Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret
Harper Madison has moved around from foster home to foster home ever since she was eight years old. She has this unique ability to move things with her mind, something that once got her accused of being a witch. Now this is her last shot. Harper’s caseworker has informed her that if she cannot make it at Shadowford Home, she will be placed in a juvenile detention center until she is a legal adult.
There seems to be something really weird going on at Shadowford Home. Harper and the rest of the girls are not allowed to go to the third floor, obtain anything less than a B, among many other rules or they will be kicked out of Shadowford Home. Needless to say, it is Harper’s mission to be on her best behavior.
When Harper arrives at Peachville High, she’s struck with how odd it is that everyone worships the cheerleaders. Not just the student’s, but the teacher’s and regular citizens as well. Of course, Harper then has to go make an enemy out of one of the most popular cheerleaders, making herself a grade A social outcast.
When said cheerleader is murdered, all eyes turn to Harper. Now that she’s the number one suspect in the murder case, Harper must do everything she can to clear her name. But things get a little interesting when she forgets all about it.
I was instantly drawn in to Beautiful Demons because of the cover. It was the first ebook I’ve ever read, and I really wanted to go with something that I thought would completely capture my attention. The first half of Beautiful Demons was really interesting. I really liked the concept of a girl, who struggled in life, with the ability to move things with her mind. I wish there would have been a little more time dedicated to showcase her powers, though.
The characters in this book were really strong, especially the character of Jackson! It takes a lot to get me to fall in love with male characters, and I adored Jackson so much. Unfortunately, Jackson didn’t appear a lot in this first book. Hopefully that will change as the series continues. It was obvious that Cannon spent a lot of time mastering her character’s identities, and I really enjoyed reading about all of them.
Another thing I enjoyed was how unpredictable Beautiful Demons was. There were a few things that were obvious in the book, but, for the most part, I had no idea what was going to happen next. The ending absolutely shocked me. I so did not see that coming, and I’m still not really sure how I felt about it! Being only 136 pages, there was a lot of information that wasn’t revealed or covered in this first book. I have a feelings that everything is slowly going to be revealed as the series continues.
I wish that the book hadn’t been focused around cheerleaders, because I almost feel that that took away from the story. I really just wanted to learn about Harper coming into her powers, her adventures at Shadowford, and her relationship with Jackson. However, there was a certain aspect about the cheerleaders that I did like, and I’m interested to learn more about their history and the secrets that they’re keeping from Harper.
Overall, Beautiful Demons was a quick and light read. I’m looking forward to eventually learning more about Harper and the rest of the citizens of Peachville. Beautiful Demons is currently free at most places that offer ebooks. Take a chance and read it!
Publisher: Dead River Books
Publication Date: October 29th, 2010
Teaser Quote: “If you tell me I’m pretty enough to be a cheerleader, I’m gonna punch you in the face.”