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The Demon Catchers of Milan

(The Demon Catchers of Milan #1)

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The haunting action of The Exorcist set against the same background as Letters to Juliet--the beauty, food, and culture of Italy. New in paperback.

Mia is your average American teenager--she struggles with algebra, doesn't get much attention from boys, and has an overbearing Italian-American dad. But when a tortured and vengeful demon possesses her, she learns the truth of
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by EgmontUSA (first published August 28th 2012)
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Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars - I totally LOVED this book because it was dark and creepy, but I absolutely HATED it because I don't feel like I got anything out of it.

Let me start by saying this book was weird - as in its eccentricity will probably be a huge turnoff for many. Beyer has built a world that strangely gothic yet hauntingly stunning. There's really no way to explain it other than say Beyer has managed to craftily write in horrifying demons that take possession over people and in a sick and twistedly
Apr 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, arc
1/2 star

I had medium-high hopes for this book, but it failed. There's this little excerpt on the back cover where at the ends with "After Milan, I know." This makes me think that the book will be about Mia hunting demons, with flashes back to her first trip to Milan. It wasn't, of course. And now for a list.

All The Things I Didn't Like About This Book

Mia was never actually trained
They fought the demons with bells. Bells.
She had a crush on her cousin
The fight scene was really stupid. Mia said
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Mia's ordinary life as a teenager doing her homework takes an unexpected turn one night when she is suddenly possessed by a demon. After four days of violently harrasing her family and the various priests who try to perform exorcisms, two men arrive from Italy and successfully drive the demon away - for now, anyway. Few people survive such possessions, but Mia happens to come from a long line of demon catchers: her grandfather left Italy for America to leave it all behind. The demon that had pos ...more
I started reading this novel hoping that it wouldn’t be too terrible and I finished it hoping that it wouldn’t end. I mean, you guys, this one wasn’t even on my radar. This is a 2012 debut novel that should be on everyone’s radar because it is just that good. Okay, so excuse me not so coherent review. It’s 1:03 am and it’s Ramadan (not that I’m using that as an excuse, okay maybe I am.) (Okay, it WAS Ramadan when I wrote this so it counts!)

Let me begin again.

The Demon Catchers of Milan is a brea
Following her possession by a powerful demon, 16-year-old American Mia Dellatorri is swept off to Italy to live with distant cousins who continue the ancient family business of exorcism. Mia must adapt to living with a new family while learning a new language and unfamiliar history -- and must also continue to battle with a demon that still wants power over her.

The Good: This book is well-written. Mia's voice and many of the details are enjoyable and ring true. The household she joins in Milan
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt like it went on forever.

Mia really annoyed me at first, because she wouldn't stop going on. She got a bit better as the book progressed, but i still didn't like her very much.

I didn't enjoy this one that much. It was confusing a lot of the time, had loads of info dumps, and it just couldn't keep my interest.

Overall, Confusing and full of info dumps. Not a fan.
*Rating* 2.5
*Genre* Young Adult


I'm disappointed in this book and can't believe for one single moment that this is a standalone, and not part of a trilogy of sorts. Especially the way this book ends and you're left wondering what is next for Mia and her new family. It had the potential to be so much better if things were better explained and laid out for the readers to follow along.

While I could understand Mia and her struggles to understand a new language and new life and a new history,
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, magic
3.5 stars

If I have to describe this book in one work, I’d say that it is strange.

The Demon Catchers of Milan has one of the most original storylines I’ve ever encountered. I really like the fact that the story is set in Italy too because it’s such a beautiful place. Because of the phrases and the different culture, sometimes I feel like reading a historical story. Given that the characters in the story lead a traditional, peaceful life, it’s easy to think that the story is set in different perio
Sarah Elizabeth
This was an okay story, but I didn’t think it was explained very well.

I didn’t really get what Mia was on about half the time in this book. She babbled about stuff that we didn’t really need to know, and then when things were actually happening that needed explaining, we got nothing. Was Mia actually possessed? Where those things she was talking to spirits? Who knows.

The storyline again wasn’t explained well, I didn’t really understand how or why they trapped demons in candles of all things, or
Kathy - Books & Munches
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
I'm going to keep this short and simple.
This book is more about Italian food than the actual catching of demons. With a bell, chanting and lighting candles, no less.

I say I learned a language in order to ask for breakfast; I think I learned it in order to understand gossip, too.

Our MC, Mia, has a pretty instant crush on her cousin. Her cousin?!
Also, she let's herself be pushed to the sideline all the time, accepting that they're not giving her any information. Even accepting the excistance of de
I was in the mood to be scared.

This book started off with a fabulous bang, delivering everything I wanted. Beyer wrote such frightening and tangible descriptions of Mia being possessed by a demon and how horrifying it is. Man, I gave myself the creeps after panicking about the possibilities of that happening to me.

The first half of this book was fantastic. It sped along at a good pace and I was immediately enveloped by the wonderful world of Milan and of Mia’s family. Not to mention the ever inc
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars)

Originally posted at:

I will be frank: While I did like this book as a whole, there were some (maybe several) parts which really didn't make me enjoy it as much as I wanted to. When I read the blurb for this one, my expectations blasted pretty high. When I read some reviews, okay my expectations were lowered a little. But I didn't expect it to be lower than what my slightly lowered expectations was. For this review I first want to point out what
Kirstin Hudson
Ok, let me first say that I REALLY thought that this book would end up in the DNF file (Did Not Finish). I usually have a 50 page rule when it comes to reviewing books. The rule is: if, by page 50, I cannot connect with any of the main characters OR I am totally at a loss of what's going on-it goes in the DNF stack. This rule worked in favor of The Demon Catchers or Milan, because if I didn't have that rule, I would have tossed it aside by page twenty!! I was SO confused as to what was going on ...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley to review.

