Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon

The Shadow Demon Saga, #1


Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

"What is it with this town and cheerleaders?”

The story opens with Harper Madison, a highly powered and beautiful young female (of course), coming to a new home for wayward girls who get kicked out of other foster homes. New town, new home, new school, new rules. It appears she’s come home to roost here though, since this turns out to be the school and town where it’s all started for her.

The story and writing style eventually improve after the first few chapters, but overall the story is too juvenile for me to give a higher rating to. Some of the writing style was awkward to say the least – described as a YA novel, it’s come across as written for older children or Junior high age.

The plot isn’t anything unusual either, again matched a Goosebumps type story in some respects.

Harper isn’t unlikable, but she and her friends are cardboard characters. There isn’t anything new in terms of characters who try to fit in, characters who everyone is drawn to, misunderstood love interests with the bad boy next door, unfair house leaders and adult figures.

It doesn’t help the main character is a little clueless since she doesn’t walk around with a full deck of full information and memories. This lends a vulnerability that made her a wilting daffodil in a field of everyone else who knows what’s going on more than she does. To top this off, it does end on a cliffhanger.

It’s not a horrible book, but it’s faulty enough for me to give it 2 stars and I have to say it didn’t hold my interest firmly enough to continue reading the series. 

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