The Demon Underground Series
Bell Bridge Books September 30, 2008
Rating: Amazing and humorous
Recommendation: Fans of the young adult genre, the paranormal, kick-butt action and even some steamy romance
Val is part succubus and part human, and has a natural ability to kick vampire butt. For her birthday, her parents tell her it’s time that she moves out for the safety of her sister, Jen, who looks up to Val. She also has to find another job as her parents are cutting her completely out of their lives. She then finds a job with the SCU through a previous encounter with Dan Sullivan, a hot detective doing what he can to rid the city of the violent vampires. Now it’s Val, Dan and Val’s half hellhound, Fang, against the city’s growing vampire population. When they become partners and try to find the vein of vampires that are wreaking havoc through the city, they become closer than they imagined and Val is forced to test the restraints she has on Lola, her succubus side.
If I were going to compare this to a meal, I would say that this is a smorgasbord of yummy goodness. You have a young heroine who is forced out and into growing up much faster than anyone should have to. But she still manages to hang on to humorous wit and knowledge. She is young and still trying to come to terms with who and what she is, but that doesn’t keep her from being a force to be reckoned with. I really enjoyed the commentary that flowed between her and Fang, the hellhound half breed that befriends her.
I could go into detail about the struggles that Val go through as she learns about herself and her demon nature. Or how Dan must learn to accept the part of Val that is suddenly thrust on him. But really, this was a good story that keeps you interested and invested in how everything turns out. There is a whole world that is yet to be discovered; something that brings comfort to Val and makes it a little more uncomfortable for Dan. His discomfort with the nonhumans that surround him is understandable, but he still strives to be the hero in the midst of it all. And you’ve got to admire that.
I received this complimentary galley from Netgalley. The review is not required to be a positive one, but I assure you it is my honest opinion of the book.