Review: Almost Demon by AJ Salem


Publisher: Salem
Publishing Date: October 2013
ISBN: 9781629660035
Genre: Fantasy/YA
Rating: 4.75/5.0

Publishers Description: The first in the all-new series “The Sigil Cycle” – a dazzling debut by author AJ Salem!
“Almost Demon” will catapult you into the world of Gemma Pope – high school senior, car crash survivor turned reluctant demon summoner.
The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.
Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and best friends, she’s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.
The clock starts ticking when the local librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. Gemma’s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker.
Should she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and access to other dimensions?
It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.
Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.

Review: Wow. This was a kick-ass ride. Demons with unique looks and personalities, Angels, alternate universes and teen angst. What more could get you interested? The story-line is a well thought out menagerie that has constant movement coupled to focused character development. There is never a stagnant interlude of drivel filler. The cover art is just plane kick ass. Reminds me of Jo Nesbo’s “Redbreast” cover art.

The only time you have a long review is when the novel is really bad and demands an editing commentary. Fact is, most of us reviewers are fault finders. I can tell you that there are no discernible faults from my end. Sure, others may have a different subjective opinion about the story-line etc. but I grant AJ Salem and others that artistic license as it is their creation(s). Get this novel and you will be wanting the next in the series ASAP.


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