Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1)
By A&E Kirk
Publisher: Published Independently
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle. DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.
The first book in A & E Kirk’s Divinicus Nex chronicles, Demons at Deadnight, is delightfully funny and has a broad cast of fantastic characters with unique personalities. Even the enemies they interacted with, however briefly, were unique. Our protagonist Aurora handles the oddity of being able to see mythological creatures with a witty sense of humor and has ditched the invitation to her own pity party. In the wake of a traumatic experience at the hands of her so called friends, Aurora and her large and chaotic family have moved back to her childhood town. There she reunites with her childhood friends only to find that the entire group has drastically changed in the years since she saw them last. They are also annoyingly secretive and may have information that can make sense of why Aurora is suddenly a magnet for all things demon. They also seem to have acquired the nickname the Hex Boys.
I enjoyed the new spin on a typical YA plot. The mythology felt fresh, the characters were new and interesting, and the world building made sense. The descriptions of the characters and the demons were easily imagined as well as Aurora’s new town, and some places that were definitely not her town, that the reader is able to explore right along with her.
The Hex Boys, Aurora’s old group of friends, each had unique personalities so it was easy to keep track of them even as they were added into the already large number of characters that made up Aurora’s family. My favorite was Ayden, which was fortunate as he is the love interest. However, the book is light on romance and I fully appreciated that the focus was more on the plot of why Aurora was a target and figuring out the boys’ secrets. The entire group of friends interacted well together, with some exceptions, and I enjoyed the banter between the boys and Aurora and the hilarity that came out of their organized chaos.
This book had me laughing out loud several times and I loved that it didn’t take itself too seriously. Yet, the book was not incapable of moments of seriousness and it was able to convey such scenes with believability and tact. Demons at Deadnight was a great read, it was funny, sweet, and I am starting on the next book immediately.
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