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The Halcyon Bird

(The Demon Catchers of Milan #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  31 reviews
For fans of Lauren Kate and Cassandra Clare, a romance with a paranormal streak.

Mia has settled into her life with the Della Torres -- Milan's premier demon-catching family, accompanying them to exorcisms and even learning some way to be useful in the family trade. Then Bernardo comes into her life, handsome, well-mannered, someone who makes her forget her impossible crush
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by EgmontUSA
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Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Edelweiss.)

“Il mio nome e Vendetta,” whispered the demon, cold, guttural.
Oh, please, I thought. For real? “I call myself Vengenance.”
This one should be easy, at least.

This was an okay story, but I did feel like there was a lot of stuff in there that really didn’t need to be in there.

Mia’s verbal diarrhoea continued in this book, while I understood her need to wax lyrical abou
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gratis, 2014, dnf

Unfortunately this just wasn't for me. I am always loath to not finish an arc, but I felt that it was more fair then forcing myself through the book and then rating it when I would no doubt be in a foul mood. I'm not going to say that this was a bad book, it just wasn't my cup of tea. The writing seemed more geared towards grade schooler's. As a 24 year old I am aware that I am probably not the target audience for YA, but this felt young even for that. Perhaps someone in the 12-13 age range w
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
What if you were born a demon hunter and never knew it? Mia had no warning before the demon took possession of her but when her family the Della Torres crossed an ocean to save her, Mia discovers a whole new life path is set before her.

With the initial demon that possessed her still hot on Mia trail, Mia gets a quick course in demon 101. Her new found family is supportive but Mia yearns for the day she can stand on her own.

When the man Mia has come to adore is attacked, Mia must do everything in
**I received this book for free from Egmont USA via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Milan, Italy is once again the setting for Beyer's The Halcyon Bird, the second installment in the The Demon Catchers of Milan series. The story picks up right where it's predecessor left off. 16-year old Mia Dellatorri, the protagonist, was saved from a demon pos
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Edelweiss, In exchange for an honest review.)

I was hoping this one would be a bit better than the first, but it wasn't.

Mia continued to annoy me in this one. She just went on, and on, and on about stuff that didn't add anything to the story.

The pacing in this series is a killer. It's full of info dumps, and really really slow. It makes the book feel like it's over a thousand pages.

Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-male-author
Fast and very enjoyable read. Better than the first one. A strong voice and a realistic teenage character who is learning things about herself and the world while training to be a demon catcher in Milan. Meanwhile she's falling in love with a young man. This one really stuck the landing.

Ally Doerman
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
In the first book of the series, The Demon Catchers of Milan, 16-year-old Mia Dellatorri was possessed by a demon that has been tormenting her family for years. To help her deal with her possession, her great uncle Giuliano and her cousin Emilio come to the states to take her back to Milan where she will learn how to become a demon catcher like most of the people in her family.

In the second installment, Mia has learned what life is like living as a demon catcher. The same as in the first book,
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Mia has settled into her life with the Della Torres -- Milan's premier demon-catching family, accompanying them to exorcisms and even learning some way to be useful in the family trade. Then Bernardo comes into her life, handsome, well-mannered, someone who makes her forget her impossible crush on Emilio, her cousin. But always lurking in the background is the demon who possessed Mia once before, and who has not given up on possessing her again--this time for good.

At the end of The Demon Catcher
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
16 year old Mia is suddenly swept away from her homework into a terrifying demonic possession she is not expected to survive. Enter the mysterious, long-lost, demon-catching family members from Milan, there to save her and try to find a way to contain the demon.

They bring shy, awkward Mia with them on their return, and this book is as much about falling in love with a new language and food culture as it is about the riveting paranormal plotline. Fast-paced adventure with a interesting story to
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: egalley

I liked diving back into this world that has a lot of Italian culture and family and demon catching badasses in it, and I really did love Mia's family because they're awesome. I had just expected a little more of this sequel, cause I remember really enjoying the first book. I was a bit frustrated with Mia's crush on her cousin and was relieved when a new love interest appeared on the horizon, even though she was majorly clueless about th
Carol Hill de Santos
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book to come out and was happy to get an ARC. Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Mia is such an interesting character. She is settling into life in Milan, becoming a real part of the family. She is also starting to spread her wings and venture outside the house although she has very real fears about her demon who is still looking for her. This book introduces some new characters and brings back some unnerving characters from the first book. The wo ...more
M.R. Graham
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I put off reading this for quite a while, because I hadn't realized on entering the giveaway that it was a second book. However, references to the first book were clear enough that I never felt lost, and by the time I finished, I felt pretty silly for putting it off.

