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The Appeal of Evil

(The Road to Salvation #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell. Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the "good" guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn't keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the "bad" guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attent ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Booktrope Editions
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Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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When I first read the synopsis for The Appeal of Evil I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it. It's not often you come across a paranormal romance about demons instead of vampires or werewolves! Unfortunately, it was not all I had hoped it would be (not even close).

The Appeal of Evil begins with Katie and Wes arguing and the reader is immediately made privy to their relationship woes. Honestly, there is no relationship. Katie has a crush on We
Kimberly Vanderbloom
3.5 rating!

I really liked the concept of this book. Good vs Evil. What I found interesting was how good was evil and evil was good in Katie's eyes. This story is very fast paced. It was like boom let's do this. The problem with that was I didn't feel connected to the main character Katie. I lacked compassion towards her. If there was a little more back story about her everyday life I think it would make a big difference. It was well written. I just want to make myself clear I am completely team
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Appeal of Evil - Could not be a more appropriate title that would convey the essence of this book!

After the first pages I had some doubts about the book, yet the author never gave me any reason to give up reading, so I continued. Is far from me the regret that I did.

If you've ever wondered how a person (apparently) good chose the dark side, how and why it can fall into the nets of and on devils’ side, well, The Appeal of Evil will give you a very good answer. Because, without lacking of acti
Lynda Dickson
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
Katie has had a crush on Wes since kindergarten. Wes has secretly been trying to protect Katie all these years, but his actions have left Katie confused. "For every tender action, he always followed it up with abandonment." Now Josh Evers, the new boy and also the hottest boy in school, is showing Katie a lot of attention. But Josh is hiding a secret as well. Josh is a demon and he wants to hurt Wes by going after those he loves, and that means Katie.

As Katie struggles with her feelings towards
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
The synopsis for the story intrigued me alot and let me say that I did enjoy the story but oh my gosh the main character Katie almost drove me insane! I found her to be very whiny and childish. I mean she supposed to be a "senior" in high school but to me comes off acting more like a grade school student.

I really felt like she maybe was a senior in body but had the mind of a child because she supposedly has had a crush on Wes for many years but most girls I know don't even begin liking guys all
†Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I received this book in return for an honest review.


This book was AMAZING!
And let me just say, I'm honestly not a biog fan of these kind of books. Demons and stuff just isn't my thing. But this book... oh my gosh! Super awesome! Gripping, eye-popping, astonishing! The list goes on and on. If you are a fan of Hush, Hush and Fallen, you are gonna love this book. I could NOT put it down. So if you start it, you might as well clear your whole schedule because you are going to be su
cagla tastemur
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014

I just love Pembroke's all book! She's such a great Writer. I enjoyed this one,like other books of her.
Also there was a lot tense situation,but I think it was kind of HOT!!
I don't want to take sides for these guys but...JOSH!
Sometimes you just want to choose dangerous one :)
S. Whitaker
John Keats and the Romantics explored the idea of deadly beauty, and like the poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," where brave knights are waylaid to death by a spirit that enchants them with her supernatural beauty, Pembroke Sinclair creates a narrative where the heroine, Katie, a senior in high school, finds herself waylaid by hot teenage hunks who are on opposing sides in the war of good vs evil. Unlike the Keats poem, the hot hunks want Katie’s soul, not her life. Beauty, it seems, exists on bot ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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This story follows Katie, a high school student with a seemingly normal life until fellow student Josh suddenly comes to her defence in an argument with her best friend, Wes. Katie then discovers that Josh and Wes aren’t all what they seem, and her world is turned upside down.

The first few chapters throw you straight into the story, but also straight into a love triangle. I felt like I knew nothing about Katie as a character, but I knew all ab
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This book has given me some mixed feelings. Let’s start with the good. Overall, this story is captivating, interesting and gets you hooked. IF you can stand the main character, Katie, which I couldn’t. She was a whiny, selfish shallow person. The overall writing was pretty good, except a few things I talk about below. I really liked Wes and Randy, and Hated Josh. It was a quick read for sure, with the biggest cliffha
Kimber Wheaton
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

The Appeal of Evil is a rather interesting story with one heck of a love triangle. Demon versus demon hunter with the soul of the girl the prize. I don't think Katie particularly enjoys being the prize, but she's dealing with two alpha males who will not take 'no thank you' for an answer.

Katie has been crushing on Wes as long as she can remember. He has a long streak of drawing her in, only to abandon her immediately a
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Appeal of Evil is not for the faint of heart. From the very first page, it's a whirlwind that will suck you in until the final sentence. This is one of the fastest paced books I've ever read, and while I would have liked a few slower parts, I couldn't put this one down.

I loved the balance of reality and fantasy this book had. Katie was half in the real-world with her best friend and parties and prom and half in the boys' fantasy world fighting demons. As strange as that sounds, it actually w
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie has done her best to live a good life. It's her last year in high school, and she's intent on making the most of it. Determined to forget about past hurts, she tells herself she'll be strong whenever Wes comes her way. She wants to believe that she no longer feels anything for him, but his good looks and charm always do a number on her.

When things between the two of them come to a head, Katie realizes that there's a lot about him she doesn't know. Add to the fact that she's received the un
Katie has been in love with Wes since she was a kid. Wes has pulled her in and pushed her away over and over again. Katie finally decides to no longer put up with it. Katie decides it's time to put Wes in her past. Then comes Josh. He is handsome, and pays attention to Katie even when she didn't think he knew who she was. Katie is instantly drawn to him, because he isn't afraid to show Katie attention

I do not link insta-love. It's just too unrealistic. Yet, I can see how Katie falls for Josh so
Bethanie Armstrong
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Appeal of Evil By Pembroke Sinclair
—Review by Bethanie

Where do I start?
Hmm, the beginning would be best. Well I must say this. The first chapter set the mood for the entire book—Tennis Match. I’ll be honest this is one of those stories I love to hate and hate to love.
Ms. Sinclair really has a nack for creating the type of story where I was not sure who I wanted to win. In reading, I started jumping between the good boy and the bad boy and at the end I really wanted the one just stuck in th
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, y-a, fantasy

The Appeal of Evil is a great, fast-paced paranormal romance! It reads super easily. Although Evil doesn't have too much action, there was just enough of character building to keep it interesting.

