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Lucinda, Darkly (Demon Princess Chronicles #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,541 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Lucinda has dwelt in eternal darkness. As a demon princess, she exists in an endless, joyless realm. But she is about to discover a need she never knew existed?not for power, not for blood?but for a more dangerous passion with a lone warrior.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Berkley (first published August 7th 2007)
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Jane Stewart
Waste of time. Don't read it.

I very much enjoyed this author's book "Mona Lisa Awakening," so I tried this book. It was a let down. CAUTION SPOILERS: A former Monere Queen died and has been living as a demon for hundreds of years. All of a sudden she falls in love with Stefan, a Monere rogue. They had one short interaction and fall in love. She had never fallen for anyone for hundreds of years. There was no logic for it to happen now. Shortly after that, she forms bonds with two others, Nico and
This book was disappointing. Sunny's world is derivative to begin with, reading like cross-over fanfiction between Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry and Anne Bishop's Black Jewels, with some original concepts and quasi-original characters. The Mona Lisa books were at least an entertaining read, if I didn't think too much about the ethical quandry behind lifting so much of other authors' work (which she all but admits to in one of her acknowledgments) ... this one, frankly, bored me. I couldn't ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LKH fans
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I'm not a fan of Laurel Hamilton's "Merry Gentry" series, but if you are, this is for you. Blood + Naughty stuff doesn't do much for me, and I'm not crazy about men just falling over a lady for no reason. If you like Anne Rice and Laurel Hamilton, this is well enough written and and interesting enough world. Just a bit dark for my tastes. I heard the earlier books are much better, this is a "spin off" of sorts. I may go back and try the first one later, but after a long wait.
Jessica Davis
So I was a jr i High School and in charge of picking out books for my library. Now I was told to use a site where they told the ratings of the books based off other readers finding. All fine and dandy right? So I came across this book in the teen section and was told it was about demons. Seemed like one kick ass book so I ordered it. Skip ahead 2 weeks and while at the local library I picked it up to ..just another harmless book that seemed cool and I couldn't wait for. Got it..too it to school ...more
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
like to refer to Sunny's writing as Laurell K. Hamilton Lite. You know with an actual plot and with a side of smut that factors into the plot. As opposed to a book full of just orgies (coughs - Anita).

If you enjoyed Sunny's Monére, Children of the Moon Series (aka Mona Lisa Series), you will enjoy Lucinda, Darkly. It follows in much the same style as the Mona Lisa series and in the same world. For those of you that has read the Mona Lisa books you've meet Halcyon, Lucinda's demon brother. (Yumm
Feb 21, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because a friend of mine recomended it to me. I also decided to read this book because it was about demons and other mythical creatures, I like reading fantasy books. One thing I like about this book was how detailed the history of the characters were, I also liked how the writer made Lucinda (the main character) seem very human even though she was a demon. Some thing I did not like was how the bond that Niko, Lucinda and Talon was not broken. If I can change somethin ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Bitten_by_Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel
Lucinda is the daughter of the High Lord of Hell and rules over a small territory. She is also somewhat of a bounty hunter of wayward demons. Lucinda has spent literally centuries alone and is getting bored with her existence, and has even convinced herself that she likes it that way on some levels. That is, until she runs into an outcast Monére warrior or two...

For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Lucinda, Darkly in it'
Nov 03, 2015 R.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is in the same world as the Monere, and the reason I linked the first 2 books because you need to read them before this, and book 3 talks about Lucinda, and so you might want to know about Lucinda before then. While the Monere is more paranormal, this really feels more fantasy. We get to see much more of Hell, and learn about other realms, and creatures, and even the wars that have been fought down there. Lucinda is interesting, and complicated, and dealing with her own issues and insecurit ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it. It is pretty much a cross between Merry gentry and black jewel's series, but I liked it more than the laurell k hamilton but less than the Anne Bishop books. Still good to get out dust off and read again now and then as I'm waiting off something new to come along. Is the author ever going to write some more?? been over 18 months >.>

the things you find when you are reorganising/downsizing the book shelves now that you have a kindle!!
Feb 17, 2012 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book moved along quite quickly, which is the only reason I kept reading it. It wasn't the worst book ever, but it was very anticlimactic. Sure, things happened, but the book didn't bring me to care about the story. I think the story could have been good, done differently. As it was, I just could not connect or get interested.
N.L. Riviezzo
This book left me torn. Part of me really enjoyed it and the other part left me wondering why I was reading it. In the end, I did like the twist on demons, "vampires" and the like so I will probably continue with the series.
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Oncve again Suuny dows a great job. I loved everything about this book!
Jan 17, 2015 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I genuinely like Lucinda, who does her best to lead a "life" she considers fair and honorable, despite her position as a demon dead princess of hell. If you haven't read the earlier "Mona" books, don't worry. I haven't either and this book stands alone from those stories. There are some references to the previous books but nothing that you feel you have to have read to understand what is at the heart of this story. An enjoyable fast read with a little erotica sprinkled in. Defini ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Amelia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Jan 31, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
For the most part I enjoyed this book, I thought the story was interesting, and I liked that the book was short. Sometimes I think authors feel the need to write over a certain amount of pages, and the story is dragged out. I liked the fact that this said what it needed to say and seemed to pay no attention to "word count". I also just wanted to mention that it does end on a cliffhanger. Not mid scene like some other authors (cough, moning, cough) but the story remains unfinished with the promis ...more
I read this thinking it would fill in blanks in the other series set in this world, Monère: Children of the Moon, but it doesn't. This is purely Lucinda's story.

