Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Demons are a Girl's best Friend by Linda Wisdom
Witches, Shapeshifters, Demons, Vampires, Gnomes, Elves, an evil cult and talking jewellery. What more could you ask for.
This was a beautifully done character driven romance. The sex scenes were not too overpowering nor did they feel out of place.
In fact, there was a very quirky underscore in this romance, and that was finding not the perfect man, but one who was perfect enough with all his faults. As we see Elle, a magickal spider who wants nothing but to find a way to keep her lovers alive beyond one sex act. And Sybil, the Elf who is looking for someone who is more then just pretty.
Maggie's character, is a richly written woman, who's verbal wit could match anything Joss Whedon could have put into the mouth of his blonde heroine. And just as tough. Giving Maggie a back story of loss in the form of a dead sister, was a delicate balance to give some depth to her combat ready style.
Declan's character, at times leaned very much towards that of an incubus (of which the author cleverly added in the form of another relative) then the fire controlling demon he was designed to be. His back story is one that would be interesting to explore more of.
The beginning of the sub-story between Maggie and her human charge, played out as would be expected, giving her normal teenaged issues in the form of bad boyfriends and school bullies. But there were moments when the character of Courtney felt like a plot device that took on a mind of its own. I would have liked to have been given just a tad more on the character's upbringing before she joined the story.
Too often, paranormal/supernatural novels come off as stuck up, this thankfully is very casual in it's approach to the topics. The characters are developed enough to be relatable, yet the subject matter is still fantastic enough to be entertaining.
We are introduced to so many characters who easily could branch off into their own novels, which might be a delightful thing to see, as I have been told this is the first book in a series. (I hope they were not teasing) Though it does lend itself to "past history" that makes me wonder if it's part of a series, and not the first chapter?
It had a very Buffy meets McMillan and Wife feel. I thought this was the perfect balance between romance/dramatic and supernatural genres. The vampiric overtones (Succubus, Vampires, manipulation by the priests and the higher demons, the scene with the bully's dad at the school) that you find throughout leads me to add this book more to the vampire genre then to just a straight forward witchcraft genre. Which coming from a long time vamp fan, is a wonderful thing. I can not remember the last time I read a vamp book with that much interest.