Saturday, 23 October 2010

Review: Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
Genre: Paranormal > Demons
Age Group: 12+
Publishers: Allen & Unwin (AU), Bloomsbury (USA)
Release Date: February 2010
Format: Paperback B, 288 pages
ISBN-13:   9780802795342

Cover love? 
It's definitely some eye-catching chick-lit eye candy, and I heart the contrast between the two words in the title text. But the blue is too electric, and I think the model, plus her horns look too obviously photoshopped into the background.
Nikki's just found out that her long-lost father is the demon king of the Shadowlands - the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious - and surprisingly cute - messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying and wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. And back in 'our' world, the Winter Dance is looming... what's a teenage demon princess to do?

"That guy is staring at you."

Yep, that first line had me hooked. Reading Demon Princess is like sinking into a relaxating read that keeps a light, happy smile on your face all the way through. Michelle Rowen writes with a light, bubbly aura that radiates throughout the story. While she keeps the story moving forward with dialogue, she builds up the various settings in a way that captivates the reader's imagination.

In the beginning, some characters and parts of the plot were very clich├ęd and obvious, and some lines were very shallow. But by the middle of the book, I had effortlessly stepped into Nikki's shoes and enjoyed the thrill and adventure with her. Nikki's growth throughout the short time frame in the story is believable and marvelous.

I loved that while the story was within the paranormal genre, Michelle Rowen took a new direction by building a new world with a unique twist on demon mythology, placing other fantastical elements into the play as well. The plot was fast-paced, and quite predictable towards the end, but it made for a classic, enjoyable read about discovering and embracing the "demon" within. 

My fingers trembled to flip the pages faster in anticipation throughout the book, and my eyes were a blur afterwards. It's a story that will make you squeal, squirm and giggle. Demon Princess is a perfect story for those who love a light, funny read about demons, magic, royalty, hot guys and forbidden love!

Demon Princess 2: Reign Check is out now, and absolutely on my list of books to read!