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The Demon Lord of California

(Infinity 8 #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his interdimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 2019 by Jeanne Marcella
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I might try this again later. Just not in the mood for this one. I am in a very particular mood lately.
** 3.5 stars **

This is my first time reading this author's work, and I had hard time rating it. There were parts that I loved and parts I was not sure what to think about. World-building wise this book is excellent. It's very detailed, and at times I found myself slightly dazed since there were so many little tidbits to keep track of. But at the same time I sometimes felt as if I was thrown into the situations that I somehow should have already known, I felt like I was missing small pieces here
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a story. Demons, angels, hybrids, Phoenix, and so much more. And an asshole I want to punch that leads the corporation.
Agustín has been known as the Demon Lord of California for a while. It's his territory. He works for a corporation that tries to keep paranormals under 'the law' so to speak. But some of those teams cross the line and he's tired of it. Case in point, when a Mr. Triptych is sent to meet him with information and Agustín has found out he's basically been demoted. And this guy
Moondust Moth
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Confectioner Chronicles by Claire Luana.
The Demon Lord of California by Jeanne Marcella was such a fun read. I enjoyed the characters way more than I first anticipated, they are so precious. I did enjoy the story although there were some disconnects for me, which I'll get to in a moment.

A few things I loved about this book:
- It's the year 1900 and the aesthetics are EVERYTHING!
- M/m (interracial!) relationship. I found myself giggling often because they are just so cute!
- One of the MCs works in a bakery so there's an abundance of yum
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to review. I had mixed opinions about the book.

Story Line
Plot wise the book was interesting, detailed and yet seemed to missing on some information. It left me very lost at places.

Writing Style
Detailed & descriptive this book is a well written book. The author is very skilled in writing and though this is the 1st book that I'm reading Jeanne Marcella's work I liked and enjoyed what she's written.

What did not work for me
There were many times when I just wanted to leave
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, i-own, lgbtq, romance
Talk about a slow burn! I liked this. Looking forward to the sequel.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*This book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

This book drew me in from the first chapter. The world building and characters were the best thing about this book. It was great to see a LGBTQ Science Fiction book be so amazing. Quirky, cute and totally swoon worthy.
Colin Hardy
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a rich and cleverly developed story with strong characterisation and scenic description. As a tale, it launches without preamble and the reader is drip-fed background and context as the plot unfolds. This is the critical area of weakness in what otherwise would be a very good read. The problem is that the characters and their history are the rationale for the story and explain the personalities of the central characters. Without this background knowledge, the reader is left floundering t ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book on NetGalley, and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book, as I had never read something in the LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy Realm before. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and finished it pretty quickly.

Some of the strongest points for the book were the detailed world building and characterization of the diverse cast of characters. That being said, while the world building had great detail, sometimes that detail s
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an interesting book! I have not read many Victorian supernatural stories. It takes a lot of work to get it right and keep it from getting bogged down in the language and customs. This little masterpiece was one of the good ones. I liked the author’s world building. We have a mix of angels, demons, shifters and all other kinds of supernatural beings as well as portals to other dimensions. This is first in a series so I am very interested to see where this goes as the series progress ...more
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The plot of this novel is intricate enough that I won’t tie myself in knots trying to recap it in a sentence or two here--it’s a beautiful, complex, at times convoluted world the author has created, and one well-worth experiencing in full. Calico and Augstin are multifaceted characters who inhabit a world of gods, demons, curses, angels, shady corporations, threats from another dimension, possible time travel, and baked goods. There are some excellent supporting characters as well: Calico’s brot ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story. There were some places in this story that I loved and never wanted to end and then there were other parts that made me pause and want to put the book down or a break or hoping it would get to the next part I wanted. Over all it was a good story and I’m curious to see where it’s going to go next. I enjoyed the time period it was set in a lot and the author did a great job with that. The supernatural creatures were also really great and i enjoyed that aspect a lot. G ...more
Caroline Doig
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my 1st read and review for this author and wow what an amazing story I was glued, hooked whatever you want to call it to this story. If a story has demons and angels in it I’m very interested and I want to read it, the world building was amazing what an imagination this author has it’s very well written and very detailed and I loved the characters Calico and Augustin and Calico’s brothers they were hilarious. Sorry guys no spoilers today this story is just too good and I will be looking ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New to me author

I throughly enjoyed this exquisite masterpiece! MC's Gus and Cal are devine, chemistry is abundant. The world building is exceptional, I literally couldn't stop reading. (And OMG when will book 2 be out?) This lady can write, you guys seriously need to pick this up and read in one sitting!
Set in 1900, in America, this book had me at Angelic/Demon ICHQ! I was amazed by the authors vision and the wonderful blend of fantasy and realism. She really blew my world wide open. I'm looki
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews. I've never read a work by Jeanne Marcella before so when I was expecting the usual dark elements in the character of a demon lord, I was pleasantly surprised by how quaint and proper the demon lord and the new-to-town baker phoenix were. There's a Happy For Now ending with the pair but book 2 will be more tumultuous I believe. ...more
Patricia Nelson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this fascinating, fantastic, intriguing, interesting, and totally awesome story. I must admit that it got very confusing at times, and I was very tempted to rattle the teeth of certain characters, but, all in all, I can't wait to see what happens next from this new-to-me author. ...more
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read all around. I really enjoyed the characters and all of their interactions. I'll admit I have a pretty extreme bias towards any MM with a fantasy bias, but this is definitely a world I would love to read more about. The story wraps up neatly, but there's still room for a sequel that I hope we'll see! ...more
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Jeanne Marcella was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, she quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing.

She writes queer dark fantasy not for the faint of heart, and fun (but sometimes gritty) urban fantasy soaps.

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