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Between the Bleeding Willows

(Demon Hunter #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  95 reviews
At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…

At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy dis
Published March 8th 2016 by Limitless Publishing (first published March 8th 2008)
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Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eighteen year old Cassidy has known nothing but loss. Her mother died during child birth leaving her with her grandmother. Now at the end of her senior year her high school sweetheart Jace had been killed in an automobile accident. Shortly after Jace's death Cassidy's grandmother also passes away from a heart attack.

Left all alone in life Cassidy visits the cemetery and finds herself stumbling through a gate into the unknown finding herself waking in the care of a clan of demon hunters. In orde
Kat Valentine
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book!! Cassidy has lost a lot lately first her boyfriend dies in a car crash and a couple weeks later her beloved grandmother dies. Cassidy goes in search of her mothers ring that she gave to her boyfriend,but she finds more then her ring.cassidy will find that theirs more to this world then mortals know.the battle of good and evil is going on. Their are demons and demon hunters and it looks like her boyfriend jace might have become a demon!!!
D.A. Roach
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This was my first paranormal book and it was a wild ride to create. Beyond creating characters and storyline, I had the chance to craft a new world powers, obstacles, creatures, and a unique set of rules. At times it was a lot to keep track of, but it was a very organic writing process and I'm happy with where the story ended up.

The setting takes place in the town I grew up in, a small suburb of Chicago with crops and run down barns occasionally dotting the landscape of strip malls and subdivisi
I was provided an review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Between the Bleeding Willows is about a young girl named Cassidy who had her boyfriend and grandmother die in her senior year of high school; her grandmother was her only family. Cassidy later thinks she sees her dead boyfriend while looking for a family trinket and stumbles into a realm of demon hunters. Killian runs a clan of demon hunters who are in a spot of bad luck; they find themselves at a disadvantage to the demons and this
Nov 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…

At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.

She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….

A battle is brewi
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put it down after reaching a point where the action picked up. When I reached 75%, I was afraid to read it on my lunch break as I had been doing because I was afraid I would get to a point that I just couldn’t stop reading.

The book started out a little slow for me and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give the book a good review. But then we’re introduced to the demon/demon hunter worl
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I read a paranormal romance book so I was a bit worried about this one. After I started reading it, I couldn't stop, and ended up reading it straight through. I absolutely loved it! It was so fun to read. This book reminded me how much I love this genre. It felt good to read something different. It's really fast paced and definitely action packed. Who doesn't love a hot demon hunter? I'm sad I have to wait for the next book!! ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved this book! My heart broke in the beginning, Cassidy seemed to be dealing with a lot of heart ache and loss. I was super bummed with how things turned out for Jace. I’m truly wondering if things can change for him as the series progresses. I loved Killian, but he has a problem with following his heart and thinking he knows best for everyone. He is a little bossy which makes me laugh too. I hope that he and Cassidy find their way to one another. I’m am definitely looking for
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book club book - the pick was supporting local author. Having been my first read of other world type books, I wasn't sure what to expect. First loved the local references (heehee). I did like the various characters and could actually picture the different places she wrote about. I am annoyed though... it showed "96% finished" on my kindle and I couldn't imagine how it would end... ITS A SERIES!! I really looking forward to the next book :) ...more
J.R. Sweeney
This was good, Cassidy the main character really evolves. and the author describes the characters nicely, giving the reader a great visual. One can not go wrong with this book. If you like cool independent woman Cassidy succeeds at that. I will free up some time to read another D.A. Roach book soon
Liz DiBenedetto
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omgosh this book was so great! I couldn't put it down. It has such a great story line that just grips you from the beginning. I really enjoyed Cassidy and Killian's characters and the magic system. I love books about angels and demons and omg so good. Can't wait for book 2!!!! ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was first published on my blog "Lecture toute une Aventure"

Great first instalment in an excellent YA urban fantasy....we are immediately immerged in a universe captivating and it becomes quickly a real page turner.

I loved Cassidy, she is courageous and even if she is suffering she wants to help others...she is thrown into a world she had no ideas existed, she gets injured and she still wants to save her friends.
Killian is young but already a leader so when Cassidy follows him she bec
Lydia H
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Oh my gosh!!!!! DA Roach hooked me instantly with this book. So, so, SO GOOD!! I LOVE reading YA Paranormal books with just the right amount of romance intertwined to keep me hoping something more will happen, and let me just say: this is IT.

My heart was sad right off the bat and I feared this would be one of those books where the HEA was doomed from the very beginning... But then, things turned around and got very promising.

Enter Killian.
Hello, Mr. Delicious!!!! Broody, mysterious, powerful,
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I met this author at a book convention in June and she was lovely and offered me a copy of this book to review! I said yes, even though I wasn't really sure what this book was about! I read the synopsis shortly after and this book sounded amazing, so I couldn't wait to read it! I just feel really bad now that it taken me months to get to this book because I was enthralled by this book as soon as I started reading it! It only took me a few sittings to read and I read the first 60% in one sitting ...more
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This book is about a girl Cassidy, who grew up motherless and fatherless. Raised by her Gram in a small town. When her high school sweetheart wraps his car around a tree, she is devastated, but when not much later her Gram dies of a heart attack, she becomes listless, lonely, and dwelling in the past. She gives up the idea of collage at least for a while and she stays home trying to put herself back together. Looking for a memento that has special properties, left to her by her mother and given ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced reading copy in exchange for a honest review.