Halcyon Bird follows Mia in a solid ordinary-girl-learning-the-ropes-with-her-extraordinary-family storyline. She is pursued by a demon who apparently possessed her over the course of the first book and is now determine
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you book God's for making this book series wonderful. And it only took for more answers than question, which was the main reason for not liking The Demon Catcher of Milan. The Halcyon Bird really saved it for me. There were supinceful moments, humor and loads of informations about the demon world. Looking back we as readers were to grow with Mia as she learn about the demon hunting trade. The frustation that came with that though was just too much at times. But not with this one oh no, it ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I like the story of this book. Demons aren't super overdone (yet), and I like that they aren't just random evil spirits. I don't read a lot of books set in Italy, so it's fun to read the culture included.
My only issue is that the main character seems so young. She is 16. The funny thing is that I think she is actually written as 16, and that's why she seems so young. Usually YA characters are so wise beyond their years or whatever. But all of her interactions with guys (or well she calls them m
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I received the Arc of this book from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review. I had not read the first book in the series so it took me a little while to get to grips with the characters but once I understood what Mia Della Torre had suffered previously being possessed by a demon and realized that it was still pursuing her the plot drew me in. Although I found the pace rather slow and laboured sometimes I felt drawn to Mia`s Milanese family and was delighted to see her r ...more
Dr susan
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
I have so many books to read that I am going to do the unthinkable and not reread Demon Catchers before Halcyon Bird. I hope this is not a mistake.

I had no problem remembering Demon Catchers, although I look forward to one day reading the entire series at once. The Halcyon Bird is a very fast read but a somewhat odd read. I could almost believe I was reading a YA novel about a girl visiting her Italian relatives, but then a demon pops up and must be dealt with. The normality of most of the book
Nicole Vargas
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading this sequel, I didn't feel if it was too slow or too child like in any way. I believe that, yes there was time when the little details of her drink was in the way but at the same time, it fit. And there was a lot of new information that didn't explain in the first book to Mia, and I'm quite glad that she found someone to love that will love her back in return. I'm just upset on how the demon hurt the man she loved. But the end did leave with many new clues and many new questio ...more
Kathy  D.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. The lush setting seems both modern and old fashioned at the same time, perhaps because of the history of the character’s family. I found this book easy to get into each time I picked it up to continue reading. I enjoy the characters and the setting immensely. Milan is portrayed beautifully. My only complaint about this title is that the plot didn’t seem to progress very far, at least in the area of Mia’s demon. Other than that, the book was wonderful and I am very anxious to continue ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kat Beyer seems to be an under-the-radar writer. I first heard her speak during a webinar last summer and was compelled to read these books. I love her descriptive (without being unnecessarily so) style and the strong sense of place in both Demon Catchers books. Mia is a relatable character, and all of the characters are, in turn, well drawn. The descriptions of Milan and the food are icing on the cake of a compelling story line. Really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next in the ...more
Jak Kornfilt
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful novel

The second in the series, this book is as good as the first. The fact that I am not especially partial to the supernatural reminds me again that the genre is unimportant - it is the quality of the work that matters, whatever the subject. The sincerity and warmth of the author shines through every page, so that the world that she has conjured up has become one of my favorite places in fiction, one I am looking forward to revisit as soon as the third volume comes out. Highly recomme
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
If you read this looking for a plot, you're in for a very, very long book because nothing happens until the very end that's related to the overarching demon-wants-to-possess-Mia thing. BUT I'VE GOT SHIPS BOTH NORMAL AND CRACKTACULAR NOW, so I guess I'll stick around. But Beyer really needs to work on her pacing.

Review to come! I had a lot more fun than the rating implies.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book charming. I love reading about the extended family, descriptions of Milan, and the food (!). What an interesting story about demons and those who try to dispel or free them from their pains. I fun twist in the paranormal world!
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I don't agree with the description, that this is a romance with a paranormal streak. It's much better than that. I really am looking forward to the next one, wondering if my predictions are correct. As a lapsed catholic, i appreciate the subject matter of the book, even if it gives me nightmares. ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A love song to Milanese culture and demon hunting.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, fantasy, american, 21c
Read via Netgalley. Like the first book in the series, this has a strong sense of place and family, but am left wishing there had been a lot more plot--most questions are still unanswered.
Jill Bee
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I loved this and a day later, I'm freaking out over it. ...more
Beth Baryon
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: voya-reviews
See my review in VOYA.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing story that keeps your interest.
Nicole Vargas
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first. But I do love the first. Now I know that some people are writing how slow the book is or how there's some details that do not matter in the slightest, well I'm here to put my input of that. I say your both right and wrong. Now do I feel that sometime the story goes too slow for my likings? Maybe. But I think there a reading why. I think that the author wants us to know as much details because of how important they can be. Because as we read thr ...more

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