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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 Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small to...more
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Dead River Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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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...more
Kristi-The Book Faery
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)
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...more
(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

Danielle Young
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...more
May 23, 2012 Nicola rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
"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...more
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...more
Rebecca Alora
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...more
Kandice Dover
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...more
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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 Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret
Harper Madison has moved around from foster home...more
Erin Danzer
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...more
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...more
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...more
Sandra the Nook Worm
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!
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
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...more
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Beautiful Demons has all the elements to be a great book. An orphaned girl with a strange ability, a new town with a secret to hide, the rebel boy trying to stay out of it all, and of course the eerily perfect cheerleaders who run the school. With this novel being as short as it is, I think we missed out a lot on the connections and personality of the novel.

Harper was a great character at the beginning of the novel, but I have a hard time believing that she succumbed to the popularity contest an...more
This was a surprisingly short book. It’s what I call a candy floss read – quick, straightforward, and to the point. Don’t get me wrong though. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s filled with endless plot twists and keeps you guessing right up until the end, and still leaves a lot more to be continued in the next book of this series.

What really drew me into the story was the whole idea of a Stepford-like town where everything seems perfect on the outside, but has a sinister feel to it and a dark...more
Missy LaRae
I really liked this book. I went into it not really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. First off, I really love the cover, it's simplistic, and very pretty. No complaints there.

The second thing I really liked about it was the main character, Harper. Harper's a sixteen year old orphan in the foster care system in Georgia. She's scared, has power she doesn't understand, and has a habit of hurting her foster families when she's upset. This resonated with me because I was raised by my...more
“Harper Madison. Sixteen years old. Adopted at birth by Heath and Jill Madison of Gwinnett County, Georgia. At the age of eight, your adoptive father was killed in a house fire. A fire that Jill Madison claims you started on purpose.”

This book was awesome!

It was like a combination of Charmed, The Secret Circle, and Twilight.
Not really Twilight, just in the fact that there was a group of extremely beautiful people that everyone admired and envied, basically.

Harper Madison has gotten kicked out o...more
Dec 31, 2012 Reread review

Definitely a 4.5 and I'm not sure what is stopping me from lighting that 5th star this time around. The first time I really didn't know where the series was going and since it was a short book I think that's the reason for the 4 stars. This time knowing where everything is leading I should light the fifth star. The book is engaging, the characters very likable, and there is enough of a story line that keeps you guessing "what the heck is going on here?" Every time you t...more
This book is a page-turner with an ending that will leave you scrambling to get book two. I can already tell that Beautiful Demons lays the groundwork for a marvelous series. Harper makes many startling revelations that invoke more questions and not nearly enough answers to satisfy my mounting curiosity. Especially since Harper finds it impossible to stick to the rules —even if this is her final warning…

This book features two very different romantic interests. I’m looking forward to the second b...more
I came across this book by accident while searching for something to try on my new iPad Kindle app with about three other free books. I started with a different novel, but after a week of not being able to connect to the storyline and characters, I switched to reading Beautiful Demons.

The first two chapters took a little while for me to get settled, but the further I read into the book, the more I was vested into the plot. It took me another week to buy/read the four remaining books that follow...more
This book was another Kindle freebie, yet it was definitely worth it. It was a quick, light read, but it still had a good plot with plenty of twists and it ended on a cliff-hanger.

The characters were consistent and Harper was easy to empathise with, as she was kind of clever and talented without being over-perfect. She still made mistakes, but not to the degree of unbelievable stupidity some characters in other books are.

This book only drops a star because it is a bit short, but the length suits...more
I was hesitant about getting a Kindle, because I felt I would somehow be cheating on real books, or that the Kindle is going to lead to the demise of real books. I ended up getting one for Christmas, and while I miss the smell of new books, and turning pages, I actually love my Kindle. One of the main reasons I love my Kindle is books like Beautiful Demons. I still refuse to buy books for my Kindle that are over $5, so I have been buying books like Beauitful Demons that are somewhere between fre...more
I read a review for the second book in this series and thought that the plot sounded interesting. I searched for this book since it was the first in the series and it was a free ebook from amazon. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how captivating the story was and became hooked very quickly. The characters were relatable and the relationships they had were realistic to what would happen in your typical high school. The writing seems good for what i believe is a relatively new author. I fin...more
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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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