Lucinda is weary and detached at the beginning of the story and finds it very hard to believe that she's found someone she feels a connection with, let alone multiple someones. As the story progresses, though, her entourage is formed and despite her efforts to push them away, stay with her through some pretty hard times. She comes pretty
Tansy Foor
Sep 04, 2014 Tansy Foor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
When I first started reading this book, I was skeptical it was going to be good, but I kept with it. Man, was I happy I kept with it. I was surprised at how erotic the book was and right off the bat I might add. However, the story picked up and I became hooked on it. It pained me to put the book down when I had to. This is a fantastic book with a very interesting story development and characters as well. Definite recommend. I can't wait to pick up the sequel.
Nov 10, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I like Lucinda. I also like Lucinda with Stephan's influence. I love Stephan period I think his character rocks. There is something so binding like receiving love for no other reason than to love, not because they think you are raw clay to be shaped and molded into what they want you to be. I am so happy that she found out who her real father is, I think it has plagued her for a long time, shaping who she portrayed herself to be. And what a hateful mother to be so hateful to a child to hur ...more
Akaria Gale
A huge honking pile of meh. Lucinda kinda bored me. With Mona Lisa the heroine became such an over the top Mary Sue it was fun to go along for the ride. Lucinda, the demon princess was a more rounded out character but she didn't really move me in any way. Stefan is supposed to be her great love but much of the book is spent on the other rogue Monere Nico and the Flouradeur Talon. I kept wanting the story to go back to him and Lucinda but it went everywhere but. Characters kept telling me Lucinda ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Luu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2015 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have liked this book, it reminded me of some of Laurell K. Hamilton's books and I enjoyed those, well the early one's before things got complicated and oversexed. Lucinda was a decent character but there was something lacking about her that I couldn't get past.
Brandy *Ahviel*
Sep 20, 2009 Brandy *Ahviel* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, library-shelf
I am not sure what to say about this book. I liked it, but that was not the issue that I had. I guess my issue is the ending. The ending was a 'matter of fact'. Yes I know there is another book that comes out in Oct. However. Most of Sunny's books at the end let you know where the next is going. This I felt stuck.

At the beginning we are introduced to Lucinda and Stefan who is guarding a mix blood. Lucinda feels something for the first time in years as dones Stefan. They build a relationship upon
Ugh. Now I understand why I found this at a thrift store...
I felt as if I had come into the story midway. (Understandable now that I know this to be a "spin-off"). There was no plot, no sense of anything actually happening and what did happen made no sense.
The writing was that of fragments, incomplete thoughts and ramblings, nothing of value revealed.
And... all that bonding! Jeez. And the creepy two-way with the little guy watching?? Why was Stefan even in this book? Could his story not be save
Apr 14, 2011 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
I love Sunny. She has built such a great parallel world for us with her Mona Lisa series. I was genuine;y intrigued by Lucinda and to find out she had her own spin off series, made my day. While Sunny's character set ups are pretty similar (lots of kidnapping, multiples and women who don't believe they deserve a better lot in life)she also throws in a heck of a lot of WTF? plot twists so predictability is never a concern. I will admit to getting a teensy bit weary of Mona Lisa's storyline (not n ...more
Winnie Ulate
Me gusto al inicio, pero creo que cuando se fue desarrollando la historia no me gusto tanto, el final no me lo esperaba eso debo admitirlo , creo que tal vez lea el segundo libro por que quiero ver que pasa con Stefan,Nico y Garra
Jan 26, 2014 Charity rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This book has been on the TBR pile for quite a while and i wish i had left it there! I hardly ever abandon a book but halfway through I didn't care about any of the characters and didn't see it ending any better than it started. Another one for the trade in pile.
Jan 16, 2010 Cindi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't believe Sunny wrote this book. I've read every Monier book and short story she's written and none of them were like this one, none were this bad. I mean, there was no tale here. Based on her previous world-building, I expected more emotions, more conflict, more action, more interesting characters. I expected a story!

Even her word choices did not sound like Sunny wrote them. I believe that she must have been so very behind on her deadline that she asked Laurell K. Hamilton to quickly writ
Nicole Bunge
I haven't read any of the "Mona Lisa" books (didn't know they existed till I picked this up) but the good news is you don't need to. (I've found a lot of 'secondary/spin-off' series are flat, or confusing, if you chance upon them without committing to read the others.
But it's a nice 'psuedo' vampire world. A lot more like Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" books - that world - where darkness isn't evil, and a matriarchal society rules a world of magic.
Borders on 'erotica' at times, but the story is s
Feb 26, 2011 Dhfan4life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion this spin-off tale from the Monere/children of the moon series is a really good one. This story follows the tale of the high prince of hell's sister, Lucinda. She was first introduced in the short story Mona Lisa. But in her own book she really carries her own story off very well even though it is mightily similar to that of Mona Lisa in the beginning. But by the end of the story she both surprises, endears, and makes the reader care for her and her men much more than you'd origina ...more
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A family practice physician and Vassar graduate, Sunny was finally pushed into picking up her pen by the success of the rest of her family. Much to her amazement, she found that, by golly, she actually could write a book, and that it was much more fun than being a doctor.

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