FREE BOOK Review: Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga #1) by Sarra Cannon

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Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.

At first, life appears to be looking up for Harper. She's making new friends and is strangely drawn to the guy next door. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

Beautiful Demons is a fast-paced YA novel with magic, mystery, and a touch of romance. This series will appeal to all ages, including fans of Pretty Little Liars, Hex Hall, and The Vampire Diaries.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

In this first book in the Peachville High Demons series, Harper has been kicked out of six foster homes in a year.  Mrs. Meeks, her caseworker, is at her wits end and is sending her to Shadowford.  This is Harper’s last chance.  If she can’t make it work she is going to Juvenile detention until she is eighteen.
Something is weird about Shadowford.  She feels an undercurrent of something but doesn’t know what.  Her new school is obsessed with football and the cheerleaders.  Harper is shocked and can’t get on the band wagon.  When she goes to her first football game she loses her necklace.  Things start getting weird after that. She comes face to face with the mysterious Jackson, she is questioned about murder, has strange dreams and then seems to lose herself.
There is more going on in Peachville than meets the eye.  Harper starts to suspect things.  Going along may be the only way to learn what and why things are happening and she seems to be the next chosen one.
This story started out very mysteriously.  Harper’s situation seems vicarious.  This is her last chance.  I felt for her instantly.  You know she isn’t normal and can’t seem to control what she can do.

Then she ends up at Shadowford and the author made it pretty creepy.  I know something else is going on.  The vibe almost jumps from the page.  I like how Harper isn’t drawn in.  She stays true to herself until the others step in.  After that she forgets everything but fitting in.  I almost stopped reading it.  I hated the direction the author started taking the story.  I couldn’t stand seeing her become a cheerleader and one of them. I hope the next book in the series shows her taking back control.  This story gets 3 out of 5.

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