Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Demons by Heather Frost (ARC)

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Heather Frost
Exp. Pub: September 11, 2012

Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

To recap, Kate's a Seer that sees ribbons of color in our aura's and can tell what our emotions are, and her boyfriend Patrick is her immortal guardian. The Demon Lord would love to get his hands on Kate cause she's a rarity amongst the Seer world, and he seems to like collecting them regardless. The storyline for Demons is more focused on the guardians when they discover that these immortal beings are suddenly susceptible to a strange new virus that's killing them off. Being a Micorbiologist myself, I'm intrigued. :)

As the story progresses, Kate learns by accident that she and her grandfather are also capable of tapping into people's memories. Well, that's cool...and totally useful! Until later she finds out that she wasn't seeing her grandma's memories, but actually living in the moment because she hitched a ride on the emotion and traveled back to the actual point in time. <hangs head, shakes head...a lot> I really hate it when authors use time travel to clean up their messes (no matter how cool and different their way of time traveling is). They've written a story I've become invested in, put their characters in dire situations that'll surely lead to someone's death. I want that death. I want these characters to experience something real and make me feel for them. Not go through hell and back just to say, "Well, that sucked. But don't worry, I'll go back in time and make sure it all works out in our favor." STOP DOING THAT! Unless you're writing a science fiction novel that's already about time traveling, don't put it in there! It's a cop out! A way to cheat your readers! Not a way to fix the six foot hole you've dug for your characters. Okay, okay, okay. Miss Frost hasn't changed the past...yet. But the Demon Lord did have her go back to - get this - make sure the past happens the way it already has. Which is stupid, because there are two people alive that were alive in that moment of time. One works for the Demon Lord, whose emotion she went back on, the other is her boyfriend/guardian, so all she has to do is ride his emotion back again and change the past in their favor! How dumb to teach Kate how to time travel since there are few alive that know how to do it in the first place (unless you're gonna be sure to kill her or Patrick afterwards). But of course she does what the Demon Lord wants her to cause he created the viral strain killing the guardians, and promised to give her the antidote in return. Demons are totally trustworthy, right? Totally. 
Alright, my rant's over. Time travel aside, I did enjoy Demons. It seemed slower to me than Seers and took a long time to actually get the story to go somewhere, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. For some reason the twins annoy me, and it's probably cause their speak seems a little mature for eleven year olds at times. I really hope this whole time-travel thing doesn't take over the next story, but I'm afraid it will, especially with the cliffhanger we're left with, and I'll probably be really disappointed with the next book. But if you're okay with time travel solving all the problems, you'll be just fine with where this series is heading. I'll continue reading these, and hope and pray all the answers won't be fixed by brushing them away with time travel.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley.

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