ARC: Demonic Dora (The Demon Diaries, #1) by Claire Chilton

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Expected Publication: June 30th 2013 by Ragz Books


Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.

~ I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. I would just like to thank Claire and Ragz Books for giving me the opportunity to read it ~

Book Review: 3.5 stars

Are you looking for a quick read with one liners that will make you giggle like a silly school girl? Maybe a different sort of romance with crazy demons in a whacked out version of Hell? Then this is the book to pick up. And lets not forget the awesome cover art.

I did enjoy Demonic Dora, but I didn’t love it. The summary really captured my attention – the idea of a young girl summoning a demon to do her bidding isn’t necessarily original, but the fact that the first thing she would do once they arrived was to change her room to red…come on thats pretty unique. Dora was humorous and sassy but I just felt like I didn’t really get to see any other side of her, not fully anyway. Whether she just uses humour to lighten dark situations i’m not sure, but since the overall book is a rather humorous journey I think her character just provided an entertaining protagonist. One who was interesting to read, and who you didn’t have to think too deeply about.

Her parents, although bat shit crazy, are my favourite characters…even though they were only in the book for several chapters. They were so entertaining to read and although there actions made you thinking ‘wwwaaaaattt!’ Dora’s reactions were just right on the mark full of silly responses that make you smile. Chilton’s descriptions when the snakes burst into the church is amazing, and really provides the reader with an excellent visual.

The “romance”, if you could even call it that, between Dora & Kieron actually annoyed me. <spoiler> In the beginning when they first meet, Dora is so willing to accept and be completely fine with him just chilling in her closet. I pinned my irritation with a stranger sleeping in her closet and the fact that he calls her a Minx-witch, then Dora-Minx, to the fact that this is what Dora wanted (not the Mins-witch bit). And Kieron isn’t necessarily the most frightening of demons, he’s like a ginormous child. I think the dialogue between them at the beginning was sort of off though. There was no hesitation or vulnerability expressed in Dora, even when Kieron saves her from almost being burned at the stake. As you get deeper into the book you begin to see Dora respond to other situations in a similar way, which then allowed me to be like ‘oh ok, she was just being Dora with her can-do attitude and I want to try being evil.’

“Making sweet love is fun,” Kieron said. “You’ll miss out on a good time.”

“And teen pregnancy,” Dora added with a fair amount of sarcasm. “I hear that’s not as much fun.”

“Okay, now I don’t want to anyway. You ruined the moment,” Keiron said as he put her back on her feet.

Demonic Dora | Claire Chilton

The book, although told in third person, does switch between different characters as the focus per chapter. I actually really liked this! It created opportunities to learn more about Kieron and his relationship with his family. The scenes were Dora & Kieron & Pooey are at the Academy are seriously funny. Chilton does bring this humorous edge to her characters with such brilliance that it is rather inspiring. Although this does mean that you won’t be taking anything seriously throughout this book.

Demonic Dora is an incredibly light read, in the sense that you don’t have to think too much about it – just accept the flow. Unfortunately I always have trouble with taking things at face-value, I always need to know more.



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