Saturday, March 12, 2011

reign check

Title: reign check

Author: Michelle Rowen

Publisher: Walker & Company

Copyright Date: 2010

Print Date: June 2010

ISBN: 9780802795496

Pages: 292

Series: 2nd in the Demon Princess series

Book Description (from back cover):
Nikki Donovan has had a lot to deal with since learning she was half human, half demon. But things take a darker turn when Rhys, a gorgeous — but potentially dangerous — faery king enrolls at her high school to investigate Nikki's potential for fulfilling an apocalyptic prophecy. Nikki knows she'd never turn violent, and she certainly couldn't destroy the world...could she?

Of course, all Nikki really wants is to be reunited with Michael, a Shadow creature whose status as her personal servant is further complicated by their undeniable attraction to each other. Even though the rules of the Shadowlands strickly forbid their romance, Nikki is determined not to let Michael go. But when she is summoned to the Underworld to appear before a demon council, it will take all her courage — and perhaps a bit of demon-level strangth — to get herself out again.

Okay, I'm going to start at the end of this. I can't help it. I can't find anything about a 3rd in series. This may be the last. I'm cool with series that end ... when there's a set or obvious ending. :sigh:: I guess I'll just keep hoping for at least a 3rd in this one.

Anyway, back to the story. Honestly, I prefered the first book, Reign or Shine, BUT (and that's a big but), I enjoyed this one too. (Obviously, right? Why else would I want a 3rd?) Nikki was still a great character. I was intrested to see what would happen with the Faery king, Rhys. And I was kind of surprised not to see more of her best friend Melinda. But she did spend a chunk of time in the Underworld, so I guess that's part of the reason. Speaking of the Underworld... I loved Beasley — a being that looked like a giant ::ech:: cockroach (I'm dramatizing a bit there. I've held a Madagascar cockroach and it was pretty cool. Of course if it had been human sized? That'd be another story.). Anyway, Beasley was a little character, but still a great one.

Beyond the characters, the story was interesting. And as I'm finding is usual for Michelle Rowen's work, the humorous bits scattered throughout were a plus.

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