Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen
Source: ARC from Walker Books
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Nikki’s back to school more stressed than ever. If being a new transfer student to a high school isn’t bad enough she just found that her dad—who left her and mother years ago—is a demon King making her a half-demon princess. And it turns out that her “servant” Michael is really nice, hot, and protective. Too bad it’s against the law to date a Shadow, but what the hey it’s not going to stop Nikki and Michael to have a secret relationship. But now Nikki is attending school with Rhys, the king of the faery realm. Oh crud. Apparently he’s here to observe Nikki since it was prophesized that she’ll destroy everyone. Oh and let’s not forget that her best friend Melinda is training to become a demon slayer. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be Nikki. Though I have heard “Those horns could not be cuter” straight from the demon cockroaches mouth (page 216, ARC).
Michelle Rowen knows how to write a novel to make a girl smile. Demon Princes: Reign Check is a guilty read similar to that of her paranormal series. It combines silly puns, dramatized scenes, and scandalous relationships that will make readers giggle. Oh and let’s not forget what happens when you give beer to a faery—mmm.
Reign Check offers nothing truly unique that would make one gasp and scream that this is the ‘NEW THING’! But it does offer a sense of comfort like in any romantic comedy movie—just with a few demons and hellhounds here and there. It’s a novel where you wouldn’t want to curl in a comfy couch on a rainy day, but outside for a little sun-tanning. It’s much too happy and grin inducing book to be kept indoors in my opinion.
The pace is quick and to a certain beat like snapping your fingers and the character development is less than what you might call extraordinary, but it all contributes to this guilty read. I for one need a quick and delightful read (it took less than 3 hours to finish) every once in a while to keep my spirits up. And look a blurb from Richelle Mead: "This is a series I definitely want to keep reading"—can't agree with that statement more :)
(above is the new cover; this is the old cover)