were when the incubus was involved. And lets not forget Liam, he made the second half of the book interesting , of course once I found out who Liam really was it made sense why he was the only other character who I really cared for in this entire novel.
Now as far as the main character Callie goes I didn't feel any connection with her and for me to really get into a novel I have to feel something for the main character. Instead I found her odd. Callie for one did not show a bit of shock or surprise when she found out about the supernatural world or that most of her co-workers were otherworldy beings, and for someone who has a PhD in folkolore who has also written a book about the sex lives of various demon lovers she was very clueless.
I did love the mystical setting of The Demon Lover, and I could definitly envision the gothic feel of it all. Also there was a lot of hot and heavy sexual scenes which I would define as erotic but tastefully done.
Overall my feelings for this novel is mixed. I loved some aspects of it while still finding myself frustrated and at times bored.
Posted June 4, 2012
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