“There were no more choices, no more options, no more clever ways out of a tough situation. And the rush, I realized in a brutal wash of despair, is a false god I’ve chased my entire life. One that cost me everything in the blind search for sensation. My entire existence amounted to nothing.”
Book five is such an interesting blend. While it is one of the best in the series, likely the funniest, it is also the most tragic and depressing.
For the characters, a reader gets plenty of page time with their favorites. Al is around quite often but not in the typical fashion and for different reasons. There's the return of an older villain. Trent gets plenty of time on the page, as well, but this book soured my impressions of him. Even after reading all the books now up to book 12, I still feel soured. He turned me off for the first time with this book.
Ivy is here but while I liked her before, her tragedy comes across as a bit irritating and overdone sometimes. She is certainly presented as fragile, but strong at the same time in other ways. Jenks is flying around and as impressive as always with his loyalty, humor, and genuine awesomeness. Kisten as the ultra boyfriend is here with a scene that was so hot to me the book almost started smoldering.
The book excels with it's scenes. The wedding is seriously the funniest part of the series. It couldn't have been written better. I love re-reading it. The boat scene with Kisten was romantic and hot at the same time with a sweetness. Rachel is the ultimate badass - she's vulnerable and sensitive but does what she has to, even if her stomach is a jumble of nerves. She gets to shine here and finally accomplish something she's been itching for since the series started.
For a few demons more digs deeper into the darker, gritty world of vampires. It's always been disturbing and twisted before, but now it's even worse. The true demented history is explored here for both Ivy and Kisten. Ugh. Even if there is much humor in this book, there is a darkness and seriousness to it that's unshakeable.
The series takes a big turning point and things are never the same again. The ending of this book broke my heart. I was getting teary eyed a little the next day at work off and on, and that's nothing compared to actually reading sobering, surprising ending.
I couldn't recommend the book higher if you're a series fan, but there's some emotional brutality waiting that angered me, depressed me, and turned the Hollows world upside down when I read it. With the book keeping its usual marriages of unusual plot arcs, this installment of the series holds consistent action.
Exciting, fierce, inventive, hysterical, and then depressing as hell - For a Few Demons more is an excellent addition to the Hollows family.
*This Review was based off a Re-Read*
“Having been a demon curse, however brief, should leave a mark. A streak of silver hair, or bewitching eyes. Maybe crows on one's roof or a hound from hell at your heel. Blowing out my breath I stood and squinted at my reflection. A black eye. Swell.” - Rachel
“I’ve got your back. Nothing alive will ever hurt you if I have breath in me. And nothing dead will hurt you if I don’t.” - Kisten, The Bridges of Eden Park
“That's why I want you there," he said. "You're unpredictable, and that can be the difference between success and failure. Most people make decisions in anger, fear, love, or obligation. You make decisions to irritate people.” - Trent
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