Author: Michelle Rowen
Published: September 29, 2009
Cover Score: B+
Overall Grade: A
As if being the new girl at school in a brand-new town wasn't bad enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan's just gotten another heaping of stress added to her life. When cute-but-mysterious messenger Michael tells Nikki that her father is the king of the Shadowlands, a dimension that protects the human realm from the Underworld, she thinks that he's crazy. But shortly after that, she learns that Michael's telling the truth: her father, a demon king, is dying, and Nikki, being a princess, must take the throne in his place. Add on top of that an evil plot in demon-land, possessing freaky half-demon qualities, forbidden feelings for Michael, and the upcoming winter formal, and Nikki's got a whole lot to deal with...Being a demon princess can be total hell!
My thoughts: I was so pleasantly surprised by Michelle Rowen's debut in YA! The story was smooth, the characters were amazing, and the shadow-world that she invented was jaw-droppingly unique and cool!
I loved Nikki's character. She was funny, brave, and totally relatable: a perfect narrator. I really liked how Ms. Rowen broke stereotypes in her characters: an insecure popular girl, a dad who left but isn't a jerk, etc. (But I would have to say that Michael was by far my favorite character. My God, I love that kid.)
The thing that I loved most about this book was the fast-moving, intriguing plot. Nikki's sticky situation made me feel oh-so-sympathetic, and I was madly flipping pages to see what would happen next. All the creativity in the book was amazing to me: Ms. Rowen created this totally awesome, well thought-out demon world, and I just ate it all up! This whole book was just clever, from the title, to the concept, to the dialogue. All of the cool action just made the book more enjoyable.
Overall, this was one of those rare books that you just don't want to end: you feel like you're in the book, watching everything happen from the main character's perspective! I'm not sure I can wait until June 2010 to get my hands on the sequel, Reign Check, though...Watch out vampires, demons are the next big thing! (:
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