Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Demon Catchers of Milan

Title: The Demon Catchers of Milan

Author: Kat Beyer

Rating: 1/2  star

Summary: Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon- and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now Her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with  htem to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of the bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever.

Review: I had medium-high hopes for this book, but it failed. There's this little excerpt on the back cover where at the ends with "After Milan, I know." This makes me think that  the book will be about Mia hunting demons, with flashes back to her first trip to Milan. It wasn't, of course. And now for a list.

All The Things I Didn't Like About This Book
  • Mia was never actually trained
  • They fought the demons with bells. Bells.
  • She had a crush on her cousin
  • Beyer sent Lucifero away to the hospital, then never mentioned him again
  • The fight scene was really stupid. Mia said that there were a lot of boring parts to demon fighting, but I don't want to read about her standing there ringing a bell. (Seriously, that's all she did.)
  • In their version of demon fighting, every part is boring. They fight with bells and candles.
I think that's what I hated the most: the stupid fight scene. All Mia did was ring a little bell whenever she was told to, and she was all "I feel so powerful!" Are you kidding me? Get a magic sword and slice the demon's head off. Then we'll talk.

The Demon Catchers of Milan will be published in August 2012.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book and actually quite liked it. While i get you point of more action and flaming swords, i think today so many books head down that path and this one was original. It gave historical information about demon catching and while it was not very fast paced and actiony as a lot of ya books are these days, you have to admit it was chalk full of information and was very detailed. The way Beyer spoke about Milan was not of an unskilled eye, but someone who has researched and is passionate about the subject. So yes it wasn't like most books these days, but that's why i liked so much. It was very well written language wise and it gave the reader something to think about.