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Mia is your average American teenager--she struggles with algebra, doesn't get much attention from boys, and has an overbearing Italian-American dad. But when a tortured and vengeful demon possesses her, she learns the truth of her family's heritage. She is descended from a long line of demon ...
Mia is your average American teenager--she struggles with algebra, doesn't get much attention from boys, and has an overbearing Italian-American dad. But when a tortured and vengeful demon possesses her, she learns the truth of her family's heritage. She is descended from a long line of demon catchers from Milan, Italy.
Her relatives exorcise the demon from her body, but it manages to evade their capture. With the demon on the loose, Mia is in grave danger. Her uncle convinces her father that she must move to Milan, to the family's home, the only place where she will be safe. Thrust into a foreign culture and alone among strangers who claim to be her family, Mia tries to makes sense of this bizarre new world. But with a powerful demon chasing after her, will she even get the chance?
*"The demons themselves are haunting, multifaceted creatures that are both pathetic and extremely dangerous; the evil they project is complex and pain-ridden. . . . [T]he novel's other elements (the food will have readers salivating), is portrayed in exquisite, affectionate detail." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The possession that takes place in the opening pages makes it immediately clear that the demons here are no campy, Buffy-styled hellions but rather the old-school type of Luciferean offspring that turned poor Linda Blair's head a full 360 degrees and spawned Rosemary's baby." - The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-60684-314-7) and e-book (ISBN: 978-1-60684-315-4) formats.
Posted August 31, 2012
<i>The Demon Catchers of Milan</i>
is a book that was more… “meh” for me. I was probably expecting a lot more action than I got, although there were some fantastic gothic elements that kept my attention.
My main issue with the book was the fact that I was expecting more action, especially from the first few pages that I read. During the middle, especially when the author was describing Milanese culture or family gatherings, although it was beautiful, it didn’t hold my interest for a long time. I did read through it, although to be frank, I was a little bored. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the setting and the factors dealing with exorcism, but I did wish there was more action.
However, I found that the parts where there <i>were</i>
actual demons and exorcisms to be pretty engaging. These scenes were pretty vivid and I was definitely hooked! The Della Torres’ explanations of methods, and some of the history were pretty intriguing and added to the gothic setting and atmosphere of the book. I especially was interested in Mia’s possession at the beginning – it scared me a bit, and if I saw someone who was possessed by a demon, I think he or she would look exactly like Mia o___o
The characters were, I suppose, just… okay. To be honest, I didn’t find Mia to be particularly interesting, although her personality traits were admirable. I didn’t feel like I got to see other characters develop either, until there was more of a “feel-good” moment at the end in the Christmas scene. Overall, the characters weren’t too bad… but they weren’t spectacular either.
Overall, <i>The Demon Catchers of Milan</i>
presents some creepy aspects of exorcism and demons, with some moments of great action and vividly described scenes, although sometimes I felt a bit bored :/ If you’re interested in urban fantasy that’s not too mainstream, or exorcism, or something of the sort, this book would be for you.
Posted August 29, 2012
MY OVERVIEW: I didn't hold out high expectations for this book after reading the first two chapters. I was almost ready to put it down, but I always give a book its fair shot, and in this case, I am glad.
PROS: Mia was a great character. A little annoying at times, but a good overall character. I loved almost everyone in her family too, especially Nonno and Nonna. I just wish there was more of Francesca. She was perfect, but not in the book as much as I think she should have been.
The concept was interesting, and one that I'm not sure I really liked. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was cool that they were demon catchers and used the candles to actually catch the demons, but what I didn't like was that there was no difference between a "demon" and a ghost. Any type of spirit was considered a demon and it got confusing.
CONS: Throughout the whole book I thought it was going to be a standalone. The author did a good job of making it look like it was going to end, but it didn't. It just dropped off and left you hanging. The beginning of the book was very slow and, in my opinion, sloppy. It just didn't have a flow and when Mia was possessed, it was way too artsy and confusing.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I will probably be reading the next in the series (as long as there is a next). I'm still unsure if it is a book I would recommend or not. Probably to the right person, but not a book for an overall recommendation.
NOTE: Review is of ARC received via NetGalley. ARC did have some errors and a paragraph was cut off mid-sentence.