Saturday, 28 January 2012
Review: A Demon Does it Better - Linda Wisdom
Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can't avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick...
Demons are a Girl's Best Friend
A Demon Does it Better
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Lili is a witch who uses her healing magic to be the best doctor she can be. She has returned to Crying Souls Hospital to investigate the disappearance of her close friend Sera who was last seen working there. Lili quickly realises that Sera isn't the only nurse to have vanished and she is determined to discover what became of them and try to locate her friend. When she is asked to work with the mentally ill patients in the dungeon asylum underneath the hospital she is horrified to discover how badly they are treated and the conditions they are forced to live in. The biggest mystery of all is Jared, a patient in the asylum but someone she also keeps bumping into outside the hospital. How is he getting out and why was he locked up in the first place?
Although I liked A Demon Does it Better I have to admit that it didn't wow me. I think that is at least partly because I picked it up without realising it was the second book in a series so was therefore unfamiliar with the world. I hate to read a series out of order and the fault is completely mine for not checking properly before I started reading. Although I believe each book in the series focuses on different main characters I still felt like I was missing something.
The main focus of the story is the romance between Lili and Jared and I felt things developed a little too quickly between them. It meant I found it hard to believe in their relationship, especially at the beginning when I wasn't sure if Jared could be trusted. Lili is a sweet character but there was nothing about her that made her stand out as a memorable heroine and I kind of felt the same about Jared. We were told how hot and sexy he was but I didn't really feel it and I didn't find myself routing for them as a couple.
There are several side stories that could have been really interesting but most of them weren't explored as fully as they could have been. For example there is a young ghost girl in the asylum that Lili wants to help move on, a big question is raised about how she could have ended up at the hospital in the first place but that seems to be forgotten about and we are never given an answer. Even the mystery of the disappearing staff doesn't have much focus until nearly the end of the book when everything wrapped up a bit too quickly and easily. I could give more examples but I don't want to give spoilers.
The story was quite humorous though and I liked most of the side characters even though they could have been fleshed out more than they were. The author has created an interesting world populated with all kinds of shifters, witches, wizards and demons and I'm interested to find out more. I will probably go back and pick up the first book in the series (Demon's are a Girl's Best Friend) at some point and I will keep an eye out for future releases. I think if you're looking for a more light hearted and fun paranormal romance then it would be well worth giving this series a try, if you're looking for something more action packed and with a deeper mystery then this probably won't be enough to satisfy you.
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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