Reign or Shine (Demon Princess Series #1)

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As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are ...

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Overview

As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

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“Sixteen-year-old Nikki’s life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she’s no damsel in distress. Just after her birthday, Nikki learns from an attractive stranger named Michael that she is heir to the throne of the Shadowlands, which separate the human realm from the Underworld. Nikki’s father, the Demon King, is dying, and she’s got very little time to decide if she’ll stay in the Shadowlands forever or live as a normal teenager. Her aunt Elizabeth is ready to take over the throne and will stop at nothing to block Nikki’s ascension to power. Nikki knows what everyone else wants her to do, but she ultimately wants to make her own decisions about her future, something every teenager will understand. Although she doesn’t see herself as a superhero, her will to save her threatened loved ones and take control of her own life is nothing short of heroic. The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sixteen-year-old Nikki faces yet another new school and yet another (probably unhappy) marriage for her mother. Still, she is hopeful about the changes until she meets an attractive guy who appears to be stalking her. She is thoroughly spooked after he tells her that she is, in fact, a demon princess whose father, King of the Shadowlands, is ill and wishes to see her. Still, she agrees to enter the dimension that separates the human realm from the Underworld. Rowen walks an intriguing tightrope, moving Nikki between scenes of realism and fairy tale–horror within a single school day or high-school dance. And she crafts intriguing characters, including Nikki’s loving father, who morphs into a leathery horned demon with glowing red eyes at the slightest provocation, and a potential Shadow boyfriend, who serves as Nikki’s servant and protector. Readers who suspend belief will find themselves caught up in a sometimes violent, romantic, complex fantasy that, although not completely satisfying, will tide them over until the next Stephenie Meyer vampire book or Meg Cabot princess title is released.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Paranormal romance author Rowen's (the Immortality Bites series) charming YA debut skillfully balances a lighthearted teen voice with emotional maturity, which bodes well for this new series. Sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan is less than pleased when a mysterious young man named Michael shows up bearing a message from her absentee father, who she learns is a dying demon king. Additionally, Nikki is her father's heir. Upon her father's death, Nikki will assume control of the Shadowlands, where her father rules the border between the demon lands and the mortal world. “That sounded like more of a gatekeeper than a king,” Nikki thinks. “[T]he thought that my father wasn't a horrible, evil demon set my mind slightly at ease. Slightly.” When Nikki balks under the sudden responsibility, she is offered a choice between mortality and fulfilling the responsibilities of her demon heritage. But as Nikki's feelings for Michael grow and as she learns more about her growing powers and her demon family, her decision becomes more difficult. Though the villains can tend toward the cartoonish, Nikki's engaging voice and several intriguing secondary characters make this a winner. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
This book uses an interesting twist on an age-old story. Nikki has moved because her mother has remarried. She is visited by a stranger who informs her that her father is the demon king of the Shadowlands. Nikki decides to investigate, only to find out that there is a war going on between the Shadowlands and Hell. She is somehow trapped in the middle of this war and her needs as a "human" teenager. She is in love with Michael, Elizabeth wants her dead, and her father would like her to assume the throne in Shadowland. She is fit to be tied. This book reminded me of the premise of Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot, only with a twist into the supernatural. An adolescent/teenager is trapped in a situation where there are many decisions to make and all of them seem bad. She must find a way to make things work as she discovers herself and the role she wants to play in the world that surrounds her. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Just when Nikki Donovan is about to go to Winter Formal with the hottest guy at school, she's summoned by a creepy (but also hot) teenage messenger from the land of the demons. It turns out her father, who left her mother before Nikki was born, is the king of the Shadowlands, the dimension between the human realm and the Underworld. Now he is dying, and Nikki is next in line for the throne. While many novels and TV shows remove supernatural creatures from their traditional gothic environments, this book keeps the demons in creepy, mist-shrouded castles. Cartoonish scenes in which Nikki sprouts leather wings and pets unicorns even make the story seem like a spoof. But the real problem is that there isn't enough plot to sustain readers' interest. Instead, Nikki spends a lot of time talking and thinking about her situation: "It didn't make any sense. It couldn't be real. And if it was…if I was half demon, what did that mean? Was I evil? Would I suddenly go all dark side and want to eat souls or something?" For more complicated, less-stereotypical demons, check out Maureen Johnson's Devilish (Penguin, 2006), or A. M. Jenkins's Repossessed (HarperTeen, 2007)—or if you prefer demon-slayers, Rosemary Clement-Moore's "Maggie Quinn" series (Delacorte).—Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Nikki's life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she's no damsel in distress. Just after her birthday, Nikki learns from an attractive stranger named Michael that she is heir to the throne of the Shadowlands, which separate the human realm from the Underworld. Nikki's father, the Demon King, is dying, and she's got very little time to decide if she'll stay in the Shadowlands forever or live as a normal teenager. Her aunt Elizabeth is ready to take over the throne and will stop at nothing to block Nikki's ascension to power. Nikki knows what everyone else wants her to do, but she ultimately wants to make her own decisions about her future, something every teenager will understand. Although she doesn't see herself as a superhero, her will to save her threatened loved ones and take control of her own life is nothing short of heroic. The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802795342
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Demon Princess Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 676,178
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Rowen is the bestselling author of the Immortality Bites series, including Bitten & Smitten and Fanged & Fabulous. She lives in Ontario. Visit her website: www.michellerowen.com.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Demon Princess Reigns supreme!

