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Demons Not Included

(Night Tracker #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,258 ratings  ·  140 reviews

Meet Nyx. This half-human, half–Drow private eye investigates paranormal crimes by day and is an elite Tracker of demons by night. She prefers working solo—and playing rough. So when a terrifying force starts murdering innocent humans and paranorms, and leaving strange demonic symbols burned into their buildings, it’s a case Nyx takes very personally…

Meanwhile, Nyx’s

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jul 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Demons Not Included is Cheyenne McCray’s first novel in her Night Tracker series, which has and pretty okay looking cover (if you appreciate a pretty looking fit female stomach) and a heroine with a creative name. Other than that, this eye rolling book is one designated for the land of forgotten books. Five pages in and I wanted to forget what I was reading because it was painful. Demons Not Included felt like a paint by numbers read. There was an extreme case of telling and not showing. Info ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zz-dnf
I'd actually give it a 0.5 but then, I didn't finish the book. I couldn't. It was so terrible - and I did go up to 90 pages before my Brain informed me that if I continued to expose it to the horribleness, it would up and away from me. First of all, the t-shirts? Ms. McCray, those are not funny. No. Maybe in an email forward but in a book that is telling me a story? No. Secondly, what's up with your main character? I have seen puppets that are less wooden than her. I understand she's a Mary Sue ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: A gift from a friend
Great character driven UF series beginning Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil… prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon. – Terry Pratchett

Monsters are
LIA  Kh.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I cringe
Sep 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is going to be a bit of a mini review because, well, I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book. I felt an immediate dislike for the heroine, the heroine’s sidekick, the romantic lead, the secondary romantic lead… needless to say, almost as soon as someone was introduced on page, they were added to the list. In addition to unlikeable and unrelatable characters, we’re treated to massive amounts of info dumping in a telling rather than showing fashion that just alienated me further.

Right off
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't think it was that bad. Was it predictable? Well, yeah. I saw that one coming, but it was entertaining. Nyx as a character is flawed... she has a temper and tends to leap before she looks because she's young, a warrior and thinks she's invincible. I could've done without all the clothing description. Nyx is kind of a label whore - personally I don't care about fashion, so I related more to her sidekick Olivia. The whole XPhone thing didn't bother me. (IPhone, XPhone, who give a shit.) ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I had numerous problems with this book. The entire time I was reading it (it took me several days -- almost unheard of for me -- because I had to force myself to finish it), I kept wondering why I was keeping with it. I'd have been happier if I had just put it down but I spent the money so I was determined to try and like it.

Didn't happen. The characters and the world in which they exist lacked any real depth. Even the protagonist was a bit of a Mary Sue. I couldn't connect with any of them. I
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Half-human, half-Drow Nyx Ciar may be Princess of the Dark Elves, but she's currently living in New York as a paranormal private investigator by day and Tracker of demons by night. When fellow Trackers are killed, Nyx soon discovers that a Demon Apocalypse is nigh.

Cheyenne McCray has done such a good job with the secondary characters that I like them more than the primary ones. Nadia's past in the Bermuda Triangle sounds exotic and intriguing, and Olivia DeSantos is undoubtedly awesome. Unlike
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Maybe I need to keep a list of heroine names separated by author; because for the first few pages I had the heroine of "Demons Not Included" confused with another heroine of the same name (slightly different spelling I think) by another author and it threw me for a bit. Cheyenne McCray's new 'Night Tracker' series began with a bang and, at least for me, ended with a bit of a whimper.

Nyx is a one-of-a-kind gal--half-human, half-Drow. By day she's a blonde human--at night she's an amethyst (NOT
Kari Chapman
This was my second attempt at reading this book. I started it once several years ago before I wrote reviews on everything I was reading. When it popped up on a recommended reading list, I decided to give it another shot, especially as from what I remember, I didn't give it a full 25% before giving up on it.

Well, I couldn't reach 25% on this second attempt either. The main character just drove me absolutely nuts. If I had to listen to her talk about using her "XPhone" instead of just "phone" one
Delilah Stephans
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
It took a long time for me to get into this book, 150 of 243 pages. It's not that it was bad there were just things I was rolling my eyes at. What? The constant name dropping of designers was the big one, that always feels awkward to me. I don't mind some but everytime the heroine is sitting in her human form, the narrative goes to this designer's bag, this designer's shoes. Once it was established that she only wore designer clothing and was a princess, it began to feel like those mentions were ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really need half-stars to properly rate this book, the first of a new series by an author I love. I enjoyed the first person voice, the world building is fantastic (Drows are "new"), the characters were likable (Olivia is hilarious!)and the pace was fast. The problem I had was that it all felt very superficial to me; Ms. McCray is such a good writer that I even felt her main character felt everything was superficial! That said, I will eagerly pick up the next installment because a) I want to ...more
It was a slow book at times and I really did have to push my self to continue at other times. But I did end up enjoying the story line and the characters a lot more, than I first thought I would at the start of the book. At times I found myself also not wanting to put it down. So, I'm going to see what the next book brings.

Will you be adding "Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray" to your reading list or have you all ready had the pleasure of reading it? If so. Let's talk.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Great plot and world building but rough writing with repetitive use of words/phrases. Ms. McCray has great potential in Paranormal writing career with a little more practice. Really talented in creative writing just need to polish her continuity and fluidity in writing.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Bland... characters were interesting, but plot was mediocre at best
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to admit- when I started this book, I didn't think I was going to end up liking it. The beginning of the book was very jumbled, and I really couldn't "connect" with the main character "Nyx". She seemed very selfish and spoiled. There wasn't enough "back-story" to really understand what was going on in the story, and I felt there was a lot of unneccesary name dropping of designer products. (Also the term of "Xphone" instead of "iPhone" was silly and annoying.)

