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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Review: Personal Demons by Stacia Kane

Title: Personal Demons
Author: Stacia Kane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 05/01/08
Megan promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she'll "slay their personal demons," and they believe her. So do the personal demons... although she doesn't know it, Megan is the only human without a demon on her shoulder! Megan and her allies -- a demon lover who both protects and seduces her with devilish intensity, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons -- have to deal not only with the personal demons, but a soul-sucker, ghosts of Megan's past, and a reporter who threatens to destroy Megan's career!

Plot: 2.5 Stars
As much as I wanted to love the premise of the story, many of the things I was looking forward to seemed almost absent. I was expecting to learn and interact more with the personal demons (an idea I was really excited for) since they were the namesake of the book, but they really didn't play that big of a part. I was also excited to read about the radio show and Megan's practice, but those were a little absent also. But I'll definitely be checking out the next book in hopes that the Personal Demons play a bigger part.

Pace: 3 Stars
Only about a week goes by throughout the timeline of the book, but it definitely feels like more. Multiples times, I wondered to myself why Megan hadn't done another radio show. There was also a point near the end, right before the action really picked up, that seemed like filler. It was slow and I got a little bored, which led me to take a little break from the story.

Characters: 3 Stars
I liked Megan as an Urban Fantasy heroine. I like it when the UF heroine isn't completely badass, it's a nice change compared to the numerous heroines who are always running around guns blazing. Greyson and Brian were harder for me to connect with. I couldn't decide whether to like or dislike them. But I loved the three guards sent to follow Megan around. The author did a good job with the dialogue, they're accents came through very well. Plus, they brought a nice bit of humor to the book.

Cover: 3 Stars
Although the cover is a nice change from the current trend in Urban Fantasy (non-descript cover models that look tough with their weapons and tattoos), the cover came off as a little simple. And it didn't really connect with the stories. Nothing specific from the story is reflected in the cover.

Overall: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.

1 comment:

  1. great review! I've been considering whether or not to buy this book. you've helped me decide to hold off on it for a while.


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