    This book is worth the read. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and from the moment I opened it and started reading, I was hooked. The main character is believable and the plot moves. I love the Darkling powers and the Romeo and Juliet love storyline.

    The main character Nikki has been dragged all over the place by her mom, who keeps marrying men she probably shouldn't. This time, she has moved the family to Canada, where she meets some great new friends and a guy that tells her about her long lost father. He just happens to be a demon lord. Who knew? This starts an adventure that I hope will continue for many books more. Nikki is a fireball and is willing to fight for what she wants. She just has to decide if she wants to be normal or be a demon princess after all.

    I totally recommend this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book

    It was a very interesting book with a good plot. I loved it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    A Cute Start to a Series

    I'd read some good reviews before picking this book up, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It was a fun, light read. The book also contained some action, a bit of romance, and a strong lead character.

    Nikki had recently moved from California to Canada, had been able to escape her outcast label, and befriended the most popular girl in school, Melinda. It seemed like everything was going her way, until she turned 16 and found out that she was a half-demon princess from another dimension.

    Nikki reacts as most people would, with complete disbelief. Of course, she grows to accept what she is, and grows stronger in the process. Nikki's very insecure about herself, and her friendships. As readers, we are able to see how much she grows after she finds out about her half-demon heritage. She learns to stand up for herself, as well as face dangerous situations head on. I'll admit that at first I had reservations about Nikki's friend Melinda. I thought she would turn out to be the "Mean Girls" type of character. It became obvious, however, that Melinda, like Nikki had her share of insecurities. I'm also interested to see how Nikki's relationship with Michael will progress in the sequel. Since they're from different dimensions, and it's forbidden, I expect the sequel to address this.

    I think the aspect of the book that I most enjoyed was that the plot didn't drag. I've found that in the first of a series, the story can drag through introductions, and character background. This book was a great start, and I'll definitely be looking forward to reading the sequel. It was fairly obvious who the villain was, however. I don't think that really detracted from my reading experience, but as soon as the character was introduced I was able to figure out the rest of the plot. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this fun, light read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Greatest book ever!!!!!

    Great read. When i bought this book, i finished it in one day. Only wished Nicki paied attention to her auntpo

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    5 star

    This book is a good book. I would get the sample. Than get get off of nook friends or ( lend me) or just buy it. I got a lend me from nook friends.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Cute, and fun to read (:

    When I got this book, admittedly, I was excited to read it. I'd read the synopsis on Goodreads, and I was thinking how great of a book it was going to be. And, unsurprisingly, it was.
    The aspect of the story wasn't anything new--I've read tons of demon-related books this past year, but I have to say that this was one that I rank in the 'best' list. I liked Nikki; she was funny, and she thought logically. She wasn't irrational (cough; cough, Bella Swan), and her feeling were relatable and believable.
    Michael was interesting: not your normal arrogant a**hole that seems to take the lead in a lot of popular YA novels. And the other characters were well developed. I did figure out what was going on pretty easily (with Nikki's dad and aunt), so I wasn't surprised with the ending. But everything played out nicely, and I give props to the author, for having witty dialog and great writing skills.
    The cover is a little flashy--so bright I feel kind of dizzy just looking at it, and it could have been a better representation of the book itself (not just Nikki).
    If you like books that are quick, easy to understand, and include: demons, cute boys & mystery, then this is the book for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Good so Far

    I got the sample it was really good. I love the characters I read about and can't wait to read the whole book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Shadowclaw

    Dapplefeater?

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Reign or Shine: Book 1 of the Demon Princess series

    I will admit, I thought this was going to be more dark because of the whole demon thing, but it turned out to be a light and humorous read, which was okay by me because it was a great book.



    Demon Princess: Reign or Shine was such a cute read. The entire story flowed smoothly, making it hard for me to put down. I ended up devouring it in a day. Like all first novels in a series, you have all the introductions and background history, but the way Rowen put it all together made it more interesting and fun to read. There was never a dull moment.


