Chance's story was provided to me free in exchange for an honest review. I'm at 3.75stars.
Chance Fortunato's deepest desire is to be a normal teen-ager - but his reality is that he was sold into demon slavery when he was 7years old by his father as way of clearing a demonic debt. Chance finds a way out of this life by listening, learning and being 9years worth of patient – soon after we meet him he is able to break away from his cruel demonic master, Dulka. But of course that is not the end of the story…
After his escape chance is soon settled in a different kind of hell. On the positive side he is in the bosom of his loving re-discovered family in the forms of his mother and the sister he didn’t know he had; he has friends and his mentor Sydney. On the negative side he has the pleasure of being the target of both the jocks and the Wizard’s conclave. Soon Sydney’s murder sends Chance’s life into another tailspin as he is the chief suspect of the local police and he knows that it was one of the dark elements from his old life coming to invade this one. Chance knows if the murder is going to be solved & the bad elements repelled from the neighborhood– he will have to be the one to do it. You find yourself cheering for Chance making decisions that he knows have repercussions but have to be made – he is not about to wait for someone else to save him.
A smart, humorous and interesting origin story for what could be an exciting series. The characters were meaty enough to make an impression and it was a good mix of them. This was an enjoyable read, from start to finish and very different from the normal YA paranormal.