Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Review: The Girl Who Heard Demons by Janette Rallison

I know it's been forever since I've posted on the blog, but what better way to get back in the swing of things than with  a review of a great book?

You'll want to clear your To-Do list before starting this book, because it's one of those that will make you neglect the more mundane parts of life - like making dinner - so you can find out what happens next.

Book Blurb:
Shy Adelle Hansen hears demons, but she’s determined to make friends at her new high school by keeping her ability secret.

When she overhears supernatural voices celebrating the impending death of the school quarterback, Levi Anderson, she knows she has to do something to prevent it. However, the demons aren’t the ones plotting; they’re just celebrating the chaos, and Adelle must contend with earthly forces as well if she wants to preserve Levi’s life.

Handsome, popular Levi doesn't appreciate Adelle’s self-appointed role of guardian angel. As Adelle battles to keep him safe, she’ll have to protect her heart, too. Can she do both?

Sounds good, right? I already love many of Janette Rallison's other books, so I was pretty excited for this one. I received THE GIRL WHO HEARD DEMONS after nominating it for Kindle Scout and I was thrilled that the rest of the book lived up to the promise of the first chapters.

I read a lot of YA speculative fiction, and so have come across my fair share of demon stories. This one was a fresh take. It sucked me right in and I couldn’t put it down. The writing is so clean you barely notice it—all you think about is the story and finding out what happens next. There’s enough danger to keep you turning pages, and just the right amount of romance to spice things up.

It was narrated by the two main characters, Adelle and Levi. I liked getting both points of view, and it was done in such a way to augment, not detract from, the different storylines. I also liked that there were honest-to-goodness bad guys. A couple minor ones weren’t as fleshed out, but the demons and the primary antagonist weren’t sugar coated; they were evil. I appreciate that the Rallison didn’t shy away from portraying them that way—or glamorize it either.

Although I’m not sure if Rallison intended this to be a takeaway lesson, the story made me think about how our choices shape who we are. And that’s quite a profound lesson from what is above all a fun, paranormal story.

THE GIRL WHO HEARD DEMONS is geared toward a YA audience, but all ages will love it. I recommend it for those who like speculative fiction.

And now for a little about the author:  

Janette Rallison/CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.

Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 24 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists.

Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons.

She lives in Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

You can find THE GIRL WHO HEARD DEMONS on Amazon HERE.

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