Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)

The Demon Lover

(Fairwick Chronicles #1)


Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: December 27th 2011 by Ballantine Books

I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.

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 her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found 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: Her incubus is 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 demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.


My Review:

The Demon Lover was nothing like I thought it would be. When I first saw the cover, read the summary and an excerpt of the prologue, I thought, WOW. I HAVE to read this book now.

But when I actually got to it... let's just say it was very difficult to get into the story. I felt no connection to the main character. None. The other characters were all very mysterious and... ecletic. Really, just too odd. Even if they were paranormal. And most of them felt superfluous, I guess. They weren't very important to the story at all. Maybe in the next books?

This is a supernatural romance with a lot of mystery. Really, A LOT of mystery. That was the biggest problem for me. There was way too much of it. (I used to think there couldn't possibly be such a thing, but as it turns out...). If I had to read one more sentence of: they shared a strange look, they looked at each other as if sharing a secret, they were whispering in secret, they exchanged glances... GAH!!!

When you thought something would be cleared, that something would finally be explained... there seemed to appear three more different mysteries. No answers at all. O.o Anyone heard of Hydra of Lerna?

I caught myself skipping a great deal of pages, which is not a good sign. The book was so long! It's not that the story wasn't interesting (I really wanted to get a taste of a demon lover myself, LOL), but it's very tiring when nothing is ever explained... and, at long last, when they eventually do explain somethings, we get THAT kind of sucky ending. Yeah, well... (It was only when I was halfway through it that I found out this book was part one in a series -jeez-, but this was such a long, tiring read all I really wanted was some kind of closure...).

What I did enjoy VERY much was... (guess, guess!!!) YES, the incubus! LOL. Liam was my favorite thing in the whole book. The only exciting things that happened were when he was around. Yes, there were many sexual interactions, (but you only need to read the summary to see they're coming) and I'm not ashamed to say (okay, maybe just a little) that they were the only reasons I kept turning the pages. That and because I wanted to read more about Liam. (and does the author make you work for it! >.>).

I was all kinds of disappointed. With the too-long book, with the empty, distant characters, with the ending that failed to meet any and all expectations... (those that still resisted my initial frustration). I'm sorry about so much whining and complaining, however, that's how it was for me.
The author is very good with describing objects, houses, nature, clothes (her detailing of art work and the interior of the forest just leaves you breathless.), she's obviously very creative and has studied a lot about folklore, fairytales and celtic fables, but, for me, not even those super interesting things could save this book.

Then again, who knows? Maybe you'll love it. It has every kind of paranormal creatures: vampires, demons, fairies, familiars... you name it. It's worth a try, at least.

*eARC provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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