Rule #1 Demons Lie
Orphaned by an unspeakable evil, Aria Dupree is the last of her line. A powerful witch tasked with guarding the boundaries between our world and the world of demons who prey on humankind, Aria has gone rogue. Now she’s out to find and destroy every single gateway into our world and kill every demon that she can find — including the one who murdered her mother.
But, as it turns out, hunting is the easy part; it’s graduating high school that might kill her. Red Prairie Texas isn’t just another stop on her demon hunting world tour and an unlikely alliance might be exactly what she needs to keep from becoming a slave to the very darkness she’s been fighting against.
Because the devil is coming down to Texas — and only Aria can keep all hell from breaking loose.
Review: 4 stars
I have read a few books by Sherry Ficklin and loved them all, the most recent being The Canary Club. When I saw Demons Lie on Netgalley I knew I wanted a copy and didn’t hesitate to request it once I saw the author. Although it is a different genre than the previous novels I have read by Sherry Ficklin, it is still an incredible read and her story telling skills are showcased expertly once again.
The novel takes off pretty quickly and maintains a good, steady pace the whole way through. Demons Lie is an urban fantasy with a compelling plot, filled with interesting characters who fight demons. This book pulled me right out of my reading slump as I happily immersed myself into another of Sherry Ficklin’s stories.
I found the characters to be really interesting and I would love to follow them through the series. Aria is bad-ass witch who hunts demons and I immediately liked here. When she met Maddie I was afraid that Maddie might have a vanilla preppy girl persona, but she wasn’t like that and I actually loved her personality. All of the characters were witty and fun to follow.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well done the romance was. I am typically not a huge fan of romances in novels like this, but it was one of my favorite aspects of this read. The relationship between Ben and Aria was so perfectly written for the YA genre. It was a ridiculously adorable and sweet, yet it didn’t feel over dramatic or stupidly sappy. Their flirting and banter was so cute that it melted my heart a bit. Sherry Ficklin balanced this book well, as the romance didn’t subtract from the plot, but rather it added to it.
The other thing I loved about this novel was the world building and the logistics of magic. In this urban fantasy world magic required balance. I find it so much cooler that way rather than in some other novels where it appears that magic has no restraints or limits. Some of the spells were really cool as well, but I don’t want to give away some cool parts of the story.
I will always suggest that you check out Sherry Ficklin’s books. She can bring any setting or story to life and fill them with vivid characters and love stories that are actually about love, not lust. I was pleased to see her venture into the paranormal romance genre as I love her young adult books.