Prophesies, demon slayers, dragons, homework… It’s going to be a hell of a week!
It’s been a dangerous ride for Nikki Donovan since she first learned she’s a demon princess. And the ride isn’t over yet!
She’s just found out that her best friend is a demon slayer in training, one who doesn’t know that Nikki is exactly the prey she’s sworn to hunt. Nikki’s demon king father has signed her up for lessons in how to master her erratic half-demon powers, and that’s on top of her regular homework! Also, she’s torn between two boys—Rhys, the faery king she’s prophesied to marry, and Michael, a Shadow whom she’s forbidden to love.
To top it all off, a dark force is haunting Nikki, something mysterious and evil that wants the demon princess dead…but who — or what — is it?
The third book in the Demon Princess series definitely does not disappoint. Book 1 was okay, Book 2 was good but Book 3 won me over. I realize that the publishing house dropped the series so Ms. Rowen, listening to the enraged (and desperate) cries of her fans, went ahead and self-published this book and you know what? It rocks. It seriously rocks. There are so many things I liked about it so get comfortable as I recount them.
1. Nikki continues to grow as a character and I totally appreciate that. She didn’t start off as someone I could like very much but as the series continues, she comes into her own and you can actually map her growth by her responses to certain events. In fact, the major players in the series all seem to be evolving and I really, really like that. I like how faery prince seems to be changing just as much as I like how the Shadow is becoming something (or someone?) different. It’s fascinating.
2. The honesty. You know how sometimes you read books and you figure out everything before the characters know it (dramatic irony?) not because it is a secret or something but because they refuse to put it out there (maybe to create tension or suspense, I dunno) but in The Demon Series, people just tell each other stuff and I APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH. Even the stuff that is not easy to tell. For example, Nikki and her Shadow “boyfriend” (that is in quotes because there seems to be an ambiguity about their relationship). They tell each other stuff that I wouldn’t tell my boyfriend, like you, she actually liked kissing Faery Prince (not that I blame her, I mean, the dude is totally hot). And he returns the honesty. It’s something refreshing and this earns lots of points with me.
3. The friendship. Okay, so you’re a demon (well half, but whose measuring?) and your best friend is a demon slayer. You see how that could get awkward? Yeah but Rowen manages to avoid melodrama and keep it fresh and funny between the girls. I liked the lack of pathos and once again, honesty.
4. Girl Power. There is no damsel in distress trope going on here. Nikki saves herself. More than once. And does it brilliantly.
If you are in the mood for fluff, hot boys and kick ass heroines, give this series a go. You will laugh, swoon and sometimes roll your eyes. It’s good as ice cream.