Mia's ordinary life is disrupted for good in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon-and saved only by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins, the charming and gorgeous Emilio and stern, elderly Giuliano, say the only way to keep Mia safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the ancient lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected but it will change her forever.
Review is of ARC received via NetGalley. ARC did have some errors and a paragraph was cut off mid-sentence.
MY OVERVIEW: I didn’t hold out high expectations for this book after reading the first two chapters. I was almost ready to put it down, but I always give a book its fair shot, and in this case, I am glad.
PROS: Mia was a great character. A little annoying at times, but a good overall character. I loved almost everyone in her family too, especially Nonno and Nonna. I just wish there was more of Francesca. She was perfect, but not in the book as much as I think she should have been.
The concept was interesting, and one that I’m not sure I really liked. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was cool that they were demon catchers and used the candles to actually catch the demons, but what I didn’t like was that there was no difference between a “demon” and a ghost. Any type of spirit was considered a demon and it got confusing.
CONS: Throughout the whole book I thought it was going to be a standalone. The author did a good job of making it look like it was going to end, but it didn’t. It just dropped off and left you hanging. The beginning of the book was very slow and, in my opinion, sloppy. It just didn’t have a flow and when Mia was possessed, it was way too artsy and confusing.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I will probably be reading the next in the series (as long as there is a next). I’m still unsure if it is a book I would recommend or not. Probably to the right person, but not a book for an overall recommendation.
Publication Date: August 28th 2012