Welcome to another tour from SupaGurl tours! This time we have The Demon Royale, A Meadow's Creek Novel, by Jill Cooper!
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.
The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.
Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:
Going into this tour, I had not read The Dream Slayer, and I worried for about a half minute before I fell in love with Natalie Johnson, the local demon slayer by night, portly high school girl by day. The first couple of chapters left me confused, until finally I gave up understanding and fell head over heels in love with the story.
It took me a bit to understand that some demons were taking over Meadow Creek, causing people to think they were truly living their horrifying nightmares. The thing about The Dream Slayer is figuring out whether the kids and adults are dreaming or are they awake and functioning. Was Sarah really that mean, or was that her nightmare taking over? Was Natalie really a Demon Slayer, or was that her nightmare?
As I continued through the book, more things made sense but Natalie was either exceptionally brave and powerful or a portly school girl who allowed not only teenagers, but her alcoholic father to pick on her, while she did nothing, leaving me wondering why Natalie refused to stand up to her dad or her mother about coddling him, hopefully, she'll grow a giant pair and take care of everyone and everything she needs to. I have faith in Natalie Johnson. Hopefully you will too.
Now, lets talk a little about Tristan and Damien! I am Team Tristan. He obviously loved Natalie whether she's his best friend at high school or a bad ass demon slayer. Damien may be out of the picture for good, or like all awesome books, he may drop back in in The Demon Royal, because in all great novels, characters never die.
Ms. Cooper wrote the story in third person, allowing you a glimpse into primarily Natalie's head. The characters are multifaceted and even some of the demons seemed to be well thought out and developed. There was plenty of action and mystery and even a smidgen of romance. For this type of book, I would say everything was written in perfect proportions. The confusion at the start is the only reason I'm holding back on that 5th MoonWomen. I loved the story, but when I start up feeling miles behind, it's just hard to give that 5th little star.
Go, Read, Enjoy! I'm off to read/review The Demon Royale!
About Jill Cooper:
Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com
Dream Slayer on Amazon (Book #1):