Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review: Try Me

Try Me
Try Me by Parker Blue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: YA Fantasy/Vampires, Demons Reading Level: YA

Disclosure: I received a special 3-in-1 eGalley review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiance. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful Encyclopedia Magicka has been stolen, someone in the Demon Underground is poisoning vamps, and Val's inner lust demon, Lola, is getting very restless since Val's now partnered with sexy Shade, the shadow demon with the blond good looks of an angel.

My Thoughts: I’ve hardly slept in days, but I could not stop reading this book – it’s like a compulsion. What will happen next? Val continues to grow into herself and learn more about her demon nature – and what she learns is a real doozy. It puts a decision many girls make on a whim into a whole new light, and leaves her with a real dilemma, considering who she is.

I liked the growing relationship with Shade; he is supportive and understanding, just the balm she needs for the troubles she’s experienced both growing up and in being accepted by the people around her. I was extremely disappointed in Dan’s attitude in this book; after the way things ended in the previous book, I had hoped Val and Dan would at least be friends, but his attitude seems to be less than stellar through most of this book. (Sorry for that minor spoiler).

Overall, while there were a couple of eye-roll moments, I quite enjoyed this book and felt that Parker Blue does a great job at creating a realistic storyline and characters while at the same time providing a fast pace and exciting storyline. As is mentioned in many places, this spans the space between YA and Adult urban fantasy, and I think fans of both sides of the fence will enjoy reading the adventures in the Demon Underground series as much as I have been. I am looking forward to book 3, and am hoping to be approved for book 4 by NetGalley in time to read it with the rest of the books – if not, I’ll be picking it up anyway, because I definitely want to see where things go!

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