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When strange shadows and messages plague Nora's daily life she fears for her sanity. To escape questions from her family, Nora joins her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite not liking Aidan Birket, Nora finds his remote, Victorian house charming. Until they discover the marble doorway on the third floor and, against Nora's better judgment, they open it.

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Published May 2015 by E.M. MacCallum
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to E. M. MacCallum for giving me this book to review.

Nora’s life is turned upside down when she and her friends go on a weekend getaway in a remote Victorian house. When they open a door on the third floor, they enter an unfamiliar world called The Demon’s Grave and to escape they must complete 6 nightmarish challenges, but those who fail will never leave. With the demon knowing about her past and her sister, Nora is not sure whether is this is real or all in her mind.

The Demon’s Grave is
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Once I got past of the giant spider on the girl's face on the cover, I dove into the book to see what the heck this was all about. Well, I can tell you that the picture on the cover is definitely pertinent to the story. At first when I started reading the book I was a little confused as to what was going on. I had to go back a couple of times and make sure that these were college kids that the author was talking about because they
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grab the flashlight, another Halloween gem has risen from the cauldron of reading! The Demon’s Grave by E.M. McCallum follows the nightmares and messages sent to Nora and a group of her friends, each reluctant to divulge their tales. Perhaps a weekend getaway to a remote Victorian home would clear Nora’s mind of her fears of insanity or will it confirm that what she has seen are real and dangerous and evil?

One demon, six challenges, lose a challenge, remain forever as the Demon’s minion or score
July Is The Shadow Out of Time The Haunted Reading Room

Oh, I LOVED this book! Thankfully there's a sequel to anticipate. Imagine your every nightmare come to life, controlled by a demonic entity, every event and process just as real as possible, being in danger, your friends disappearing, other versions of yourself and friends appearing as if from the future--and all the time this smiling demon of perfection keeps downing on you. I don't think I breathed the entire time. What an adventure!
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lop or Lovers of Paranormal)
The overall premise is captivating; a cast of characters lured into the demon's lair and forced to complete the deadly challenges of a demon through confronting their worst fears. Throughout the story it is hinted at that the demon and the MC have a possible connection/history that is only partial dealt with since this is the first in a series.
The prologue had me hooked and racing to get thru the first third
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nora has a very sad past that involving the death of her twin sister. During that time, a demon was beckoned from The Grave, who then denied the summoner. As Nora tries to grow up as normal as possible, there are still residual hauntings that hit her out of nowhere.

This is what she thinks is happening after she hears things, sees things, and begins having ghoulish nightmares. In order to regain a sense of normalcy, Nora agrees to a weekend away from it all with a bunch of her friends. The getaw
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pros: Excellent characters, excellent story

Cons: Need more books!

Overall rating: Highly, highly recommended!!

Impressions: Loved this book! Excellent story and had to pick up the next one as soon as I was done with this one.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

I have no idea where to start with this review. I loved this book and am so glad that I got to review it. From the get go I feel in love with the characters and the storyline/ideas. It dr
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

I recieved this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review of it.

Nora has been having some strange experiences lately but she is afraid to share her fears about them with her family and friends The reason is that she is not entirely certain that shes not imagining it all in her head...

After all its happened before.

She is even more unsettled when the newest addition to her circle of friends,Aidan Birket invites them all to go to an old house that his family owns. Not only because she dislik
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The author created some good characters here and definitely a great world. I have to say that the beginning of this book was little tedious but once the characters ended up in the Demon's Grave? Wow. It was really good and completely pulled me in. I kept wanting to skip ahead just to find out what was lurking or what was going to happen.

Nora and her friends all decide to go away for a weekend. For all of them it's going to be a surprise except for Aidan. He knows exactly where they're going, jus
A. Powers
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Nora’s instincts are telling her not to trust the new guy, Aidan, but her friends like him, so she sucks it up and joins them all for a weekend getaway at Aidan’s deserted house. They discover a secret room in the tower of the house, and suddenly they are trapped inside the “Demon’s Grave” where they must make their way through Challenges before they can go home. Nora and her friends – the ones who make it through the Challen
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got an eGalley of this book to read and review through NetGalley. The premise really intrigued me but this was more of a horror book than a paranormal read. The books starts out really slow; you are about 25% though the book before anything happens. There are also some portions that are awkwardly written and hard to follow.

