Demonic Pact: YA Review

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Demonic Pact
by Majanka Verstraete
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publication: March 2016
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Source: Review copy from Author
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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Sixteen-year-old Halfling Angel of Death Riley Scott is on a dangerous mission. To save her friend’s life, she must make a pact with the man who just tried to kill them both and break him out of the Celestial Prison, guarded by Angels of War—fearsome warriors who can squash her like a fly. If caught, she’ll be sentenced to eternity in that impenetrable prison. Riley will have to make deals with demons and her number one enemy, turn her back on her most loyal friends, and risk losing her family forever. Worst of all, her very existence is in the hands of her devious new allies.


Prison breaks, murderous prophecies and catastrophic curses.

Angels, Witches and Demons, OH MY.

The Demonic Pact is the second book in The Angel of Death series, a YA urban fantasy/paranormal series following the life of Halfling Angel of Death, Riley Scott.

The 1st chapter gives a good sum up/refresher of the key points from the first book. The information is delivered quite well and doesn’t feel like an info dump, more like you’re having a conversation with Riley. It created a strong start to the book and got me amped up to continue on. I read the first book back in 2015, so I really appreciated the refresher. I actually think it might have been detailed enough that you could enjoy this book without reading the first one.

Riley Scott is an easily likeable character. She’s still only relatively new to the whole angels and demons are real thing. And she is still pissed off no one let on about her Angel of Death daddy (whose identity has yet to be revealed, maybe in book three?)

The supporting characters from the first book are back along with some intriguing new ones. The cursed Damien being a favourite for me. Here’s to seeing more of him in the next book *raises coffee cup in salute*.

The Council of Angels still seem to be out to get Riley, one member in particular. I disliked most of the Angels in the first book and this book has done nothing much to change that. The parts of this book I enjoyed the most didn’t involve the other angels, but rather Riley’s dealings with witches and demons.

Throughout the two books Riley is unreasonably hated on for being a halfling – Because you know it’s her fault and she can totally control the way she was born – I’m not sure if it was the author’s intention, but it totally feels like a representation of mixed race hate-ism and I love it for that. I think I just made up the word Hate-ism but I’m sticking to it.

The book finishes on a major cliffhanger. Ah Majanka why. Damn good ending though.

My Review of The Soul Thief

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Bookish Babble: Y16.W10

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I was checking up on series that I’m waiting on the next books in > which took me the The Soul Thief and this quote I liked from it > riley scottwhich lead me into making this weeks babble about wizards.

The Wizards Edition:

Wizard. Noun. (in legends and fairy tales) a man who has magical powers. Also a help feature of a software package that automates complex tasks by asking the user a series of easy-to-answer questions.

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What is a wizard’s favorite subject in school?

Spelling.

What do you call two wizards who live together?

Broom-mates.

I knew when I typed in Wizard Meme I’d get some Harry Potter memes. I thought there would be funny non-Harry ones as well. The best ones were the Harry ones, bar old mate on the computer above.

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You totally heard Katy Perry singing that in your head didn’t you – I know I did.

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Yep, ’bout sums it up.

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I hadn’t ever thought about that! How come the twins never noticed Peter Pettigrew before? Hmmmm almost worth a tweet to Queen Rowling.

Until Next Time 🙂 Enjoy Your Shelves 🙂

Bookish Babble: Y15.W14

Quotes I loved out of books I read in 2015riley scott

HELL YES, someone bring me a cunning wizard.

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While this quote isn’t out of the story, it was at the start of the book Beautiful Creatures, so that counts :-P.

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There is a dark place in my mind that loves this line (it’s out of Amanda Hocking’s Crystal Kingdom).

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Right on Thorin!!

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Yes, WE ALL DO!! Run with me people.

Any quote’s you stumbled upon in books this year? Comment below, I’d love to read them.

Until Next Time 🙂 Enjoy Your Shelves 🙂

My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors.

