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Reign or Shine (Demon Princess Series #1)
     

Reign or Shine (Demon Princess Series #1)

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by Michelle Rowen
 

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Nikki Donovan has enough trouble fitting in at her new school without the weird guy who keeps following her around. And when he approaches her, claiming to be sent by her long-lost father, Nikki finds out the truth: the father she never knew is the demon king of the Shadowlands- the realm between our world and the Underworld-and now that he's dying, she is his

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Nikki Donovan has enough trouble fitting in at her new school without the weird guy who keeps following her around. And when he approaches her, claiming to be sent by her long-lost father, Nikki finds out the truth: the father she never knew is the demon king of the Shadowlands- the realm between our world and the Underworld-and now that he's dying, she is his sole heir to the throne. Maybe it's because she's in shock, or maybe it's because the messenger, Michael, is actually kind of cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There, she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne-forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden-he's a Shadow creature and destined to be her slave. 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795342
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
Demon Princess Series , #1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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

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Reign or Shine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Dana_W More than 1 year ago
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.
MrsRobArchie More than 1 year ago
It was a very interesting book with a good plot. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. When i bought this book, i finished it in one day. Only wished Nicki paied attention to her auntpo
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
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.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample it was really good. I love the characters I read about and can't wait to read the whole book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MonicaEmme More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book
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It was a fun read i loved it
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