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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 Demon
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Published October 29th 2010 by Dead River Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Veronica Morfi
Feb 28, 2015 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

I've had this book for a while and I don't know what force made me pick it up this time around, but I am glad I did. Beautiful Demons is the beginning of what it looks like a great series, revolving round Harper and her new life in Peachville. Harper always knew she was different. When she is angry she can make things move with her mind. But arriving at Peachville, she finds out she is not the only special girl. A lot of the successful women of the town seem to have similar powers to
Jacob Proffitt
I had a really hard time with the main character in this book, and I'm not sure it's her fault. Which is to say that the author kept robbing her of volition and that got old really fast and never really went away. This was achieved mainly by removing her memory of key events, leaving her walking around vulnerable all the time and acting on too little information. There was some hint of greater manipulation, too, and that put me off even further.

I wanted to like the book in spite of this weakness
Kristi-The Book Faery
Nov 04, 2010 Kristi-The Book Faery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: written-reviews
Harper Madison has been shipped from foster care home to foster care home since she was 10 years old. Known as a troubled child with violent tendencies she’s never spent enough time in one place to ever feel a sense of belonging. Strange things happen around Harper, especially when Harper feels threatened or scared and those strange things usually end up with someone being hurt. Although Harper has never intentionally hurt anyone she is blamed just the same and Harper carries the guilt, shame an ...more
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Aug 03, 2015 Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: quiet-ya
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic lately. But fear not, I will never give up reading/reviewing. I started this book because my baby sister has been singing its praises and quite honestly, I saw that the first one was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose. I had seen this book before, but the cover didn’t really grab my attention and I don’t like downloading books I’m not s
Kandice Dover
Oct 17, 2012 Kandice Dover rated it it was amazing
I....How......But....I'm not exactly sure what to say. I mean...Woah! Just Woah. that's all I'm thinking.

This wasn't exactly what I expected. It was far from it, actually.

I went into this book knowing I'd get mad, and a little confused. But I didn't expect to be mind-blown.

I am very upset with the ending, because, well...I like Jackson better. In alll honesty I hope drake dies or something terrible happens to him, because...well HE ISN'T JACKSON!!!

Umm....I was upset when Jackson didn't jump in
May 01, 2012 Abigail rated it it was amazing
(Crossposted from Bittersweet Book Blog)

Beautiful Demons pulls you in from the first page and never lets down in the pacing. It's a fast and very entertaining read. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, because of the pretty covers and titles. Currently Beautiful Demons is available for free, but I don't know how long that will last.

I really liked the main character, Harper Madison. She gets moved in a group home after bouncing around from foster care homes, due to getting into tro

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I really enjoyed this one - a great YA paranormal read. High-school, and yeh I know, that comes with the resident bitch(s). Because, life's like that. I know I've read this one before, but could only remember the beginningish.

And yeh, the orphan thing, agaiiin. But's it works out fairly good in this work, although you know, as usual, it's all about her mother.

Still, a good read. Mandatory sexy guys, beaut
Erin Danzer
Jan 03, 2013 Erin Danzer rated it it was amazing
I literally just finished this book and want to pick up the next in the series (and probably the one after that and the one after that until I finish the entire thing!).

Sarra Cannon did an amazing job bringing to life Harper Madison, a foster kid who has special abilities. When she moves to Peachville, not everything is as it seems, which Madison soon finds out. I wondered what happened when things went from bad to perfect for Harper, but I definitely didn't see the end coming! OMG! Wow! That ju
Danielle Young
May 01, 2012 Danielle Young rated it liked it
Note: There is a separate, distinct rating system I have in my head for novels I read for free.

You know you're in the wrong town when a random dude helps you (commands you?) to pick out a backpack that sports the same colors as everyone else.

OR IS IT THE RIGHT TOWN? It's hard for our heroine (or us) to know for sure, because she keeps having her memory altered. Or something. But there are powers. Women have them. Except for the dude. Who she keeps forgetting. In a literal sense. Who begs her no
May 23, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Vicious Little Darlings and Hex Hall
Oh, I loved this book! Loved it! I wanted to give it a try as it seems to be a pretty popular and well-liked series and now I can see why. It was a whole lot of fun and very, very addictive. It's also very short which is good because it makes it an easy and light read but bad because it leaves you craving more the second you finish the last page!

