Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Review: Try Me by Parker Blue

Title: Try Me (Demon Underground #2)
Author: Parker Blue
Available: Now
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Number of pages: 218
Reading Level: Young Adult

I received my copy from LibraryThing’s Early Review Program

**Spoilers For The First Book In The Series Below**

Description from Goodreads:

This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiancée. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful Encyclopedia Magicka has been stolen, someone in the Demon Underground is poisoning vamps, and Val's inner lust demon, Lola, is getting very restless since Val's now partnered with sexy Shade, the shadow demon with the blond good looks of an angel. The second book in Parker Blue's Demon Underground urban fantasy series plunges readers deeper into a heady world of passion, friendship, intrigue and mystery. Parker Blue lives in the wilds of Colorado with her own faithful hellhound, and she's hard at work on the next Val Shapiro book in the Demon Underground series.

My thoughts:

Try Me is the second book in the Demon Underground series. I liked this book more than the first.  The plot was good. I was intrigued and guessing until the end about who stole the Encyclopedia Magicka.  It had the clever dialogue I enjoyed so much in the first book. We see a softer and more emotional side of Val over the course of Try Me. I feel she is evolving as a character, and I was able to connect with her. That is something I couldn’t say after finishing the first book. Unfortunately, the plot felt rushed just as it did in the first book. I was also overwhelmed by the amount of secondary characters. I would love to see a longer book with more character building. I loved Dan and Gwen. We didn’t see nearly enough of Dan in Try Me, but Gwen was around. I like the friendship between her and Val.  Val needs a girlfriend like Gwen to help when things get tough. I have mixed feelings about Micah and Shade. I don’t know what it is, but they just aren’t favorites of mine. Fang the Hellhound was also present in this book. I adore his relationship with Val.

This is a cute series with fun characters. Both books are quite short so if you’re looking for a quick read  this should fit the bill. I’ll most likely read the next book in the series when it is released.

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  1. The unpredictibility of the book sounds rather enticing! Fab review =)