#BookReview – When Life gives you Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn @Honeybourn @XpressoTours #giveaway
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by Swoon Reads on 17th July 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.
High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.
*Thank you so much to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours, and the author Jennifer Honeybourn for a copy of this book*
So this book was cute and I really loved the book cover too. If this was not a YA book, I think some of the scenes during the exorcism could have been damn right frightening, but because this was a YA the content had been reduced down to not cause too much of a scare.
I liked Shelby, she is very endearing, and she is a trainee exorcist whose mother has gone away to a secret training camp in Italy….so we are told. Shelby has to struggle with the day to day high school life of pop quizzes and dramas, whilst training with her Uncle Roy in a boot camp, which she hates.
She is tutored by Spencer as she is falling behind on her classwork, and he has his own secrets and an attraction between the two is formed.
Going to a Catholic school, she can not say anything to anyone about her double life, including her best friend Vanessa for the fear of being a pariah. I found that interesting because she is trying to stop the evil spirits not help them, but then this is high school and anything that is a little bit different is picked upon.
I did enjoy the book, however, I thought that some parts of the book had been rushed, and when it came to the big bad it was all over in a couple of sentences. There was not much of a build-up and it was over too quickly for my liking. I wanted more backstory about the big bad and questions to be answered.
I feel like this could be made into a book series so we could learn more about the family and the demons that they are hunting and build on the foundations set in this book. Fingers crossed….
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About Jennifer Honeybourn
Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.
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