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"An exciting look at the world of demons!"

Emma Meyers was a normal teenager, until the day she came across a demon being attacked. When Emma tried to help the woman, she inadvertently ended up ingesting the demon's essence, thereby becoming something totally unique—a human demon hybrid. As Allay, she has had to learn to adjust to life again. To begin with, demons don't sleep, eat or drink, instead they live off the emotions of humans. When other demons caught wind of Allay's unique essence, they all wanted a taste of her. So in order to survive, Allay moved to New York and is now under Vex's protection. After all, Allay is of Vex's line. So she manages a bar with an apartment upstairs and does the odd job for Vex in order to ensure her protection.

One night as she's closing the bar, her best friend Shock comes in. Turns out Shock has absorbed so much energy, she's about to give birth—demon style—and has come to Allay for help. Then again, Shock has an ulterior motive for wanting to give birth with Allay around. Shock knows Allay must soon ingest another demon's essence and she wants Allay to "take" her newborn offspring. Not surprisingly, Allay refuses. There's no way she can condone taking another demon's life—even if it's to sustain her own. Allay knows other demons will have felt when Shock gave birth, so she doubles her security, only to have another demon attack her right outside the bar. When a handsome stranger appears and saves her and then refuses medical treatment, Allay takes Theo to her apartment and fixes him up. When Allay goes down into the bar to deal with some of Vex's business, she feels Shock's essence change and races back up to her apartment to find out what's going on. When she gets there, she finds Shock almost drained and sees someone escaping through her skylight. Allay is thoroughly confused because she couldn't sense another demon in the area. Now her only thought is get Shock to safety. When Theo offers to become her bodyguard, Allay is conflicted. She could sure use the help, but how will she keep what she is from him?

Who can Allay trust? Is there a reason Vex is ensuring Allay's safety? Who tried to drain Shock? What of Theo? What part does he play in all this? Will Allay take another demon's life in order to sustain her own?

CONFESSIONS OF A DEMON is nonstop action from beginning to end. S.L. Wright does a fantastic job of world building with demon hierarchy and politics. I never once felt lost in this world of demons. And I loved the names: Allay; Shock; Vex; Revel. There's a bit of everything in this story, from good friends to danger and romance. At the core of this story is Allay, who is constantly trying to retain her humanity which creates great conflicts within her. This is a very compelling read. I hated to stop reading it and eagerly picked up the book again, even if I only had a few minutes to read. A very good story and one I highly recommend.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 18, 2010

SUMMARY

After accidentally stealing the life force of a dying demon, Allay became the only human-demon hybrid in existence. Demons feed on human emotions, so Allay decided the safest way to satisfy this need-and still retain some semblance of her humanity-was to open a bar. Here she can drink from, and ease, her patrons' pain, which has helped her to stay under the demon radar...until now.

When Allay is attacked and nearly killed by another demon, a human comes to her rescue. Theo Ram is tall, handsome, and mortal-and Allay feels a connection to him she didn't think she'd ever know. But that bond is tested when the demon community in New York begins to rise up, and two opposing clans fight for power. Now Allay is caught in the middle, and she must decide where her loyalties lie.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

 

Confessions of a Demon
by S. L. Wright

Roc
December 1, 2009
Available: December 1, 2009
ISBN #0451462327
EAN #9780451462329
352 pages
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