- Review: The Demon Royale
- Series: The Dreamer Slayer Series #2
- Author: Jill Cooper
- No of Pages: 378
- Release Date: Published October 10th 2012
The only thing worse than dying, is running away…
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.
The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.
Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:
I really liked this book. It’s very much like Buffy the vampire slayer! Just the feeling you get, the characters and how they razz each other but when things get serious, so do they. It’s fun and then it’s serious but what it does maintain is a sense of action that keeps you turning those pages.
Kenneth checked off a few boxes on his clipboard.
“Ms. Jonson, your dismount was less than stellar, and while your staking was efficient, you forgot to issue the requisite one-liner.”
“I didn’t forget.” Natalie’s lips set in a straight line. “I didn’t think it was appropriate. A man died.”
Kenneth’s face remained unchanged. “His fate doesn’t change whether you issue the witty remark or not. And you were breaking protocol.” He sighed and tucked the clipboard under his arm. “As your probation officer, I am forced to remind you that the quicker you prove to me that you are ready, the faster I can approve you for field duty. Then we can both go back to our lives.”
In the dream world I was a little shakey. I’m sure that wasn’t Jill’s writing but my getting acquainted with which Natalie was talking. That threw me off a little and watching the characters do things they didn’t do in the other world. But it really doesn’t detract from the story. It doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on.There was a lot that is thrown at you and it’s great. Definitely maintains the stamina all the way through.
“The bastard got the best of me, but I did what girls do best when in a fight.”
“Tore out a chunk of his hair.”
and another of my favorite lines…
“I’ve seen quite a few ‘its’ in my time. It is a very overused pronoun.”
The characters, as I said above, are a ton of fun. Natalie is the most interesting for me and as much as she is like Buffy, she is definitely her own person. I’m very curious what is next for Natalie and can not wait to read Awakening Dreams. I’m sure it’ll be just as good as The Demon Royale!
Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com