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Reign or Shine (Demon Princess #1)

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For Nikki Donovan, being a teenager can be hell. Literally.

Nikki didn't thinks her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights - fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she's visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her lo

Hardcover, 274 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Walker & Company
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EDIT: Okay, My review sounds sort of cruel. It simply was not my cup of tea. My friend on the other hand loved it. Everyone has differing opinions.
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Why did I ever read this book? I mean the title reveals it all, including: “Don’t read me. I'm shit." I really should stop picking books that Richelle Mead quotes on the front cover and states something along the lines of: “Demons , magic and sexy guys. This is...more
Sita Sargeant
Picked it up at the place that replaced borders for $5 and was reading it while I waited for Reel Steel to start (amazing by the way). And this book sure jumped right into the plot. Too bad I lost the book in my bedroom. How is that possible? You are probably asking, well I am the one person that can make it possible. So when I find it, I'll review and rate it properly.
I thought it sounded interesting in Publisher's Weekly, but I after seeing the cover I had SERIOUS doubts. These doubts transformed into disparaging contempt after two chapters.
Yup, that's all it took.
See, the main character is all, 'oooh i'm POPULAR and the 'cutest boy in school' kissed me and there's another hot guy following me telling me I'm a demon princess even though I look like a normal POPULAR human teenager so I'm going to not believe him' and then after a while you know she'll see tha...more
So,when I picked this book I thought it would be awesome.Is sounded a lot like Demon Envy by Erin Lynn,which I loved.But,man the book started somewhat fine and went downhill from there.
Every single character was stupidly naive and shallow and with no depth whatsoever.I mean even the supposed evil bitch was stupid enough to be manipulated.
The two main characters and their love story were very annoying,I mean they literally went from crazy stalker and person being stalked, to forbidden love and sa...more
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Plot: 4 Stars
Demon Princess had a very fresh take on demons. I liked that they weren't necessarily bad or evil like most books. The world-building was also top notch, and I hope we'll get to see more of it, like the faery realm, in the next book. Rowen also did a very good job weaving the supernatural adventure into Nikki's every day life that included school and dances.

Pace: 3.5 Stars
The story took a tad bit too long to get to the action at the end. There was a little too much build up to the e...more
Fera フェルナンダ
Woooow! It's far better than I first anticipated!
I was so feeling in love with this book, hard.
Let's jump onto the next book! :D

Nikki is a fun and interesting character while Michael is charming. She also has a cool best friend, Melinda. But what nuked me the most which almost made me over hysteric in the last pages was her meeting with Rhys! He is the same age as Nikki and already has a responsibility as a king in the Faery Realm. But their meeting was downright hilarious yet thrilling at the s...more
The cover should have tipped me off. Way too cutesy.
This book was definitely a quick, light read and nothing more. The pace was set at lightening speed; one second the slightly-creepy-yet-incredibly-hot boy is staring at the perfectly-normal-yet-maybe-not girl, and the next they're in another dimension, complete with big scary castles and horned monsters. The whole demon premise could have been taken to a dark place, but instead it's basically the Disney version of the Underworld.
Nikki is a lika...more
When I got this book, admittedly, I was excited to read it. I'd read the synopsis on Goodreads, and I was thinking how great of a book it was going to be. And, unsurprisingly, it was.
The aspect of the story wasn't anything new--I've read tons of demon-related books this past year, but I have to say that this was one that I rank in the 'best' list. I liked Nikki; she was funny, and she thought logically. She wasn't irrational (cough; cough, Bella Swan), and her feeling were relatable and believa...more
I just finished this book and could NOT STOP SMILING!!! It just made me so happy inside!! This book was happy, sarcastic, suspenseful, and so much else!! It made me want to read the next one IMMEDIATELY!! I cannot wait till June to read the next one, but anyways, this book follows recently-turned sixteen Nikki Donovan. She thinks she just this ordinary teenager until the surprisingly sexy Michael turns up telling her that not only is her father alive and wants to see her, but is also a demon. A...more
All Nikki Donovan wants to do after her mother’s fourth marriage and subsequent move is fit into her new home. So, it’s almost too good to be true when she becomes best friends with Melinda, the most popular girl in school. Now, Nikki is the worthiest member of Melinda’s “Royal Party” entourage and can benefit from the perks of being popular, particularly in the form of hot boyfriends. But all that social perfection is threatened when she finds out that she is a half-human, half-demon princess,...more
A demon Princess? This is something we don't hear of everyday. So when a mysterious, but cute, guys begins following Nikki around every where, she gets annoyed. So when she confronts him, she's hoping for an "I'm sorry." Not a "You're the Demon Princess and you're in danger." Thus begins this in thrilling tale of Nikki and her new found news, not to mention her powers.

