Welcome to this stop on the Demon Child blog tour! Read Write and Read Some More is very pleased to host the talented author Anila Hoxha. Today I have a review of the debut novel and also a International giveaway for 10 copies of the novel!
The Demon Child
Series: The Cursed Necklace #1
Release Date: 17th February 2013
Synopsis: After her mysterious disappearance, everyone thought that the six years old, Anne Marie Bordoleau, was one of the victims of the “animal” attacks that were terrorizing New Orleans. Only her big sister, Rose, thought otherwise, because of the terrible visions she had at night where Anne called her for help. Looking for Anne does not prove to be easy. There are secrets revealed, ancient prophecies, and legends. It’s a dark world, where even angels can fall.
How can Rose save her sister from the evil, if her sister is the evil itself?
Review: I was contacted by the author to review her novel for her upcoming blog tour and it sounded really interesting so I jumped at the chance. The novel itself is short but it’s fast paced and keeps the reader amused and looking for clues. I really enjoyed how unique the idea was and I would love to see the world Anila has created expanded more in the future. There’s a lot of talent in this writer and you can see that just from this short debut novel.
The Demon Child begins when Rose receives an antique necklace from a crush. Rose just leaves the necklace on the side, declining the gift. This necklace holds an old mysterious power and one that is waiting to be unleashed. When Rose’s younger sister, Anne comes home from school she takes the necklace upstairs and puts it on. With a scream she disappears, the power in the necklace is finally unleashed after hundreds of years. A demon takes over Anne’s body and uses it to kill the innocent and get revenge for her mother’s murder. Rose is left distraught and alone, she gathers her friends in a search for her sister but before long things get even more complicated especially with the introduction of Julian a mortal angel.
I really enjoyed reading about these characters. Yes the book is short but we still got to know the fleshed out characters and root for them. Rose was a great motherly figure for her younger sister and you really saw the power of love throughout the novel. She was so determined to save her sister and wouldn’t stop despite all the dangers. Rose was an aspiring writer but since her mother died she had to look after her sister and that’s all she has time for. She put all of her dreams aside to care for her younger sister. Anne loves her sister also and we see her innocents and vulnerability really put to the test when evil takes over her body. Oh and Julian the mortal angel, he was hilarious and it was interesting to see how he interacts with mere humans.
The world Anila Hoxha has created with all seven different monsters is brilliant. I really wanted to see more of it and I hope this will be confronted in the next books in the series. Honestly the part in the novel where the vampire speaks to the dark shadows was very strong for me and I liked how strongly described it was. The whole background on this world was so fleshed out.
For a debut novel The Demon Child is really good. What’s also really interesting is that English isn’t the author’s native language, but the novel just flows so well. Yes there are some parts that could have been worded better but hey that’s not such a huge problem. With a bit more editing I’m sure they would have been caught and been corrected. Apart from that, for a short novel this is perfect. It doesn’t bog you down with unwanted details, it gets straight to the point and keeps the reader engrossed. I really recommend that you give this book a try!
About the Author:
You would probably find her disguised in a dark corner of her library, reading a book, trying not to make any noise, afraid that she might disturb Dracula, who is hiding at the third floor of her house in Albania. Now, don’t even ask about how he came from his castle in Romania, to Anila’s house.
Anila is a horror writer, a bookworm and Dracula’s number 1 fan. When she was little, she wanted to be a vampire hunter, but now that she found out the world was so boring and without vampires, she decided to be a vampire writer. Her book “The Demon Child” it’s something between gothic horror, dark fantasy, urban legends, paranormal romance and mythology.