 I’ve managed to read more books this year than ever before, but I could only come up with 6 authors. So far in my entire life I’ve read about 300 books. Some of you out there read that number in a year. I got into this game late, which is a mistake I will not let my son make. I’ve read over 100 of those 300 books this year! So yes I’m not all that “well read”, but I’m working on it furiously. I didn’t read much when I was younger, I didn’t do well in school, I didn’t play many video games, I just didn’t have the attention span for any of it. I couldn’t sit still. I’d get home from school, eat some food while watching some cartons, then I’d go to my room, turn my stereo up as loud as it would go and dance around my room until I was tired enough to sleep. You’ll still find me doing this on the weekends when I need to de-stress, my two year old son thinks it’s fantastic and joins in.

Ok so I got off topic there, but sometimes I feel more than a little unknowledgeable. But I guess we’ve all different in this community and we all bring something different to the table. Even though I can’t come up with the content for each weeks Top Ten every time, I still love reading all your Top Ten’s and finding new books to add to my ever growing TBR.

So without further ado here is my list.

Leigh Hutton(1) Leigh Hutton. I’d buy any of Leigh’s books regardless what it was about. I think Leigh is an awesome woman and have really enjoyed reading her Girl Power filled YA books.22031265

Rick Riordan

(2) Rick Riordan. Totally buy anything if it’s Percy Jackson related. I have actually got two of his adult books but haven’t got around to reading them yet.12127810
Lee Child

(3) Lee child. So far the only work I’ve come across of Child’s is his Jack Reacher series which I love. I’d be willing to give another series a go if Child ever runs out of Reacher content. The series is 24 books strong, but Reacher is getting on in years – so who knows.

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J.K. Rowling

(4) J.K. Rowling. Totally buy anything if it’s Harry Potter related. If she was to come up with another YA/MG world I would give it ago. I haven’t read any of her adult books, yet!22842001

Amanda Hocking

(5) Amanda Hocking. I have really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Amanda and If I haven’t read it, It is sitting on my self to be read.

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(6) LOCAL! I’m a proud Novocastrian (person from Newcastle). See we’re so special they have a name for us :-P. localsRecently I decided to start finding books by people from or living in Newie, Lake Mac, Hunter Valley and the central coast and buying their books. Obviously I’m only going to buy the ones that appeal to me, ones that I want to read.

These are the ones I’ve purchased so far. Trinity Doyle / Kaz Delaney / Lizzie Wilcock / Susan Whelan I have more on my list that I want to buy, but sadly I need to eat.

Last Ten Books That Came into My Possession

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the last ten books that came into my possession. My list is in order of newest to oldest.

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(1) Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan / TBR / I won a signed paperback from Trudi & Hachette Australia.

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(2) The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1) by Majanka Verstraete / TBR / review copy eBook.

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(3) I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore / Read <I didn’t do a proper review for it, just a quickie on Goodreads where I gave it five stars> / purchased eBook.

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(4) Starfire (2015) #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & Emanuela Lupacchino / Read <My Review> five stars / purchased eComic.

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(5) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare / TBR / purchased eBook.

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(6) Jillaroo (Jillaroo #1) by Rachael Treasure / TBR / purchased paperback.

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(7) Troll Mountain: The Complete Novel by Matthew Reilly / TBR / purchased eBook.

The next three I won through the Australian Women’s Writer Challenge’s celebrative Australian Voices in Print Tour competition in collaboration with Simon & Schuster and Harlequin.

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(8) Deadly Obsession (Lexie Rogers #2) by Karen M. Davis / TBR.

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(9) Heart of the Country by Tricia Stringer / TBR.

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(10) Season of Shadow and Light (The Seasons Quartet) by Jenn J. McLeod / TBR.

For someone who never wins anything I’ve done really well this year 🙂 a 10 comic book bundle from Diamond Distributors in April. The Australian Voices in Print Tour in May. And Thief’s Magic in June – I’m walking on sunshine (whoa oh), I’m walking on sunshine (whoa oh), and don’t it feel good (HEY!) Alright now – So I’d say that’s all my good luck gone for the next 28 years haha.