- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Reardon Publishing (6 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1874192936
- ISBN-13: 978-1874192930
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,605,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Smoking Hot: (The Diary of a Fire Demon) (Body Swap) Paperback – 6 Nov 2014
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About the Author
The Author Amelia Mah is a snarky, sarcastic and cynical author who has a very popular blog of how she sees the world from the point of view of a modern teenage vampire Following the success of her vampire Novels she has now expanded into Demons and the problems in owning a pair of horns and a tail
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It's at this point we switch fully over to the new demon that was Alyce our human protagonist just in time for her to sit then stand on her new tail, and with hardly a chance to say "ow" the three sisters she never had arrive herd her into a carriage and ship her off to some kind of cross between Hogwarts (as is mentioned by the protagonist), some old British girls academy of learning, and that bootcamp from the "Starship troopers" movie.
Thus begins her (and by proxy our) journey through the demon school system. We learn right alongside her what it means to be a four year old Fire demon in this new world and what fun ride it is... For us that is, for her it's a constant barrage of life threatening terror interspaced with periods of complete and utter confusion. This is not helped by the two fold puberty she finds herself in, both as a human getting used to her new demon body, and as a growing fire demon just coming into her powers. All in all its a good read that, while it may not shake the foundations of literacy it does manage a surprise or two along the way, and brings a smile to ones face.
Generally entertaining throughout.
Now for the nitty gritty;
The author has her own ideas on what the demon realm is and has populated it with its own unique flora/fauna and governmental structure and so far I have no complaints, in fact I would love to read some kind of history of the realm as what is mentioned so far is quite intriguing.
Reading it over it does seem as if the slight dialogue weirdness is in fact artistic choice. Still kinda weird, but logical within the context of the story. And there was only I think one typo I caught but it wasn't bad.
But in closing, regardless of any issues with editing I am quite excited for the sequels. Quite a few possible story arcs open, in addition to the straight sequels. The world she has created is wide open and I'm thrilled to see where she goes with it.
On the other hand, the tone of the writing was irritating at times. The target audience is clearly young adult. For example, I feel the word "mega" should be quietly kidnapped, brought out to high seas, then dropped overboard attached to a heavy weight. Sadly, it showed up 23 wince worthy times. Still not docking a star though, for want of the next book in the series.
NOTE: this book isn't linked to the Amazon author page (as of 1/27/2015). Please fix, as I'd like to make sure the "follow" button actually gets me updates on this series.
The book is written with a light hearted style so you're not going to take it too seriously, but it is entertaining. I’ll be looking for Amy Mah’s next book after reading this one.