by Cara Lynn Shultz
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: ebook (Kobo)
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.
I was a big fan of Cara Lynn Shultz's book Spellbound and the sequel Spellcaster, so I naturally downloaded this, the first in a new series, asap.
Once again I was not disappointed and I really enjoyed it . I liked Paige. I really liked how she handled being "crazy". One of the key traits of her personality was her ability to keep holding her head up, despite how crazy everyone thought she was. I liked how she handled herself.
Logan was a good character too. Cara Lynn Shultz does not write bad boys. Brendan (in Spellbound) was a good guy and Logan is from the same mold. Her boys tend to have good attitudes and a willingness to fall madly in love with the heroine from the get go without too much difficulty. Like in the Spellbound books the romance between the characters is not one of the problems faced by the heroine and the romance blossoms along side the plot (for the most part.)
If I have one complaint, it would be that we don't get to see The Dark World itself until the very end of the book. This wouldn't be a big deal except it seems so much more interesting then regular New York and I'm curious to learn more about it.
Overall, it was a really fun book with likable characters that only recommends itself. I have a sneaking suspicion that the sequel might end up being ever better since we'll get more demons and more of the Dark World.