I almost gave up on the book,
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not a single thing about this book is in any way satisfying. Not the writing, not the characters, not the plot, and definitely not the romance. Every aspect of the story is half-assed, and the final battle is so anticlimactic that I feel like I've wasted my time forcing myself to get to it.

My biggest turn-off was the main character and how the author wrote about her. Congrats! You're half-Drow, you're a princess, and you wear designer clothes! We really don't need to be reminded of it every few
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was non stop action, compelling story plot and very romantic. Especially, Nyx's romance is very complicated with Rodan and Adam. Her fellow friends dying almost every night from demon attacks just wait until you find out what happens next. You'll become hooked reading the series and it just keeps getting better. I recommend people to read this paranormal romance book because it is a real page turner it's hard to stop reading it.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get passed the first page.
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review appears on my blog BTH Reviews

I read Demons Not Included because I had heard a lot of great things about Cheyenne McCray.

This review was originally posted on my old blog Books That Hook. I am updating it and expanding on many of my original points.

Quick Review: I hated the main character, but I liked the action, pacing, and story line.

The Story

Nyx is half-human, half Drow (dark elf). She looks like a human during the daytime, but at night she's purple (yes, I said purple, notamethyst
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lately I've been seeing the covers for Cheyenne McCray's Night Tracker novels and I'll admit they had me intrigued so I decided to give them a try. Starting with Demons Not Included, of course.

It was pretty darn good too. Some of the beginning details are fuzzy since I was reading them while at the beginning of my cold which is slowly going away now, but when I picked it back up today! WOW! I was blown away. I was wondering why it took me so long to finish the book, then again being sick chimed
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel wasn't what I originally thought I'd be. I guess I was thinking that it'd have more action to it. More filling material I guess. However, that doesn't mean that this was a terrible novel. Because it wasn't by any means. It was rather interesting in a unique way. Making it a somewhat faster read than I'm used to. Which is probably where I went wrong to begin with. For the lack of detail was quite noticeable.

Nyx has worked really hard to get the position that she's in. Which is no easy
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Short synopsis-

Half-human, half-Drow princess Nyx is a Tracker who defends her city against the big and small creatures of the Otherworld in NY. She solves cases and kicks butt with her former NYPD partner Olivia when she isn't shopping or salivating after hottie human liasion cop, Adam.

Something nasty in the form of Demons, has been murdering paranorms and now...Trackers and humans.

Nyx isn't going to take this lying down, even if she has to do all the dirty work all by extra special self.

Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Storyline: Meet Nyx. She's a half-human, half–Drow (Dark Elf) PI who investigates paranormal crimes by day and is an elite Tracker who wears leather and fights demons by night. (Her skin also turns Amethyst, or purple, as her partner Olivia likes to say and her ears and teeth grow as well.) She prefers working solo—and playing rough. So when a terrifying force starts murdering innocent humans and paranorms, and leaving strange demonic symbols burned into their buildings, it’s a case Nyx takes ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've had just plain rotten luck lately. This is the latest in a string of disappointing PNR. I thought about upping my rating to a 2.5 at one point - 2 for the first half and then a 3 for the last half. But then I reached the end and saw how many open threads were left and gave up on the idea.

My primary complaint was the first person narrative. I really don't like them. I always wonder why exactly the person is telling the story in the first place. It's exacerbated in this case because the
Felicity Terry
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Instantly put off by the cover (I make no apologies, I'm just one of those readers for whom the scantily clad female/bare chested, muscle-bound man just doesn't have me reaching for a novel). Despite that inner voice that told me here was a book that the odds were I wasn't going to enjoy I was talked into reading into.

Pleasantly surprised, Demons Not Included was actually OK. Nothing special but certainly readable enough even if 'some of the goo splattered my pants' (easily cleaned, one of the
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nawnee by: I did :)
This story is about Nyx a half drow half human princess, that is a tracker. Nyx keeps the world safe from paranormal bad guys, and sometimes human. This is the first book in the Night Tracker series. Having read other books by Cheyenne McCray I was looking forward to starting a new series by her, I was totally caught up in this story right from the start. This is a great book full of all different types of paranormal creatures, and action. If you've read her magic series then you'll recognize ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
The only thing that impressed me about this book is how talented the author was at giving us bits and pieces of storyline-breadcrumbs to read every now and again, while she went on to write about everything else except the plot . This series has the potential for greatness but I doubt anything will really change. It reminds me of the Otherworld series. There is so much potential to take the Otherworld series to a serious level but at the same time there's something really flaky and fluffy about ...more
3.5stars – I really wanna rate it higher

This origin story had many wonderful things to recommend it and deserves a higher rating than I am giving it. This fast paced new series introduces us to a variety of paranormals with unusual gifts living alongside humans, working together. More clearly stated, the secondary characters were easily accessible to me as a reader definitely established their own places in this series, while keeping in mind that is for Nyx to say how important they will be.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Demons Not Included is pretty much like most of the urban fantasy out there. Paranormal tough chick working at an investigating firm. She is of course strong, hot, and attracts men. There are some bad guys causing trouble and it's up to the main character and her team to save the day. I enjoy the urban fantasy genre, and most urban fantasy books are good, but this one has a few things added that takes it up a notch. First, I couldn't put it down. There is no stagnation or boring sections in ...more
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Cheyenne McCray is an award winning, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author who is a rare native Arizonan but refuses to be put behind glass as an endangered species.

In her spare time she loves to torture characters—whether they’re misbehaving or not—and kill off deserving individuals. She also totally gets off on blowing things up. All fictionally, of course. She’d rather chew glass

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