The Devil’s Own
by K.A. Fox
April 20th 2019
YA Urban Fantasy
Delaney Murphy has always known she’s the Devil’s daughter. And although the title itself is a burden, she never expects to inherit all her father’s infernal abilities. When her newfound magic begins to poison the people closest to her, Laney must make a choice. To protect the world from the worst she can do, she leaves everyone she loves behind and builds a new life for herself, alone, in a place where she can control the urge to give in to the magic living within her.
But when she recognizes a familiar pattern in a string of murders, Laney leaves her peaceful, isolated life behind and goes on the hunt, unleashing a threat she never dreamed possible. Confronting this menacing specter could mean giving in to temptation and becoming the one thing she fears most. Will she use her magic to do the right thing, even if it means hurting the ones she loves?
Fast pacing, magic, a pinch of darkness and a heroine full of spunk make this a fun read.
Laney is the daughter of the devil, which sounds like a pretty ominous role to play, but she decided a while ago to stay on Earth and live as much of a normal, human life as possible. After all, her mother is human too. Thanks to a catastrophe in high school when her powers suddenly appeared, she's decided to live a pretty isolated life. That is, until she decides to stop a demon on a killing spree. That situation pans out pretty well, and she returns to her isolated life only to discover that it's not going to be that way anymore. Thanks to her dangerous escapade, her concerned father has appointed two unique bodyguards to stick to her like glue. That doesn't include the detective she accidentally created a bond with. Now, he won't leave her alone. Add that to a mysterious, approaching danger, and she's got her hands full.
This was simply a fun read. I enjoyed Laney quite a bit. She's not perfect, holds spunk close but wears her heart on her sleeve. She's at odds with her own identity, but this isn't one of her negative attributes. She makes mistakes, which are very fitting to the age group and her personality. It's just exciting to join her as her world turns more upside down than usual and root for her the entire way.
There are hints and pokes at romance, but this is a very slow burn. The concentration remains on Laney and the demons she's up against as well as her father-daughter relationship. It's a nice balance, which makes for an entertaining read with a dash of depth while keeping action at the highest priority. I can't wait to see how this end of things continues in the series.
The writing pulls along and keeps boredom away. There's enough character depth to keep things interesting without going too deep or emotional. Only the ending bothered me a bit as the big battle was a little anti-climatic and too tidy. But it wasn't enough to ruin my desire to read the next book in the series.
Fans of strong heroines, demons, magic, action and a tad bit of romance will like this one.
K.A. Fox is a proud military brat who has lived all over the world but now calls the Midwest home. She uses her psychological training to facilitate successful negotiations at work and to convince her husband and three sons that she’s always right. When not writing, she can usually be found hiding somewhere with a book and a bit of chocolate, or chasing after her own adorable Hell Hound.
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