Beautiful Demons starts off with Harper moving to a new home. She's had a tough life (since weird and dangerous stuff happens wherever she goes) and thi
"Ever since I lost my adoptive family and was put into the foster care system, I'd been looking for a place where I could fit in. All I ever wanted is to belong somewhere. To have a family who truly care about me and wanted me in their lives."

Harper Madison has not had an easy life, she's been in seven fosters homes in just one year ever since her only adoptive family were victims of a big fire caused by her when she was just 8 years old, and the only thing that can save her from end up in juven
Aug 01, 2013 Abbie rated it liked it
After being kicked out of her sixth foster home in a year, Harper gets told she's got one more chance. If she she blows it, she'll be taken to juvie until she's eighteen.
That last chance comes in the form of Shadowford home, a place for girls struggling with the care system.
On the first day of school Harper can see that the cheerleaders rule the social side of the school. They're thought of like queens. Everyone Harper talks too are obsessed with them, but Harper can feel there's something not
Rebecca (Vicariously!)
Wow. So 2012 is starting off with a bit of a bang isn't it? The first book I read was slightly lackluster, but this, my fifth book of the year, was absolutely stunning. I'm giving it five stars without reservation. Have I mentioned that this was my first ever eBook?

This book is definitely a plot driven book. It's more about the twists and turns of it all than it is about its characters. In fact, the only fleshed out, or character with beginnings of being fleshed out, is Harper. Harper is a prett
Annie Brewer
This was such an awesome first book in a dark world of magic and cheerleaders! I'm so excited to continue Harper's journey as she finds out the answers that even I'm dying to know. She was such a great character, misunderstood and different. But she had heart and just wanted to fit into Peachville High when all her other homes she felt out of place. I can't wait to see more of the characters and learn their secrets!

I'm also excited to see more Jackson!!! Need more Harper and Jackson time! Forge
First book started slow but did manage to keep me turning those pages. Stick with it, as the other books get better and better.
Apr 08, 2015 Brittney rated it really liked it
I'm trying really hard to write a witty review or at least one that talks about this book, but all I can think about is reading the next one! So I'm gonna do that instead.
YA Reads Book Reviews
Nov 12, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it it was ok
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

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
Pure Textuality
Jun 11, 2014 Pure Textuality rated it really liked it
Beautiful Demons was a book that I stumbled across while perusing the free Kindle books on the Kindle store. Honestly (and yes, I am aware that this is TOTALLY horrible!), I fell in love with the cover art and decided to give it a shot. I thought worst case, I don’t like it and I click delete. No big deal. Well, I am happy to report that this was not the case.

I instantly took pity on the main character. At the opening of this book, she has no idea what has been happening in her life aside from a
Gypsy Madden
Aug 10, 2014 Gypsy Madden rated it it was amazing
Granted, this read like a typical teenage paranormal-girl just discovering her powers, trying to fit in at a new school, the usual high school drama complete with bullies, and the usual romantic triangle. But I liked it. I thought Harper made a fun point of view to follow, it balanced nicely between school drama and paranormal with enough fantasy elements to keep it fresh. And both guys had enough to their characters to make them seem real rather than just complications in her life. I did love t ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Leslye rated it liked it
Shelves: self-pub
After reading the spin-off NA serial Sacrifice Me ( The Demon: Episode 1), I decided to start at the beginning of this witchy and demon-filled world. Beautiful Demons is YA and full of popular girls, cheerleader worship, bad boys who really aren't all that bad, and creepy things that go bump in the night. It's just at the cusp of being too YA for me -- too concerned with the silliness of being a teenager and thus not as easy to relate to -- but I did end up enjoying the story.

There's not a lot
Amanda Masters
Beautiful book! Sarra is a wonderful author and I found I couldn't put the book down! I found Harper's story so intriguing right from the start, she is a wonderful girl who life has dealt a crappy hand with powers she doesn't know how to control. She has always been scared, lost and never had anyone to turn to.

