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The First Book of Demons (The Book of Demons #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,401 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Alexandra’s world is shattered when the only family she has is brutally murdered. A series of strange encounters, and her relentlessly curious nature, lead her into the woods where she meets a destiny that has been chasing her since birth. She is unknowingly brought into a world of demons that is fraught with turmoil and deadly power struggles. Lord Balthazar, a demon prin ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 218 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc (first published May 24th 2011)
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2.5 stars
So that

Also before I start this review, both my friend and I were under the impression when getting this book (cause it was free) that this was YA, yeah noo, noooo it not, i mean I don't have problems with Adult novels, but if you think that then you are SO SO VERY wrong. so yeah. thats my quick warning.

Song Choice: "Satellite Heart" by Anya Marina, "Mating Game" by Bitter:Sweet, "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" by Cake - kay now to explain what the hell this is
L.Y. Levand
Not a kid's book. Just...not a kids book. If I'd had a better idea of what kind of content was in this, I probably would not have gotten it, free or not. But with that said, it did keep my attention through the whole thing. The writing was decent enough that I didn't put it down and say 'no way.'

While the story itself was...interesting...some of the things important to the story and plot weren't introduced until the exact moment they were needed, and that makes me wonder just how well this book
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Creepy weird confusing and disturbing

Complete crap. It was disturbing it was like a creepy pervert made a bunch of his disgusting fantasies added a random storyline and called it a book. It was random and just plain strange. The amount of point of views was ridiculous and all the characters were completely undeveloped. It started off bad and just progressively got worse. I feel sick that some author has this screwed up imagination. This author must be fascinated with prostitutes and murderers. T
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The First Book of Demons by Raquel Dove is an excellent book. It is written in a style that both young and adult readers will enjoy. A paranormal style book written to interest even those readers that are not normally paranormal fans. The characters in the book are interesting and make you want to keep reading to find out more. This book was written by a first time author and if she continues the way this book has started out, I would expect to see her on the best seller list in no time. Great j ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a freebie on Kindle.

I finished the book in one sitting. The characters were likeable, and some antics even had Me chuckling. The book sometimes didn't flow. There were times I thought I had advanced My Kindle to far and went back to make sure I didn't skip any pages. The books feel seemed to be geared more towards a Young Adult audience.

The finish was open ended.

Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm I feel as though chapters were missing. The story would jump to a new scene leaving you wondering what just happened?
Did you press the next page button too quickly? Nope.
Just random jumps in the plot. Like a worm hole where the story continued but you have no idea what happened to get you there. And then it ends leaving you thinking wtf?
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this. The story line is very engaging, I love the characters! I think it was a little short, the ending read a bit rushed (thats why I docked it 1 star), but I still liked the ending, I just wish it could have been longer! I hope there is going to be a sequel to this book, I will be watching for it.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had no idea what was going here at times. Too many characters and development happening all at the one time which was really off putting.

I also found this more sci-fi than paranormal at times, again another moment
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yuck! This book was horrible. Skipping from one event to the next was disjointed and incomplete. I CAN NOT BELIEVE this is a series and not a solo novel. If I could give it a black star I would :( Waste of time.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was young is not. The characters and plot are poorly developed and confusing. There are some typos. I did not enjoy this book.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked it. It had good flow, with only the occasional hiccup of grammar, unbelievable characterization, or some other third thing. I was a little confused a couple of times, most in trying to figure out the age of our main character, Alexandra. This book is definitely not for people under 15, and that is being a little lenient. It was also a little redundant, for no clear reason. It also seemed like a lot of the characters were just thrown at us, and we were left to scramble to remember ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh, It was ok. So the plot was interesting. It had potential, but it needed...something. More background on Alexandra, more character development, less scene jumping. The writing style, giving the speaker's name in each sentence - too much! It stilted the flow. And the end, ended fast! I can sort of see what the author was trying to do, but because of the way the whole story jumped so much, at first, the reader thinks that was what happened. As I said, it had potential but think it needs some wo ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Book 1

I enjoyed this book and very few errors in it. The twist of a human in a demon world was different and made for a good plot. The ending was interesting and sets it up for the next book.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quickie for sure

Ladies will like this story as it almost reads like a harlequin romance The supernatural aspect gives the story just the right amount of zing, if you like that sort of thing
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

What a story! It was a very enjoyable read for me with many unexpected twists. Good world building that shares some parallels with ours. Interesting characters and well, just a fun read!
Mary Boehm
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love on a different world

Alex stays with her aunt until she dies then at a friends house only to be ripped from their and taken to the Underworld.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending seemed a bit rushed, however, the story was an interesting take on demons and magic.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Lovelies!

So this title made me wary, and I was hesitant about what kind of “demons” Raquel Dove chose to write about. After further research, I discovered that the races featured in this novel were inspired by Arabian mythology. Having been a reader and lover of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy, I felt that I would enjoy The First Book of Demons too.

First, and most importantly, THIS BOOK IS NOT YA. I repeat, THIS BOOK IS NOT YA. I believe this to be the biggest mistake made by people r
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The First Book of Demons" is my maiden introduction to the work of Raquel Dove. I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. My only concern is who is the intended audience for this book because the storyline seems to straddle the line between YA and adult.

