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The Demon Catchers of Milan (The Demon Catchers of Milan #1)

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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 them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fa...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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2.5 stars - I totally LOVED this book because it was dark and creepy, but I absolutely HATED it because I don't feel like I got anything out of it.

Let me start by saying this book was weird - as in its eccentricity will probably be a huge turnoff for many. Beyer has built a world that strangely gothic yet hauntingly stunning. There's really no way to explain it other than say Beyer has managed to craftily write in horrifying demons that take possession over people and in a sick and twistedly vi...more
1/2 star

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
The fight scene was really stupid. Mia said...more
3.5 stars

If I have to describe this book in one work, I’d say that it is strange.

The Demon Catchers of Milan has one of the most original storylines I’ve ever encountered. I really like the fact that the story is set in Italy too because it’s such a beautiful place. Because of the phrases and the different culture, sometimes I feel like reading a historical story. Given that the characters in the story lead a traditional, peaceful life, it’s easy to think that the story is set in different perio...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Mia's ordinary life as a teenager doing her homework takes an unexpected turn one night when she is suddenly possessed by a demon. After four days of violently harrasing her family and the various priests who try to perform exorcisms, two men arrive from Italy and successfully drive the demon away - for now, anyway. Few people survive such possessions, but Mia happens to come from a long line of demon catchers: her grandfather left Italy for America to leave it all behind. The demon that had pos...more
I was in the mood to be scared.

This book started off with a fabulous bang, delivering everything I wanted. Beyer wrote such frightening and tangible descriptions of Mia being possessed by a demon and how horrifying it is. Man, I gave myself the creeps after panicking about the possibilities of that happening to me.

The first half of this book was fantastic. It sped along at a good pace and I was immediately enveloped by the wonderful world of Milan and of Mia’s family. Not to mention the ever inc...more
I started reading this novel hoping that it wouldn’t be too terrible and I finished it hoping that it wouldn’t end. I mean, you guys, this one wasn’t even on my radar. This is a 2012 debut novel that should be on everyone’s radar because it is just that good. Okay, so excuse me not so coherent review. It’s 1:03 am and it’s Ramadan (not that I’m using that as an excuse, okay maybe I am.) (Okay, it WAS Ramadan when I wrote this so it counts!)

Let me begin again.

The Demon Catchers of Milan is a brea...more
Kirstin Hudson
Ok, let me first say that I REALLY thought that this book would end up in the DNF file (Did Not Finish). I usually have a 50 page rule when it comes to reviewing books. The rule is: if, by page 50, I cannot connect with any of the main characters OR I am totally at a loss of what's going on-it goes in the DNF stack. This rule worked in favor of The Demon Catchers or Milan, because if I didn't have that rule, I would have tossed it aside by page twenty!! I was SO confused as to what was going on...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley to review.

Let me say first, that I loved the book cover and that it was what made me request the book in the first place. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I can't wait for book 2 to come out. If there is going to be book 2, that is.

So, the story was pretty unique, in my opinion. I haven't read anything like it, so the concept was pretty fresh, and I liked that. It wasn't one of those typical paranormal novels where everything revolves aro...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 2.5
*Genre* Young Adult


I'm disappointed in this book and can't believe for one single moment that this is a standalone, and not part of a trilogy of sorts. Especially the way this book ends and you're left wondering what is next for Mia and her new family. It had the potential to be so much better if things were better explained and laid out for the readers to follow along.

While I could understand Mia and her struggles to understand a new language and new life and a new history,...more
Jul 19, 2012 Isabelle marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
Ah, I enjoy auto approval.
May contain spoilers, but not really. Just proceed with caution.

Thoughts: I hadn't heard anything about The Demon Catchers of Milan before I started reading and wasn't expecting much. I read the back of the book and thought, "Hmmm, that sounds creepy and really interesting." But sadly, it was not. In fact, this book didn't have much for me to like and I struggled to get through it.

Let me start off with the positive side of this review though. The Demon Catchers of Milan takes place in Milan, ob...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A huge THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read an ARC copy of this book. I have to say there are not a lot of books out right now that are demon related so this read was a breath of fresh air for me.

Mia is your average girl going to school minding her own business when she becomes possessed by a demon. At first she has no idea what is going on but she knows there is something wrong with her. When she is at home she gets some unexpected guests. Her cousins from Milan come...more
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

I feel a little conflicted about this book. I liked it, but I'm not sure that I loved it.

Let me start with what I liked.
I LOVED the setting. The author does an excellent job creating a real setting, one that I could fall into completely. I truly felt like I was in that setting, in Milan.
I also liked the idea. It's a new one in YA. I haven't seen very many YA books like this.
The story was good. There were some surpri...more
3/5 stars

This book starts with a bang with Mia possessed,but the book's pace quickly declines as it explores nuances of living in the Della Torre household. One of the major issues I had with this book was the lack of action because this is a book about demon hunters who wants to here about bell ringing.Definitely do not go in this book expecting a kick-ass weapon wielding heroine,but Mia does have her own peculiar strengths.She smart,cautious,and most importantly does not suffer from intsa-love...more
I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this. I got sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put it down until it was done. Kat Beyer is a powerful story teller and I’m very happy to have been allowed an advanced read.

Milan is beautiful and very old. It’s age is emphasized in Mia’s ancestral home, in their work, even in the holidays that they celebrate. When nothing else is familiar the age of the city is a comfort in a way I hadn’t thought was possible.