Nora is plagued by strange messages and visions and is starting to doubt her sanity...again. Then her and her friends decide to spend the weekend at Adrian’s old Victorian h
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

In The Demon’s Grave, Nora struggles with hearing and seeing things that aren’t really there, and some of it has to do with what happened to her family years ago. She joins her friends on a weekend getaway to a Victorian house. A doorway on the third floor leads Nora and her friends into an unfamiliar world called The Demon’s Grave, where they face a demon and the challenges he presents to them. If they make it to the
Char ღ Denae
I don't even know what to write in review of this book. Every time I'd think I had it figured out, the author would throw me for a loop. It kept me guessing from the very first page and, since it's the first in a series, I'm still guessing. I have lots of theories but, if this experience is any indication, this author will keep you in the dark as long as possible. It does end in a cliffhanger but the story is wrapped up, for the most part. Of course, you will want to read the next book, because ...more
Kristen Gough
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exhange for an honest review from Lovers of Paranormal, or LOP. Demon's Grave follows the dark adventures of a group of college students as they are forced through a series of challenges by a striking demon who follows their every move. This story is not for the faint of heart and will leave you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It is a twisted, suspenseful look into the darkest part of human nature and the world of nightmares. Fears are transformed into ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review ( LoP or Lovers of Paranormal ). This was a good read from the beginning to the end. I loved the mass expansion of the many worlds and the way the environments shifted. The characters were awesome and really brought you into the story. My only issue with this copy was it felt like this was prior to editing because there were many grammatical errors. All together this was quite enjoyable and I do plan to read the next book.
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

Wow,! What an adventure!! If you love travelling to other worlds with some horror and adventure then you have got to read this book!
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
Not quite thriller, horror, or urban fantasy, but definitely interesting and creepy!

The book begins with Nora receiving messages from some supernatural force. When she and her college friends go on a vacation, they get drawn into a portal governed by a demon. If they are to escape, they must complete six challenges that are their nightmares come to life. Nora learns that the messages have significance in this scary world and she wasn’t the only one who received them.

The book starts out with plen
Melanie Bernard
I received this free digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Pacing: The pacing of the beginning of the novel worked well because little tidbits were dropped in the first few chapters to draw the reader in and make them start asking questions. This carried through a good portion of the book, but the pacing started to teeter near the end. It was obvious that plenty still needed to be completed before the end of the book, but the book felt like it should have
Toni Owen-Blue
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
A word of advice; do not start reading this book while trying to have a bath. I made this mistake, relaxing after a long day into a bubble bath only to be completely terrified when the protagonist takes a shower, only to have a strange unseen presence in the room with her, writing messages in the condensation.

I will openly admit The Demon’s Grave was not what I was expecting. From the blurb I guessed I’d be taken on a thrilling series of Battle Royale-esque challenges, dark fantasy, thrilling ma
Amber Sumner
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Admittedly, the cover drew me to this book. Those of you that know me know that I am terrified of spiders! Even the remote possibility that the model who posed for the front cover might have had to have a real tarantula on her face totally freaked me out! It makes my skin crawl just looking at it (shudder). But it got my attention. I had to know why some girl had a freaking tarantula on her face! The author was kind enough to send me a copy of The Demon's Grave for review, so I mustered up all o ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
THE DEMON’S GRAVE became a bit of a slog to get through, to the point where I really had to force myself to finish it. There was enough there to keep the story interesting, in theory, but there wasn’t a whole lot of context for what was going on and everything seemed to come out of nowhere that I really couldn’t anchor myself in what was going on, leaving me detached from what I was reading.

