Jill Daugherty’s first book ‘Courage and Other Demons’, is by far the best faery book I’ve read. Rating: 4/5
*This is book #13/35 for my 2015 book challenge. You can take a look at the reading challenge here.
The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?
I am absolutely in love with Courage and Other Demons!! The concept of the fae is so fascinating to me, and so I used to read quite a few different young adult novels and series to “get to know them better” I guess you could say. This was easily my favorite of the bunch. I really enjoyed the inclusion of Irish folklore, and liked the idea of this big bad faery being able to cause damage across the World. The idea of a “normal” girl being the one that’s going to save the world isn’t new, but I liked the way that Jill Daugherty went through with it. It’s normal for someone to hear news like that and fight it, not want to do it, etc. I felt like for the most part the reactions Maggie had were pretty accurate. I mean, I wish the poor girl could have been a bit quicker to catch on to some things, but I choose to pretend like she was just in denial.
I’m really excited to read the other books in the series. I have become really emotionally attached to the characters and the story, and for the first time in a while I’ve found a series that I feel like I need to keep reading immediately. I was reading on breaks at work, when I should have been sleeping, the whole nine yards. To be honest, I’m surprised this isn’t one of those books that the reading community has latched onto like they did with other series. That’s how good it is. There were some minor issues while reading, and I definitely had to go into it with a suspension of disbelief, but it was an enjoyable read for sure.
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.
PLEASE NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions held within this review are my own thoughts and feelings and do not reflect upon anyone else.
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