Mia is a great character. She’s will...more
GR synopsis, for those reading on updates page:

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 them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love**, and to master the family trade***: fighting all demo...more
I think Kat Beyer had a sequel in mind when she wrote The Demon Catchers of Milan, because so much of this book feels like setup that the plot ends up being rather thin. There's just barely enough substance to keep me satisfied, and although Beyer's writing does fly off the page with details and descriptions reminiscent of classic horror novels and movies and just the right air of mystery, I just got the barest of resolutions from the ending.

Beyer though does do an admirable job balancing some...more

I picked this up expecting - and wanting - a horror novel. The Exorcist is my all time scariest film so I though I'd be in for a scare with The Demon Catchers of Milan since it's also about demon possession and exorcism. After a few pages I realised my false expectations. There was nothing remotely scary about this book. Nothing. I never even flinched during the exorcism scenes or felt any fear whatsoever, just immense boredom, hell, my dad's 11th toe is scarier than this. But that's not the rea...more

I really struggled with this book. Normally I can read a 200-400 page book in as little as two days. This one was started on the 6th of August and was finally finished early morning on the 13th. That's almost a full week of forcing myself to read this one.
I had to push through all the boring "I'm stuck in the apartment studying" "This isn't fair" chapters to really get to the last 50 or so pages. Then it got really good. Once Mia was actually allowed to participate in the exorcisms instead of...more
For me this books tipped past three stars based on the story's originality, which frankly in the YA landscape is all too rare. True, it's supernatural in the sense that it's about demons (or really unquiet and restless spirits, including ghosts) but I loved that it wasn't vampires, werewolves or witches, that the Demon Catchers of Milan aren't really some supernatural group of superheros, but rather a very venerable family of Milanese whose family trade it's been for thousands of years. For that...more
This book is SO beautifully-written and so INCREDIBLY interesting!

Beyer is a deft, sure-handed writer with a great sense of language and an even better sense of place. And food. Oh, goodness the food!

While I was reading this book, I kept looking up from the Kindle and finding myself surprised that instead of being a hot Italian-American girl in Milan I was still, in fact, a middle-aged Irish mom in the Midwest. It was so absorbing that I felt that I was actually Mia.

Mia experiences a deeply hor...more
Don't be fooled by the prom-dress-girl cover--this is NOT a typical YA supernatural!! Here's the blurb I wrote for this book:

I was mesmerized by Kat Beyer’s lushly told story, which overflows with the exquisite sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of Milan. The details add up to make Mia’s world seem both exotic and real, and her encounters with demons absolutely gripping. Mia herself is a memorable heroine who must learn to use her own supernatural abilities—or fall to the demons. Yet touches of...more
I was intrigued by the title of this book. I like paranormal fiction and Italy is a place I dream about visiting someday. Unfortunately, this book was such a disappointment.
Basically, nothing happens. It took weeks for me to finish this book because I really didn't care to keep reading. I had to force myself to finish it, only because I kept hoping it would get better. It was so frustrating because chapter after chapter, nothing happens.
I had high hopes but this was a big let-down.
After being possessed by a drmon Mia Della Torres moves to Milan with familiy shes never heard about and soon desides to learn the familiy bussiness of catching demon.

This was honestly a good book but it was just that, a good book.
The storyline was not that interesting and i didn't connect with any of the characters.

(After reading this book, it suddenly reminds me of Croak. Not really the stroryline but with the familiy business getting passed on kind of thing.)
Trista Emmer
This book was pretty good. Beautifully written, as promised, though a little TOO beautifully written, given that the narrator is a 17 year old. Some of the similes and metaphors that she uses in her narration are things that it is hard to believe she has ever actually experienced in her life "she laughed like sand sliding from the mouths of the dead" um... yeah.

Actually, I might have written something like that when I was 17...

One refreshing thing about this book is that it differs from so many...more
Mia is an Italian-American teen who, after being possessed by a demon, travels to Milan to join the family business of demon-catching. She learns Italian, reads history, attends an exorcism, and gets to know her extended family. All the time she must dodge the powerful demon who is out to get her. She gains confidence in herself and her abilities along the way.

There are some great descriptions of food in this book, and I enjoyed the setting of a candle shop/old house in Milan. Mia and her family...more
16 year old Mia is suddenly swept away from her homework into a terrifying demonic possession she is not expected to survive. Enter the mysterious, long-lost, demon-catching family members from Milan, there to save her and try to find a way to contain the demon.

They bring shy, awkward Mia with them on their return, and this book is as much about falling in love with a new language and food culture as it is about the riveting paranormal plotline. Fast-paced adventure with a interesting story to...more
Aug 06, 2012 Judy marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Didn't do it for me. Wanted it to be more exciting and packed with, well, what the title promised: demon catching. Instead the girl just sits around learning Italian and not being told anything.

I'm annoyed with these YA books lately with DEMON CATCHING! ASSASSINS! PIRATES! in the title and then the books having none of those things. Ugh.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

4 stars for the first hundred pages, one for the next 188. That was a good start, followed by a lot of issues and problems. This is a book I wanted to love, was halfway there, and then it went downhill. Fast.

Review to come.
This book was a working progress that is for sure. I had started it when it first came out a few years ago. But due to school I was unable to finish it. Wanting to give it another try I have found that this book is one that while it has a good plot base it wasn't really formed to the point where I would have liked it to be. I keep searching for even the glimmer of a hint or a clue as to why this demon wanted to get revenge on this family. By the end of the book the only thing that is really know...more
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