Demon Princess: Reign Check (Paperback)
Australian Pub.: July 2010
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
Imprint: A & U CHILDREN
Subject: Young adult fiction
Edition Number: 1
Suitable for ages: 13-18
Nikki Donovan was a demon princess. Now she's a demon princess in love... 'Demons, magic and sexy guys! This is a series I definitely want to keep reading.' - Richelle Mead (author of Vampire Academy)
Fresh from finding out she is a demon princess and meeting her father for the first time, Nikki Donovan is looking forward to getting back to her regular high school life. But then Rhys, the handsome teenage king of the faery realm, enrolls at her school as a "foreign exchange student". Her conflicted feelings for Rhys and her boyfriend are getting in the way of her new relationship with the Shadow-creature Michael. But this love triangle from hell isn't even Nikki's biggest problem: There's a new prophecy that claims she will destroy all the demon and human worlds. Her best friend Melinda just might be a demon-slayer-in-training. Throw in a field trip to none other than the Underworld itself... and Nikki's going to be hoping for a rain check on more than just her homework!
About Michelle Rowen
Michelle Rowen is the bestselling author of the Immortality Bites series, including Bitten and Smitten and Fanged and Fabulous. She lives in Ontario
For those who missed the first book, the central character is Nikki Donovan, a reluctantly demonic royal. This second book pretty much stands on its own, but if you’ve read book one, then you’d appreciate this sequel a little more than the uninitiated. We meet Nikki Donovan who moved to a new town two months because her mom got remarried, for the fourth time! Her father left her and her mom before she was even born. She is just trying to fit it and becomes friends with the popular girl. She snags a super cute popular guy and her life can't get any better. Until, she gets herself a bit of a stalker and finds out that her father is dying and he is demon! What does that make her? Yes, that’s right, his heir to the throne and a demon princess. We get to know her stalker whose name is Michael. Michael is a shadow and basically a servant to her father. Of course Michael just so happens to catch Nikki's eye in a more than friend kind of a way and she begins to have feelings for him. She realizes things may not be as they seem and she just wants a normal life.
The story is aimed at younger readers, but there is enough subtlety for older readers to appreciate this novel as well. In this instalment, the action continues with Nikki going about her life as normal as a half demon princess can, at her local high school. She is unaware of the king of the faery world lurking about spying on her and keeping tabs on how her supernatural powers and her part in the prophecy are playing out.
This book will keep you entertained and moves along at a fast pace that will keep you constantly thinking about how everything fits into the plot. This series is thought-provoking, plot-driven, and filled with world-building events that keep the pages turning. Michelle has written a novel that is both accessible to younger readers but carrying darker themes that will still resonate with adults.
Michelle has written a great series here and I look forward to reading the continuing story of Nikki Donovan for many more issues to come.
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