Review: Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland

legacy-of-the-demonReviewed by Jen

I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. Honestly, I’ve been wavering on this series for a while now. Two things keep bringing me back to it. One: I remember how much I truly enjoyed some of the early books. And two: Diana Rowland has made me care about this heroine. It matters to me what happens to her.

But there are real problems. The most obvious is the huge shift the series took a couple of books back. In this particular installment, though, the problem is that it’s all gotten too big. Too many characters. Too many words and concepts tied to the world building. It’s only been a few months since I tore through this entire series in a binge read, and yet I still was lost a good 40% of the time reading this book. [Read more…]

Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

vengeance of the demonReviewed by Jen

Ugh. I am growing more and more disheartened by the direction this series is going in.  These books started as police procedurals with paranormal elements. Our heroine was a cop who also summoned demons. She was relatable. She liked donuts. She hated exercise. She was kind of lonely, with a sort of kooky aunt and mentor as her only family. Over the course of the first few books, she found her niche as a homicide detective. She made a few friends and fell in love. And then, really, what the hell happened? [Read more…]

Review: Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland

fury of the demonReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I am still kind of reeling from the hard left turn Diana Rowland took with this series in the last book.  I still miss the police angle. I still mourn what could have been with Ryan. But either you have to embrace what the books have become or you need to let them go. Even though I am kind of bummed out, I am trying to roll with it.  The bottom line, these are still good books. They’re just good in a different way. That being said, however, this is probably my least favorite so far in the series. [Read more…]

Review: Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland

touch of the demonReviewed by Jen

I am struggling with my feelings right now — struggling with what to make of this book, which essentially turns the entire series on its ear.  Is it good? Yes.  Let me say that first. It is a good book. In fact, it reached me emotionally more than the ones that came before it.  It is full of twists and turns and feelings and betrayal.  I was on the edge of my seat and had my heart in my throat more than once. Diana Rowland is a gifted author.

But. The main character has been plucked from the world and circumstances she has inhabited for the first four books. She is dropped into an entirely different dimension and it changes everything.  I felt like I was reading an entirely different series. What was once a police procedural with a paranormal element is now … Well, I don’t what it is anymore. Pure fantasy? Maybe? It’s entirely set in the demon world. No crime, no police, no urban half of the urban fantasy. [Read more…]

Review: Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland

sins of the demonReviewed by Jen

Holy moly. What an ending!!!! If you have any intention of reading this series, all I can say to you is buy them all at once, because as soon as you finish one, you will want to start the next one. I am so anxious to keep reading that I can barely stay disciplined enough to share my thoughts before I rip in to book 5.  But this book definitely deserves praise, so let me give credit where it is due. [Read more…]

Review: Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland

secrets of the demonReviewed by Jen

I loved the ending of this book!

The journey is pretty good too. But I feel like this is one of those stories that builds and builds.  It drops great little breadcrumbs along the way. Then… boom! It drops a great old bomb on you at the end that makes you want to toss your real life onto the back-burner, so you can pick up the next installment.  If you are thinking about jumping into this series, by the way, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. You could enjoy this book as a standalone, but the continuing threads are what ratchet the excitement to the next level. [Read more…]

Review: Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

blood of the demonReviewed by Jen

Woo-hoo! That was a fun ride.

This second installment of the Kara Gillian series takes things up another notch, with the growth of our title character. What I really like about the way Diana Rowland chose to move Kara’s arc forward is that she didn’t opt to make our heroine more powerful.  In most urban fantasies, that’s how things go. The heroine gets more uber-awesome with every book. But here, instead of expanding Kara’s powers, Rowland expands her understanding of the world around her, filling in the readers at the same time. [Read more…]

Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

mark of the demonReviewed by Jen

I’m always on the hunt for an urban fantasy series to love and this one has potential.  While I’m not ready to call it love yet, I will say that it had some really good things going for it and I definitely liked it enough to tackle book two in the series.

Our heroine is Kara Gillian. She is a cop who summons demons in her spare time.  That doesn’t make her a bad person.  Demons aren’t intrinsically evil; they’re just powerful beings from a different dimension. But most people don’t even know they exist.  Anyway,  Kara has just been promoted to a homicide detective and the first case she lands is one she has been studying for years. [Read more…]