I am happy to report that I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's a great beginning to a series I think many will enjoy reading. It be...more
For the longest time I was rather unsure about books with supernatural elements, I've only dipped my toes in from time to time. But I'm pretty sure I'm becoming a real fan finally. I think Demon Princess along with a few other books have convinced me it might be time to drop that fear of mine. Seriously, I never thought I would love reading about demons so much!

If I'm being honest, I kind of feared that Nikki might come off as a ditz and sort of annoy me, but she was nothing like that! She was a...more
Oct 22, 2009 Chessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Katie MacAlister
Recommended to Chessa by: blurb by Richelle Mead
Cute new YA series I picked up based on the blurb by Richelle Mead. It features Nikki, a teenage girl at a new school, who finds out a few days after her 16th birthday that her estranged father is a demon (actually, KING of the demons of Shadowland) and that she is a Princess and a Darkling, or half-human, half-demon. Oh, and she might become Queen of the Shadowland if things go badly - which would mean she'd be trapped there forever in the castle. There's also a super cute emissary from the Sha...more
This was a really fun story to read. And, i am also glad that i have the next book ready to read next on my shelf.

I loved the characters and the love triangle. I'm very happy with the ending although, the little chat between Nikki and Mel was very intriguing and left me wanting to know more about the possibility of her being a demon hunter??? I especially loved Mel's character and hope that she is in the sequel some more.

Overall great book, quick read, and great characters.
the golden witch.
Wow. What a ride.

I'm so glad I won this title from the first reads program - it was just what I needed. It seems like with all of the vampire books out there (and now angels and werewolves), no one was really examining the demon aspect of fiction. But this book is a refreshing oasis in a desert of badly written young adult mythological fiction.

I really can't wait until the next book comes out next spring!
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 Soph - Lock&Key
predictable....YES, but in a good way :) It was light, fluffy, quirky and very enjoyable...
Wendy Lohr
Definitely a fun read...can't wait to continue this series!
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Finally something different for the YA Fantasy genre.
Liliana ♥s Mythology
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Nikki is your average, normal teenager, dealing with normal teen stuff-- high school, crushes, and so on. But her "normal" life takes a sharp tun into Crazyville when she meets a strange, but handsome, guy named Michael. Michael claims that Nikki is a half-demon Princess, daughter of the demon king of the Shadowlands. Nikki knows virtually nothing about her dad; he left Nikki and her mom even before Nikki was born. And now some weird guys comes to tell her that not...more
Paula  Phillips
Starting a new school can always be stressful , finding new friends, easing into groups of friends who have known each other for years and been best friends since kindergarten and trying to adjust to her mum's new husband can be very difficult. Nikki Donovan is sixteen and starting another brand new school , life is stressful enough without adding any other big bombs in her life. When things are starting to look up for Nikki , the popular girl at school wants to be her friend and one of the hott...more
OMG I loved this book! It was so fantastic! I have nothing bad to say about it. It was just perfect, at least in my opinion. Michelle Rowen has made a spectacular start to her YA writing career. I just can’t wait for the second book!

I loved Nikki and Michael. At first, I didn’t think they would be good together but as I got into the book my opinion totally changed. They seemed perfect for each other once I got used to the idea. And Nikki is a great main character. You find out a lot about her ba...more
The Good: Rowen's Reign or Shine was a good YA novel. I appreciated the fast action plot that shied away from the high school rumors and did not focus on all the groups or fashion trends. This book had a much bigger problem, a much...darker problem. Not only does Nikki have to worry about being the Demon Princess, there are other dark elements on the horizon, which are very close to her in both worlds. And that's all I'm giving away. The dialogue and plot were my favorite aspects in this book.

Lady Allison
It was a cute story with a good premise, but that's really about it.

Nikki is a regular 16 year old girl who has to pick up and move whenever her mom remarries (She's on hubby #4 now). After stalking her for a couple days, a Shadow named Michael presents himself to her & spills that she is actually a Demon Princess, her father being the Demon King, & that she needs to come back to Shadowland with him in order to meet her father. Even though she was creeped out with him for two days, she...more
really fell in love with that shiny cover and wanted to have the book as soon as possible. Yes, talk about cover love. Okay, so that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to read this book, it was also the damn nice description of the story. I’m glad I bought it, because it did not disappoint me at all.

The story begins with Nikki telling us how she moved to a new city, after her mother married guy number four. Mom, not the romantic type keeps marrying the wrong men and as you can expect moves around...more
I'd read some good reviews before picking this book up, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It was a fun, light read. The book also contained some action, a bit of romance, and a strong lead character.

Nikki had recently moved from California to Canada, had been able to escape her outcast label, and befriended the most popular girl in school, Melinda. It seemed like everything was going her way, until she turned 16 and found out that she was a half-demon princess from another dimension.

Nikki re...more
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National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short -- it all depends on the story! She's won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. For more information, please visit Michelle at her website at
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