Let me say first, that I loved the book cover and that it was what made me request the book in the first place. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I can't wait for book 2 to come out. If there is going to be book 2, that is.

So, the story was pretty unique, in my opinion. I haven't read anything like it, so the concept was pretty fresh, and I liked that. It wasn't one of those typical paranormal novels where everything revolves aro
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
GR synopsis, for those reading on updates page:

Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano* say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love**, and to master the family trade***: fighting all demo
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Kat Beyer had a sequel in mind when she wrote The Demon Catchers of Milan, because so much of this book feels like setup that the plot ends up being rather thin. There's just barely enough substance to keep me satisfied, and although Beyer's writing does fly off the page with details and descriptions reminiscent of classic horror novels and movies and just the right air of mystery, I just got the barest of resolutions from the ending.

Beyer though does do an admirable job balancing some
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

I feel a little conflicted about this book. I liked it, but I'm not sure that I loved it.

Let me start with what I liked.
I LOVED the setting. The author does an excellent job creating a real setting, one that I could fall into completely. I truly felt like I was in that setting, in Milan.
I also liked the idea. It's a new one in YA. I haven't seen very many YA books like this.
The story was good. There were some surpri
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

I have mixed feelings about this book. It gets 3 stars because it was mildly entertaining and also because most of its issues can be fixed in the upcoming sequel which has great potential to be much better. But my overall opinion of the novel was that it was mediocre at best. The writing style was okay, nothing amazing, but not bad. The character development was decent enough for Mia, but the majority of the other people felt very on
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
May contain spoilers, but not really. Just proceed with caution.

Thoughts: I hadn't heard anything about The Demon Catchers of Milan before I started reading and wasn't expecting much. I read the back of the book and thought, "Hmmm, that sounds creepy and really interesting." But sadly, it was not. In fact, this book didn't have much for me to like and I struggled to get through it.

Let me start off with the positive side of this review though. The Demon Catchers of Milan takes place in Milan, ob
I really tried to like this book. I really wanted to, because it had such an interesting and cool premise, and the cover is really pretty. But, to be honest, The Demon Catchers of Milan seemed more like a history book on Italy instead of a book about, well--demons. 'The History Book of Milan', anyone?

There were several issues with this book that prevented me from truly enjoying it. Firstly, the characters. Though most of them were quite likable, several, including the protagonist, were just too
Rating: 3 / 5

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Disclaimer: The fact that I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.

The Demon Catchers of Milan is a book that was more… “meh” for me. I was probably expecting a lot more action than I got, although there were some fantastic gothic elements that kept my attention.

My main issue with the book was the fact that I was
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Demon possession, restless spirits, and hearing voices only you can hear? This is the world that Mia lives in. She’s not your average teenager at all. In the beginning, Mia has survived a demon possession. With the help of her relatives she never knew she had, she goes off to Milan to go live with her third cousin, and his grandparents. What
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but so much remains unanswered - this is one of those books that sets the basis for the series

Told in first person narrative from Mia’s perspective. Her world is dramatically changed following possession by a powerful demon. It felt as if she was an outsider in her family before this incident even though she has a close relationship with her sister.

The initial imagery with the demon possession was reminiscent of The Exorcist (not that I have watched it.) Following the arrival of rela
I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this. I got sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put it down until it was done. Kat Beyer is a powerful story teller and I’m very happy to have been allowed an advanced read.

Milan is beautiful and very old. It’s age is emphasized in Mia’s ancestral home, in their work, even in the holidays that they celebrate. When nothing else is familiar the age of the city is a comfort in a way I hadn’t thought was possible.

Mia is a great character. She’s will
Presenting The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer.

Here is the summary of the book:

Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this books tipped past three stars based on the story's originality, which frankly in the YA landscape is all too rare. True, it's supernatural in the sense that it's about demons (or really unquiet and restless spirits, including ghosts) but I loved that it wasn't vampires, werewolves or witches, that the Demon Catchers of Milan aren't really some supernatural group of superheros, but rather a very venerable family of Milanese whose family trade it's been for thousands of years. For that ...more
Ana Beatriz Esteves
*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review trough NetGalley.*
Mia is just an ordinary girl living in the USA until she's possessed by an ancient demon and her strange italian family that she never heard about appears on her doorstep to help her.
Her cousins want to take her back to Milan with them, since they're the only ones who can protect her but she's reluctant to leave her family and depart to the country her grandfather left and never spoke about anymore... She was af
Melissa at My Chaotic Ramblings

I really struggled with this book. Normally I can read a 200-400 page book in as little as two days. This one was started on the 6th of August and was finally finished early morning on the 13th. That's almost a full week of forcing myself to read this one.
I had to push through all the boring "I'm stuck in the apartment studying" "This isn't fair" chapters to really get to the last 50 or so pages. Then it got really good. Once Mia was actually allowed to participate in the exorcisms instead of
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A huge THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read an ARC copy of this book. I have to say there are not a lot of books out right now that are demon related so this read was a breath of fresh air for me.

Mia is your average girl going to school minding her own business when she becomes possessed by a demon. At first she has no idea what is going on but she knows there is something wrong with her. When she is at home she gets some unexpected guests. Her cousins from Milan come
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is SO beautifully-written and so INCREDIBLY interesting!

Beyer is a deft, sure-handed writer with a great sense of language and an even better sense of place. And food. Oh, goodness the food!

While I was reading this book, I kept looking up from the Kindle and finding myself surprised that instead of being a hot Italian-American girl in Milan I was still, in fact, a middle-aged Irish mom in the Midwest. It was so absorbing that I felt that I was actually Mia.

Mia experiences a deeply hor
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