I felt like there was too much of an instant romance, especially in the beginning. The beginning is, in my opinion, the weakest part of the book. It was too romance-heavy, too quickly. There was a lot of telling instead of showing in the beginning p
Chris Torretta
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! Talk about having to choose between the good boy and the bad boy! This book is for anyone that wants a fast and fun read! I loved every word! And funnily enough there are a lot of moments when Katie is just sitting around thinking and I remember thinking to myself that if I had to read a bunch of non dialogue in another book I may be disgusted or at the very least bored. But not with The Appeal of Evil. We’re in Katie’s head most of the time and it was fabulous. I really enjoyed getting to ...more
Ruth B
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war between good and evil is endless and you can find thousands of stories about it. However, when Katie finds herself divided between the two sides an original argument comes to surface.

Katie and Wes have been friends since they were kids and she has always loved him. Despite suffering multiple times because it seems Wes doesn’t love her too, she still tries to be his friend. But when Josh enters the picture, things get a bit dangerous.

Katie is a character difficult to define. She seems so
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Many of the actions and reactions in The Appeal of Evil were portrayed realistically and it seemed easy to slip into the lives of the main characters. The only real issue that I had with the characters of The Appeal of Evil is that throughout most of the book I was honestly supremely annoyed with Katie. There were a few moments where I was excited for her and happy with her but most of the time, she just annoyed me. Most li
Ericka Katwal
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The story opens with Katie who is a senior in high school. She has always held a crush on a childhood friend named Wes but he constantly breaks her heart over and over. When she finally thinks she has officially given him up she is always thrown back into his charm. It took me a while to connect with Katie. She was irritating to me especially at the beginning of the story. Whe
Adrienne Woods
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy by the author in return of my honest review.

I loved this book. It has so many twists and turns that you would be hooked throughout the novel. Pembroke has done an amazing job with her characters and you do relate to Katie on so many levels.

it starts with Katie and Wes. Katie is crazy about Wes, but he is toying with her feelings time and time again, rejecting her every time she thinks something is going to happen. For sure a girl will get fed up with this and Katie did when Jo
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Twilight or The Vampire Diaries
Recommended to Shannon by: Pam Labbe
Hello Readers,
I was given this book to read for free in exchange for an honest review and, honestly, I wish it could have been more enjoyable. I don't really know how to express it. Yes, I read the whole thing; yes, I wanted to know what would happen next; yes the plot moved at a good pace and I was never confused by what was happening. I don't know though, I was distracted easily while reading it and didn't feel the need to get back to it right away. It seemed like it was all set up for the ne
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Katie, a normal 17 year old girl, finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between good and evil, but which side will she choose?

The Good:
Fast-paced and easy to follow.
Great ideas of good, evil, Praesul and Demons to give the story a fantastical edge based on things we already understand.
Perfect for the YA readership, though perhaps a younger category than the main character as she is a little bit naive.
Totally readable and easy to pick up.
Katie has had a crush on Wes since she was six years old. Now a senior in high school, Katie has had enough of the yo-yo of smitten rejections to last a lifetime. Every time she thinks Wes is interested, he rejects her leaving he feeling confused, hurt, and like it is all a game and she is the pawn. When Wes begins his usual snare of acting interested, Katie is the one rejecting but this time she has someone who is willing fill the void. The problem is Katie doesn't realize that Wes is trying to ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Good plot even though it felt like a typical "girl has to choose between the good boy & the bad boy" scenario. I really wasn't expecting the ending. I thought it would've taken a completely different direction. I was a little tired of the back and forth nonsense in parts of the novel but overall, I enjoyed it. I really liked Wes & felt like he was the better catch of the two - surprising since I normally go for the bad boy. I loved how the author stuck to the age ole "demon" picture. Black, wing ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I received a copy to facilitate my review the opinions expressed here are my own.
Katie is a senior who has always had a thing for her childhood friend Wes. Unfortunately, he has never really reciprocated. She is tired of this roller coaster ride. Enter Josh, a new kid at school. Josh is all about showering attention on Katie. Wes doesn't want Katie with Josh. Katie is intrigued by Josh's bad boy persona. This is your classic good versus evil plot.

Josh wants Katie not because he really cares ab
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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I wanted to like this book more that I did. I thought the premise was a solid one that would appeal to girls and women alike but as I was reading I was consistently turned off by the childishness of the dialogue and writing. I know it's geared towards young adults but that doesn't mean it needs to be obvious. There were some good scenes and imagery in the romantic relationships between the characters but I did not feel very involved or attached to
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. The main female lead and her love/hate relationship internal dialogue with regards to her best guy friend was spot on. Placing the characters ages as graduating high schoolers was sheer brilliance. Being able to weave the good/divine/right and bad/evil/wrong plot with a teenage love triangle in the uncertainty of life's stage from being a dependent child to soon to be independent adult was ge
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness!! How could the story end BEFORE I WAS READY? Katie, a senior in high school wants someone to love her as much as she wanted to love him, but she's caught between two guys. Wes she'd known since childhood who makes promises but doesn't keep them and the bad boy, Josh who's new in town, but is a demon from hell who pays her attention, but dare she side with him? What must she willing to give up? AND THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST BOOK!! ...more
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