When Harper gets thrown into Shadowford Home its her last chance to make a good impression. if she can't make it here it off to bad places. She desperately wants everything to work out but
Mar 06, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-copy-only
Actual review rating - 2.5 stars

Beautiful Demons was a good start to this series. Harper is sent to the Shadowford home for orphan girls after six attempts at staying with foster homes fail disastrously. When Harper is angry or emotional things can go terribly wrong and when the body of a popular cheerleader is found she is singled out as the main suspect by the police and her pier's. Paranormal events happen and Harper loses her memory mysteriously along the way. As a reader I asked myself what
Melyssa Winchester

Title: Beautiful Demons
Author: Sarra Cannon
Series or Standalone: Series (Peachville High Demons #1)
Rating: 5 Stars *****


Beautiful Demons is the first novel in the Peachville High Demons series and is a young-adult paranormal series told from the point of view of the female main character, Harper Madison.

The story follows Harper as she is removed from yet another group home and is sent to Shadowford Home, which as per her social worker’s own words, is her last chance. If it doesn’t work
Sandra the Nook Worm
Aug 11, 2013 Sandra the Nook Worm rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I'm giving a free e-book 5 stars, but this book deserves it! There was drama, suspense, magic, betrayal, mystery and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next! The only thing I didn't like was how scary it was at times since I read before bed. I did have one night of weird dreams lol, but that's a personal issue and nothing that would merit a reduction in stars. If this book is still FREE and you like dark YA then hurry and get this while you can!
Maggie Waits
Feb 22, 2015 Maggie Waits rated it liked it
Imagine being blamed for everything and having to carry around the guilt, shame and sense of abandonment everywhere you go, when none of it is your fault.
The main character Harper Madison is a foster child who is known to be a troubled child with the tendencies of becoming violent. Harper has never spent enough time in one place to feel like she belongs. When she is moved to Shadowford Home in Peachville, Georgia, she must be on her best behavior because this is her last chance. While Harper is
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Sep 19, 2014 Gladys Gonzales Atwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerdgirlofficial
I have been a fan of Sarra for a long time and followed her life via her book releases, her fan page and her blog. Stalker much. No I am a fangirl. I often refer to her as my indie clone of Richelle Mead. She can dance eloquently through the genres by writing paranormal, young adult and new adult contemporary.

Her world in the book Beautiful Demon is magic within the tragic walls of the invisible clear box Harper is trapped within. And that's my metephor. She's at a girls home because she has th
May 04, 2011 Genie rated it it was amazing
Well after owning this book for awhile I finally decided to give it a read. Now I'm kicking myself in the butt for waiting so long to do so. From the start the story was interesting, and only got better. I absolutly enjoyed every minute of this series which I must add, I read in only 2 days.
Samantha Young
Jun 27, 2011 Samantha Young rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, indie
A fresh take on YA paranormal, Beautiful Demons is a fun, quick read with a gorgeous southern twang and an intriguing air of mystery. Another bargain download.
Dec 26, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults
Whenever I see 99 cent e-books from I become a little nervous. Sometimes they are good and other times they are pretty bad. However, I've seen "Beautiful Demons" listed for a little while now and decided to give it a chance. The premise seemed a little different and I was extremely pleased with the writing, characterizations, world building and plot. It has been a long time since I read a YA book that intrigued me as much as some of my favorites like Morganville Vampires.

So, what is
I found this book for free on Amazon. I read it a few months ago but it is still free.
The first thing that caught my attention was... THE COVER! right!

Witches are ok, but they are not my favorite subject. Though this one is a very entertaining story and so fast paced that I seriously loved it!
(I read the 5 published books in the series in 4 days!)

There is only one word to describe this book: ADDICTIVE!

It's a great introduction for a series, we get to know the background of the story and it clear
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“Why does everyone worship them? I mean, they're beautiful but..." I shrugged. "Lots of people in this world are beautiful."
"They're popular because they're cheerleaders," he said.
I rolled my eyes. "What is it with this town and cheerleaders?”
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