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Between the Bleeding Willows (Demon Hunter #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  70 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
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 26th 2016 by Limitless Publishing (first published March 8th 2008)
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Apr 07, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-arc
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
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
Carey Fletcher
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
D.A. Roach
Feb 10, 2016 D.A. Roach rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
Carissa Lynch
Feb 10, 2016 Carissa Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Giovanna Bovenzi Cruz
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!!
Oct 13, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it
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 :)
Kathy Valentine
Dec 24, 2016 Kathy Valentine rated it really liked it
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!!!
J.R. Sweeney
May 14, 2016 J.R. Sweeney rated it it was amazing
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 Martin
Feb 25, 2016 Liz Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!
Lydia H
Feb 16, 2017 Lydia H rated it it was amazing
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
DNF, I just couldn't read this one. I gave up at 31%.
Kimberly Vanderbloom
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
Corrine Pickering
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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. Sh
Tiffany Readz
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
Olivia Farr
Jun 29, 2016 Olivia Farr rated it really liked it
"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
*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
Jul 01, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
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 28, 2016 Melinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 11, 2016 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2016 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Amanda Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Laurie P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Jennifer Zamora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Consigny
Sep 05, 2016 Laura Consigny rated it really liked it
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Carol Morgan
Dec 08, 2016 Carol Morgan rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect from this & it started quite slowly , Cassidy first lost her boyfriend then her gran , left all alone in the world she finds herself lost & uncertain with no direction in her life . Thinking about Jace , her deceased boyfriend she realises her mothers ring wasn't found at the crash site where Jace was killed & decides to try to find it .From that one decision she gets sucked into a world where descendants of angels are secretly fighting a sometimes losing ...more
Lauren Delancey
Nov 09, 2016 Lauren Delancey rated it it was amazing
So what can I say... This book absolutely stole my heart. Every word every scene, so perfectly set up. It constantly had me on my toes.. I love the excitement and thrill this book gave me! I love the characters I felt a good connection to them. I finished this book in a matter of hours and now I'm dying for the second book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking a good exciting book. It has horror, magic, suspense, bonds, this book has everything a book lover could ask for ❤ ...more
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Author with Limitless Publishing. I love reading and writing, especially YA fiction. I have self-published and also used a traditional publisher. Each experience has brought new knowledge and new friendships.

When I'm not chasing after my kids or writing, I enjoy painting, drawing, listening to music, and watching horror movies. I am also a rare disease advocate, a gardener, and a believer in true
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