15 January 2012

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark


I gasped . . . or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. . . . His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked in my breath and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.


The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can't decide if I want to give 'The Demon Lover' 3 or 4 stars. Let me first begin with - Isn't the cover lovely? I LOVE IT! It has a certain alluring quality, don't you think?

I don't know how many of you have read/seen Stephen King's Rose Red but I love dark gothic stories,especially those that revolve around a haunted house that has a scary past to go with it.

"It struck me suddenly as odd that although I'd written about supernatural creatures - vampires, fairies, incubi - I'd never once stopped to think they might be real. Or that the creature who had been making love to me every night was real. He was a fairy tale, just like the fairy tales my parents had read me at bedtime, a more sophisticated kind of 'bedtime' story."

The Demon Lover is the story of Callie McFay, a well-known writer who takes up the position of Assistant Professor at Fairwick College in New York, which is pretty well known for its Folklore Department - a field in which Callie specialized. Only thing, she had no idea that by taking the job, she'd be moving into an eerie,haunted house in a strange town where everyone takes the myths seriously.

As soon as I read the blurb and learned that it was about an incubus I really wanted to check this book out, mostly because it would be a refreshing change from my usual YA. It certainly didn't disappoint me.

This is the first novel that I've read that's written by Juliet Dark/Carol Goodman and I found her writing pretty impressive! The story literally transported me into another world and Goodman's writing kept me completely engrossed.

The frequent literature references, the parts about Dahlia Lamotte (I googled her, she's fictional. Got to hand it to the author for her creativity!) and the book's whole haunting vibe is what kept the story going for me! Juliet Dark, in a way, through The Dark Lover pays homage to some of the most popular paranormal authors till date.

For me, I think, it was the writing that I loved rather than the plot. God I was highlighting so many quotes I liked from this book that I could fill this review up with just them. I'm trying really hard to not do that. The story starts off pretty good but I didn't like the direction it took after 40% into the book. I would've just loved for it to be just about a haunted house, scary past and an incubus. Too many paranormal creatures put me off.

But back to the writing, I liked how even in the middle of a dark and twisty story, Juliet Dark/Carol Goodman managed to throw in some humor!

"All I could see of the 'young woman from the city' was a toned bottom sticking out of the hatchback.Yoga bum, Annie would've said appreciatively."

To end with, I did like The Dark Lover, maybe not all of it, but the book did manage to gain and hold my interest. It was a fascinating read and a refreshing change.

Will I pick up the next book in the Fairwick Chronicles? I'm not sure. While I wouldn't go looking for it, if I come across it as by chance, I'll probably read it.

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1 comment:

  1. I have this book in my TBR pile and I enjoyed reading your review on it. So many great quotes, huh. Can't wait.

    Thanks for the review!