Nora had a bit of a rough childhood with the death of her twin sister but having the good parents she does
Blood Rose Books
E.M. MacCallum: The Demon's Grave E.M. MacCallum takes the reader where your nightmares literally come to life: Strange shadows and whispers have recently started invading Nora's life, but this is not the first time it has happened to her, the same thing occurred when she was a child. When her friends ask her to join them on a weekend getaway she hopes that it will help her run from what is happening to her. They end up going to Aidan Birket's Victorian family home that has not been lived in for ...more
kariny v
* i was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

So basically this is a story about a group of college students that decide to go camping and end up at one of their friend's inherited victorian house. But before going on the trip, they've all been plagued by weird nightmares and Nora in particular who has been to countless therapists thinks that she's going crazy again when she finds a weird note in her textbook with her handwriting and an invisible finger tracing words in her shower s
Erika Edwards
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Lovers of Paranormal.

The Demon's Grave is a story that I struggled a little bit to get into. It is the story of Nora Fuller and her battle with both past demons and those that have seemed to have been resurrected for an unknown purpose. But this time she is confronted as an adult and her friends are brought into the fray.

The characters come together very quickly in the beginning and the reader has to play catch up to real
Lindsey Roberts
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original Review Here

For the majority of this book, I wasn’t sure whether I was enjoying it or not. The characterisation seemed weak and confusing at the start and the plot had so many creepy elements to it, I was too on edge to enjoy it. But as it progressed, I noticed I was gripped and that eventually, I couldn’t put it down. When it came to the ending, I realised I wanted to read the second book. Something must have been done right then.

This is not to be read if you have arachnophobia. The boo
Tasha Williams (Red's Midnight Readers)
I received a copy of this via Net Gallery.

When Nora starts being plagued by shadows and strange messages from the unknown, she starts to fear she is losing her mind. In a bid to escape these strange goings on, she agrees to join her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite her unease with newcomer to their group Aidan, she is filled with wonder with his remote, Victorian house. That is until Nora and her friends stumble upon a marble doorway on the third floor and are drawn into a game of challenge
Kristin Ravelle
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m going to look at the prologue later in my review since this section is quite different from the main story. After the prologue, author MacCallum starts the reader out with modern-day Nora receiving spooky messages from the beyond in mysterious ways. Unbeknownst to her, she’s not the only one. The writing style here has kind of like a New York, Italian ginette feel to it that’s snappy, funny, and fast moving though this settles out after a while. I like the overall directness of conversations ...more
Nora has been haunted her entire life with mysterious messages and shadows as well as the death of her twin sister at an early age. In high school, Nora meets Aidan and along with her friends travel to his ancestral home. This is where the Demon’s Grave lies in wait for Nora, Aidan, Phoebe, Read, Robin and Cody.

Faced with six challenges in the world between light and darkness, all must successfully defeat their own challenges to escape back to their life. Within each challenge Nora and Aidan ar
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
Oh, hell. I need the second book.


I loved this book.

I’m still not sure about the rating I gave it, I’ll probably change it in a few days or right after this review. I think it deserves something between a 3/5 and a 4/5, but I’m not exactly sure which one.

The story begins with a ritual, a woman opening a portal to call a demon and sacrificing people to it. Then you reach the next chapter and find yourself in an entirely different world, a mostly normal college girl’s life. It doesn’t take long
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Demon's Grave by Emma MacCallum

Nora and her friends decide to go to a friends old Victorian house for the weekend. Aidan Birket s not one of Nora's favorite people but she decides to go even though he will be there. They discover a marble door on the forbidden third floor, and things change real quick.

They find themselves in Demon's Grave. Once there they are faced with a horrifying situation. The Demon gives them six challenges, those who conquer the challenges get to go home, if they fail
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I love long walks through bookstores, tea, gothic themes, Halloween, Disney, and almost everything on the Discovery Channel.

"The Demon's Grave" is my first novel, published June 2, 2015. Book Two "Midnight Ruling" was July 2015 & Book Three, "The Haunting" will be out late August 2015

My previously published novella "Zombie-Killer Bill" will be re-released October 2015.

If you'd like to know mor
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