Alexandra is bring raised by her Aunt Tamy. After going out for Chinese food when her best friend Sam, she is visited by a policeman who informs her that her aunt was murdered. Alex is bequeathed an elaborately
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a free ebook so I didn't hesitate to get it. The storyline has potential, however there were a few things that bugged me... Just a little ;).

The rapid change in scenes threw me a bit, it could've been a smoother transition, but once you got in a few sentences the scene made sense. I can't stress the importance of proof reading as there were spelling errors (like "taut" was spelt "taught"), missing words, and that could take the focus off the story for someone who's anal about grammar (m
Danae Ringsby
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. Everything about this book made me what more. I had a hard time in the beginning while father and son argued about taking a mate and I found myself looking for a reason not to scream what ever happened to "mating" for love!?! When the only way to unlock powers is a knife to the chest, I wanted to cry "what happens when she just dies!!!"

Then we enter into a totally alternate universe run by Lord Sultans that are killed in their sleep then to be replaced by the oldest princ
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
2 of 5 stars

Free kindle download which was good because I wasn't sure if I would really like the demon genre. Not very well written and disjointed in places. I found myself re-reading the previous page to see if I missed something.

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Alexandra’s world is shattered when the only family she has is brutally murdered. A series of strange encounters, and her relentlessly curious nature, lead her into the woods where she meets a destiny that has been chasing her since birth. She is bro
Lorraine Sears
A largely enjoyable, if occasionally confusing tale about a girl who gets sucked into an alternate reality where demons rule and humans are mythological.

The main characters are Lord Demon Balthazar, who's told he needs a human in order to become the anointed Sultan in the wake of the death of his father. And Alexander, a human female with hidden powers, transported to the demon world, who becomes the object of Balthazars desires.

There are a lot of characters in this book and it can get confusin
It took me a while to get into the story. The overall story was interesting, but it jumped around a lot; like one minute the characters are walking somewhere chatting, and the next chapter starts and they are somewhere completely different. I kept having to go back to make sure I didn't accidentally skip some pages. There is a lot going on in this book - a lot of characters to keep track of. It bothered me at first, but then as the story unfolded I understood why. I really liked the heroine, Ale ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It was very unique and intriguing, especially one very hot tempered and sexy demon lord. I could not get enough of Balthazar. He was so tough as nails, but couldn't help but have a soft spot for Alexandra. I really loved that.

Alexandra is a human who found herself in another world filled with demons, dragons and many other fantastic creatures. She was such a likeable character. She didn't let anyone push her around, not even when faced with creatures muc
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read and it did start out a bit slow for me but it picked up the pace. There were a few minor editing issues but nothing to detract from the story. I would have liked a bit more background on Alexandra as no real explanation was given as to who she really was and I found it hard to invest in the character without her being fully fleshed out. Balthazar was a typical sexist demon who had no experience with humans so I wondered how Alex ever really fell for him but he did seem more ...more
Brandi Poole
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The description of this book caught my interest but the reviews made me want to read it. With such mixed reviews I wasn't sure if it would be good or bad. I really ended up enjoying it though. I felt as though it was a bit disjointed in the transition from chapter to chapter at times. I would read a chapter and feel as though I was missing out on something that happened. The female character, Alex, got some bad reviews, but I actually liked her in this story. Yes she fought back and was rude at ...more
Only got 5 or 6 chapters in. Um wtf? I've never read a book that had so many alternating narrators.. No warning, just a few paragraphs in one persons thoughts and then bam one or 2 in someone else's, then back again. Did not like that. Then let's not forget how we had to read about a dude getting his throat slit, then a baby getting its throat slit, then the aunt dying by getting her tongue ripped out and choking on her own blood. I get it's a book about demons, and even with all of that if the ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to rate this one because in some respects I liked it and in others I was left wondering "what the heck". I gave it a 2 but it's more like a 2 and a half. It has some rough spots when it comes to transition and not enough detail in others. I liked the premise and some parts really started to draw me in when the flow just seemed to jag. Since this is the first book in this series (not sure if it's a first book altogether) then I will hope that the next will get better. Will I read it? ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Free download from Amazon, so I figured why not? Not even close to what I thought (demons are nothing what you think they are), but overall, an interesting storyline. Alexandria is taken into a parallel world where a demon sultan has been assassinated and his successor, Lord Balthazar, needs to overcome those conspiring against him. He needs her to help him overcome his weaknesses, she needs him to get back home. Surprise! Romance ensues. Not a bad read in between other more substantial books, b ...more
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Raquel Dove is an author of fantasy fiction and young adult fantasy. Her books are available in both print and ebook formats, across all available platforms.

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“stinging with the onset of her tears.  She could feel her anger rising, a tingle of electricity ran down her spine, raising the hair on her arms. Balthazar felt the sudden shift in the girl’s aura.  The tangy smell of raw power filled his nose.  He could sense Alexandra’s anger, but something else about her was different.  Something deep within her had fundamentally changed.  “Let me go home, now,” Alex said, wiping the trail of tears from her cheek with the back of her hand.  “You going home was never part of the plan,” Balthazar said, “and now that I see how valuable you truly are, I can never let you go.” “That’s not fair,” she screamed,” 0 likes
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