Saturday, May 22, 2010

Demon Princess - Books One and Two

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine
Demon Princess: Reign Check
by Michelle Rowen

As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon King of the Shadowlands - the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious - and surprisingly cute - messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and wants her to assume the throne.

*potential spoilers* Fresh from finding out she is a demon Princess and meeting her father for the first time, Nikki Donovan is looking forward to getting back to her regular high school life. But then Rhys, the handsome teenage King of the Faery realm, enrolls at her school as a foreign exchange student. This, coupled with a new prophecy stating that Nikki could destroy the entire world, means that Nikki won't be getting back to "normal" anytime soon.
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When I first received book two from SLJ, I inwardly groaned. I did not really expect this series to be all that good. There are just SOOO many paranormal romance series in YA lit right now. I was pleasantly surprised!

I found Nikki to be an honest and likeable character. Her best friend is a surprisingly complex character, and a girl who really pushes to stay BFFs with Nikki. Her parents are even great, even if her Dad is the Demon King.

Nikki handles the discovery of her familial obligations with grace, after the initial shock and mild horror. The setting and premise are surprisingly believable. There is humor, there is love, there is friendship...

All in all a good new series, and I will definitely read book three when it eventually comes out!

PS - I posted two different covers for book two, Demon Princess: Reign Check, because the first one is the one that I got as an ARC and really matches the tone of the first book. The second is the final cover and I don't really see the correlation or why they chose to make this change...any thoughts?

Full disclosure: Book one borrowed from Library, Book two ARC sent from SLJ for Review.


  1. awesome! love this series