Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane
Pub. Date: February 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 336pp
Psychologist and psychic Megan Chase has grown remarkably comfortable hanging out with demons. The demon "family" she leads is happy, her solo practice is stabilizing, and she and her steamy demon lover, Greyson Dante, are closer than ever. But when the couple books a week at a luxury hotel to attend a meeting of demon leaders, some unanticipated problems appear. An FBI agent with an unhealthy interest in less-than-legitimate demon business practices shows up; the demon community is urging Megan to undergo the rite that will make her a real demon; and a slightly shady minister is holding one of his wildly popular "weekend exorcisms" just down the road. And oh, yes, someone with scary magical abilities is attempting to kill her. Then, just when it seems as if things couldn't possibly get any worse, a secret comes to light that could jeopardize Megan and Greyson's future — if Megan manages to live that long. With things heating up, it's becoming difficult for her to keep a cool head...
I received this book as part of Pocket Books Sci-Fi Blog tours. It is the third in a series but I had not read the prior books. Even having not read the other books I had no trouble following this story and enjoying it. Enough referencing was made to what had happened before that I did not feel like I was missing vital information.
Megan is a part human part demon woman who is the Gretneg for a group of small demons that live with humans and receive their sustenance from emotions,especially negative emotions, that the people around them are feeling. She is dating a fire demon who looks human and works as an attorney. Her best friends are a witch and a cop and she works as a psychological counselor and hosts a radio show. Most humans are unaware that there are demons living among them. Along with demons and witches we also meet another magical being (don't want to spoil the surprise for other readers).
I am somewhat new to the sci-fi genre. I never approached it too much when I was younger because the books seemed to be more geared towards male readers and that prejudice on my part remained for years. I am finding a lot of interesting reads that are categorized as such. I can't say if they appeal to me because of having female lead characters, I do think that is part of it, but I also think it is because they are different than my usual reading that they are more appealing. I tend to be more surprised while reading them.
I enjoyed the relationship between Megan and Greyson. I did get a bit confused with some of the made up terms for the groups of demons and their social hierarchy, but I didn't dwell on them. The writing was fast paced and it read very quickly, so it is good for a vacation read or something to relax with at the end of the day. The tension and issues were believable (as long as you were going along with the whole demon idea) and the characters seemed real. I am going to be adding the first two books to my TBR list and will keep an eye out for other books by Kane. I would like to see what becomes of these two in the next installment as well!