Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review times two: A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King and Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

Book Summary Via Goodreads: 
     "Some girls share clothes, a bathroom, or a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body--with a demon.
Liora just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can’t let him know she transforms into a demon named "Lucky" at nightfall—a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.
Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he’s public enemy number one. And having a demon with a vendetta show up during a romantic date puts a serious crimp in any relationship.
Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is quite another.
Being bad has never been so good..."

It tells the story of a 17-year-old girl, Liora Greyson, who shares her body with a demon named Lucky. You learn pretty quickly that they used to be one person. And that when Liora was 12 she witnessed the murder of her two best friends at the hands of demons who split her demon half from her human half. Forcing Lucky to rule the night while Liora rules the day.
Lucky hates her human half as often Liora's human emotions bleed through during Lucky's time, and Liora is convinced that Lucky hates her because occasionally Lucky makes appearances during the day. Which is kind of ironic being that they are the same person. Life for Liora feels lonely because most people at her school have chosen to shut her out because with her body being shared she can't spend time with anyone when the sun goes down. But after being sent home one day, after Lucky made one of her appearances, she meets a guy in the parking lot named Keiron. At first, she kind of blows him off even though she finds him attractive because she knows that with Lucky being a part of her a relationship wouldn't work out. The story becomes more intriguing with Keiron shows up during Lucky's time in the Demon realm, and Lucky starts to fall for Keiron at the same time Liora does. you learn that Lucky is on the hunt for the demon that killed her best friends, in hopes of avenging them and no longer being forced to share her body. The chapters are written from either Lucky or Liora's point of view (first person). We learn about half way through the book that Keiron is also a half-demon sent to capture the very demons that Lucky had spent the past 5 years trying to kill, to repay a debt. Keiron captures them but is willing to let Lucky to have her Justice, because of how much he care for both Lucky and Liora. But when Lucky is facing them she realizes that Liora's human emotions are as much a part of her as her feet and lets Keiron turn them in to fulfill his debt.

I recommend both books to anyone who enjoys Paranormal Romance books.

 Book Summary via Goodreads:
     "For nineteen-year-old Ember, life has always been about death. With a simple touch, she can see when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person that knows her secret is her best friend Raven. 
But that changes when she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous and mysterious and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. The silence he instills in her mind and body allows her to feel things she’s never been able to before, so despite her initial reservations, Ember lets Asher into her life and lets herself get close to him. But the closer they get, the more Ember realizes that Asher is keeping secrets from her.
When unexplained deaths begin to surface in her town, Ember questions why she can’t see Asher's death and what it is he’s hiding from her. "

 I have honestly never read a book with that kind of premise. It was about a 19 year old girl, named Ember, who can see people's death when she touches them, when she was 16 her father died in mysterious circumstances and since she called the police and told them that he was going to die moments before he did she was the prime suspect in his death.  She generally doesn't let or like when people touch her because of the whole seeing their deaths thing. Kind of a downer when it comes to making friends and forming relationships, but that doesn't really seem to matter because just about the whole town hates her and think she's a killer. But she does have one friend, Raven, who knows about her unfortunate ability. She is a wild child kind of character, likes to party and drags Ember to all the parties. At one party, in particular, Ember meets a guy, Asher, that would be considered her "type" if she had one. Tall, Dark hair, dark eyes, loads of piercings... and really hot. And they are both really into each other. Shortly after meeting Asher at the party she meets another guy who moved in across the street from her named Cameron, who seems to be interested in her as well. (it seems cheesy but the way the character is written she is confused and a little flustered at two guys in less than a week hitting on her when she spent most of her life being shunned by an entire town.) Shenanigans ensue and people start  dying in the same manner as her father, making Ember the prime suspect. The attraction between Asher and Ember grows the more time they spend together. She eventually finds out that Asher is an Angel of Death, and Cameron is a Grim Reaper, who were both meant to stay away from her because of what she is, A Grim Angel. A creature that can decide who will win the war for souls between the Grim Reapers and the Angels of Death.
Overall its a pretty good book, and I normally don't go for the sultry romance novels because most of those books don't have the plot to back up all the "romance" scenes in the books. This one had a pretty interesting plot that the sexy-time stuff just kind of floated on. Meaning that if the story didn't have any sex in it, it would still have been a really interesting book.

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