    I loved Nikki's character. She was funny and overall, a very likable character. I had fun reading about all her exciting adventures. Nikki's best friend, Melinda, had made a statement that has me thinking there could have been some foreshadowing there - if you've read this, then you ought to know what I mean. I'm eager to see if there is more to Melinda's character.

    I recommend this book if you want something light, fun, and easy to read. I can't wait to read the sequel!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

    I love Michelle's Falling Kingdom series under her pen name, so

    I love Michelle's Falling Kingdom series under her pen name, so I thought I'd check some of her work out that's under Michelle Rowen.

    This book was cute and fun. It doesn't have the deep themes like her fantasy series, but I don't think it's really supposed to. Look at the cover. But it was fun and I loved some of the characters. I enjoyed it and will definitely continue with the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Fun

    Fun book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Hunting grounds.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Loved it super cute demon love story

    It was a fun read i loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    To ivyheart from mousefeather

    I need to talk to you about a certen cat(im useing this den as an office to discusse stuff with other cats)

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    Really Good Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn I h

    Really Good

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Dawn

    I had expected a story about a diva brat unable to deal with her new reality but that is not the case. Nikki is a likeable character in multiple ways. She’s intelligent, she has a rebellious streak and she stands her ground no matter the cost. Nikki is offered a way to kill her demon side – but she doesn’t take the easy way out. Instead she listens to her intuition. She’s a remarkably mature girl despite being handed a weird and difficult situation. In one example, Nikki has to protect herself from almost being date raped. I was impressed with how that was handled.

    The characters are well developed. We see short glimpses of a few of the characters that will play a larger role in subsequent books. I love Nikki’s deliciously evil Aunt Elizabeth who wants the throne. Elizabeth killed her father and she will do anything to attain the goal. Her attempted coups d’état with Kieran is pretty funny because she’s thwarted at the very last minute. I have a feeling we will be seeing Elizabeth and Kieran again.

    I’m also intrigued by the mysterious Rhys, King of the faery realm. Melinda (Nikki’s best friend) is a demon slayer, I cannot wait to see how that plays out.

    Nikki and Michael develop feelings for one another even though it’s forbidden. I respect their healthy dislike of following rules. Nikki doesn’t care about Michael’s “rank” (aka he’s a slave.) Speaking of Michael, there’s something off about him but I have no idea what it might be.

    Nikki finds it difficult to pretend after all she’s been through. She goes back to school, but what is Rhys doing as a new student???

    Overall the book is really good. It’s a page turner, the action keeps you hooked. I immediately went looking for the sequel.

    Demon Princess has some very adult situations but they’re handled well. My only complaint is that Nikki cannot tell her mother anything. I hope that changes because I hate seeing young people who cannot count on a parent as their ally.

    3.5 out of 5 stars.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Great read just 4 fun

    cute book, some of the commentary was kinda corny at times. Nice read just for fun though.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Slightly predictable but still fun.

    I read a few chapters of this book because it was the assigned 'book of the week' at my local library. It took only a couple chapters for me to be charmed by the characters and enthralled with the story. Although the events in the book are somewhat predictable, I will say that there aren't any corny/sappy dialogues and the ending was definitely not what I had expected. Curious and caring about all the varying relationships with all the characters, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - I cannot wait to read the sequel 'Demon Princess: Reign Check'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

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    A really amazing read

    I read this book on the fly; and had to check it out so i would not be bored out of my mind. This book had the best spine that drew me in, so i got it. I started reading it right away, and i was blown away on how good the book was. It was very intrguing, but the 2nd plot was introduced near the end of the book. Nikki is a very cool charecter, and i really liek her personality. If only i could have an uber poular friend like she does. I loved the part where she gets a "call" from her aunt's Boy friend, and the plot gets deeper and deeper...
    Plus, the romance between Nikki and Michael was so forbidden but at the same time so deep. I love the romance AND the book and i highly recoomend it. :)

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

    16-year-old Nikki has a pretty good life. She's friends with the most popular girl in school, has guys flocking around her, and is well liked by most students.

    Things take an interesting turn in her life, however, when on her 16th birthday a guy named Michael shows up and tells her that her long-lost father is the Demon King of the Shadowlands.

    She thinks the guy is a wacko until mysterious people show up calling her "princess" and trying to kill her. When she finally decides to give the guy a chance, she discovers that her father is suspiciously ill, other inhabitants of the Shadowlands are getting restless, her demonic powers are starting to manifest, and, to make matters worse, if her father dies, she'll be stuck as ruler of the Shadowlands forever.

    Will Nikki find a way out of her predicament? What's really wrong with her father? Will she live to see her next birthday?

    REIGN OR SHINE is a wonderful book, especially for lovers of paranormal fiction. The plot is fast-paced, the characters are intriguing, and the book is action-packed. Readers will easily be sucked into this story and will be anxiously waiting for its sequel.

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