The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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Callie McFay grew up listening to fairy tales and reading Gothic romances, so it's unsurprising that she chooses the intersection of fairy tales and Gothic Romance as her field of study. After accepting a teaching position at Fairwick College, she finds herself surrounded by mythical creatures: her next-door neighbour is a banshee, her boss is a witch, and there are vampires lurking in the woods behind her house. This is the first book in a new series featuring Callie McFay and other Fairwick characters.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2011.
ISBN: 9780345510082
Characteristics: 437 pages ;,21 cm.


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FindingJane May 04, 2015

This novel threads its way through the trappings of old-fashioned romance novels, fantasy and modern YA literature with confidence and style. It traces the current trend for dangerous lovers in modern fiction back through Gothic literature and ancient myth. While humor isn’t a major theme, the novel is by no means dreary as our heroine finds herself battling evil forces and her own desires.

While I was thrilled with most of the novel, it irked me that it took many characters so long to figure out who the succubus was; she was rather obvious with her waning and waxing health and mysterious past that she alluded to only in the vaguest of terms. But the rest of the book shines as it introduces us one by one to the very special people who inhabit Fairwick. The humans are just as compelling in their way as the supernatural inhabitants, each with their own quirks, foibles and social tics.

When Callie discovers that underneath their otherworldly allure, the fae are just as vulnerable to supernatural attack or human heartache, we truly feel for them. We also share her incubus’s frustration as he tries to figure out that age-old question: what is it that women want from their boyfriends, anyway? This is a very good read, riffing pleasantly on the typical romance novel setups.

Aug 10, 2014

In some ways good, in some ways slow. I think she does a really good job of really capturing a woman's experience of life and the complexities of the decisions women have to make, while simultaneously creating a really complex magical world with nuances different from other supernatural series. However, the plot is slow moving and doesn't quite grip one's attention like you'd want it to.

blackorchid64 Feb 17, 2013

It took my breath away

Mar 16, 2012

Wonderful read. Attached to characters and not able to guess what next. Wished for book to continue and not end.

Mar 03, 2012

every page went deeper into a dark and strange tale, this book was awesome. the ending is not what u would think, but so much better.
worth the read really worth the word.

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