For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.
The Hex Boys— mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction— have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway
When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?
Ghost Bustser The Hexy Knights, aka, the Hex Boys, aka, my Superhero Harem! Well, at least, that’s who I’m calling! No, seriously, I’m calling right now, and I’m beginning to think they’ve blocked my number… Can’t imagine why, it’s only like the 100th time I’ve called. But that’s another story.
Soon after moving back to her childhood hometown, Aurora Lahey not only reunites with some old friends, she also determines to stay away from them, least they discover her secret before she unravels theirs. But when she finds herself on the run—again—from demons, she quickly learns that it’s going take more than a little snoopy investigating on her part to find out why everyone seems to want to her dead.
I adored Aurora from the start. She’s smart, has a great sense of humor (even under the worst circumstances), and is braver than she gives herself credit for. Though, like most complex characters, I do have to admit Aurora also frustrated me at times, and not just because she’s tremendously stubborn. What actually had me struggling with her was, despite the fact that she’s dealt with a lot in her past, her internal musings seemed to only skim the surface of her true feelings. It was almost like she wouldn’t allow herself to feel. Don’t get me wrong, her snarky interludes were loads of fun, but I also wanted at least a preview of her deepest and darkest thoughts. By the end of the book, I definitely had the sense that Aurora is the type of person that uses humor to mask her pain. And, I’m convinced there is more to her than the casual indifference she shared about certain situations.
In any case, Aurora’s story never lacked for action. The poor girl couldn’t seem to catch a break and was thrown into a meat grinder more than once. Good thing is that she knows how to take a fall, and she’s not afraid to throw herself back into the fray almost instantly. My only problem was that while I really enjoyed the adrenaline filled chase/fighting scenes, I felt that some of them shifted too fast. More than once, it took me a while to catch on to what was happening.
Oh, and guess what? For those of you like me, who complain that YA novels don’t have enough parental unit involvement, I don’t think you’ll find that to be a problem in Demons at Deadnight. Aurora’s family was very present throughout the story, and it was awesome to actually see them have an active role in Aurora’s journey. There was genuine affection and concern amongst all the member of the Lahey family, and it was evident in the small ways they each contributed to the tale.
Speaking of family, did I mention the HEX BOYS?! There are six of them, all single…until they met me. *bats lashes and sighs dreamily* Where was I? Oh yes, the freaking hot (and, note to self, underage, but almost legal) Hex Boys! I’ve never met a cuter…er…cooler array of friends so loyal to each other, they’d, well, fight off all kinds of demons from hell to defend one another. I loved how while they were a brotherhood of sorts with common interests, each HB was carefully developed with their own idioms that made them truly unique and charming and funny and quirky…and delicious. Damnit Missie, remember the “note to self” up there!
What made Demons at Deadnight even better was the playful yet irresistible attraction that hinted at a possible romance between one of the Hex Boys and Aurora. Their interactions were sprinkled throughout the story, yet always hit the page at just the right time, and I couldn’t get enough of the swoon-worthy banter or heated moments they shared. By the end, they managed to display real and caring feelings for each other, while avoiding the mess of insta-love.
I wouldn’t necessary call the ending a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me longing for more. Burning questions were answered, but more arose from the ashes, and there are still several mysteries that need to be solved.
Demons at Deadnight is the first book in an exciting new series that promises to be fun, fresh and satisfying. The authors were so clever in their writing, and I lost count of how many times I highlighted paragraphs and bookmarked pages that made me hoot with laughter. I must brand Demons at Deadnight as a must read because A&E Kirk not only know what readers want, they delivered it in spades with a demonic tale that is anything but ordinary. It’s Hextraordinarily! (LOL! Believe it or not, it took a lot of my brain cells to come up with that one.)
I love this book and the authors and the Hex Boys so much that I’m giving away one Paperback edition and one Kindle edition of Demons at Deadnight! So yes, there will be two winners!
The Paperback is open to US mailing addresses only. For the Kindle edition, I will purchase the e-book for the winner via Amazon’s “give as a gift” option so you’ll need a Kindle or one of the free Kindle reading apps to receive the book.
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