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Drop Dead Demons: A YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance Thriller (Divinicus Nex Chronicles series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I am completely in love with these books. I love Greek mythology and the authors even incorporated that into their story... BEST SERIES EVER!!! Love you guys...
Okay so the story starts with Aurora getting kidnapped on her date with Ayden! :D The mysterious guy from last book is Rose a Jack-of-all-trades rogue Mandatum hunter, the secret society which hunts Divinicus Nex.
He wants Aurora and Hex Boys to steal something from Mandatum's treasure. They go on a treasure hunt in their Gothic school which has many secrets!
Ayden is sexy and hot as ever, Jayden is very funny in this book doing certain hilarious things, Logan his sweet and shy self, Blake being Blake... We get a small back story about Tristan and Matthias. We also get to meet all Hex parents, family members and relatives. We also finally see Aurora and Ayden as a couple.
This book is so much fun! The writing style has improved in this book and story moves smoothly. The demon attacks and waiting world visits are there as is Gloria in her Glory! he he he...
This book answered a few questions and ignited million other questions that I can't wait to start reading the third book Demons in Disguise now. The killer cliffhanger is not fair Ms A & E Kirk!
Is Cristiano Ciccatori Aurora's Bellator? I think he is.
The one she dreams about and thinks is conjured by her subconscious is his voice? I think so.
Is Sophia Ciccatori really the traitor? I don't think so, its too obvious!
Who really is Vermin???
If Cristiano is bellator then what about Ayden and Aurora's relationship? Please no break ups.
Who is Fiamma?
Who is the hallucinator who attacked Aurora?
What does Heather know?
What happened to Matthias' mother and sister?
Awww.... so many questions! I need to read Demons in Disguise like right now! I can't concentrate on work...
Generally speaking, they can go one of two ways - they can expand on the original, add to it, learn from it, answer our questions and inspire thousands of new ones; or they can dissolve into steaming piles of nothingness churned out to keep the franchise alive. I went into Drop Dead Demons with high expectations, having already entrusted my heart to Demons at Deadnight with the hope that it wouldn't turn out to be another scandalous hussy - and thankfully, this sequel was one of the good ones.
Lamentably, I'm awful at summarising books, but I promised myself that for the sake of professionalism I'd kick each review off with a brief summary of the book, so... *takes on professional tones* Drop Dead Demons (let's just call it DDD for speed-typing efficiency) picks up a short while after its predecessor ended, and we rejoin Aurora after a couple of months of Hex Boy training (and, presumably, hijinks). This time around we have all of the romance, wit, adventure and awkward situations of the last book, only with added treasure hunts, Greek mythology and colourful new characters.
What I liked
- That opener! We are, quite literally, flung straight into the action from page one with a shock kidnapping and an explosive battle. Now, that's how you hook a reader! As I've noted previously, the narrative of these books is very natural and easy to slip into, and I find this to be especially true in the many fight scenes. They're snappy, gripping, and filled to the brim with wit. I never find myself skimming over the action; I'm right there in it.
- Aurora. We're shown right from the get-go that she's learned since the last book. She's been trained. She's tougher, faster, more capable of looking after herself even without her Hexy entourage, and through all that she's still the funny, vulnerable, relatable leading lady we know and love. And speaking of love...
- Ayden. I actually feel slightly guilty for my original dislike of this guy. After reading DDD, however, you may take a seat in the YA love interest hall of fame, Mr Ishida - just squeeze in there next to Tucker and Morpheus. Now, here's what made me like Ayden: unlike so many YA love interests, he feels like a real person. He isn't just there to be pretty and useless, or to respond to the main character's every whim, and he certainly isn't an insta-love kind of guy. He's funny, caring, loyal, tough, and his relationship with Aurora grows at a realistic pace. What was once a fake relationship has become a genuine partnership. I found great amusement in the 'lessons' he put himself through for the sake of his relationship. Seriously, why didn't I like him again?!
- The character growth. I've always had a small (okay, enormous) soft spot for Matthias, and I was pleased that he got to shine a little in DDD. We got to see his home, his room, his only remaining family, and his motivations and way of thinking became easier to understand. His clear problems with intimacy definitely tugged at my heartstrings, along with his scenes with Aurora's family. I also felt that the foray into Tristan's past was nicely timed and provided more insight into his character. It's nice that each character has their own voice and personality and none feel underdeveloped.
- The new characters. Jenny, Aunt M, the various Hex Boy parents - all were welcome additions to an already wonderful cast. Jenny in particular was an excellently crafted character; I truly felt for him once his past was uncovered, though I wish we'd seen more of him. There were, however, a few new characters that I wasn't so keen on and that brings me to...
What I didn't like
- 'Rose'. Now, don't get me wrong - I certainly found him entertaining enough, particularly that... costume scene (you know the one). But after a while, his character began to become more confusing than amusing. First there was all his double-agentry. I doubt even he knew which side he was on and which promises he'd made to which people by the end of it, and I sure as hell didn't. His constant lies and inability to do anything other than bark orders and flirt were also irritating. And here's what really got me: he wanted Aurora to find a magic stone, actually threatened her with death if she did not, and handed her stolen files to aid her in this. What he didn't do was give her the other magical stone that could have led her to the magic stone he wanted in the first place - no, he waited until near the end, when everything had gone to s***, to do that. I was thoroughly rooting for Ayden when he shot fireballs at the guy.
- Our villains. This may be because I am an avid Rick Riordan fan and have grown used to his ways of weaving Greek mythology, but DDD's take on it just didn't do it for me. There wasn't enough godly badassery; I was entirely underwhelmed by them. Their schemes seemed to fall apart all too easily, and actually seemed slightly juvenile for creatures with god-like levels of power and lifetimes of knowledge.
- The confusion factor. I'm just barely keeping up with the sheer amount of convoluted plans and people who want Aurora dead. We have a shadowy Mandatum traitor with many a death scheme, two goddesses with two sets of demons gunning for Aurora, Rose and all of his plotting, and now there's Cristiano who may or may not be an enemy. I'm having trouble keeping all of their motivations straight. No wonder Aurora has trust issues.
Aunt M. Her character can be summed up in one simple quote:
"It's... been a difficult pregnancy."
The woman has an arsenal of tranq guns, takes joy in messing with law enforcement, and builds secret computer systems in the family garage. Her badassery knows no bounds. I stand firm in my theory that if they'd simply sent Aunt M after the army of demons in the end, she'd have sorted them all out before breakfast.
"Let's go take down three demon gods with a shiny rock." - Aurora
4 out of 5 stars
regardless of all the niggles i still finished and enjoyed this book, so if you have the time and the patience i would recommend if not, steer clear
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