Almost Demon by AJ Salem book review (spoiler free)

The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown. Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and two of her best friends, she s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying. The clock starts ticking when the local mild-mannered librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. People are dying in disasters and wars all over the world. Gemma s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker. Does she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and access to other dimensions? It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are. Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.

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3 of 5 stars

Book reviewer: Grace

Fandom Monthly Magazine was given an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd give this book 3 of 5 stars. As a tough book critic, I usually give a book above a 3-3.5 rating. The highest I've really ever given a book was a four. Given that, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. I love how Almost Demon is a bit of everything. Paranormal, sci-fi, romance, historical, it's everything. That's what makes it unique. But, there were some parts in the book that I did not quite understand. It was confusing sometimes. I don't think I ever ended up incompletely understanding the whole grimoire demon chanting sigil tattoo thing. I would have liked a more elaborate explanation. The actual idea of summoning demons and such reminded me a bit of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Why? Because in the first few book City of Bones, Valentine summons downworlders and demons. But this is a fantasy novel and all fantasy novels have something in common. One thing that I liked a lot, was how there were lots of flashback scenes throughout the book. They were very descriptive and really told you what our main character Gemma has been going through all along since the accident. That was definitely a plus for me. Another thing that I liked was when first start the book, you are immediately thrown into Gemma's world of suffering. It makes the actual reading experience that much more realistic. Overall, it was a fairly quick read.I liked it. Almost Demon is a vivid and insightful page turner. What a debut novel. It had almost everything I wanted in a YA sci-fi novel. It's heartbreaking, humorous, and enthralling at the same time. You'll want to read this one. I'd give it a go.

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