Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover

by Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Release date: 27th December, 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages: 416 (ARC thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Next Book: Untitled

Summary from Goodreads:

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Cailleach McFay is a teacher whose speciality is folklore. And she is good, her book, Sex Lives of the Demon Lover (an adaptation from her thesis) had become a best-seller. And this combined with her Ph.D had brought her offers from New York University and other small colleges like the one in Fairwick where she is right now.
But she is not ready to accept a job there, far from it, her whole life was supposed to be in NYC, finally together with her boyfriend of eight years, Paul. Both had decided that their careers were first and agreed that their goal would be to move to New York together. So now she had to find a way to delay her answer to the .

And she was perfectly happy until she set her eyes upon Honeysuckle House, a marvelous victorian house that compelled her to live there... to buy it and make it hers... to give up her future with Paul and begin a life in Fairwick.
And so she did. She bought the house and discovered that not only it had been the house of Dahlia LaMotte, a novelist whose books had been about young girls with no parents that ended up in the hands of Byronic heroes who threatened their virginity, but that the house came with unpublished novels and a secret that changer her world: there was a succubus in that house, one that somehow, had visited her when she was little after losing her parents and told her fairytales to help her sleep.
But now his visits where far from innocents... and Cailli finds herself torn between the decision of making him go away with the help of her new supernatural friends or keeping him with her and continue their sex live together knowing that it might kill her soon...

In a small town where everything seems normal and peaceful Callie is about to discover that supernatural creatures are real, that she might be one of them, that her students are beginning to look sick and weak and that her love life is about to get really complicated.
Thanks goodness there is massive magic library below the New York city library and she has access to it now.

Personal opinion:
For me it's been the first time I've read about succubus or incubus and it was by mistake, I thought The Demon Lover was a YA book but I blame the cover xD
Saying that I have to say that I enjoyed it. I had a little information about incubus thanks to TV series and this book offered a lot of light into the succubus mythology.

The book combined the perfect quantity of tension, fairytales and mystery that it needed. I mean, who wouldn't want to study in a campus where maybe vampires, witches, succubus, faeries and other creatures are the teachers or students? I think that this is what I liked the most: a supernatural college inside a common college.

The plot itself is, maybe, a little obvious once you reach a certain part of the story but that won't stop you from continuing, far from it, you will wonder how is it going to happen and if everyone will be okay at the end.

The ending was bittersweet but it makes sense since there's going to be a next book so I'm not to worried about it. Will I be reading the next book? You bet. I can't wait to know how is the author going to continue Calli's journey.

Alaiel's Rating:

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1 comment:

  1. Haha.. I totally thought it was YA too. Taught me to read the blurb from then on. :)


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