I have been doing a countdown for this book to release. I've read the synopsis and saw the teasers. The anticipation was going to kill me. I was given the opportunity to get my hands on a early copy and I had to sweep it up. I admired the cover because it is gorgeous. I can't get over the title. Between the Bleeding Willows. There is something special about willows trees for me. Since I was a little girl they always represented
Tiffany Readz
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second D.A. Roach book I have read and again, she has successfully taken me out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed it. Not a huge reader of YA books, however with hers, it doesn't seem to make a difference. I was hooked from chapter one of Between the Bleeding Willows and stayed that way until the very end.

"Bound to both heaven and hell-yet not at the same time." ~ Serena

That pretty much sums up what Cassidy is now facing. After losing her grandmother and boyfriend Jace in a short peri
Corrine Pickering
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book totally captivated me and drew me in, I was right there totally transported into Cassidy's rapidly changing world. There isn't a dull moment throughout and the writing is fantastic, you can really feel that lovely connection with the characters.

There is so much going on in this book that it kept my interest throughout. Cassidy recently loses her boyfriend of 4 years, Jace was her college sweetheart and she is completely devastated.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Between the Bleeding Willows" is the story of nineteen year old Cassidy, who has experienced a great deal of loss, never having known her parents and having had to deal with the unexpected deaths of her grandmother and long-term boyfriend recently. She stumbles upon a different world of demon hunters one day, where she meets Killian. Despite Killian's best efforts to keep Cassidy out of his world, it keeps pulling her back in as she seems destined to be a part of it.

This is a captivating novel
Melinda Howard
*This book was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was intriguing and different from most of the angel and demon books I've read before. After losing her boyfriend and Grandma who was like a mother-figure to her, Cassy is all alone. The one link she has to her past; her mother, grandmother and boyfriend is a ring that used to be her mother's and which she gave to her boyfriend. After finding this ring a whole range of discoveries await Cassy. I really liked all the
The first 4 chapters of the book is so good I thought I would like it until the very end. But after the few chapters, the story started to get slow. And in the part that the characters are being introduced in the story, I just felt that there is something missing. I didn't felt any connection with the other characters other than Cassidy. And it was really hard for me to accept that suddenly Cassidy and Killian has a thing. Everything that happened after she got her tattoo was so unbelievable tha ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was first introduced to D.A. Roach through her young adult romance novel Rarity. Although Between the Bleeding Willows comes from an entirely different genre, Roach weaves her story with the same finesse seen in her previous novel. The book starts out with the story of Cassidy and the hardships she has endured throughout her short life. Cassidy finds purpose and destiny through her discovery of the Demon Realm and Demon Hunters. Throughout the novel, I found myself relating to her character on ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I have to say this is a first I have read from D.A. Roach and have to say it was awesome. In away it felt like I was reading one of Sherrilyn Kenyon`s demon hunters yet in a world far different from her books. We have Killian who in Cassidy`s eye is just like her in age yet he is man who has the whole world on his shoulders. I loved that no matter how tough things are going in the book Killian is the one person who is strong through everything. I cr
Carissa Lynch
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was really good. I loved Rarity, but this one is different - in a good way. It's edgy and dark, with a paranormal twist. It's mystical and mysterious, keeping me intrigued page by page.
I loved Cassidy. She's a great main character, well rounded and flawed, but also lovable. She has experienced more tragedy in her life than most people can even fathom, but she pushes on. And just when I thought this story might be about her coping with grief and loss, she stumbles into an old grav
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful, fast paced, story that pulls you in. Characters are real and believeable. A good plot, with several subplots, which made it feel even more real. At no point did I feel that I was reading a book. This author submersed the reader into the story and did not let off until the end. I couldn't get enough. Thanks for making it so addictive to read, D.A. Roach, that I stayed up all night to finish. That's saying a lot for your work! Bravo. My only complaint about the book is I need more De ...more
*Source* Xpresso Book Tours
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Between the Bleeding Willows is the first installment in D.A. Roach's Demon Hunter' series. 18-year old protagonist Cassidy Kavanaugh is about as unlucky as a person can get. First, she looses her boyfriend of 4 years, Jace Peters, the boy who meant the world to her in every way. Then, 2 weeks after HIS funeral, Cassidy looses the only woman who has been by her side since her own parents died, her grandmot
Amanda Walker
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an ARC of Between the Bleeding Willows for an honest review. Having previously read another book by this author and enjoyed it, I jumped to the opportunity. However, this book was out of genre preference, so I was a little worried rather or not I would enjoy it. As I started reading I wasn't expecting to get into the book as much as I did, but boy..... this was an amazing read. I will admit this whole demons and special powers is weird for me, but I think I am warming up to it. Debora ...more
Laurie P
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

I really did like this book. It is very interesting to me because I like stories of angels and demons and their interactions with humans. The epic story of good vs evil. Of course, I like it best when good wins.

This book ends in quite the cliffhanger. I'm anxious to read the next book in the series. Even if good wins, evil extracts its revenge.

The best part of the story so far is Cassidy beginning to learn what she is made of. Angel? Maybe infused with demon blood? Maybe more powerful than anyo
Jennifer Zamora
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book by new to me author D.A. Roach. I cannot wait to read many more from her.
Cassidy has more tragedy than most adults can handle. And although she is slowly sinking, she manages to carry on. While looking for a special ring left to her by her mother before dying, Cassidy finds so much more than she ever thought. Which also leads us to Killian (swoon). Absolutely filled with action if you can hang in for a little in the beginning. I really enjoyed the characters an
Patricia Egan
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you mean its the last page!!! < This was my reaction when I read the last page. This story pulls you along, and it is really hard to stop reading, there was a point in this book where the main character gets pulled into another realm and the story just builds and takes you into her story!! This is a must read, I may have to get the paper copies and hope I can read the second book real soon!
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