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Try Me (Demon Underground #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiancee. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published February 19th 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Nikki  Peterson
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PNR Fans
Recommended to Nikki by: NetGallery
This book picks up several days after Bite Me. For closure Val goes to Lily’s funeral. She talks to Michah there and finds out that the set of books she inherited from her father were actually stolen from Micah’s dad and agrees to return them during a “social mixer” for the demon underground. At the gathering the vampires are also there to speak to the demons about their “coming out” to the general public. The demons are against it and there ensues a fight. During the fight the books go missing. ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.5 out of 5

Back again with 1/8 succubus and badass vampire hunter Val Shapiro, Parker Blue's Try Me doesn't ignore the events of the just-ended Bite Me, but nor does it continue along on the same plotline. Instead of focusing on Val/Dan/Fang vampire hunting for the supernatural police force of the Supernatural Crimes Unit, Val is much more involved with the titular Demon Underground in the second outing of the series. I liked the shift of focus fro
Susan Angela Wallace
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Try me by Parker Blue.
Val and her faithful hellhound race to retrieve the Encyclopedia Magicka before its magic is turned against them.
Val is part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiancée. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans.
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Okay. So this was an improvement over the first one. Slightly, at least.

Plot: 3/5
Hold up. I just said this was an improvement, but the plot rating for book 1 was 3.5/5, I know.
THe reason is this: There was plot in this book. it wasn't really quite as, um, action-y, as book 1, though, this morer evolved around a whodunit sort of thing, as in, who stole those book and who is killing these vampires? Which isn't a problem. Whodunit's are totally okay with me.
but... the answer to this particul
Wee Shubba's World
Original Post: Try Me Review

Try Me is the second installement in the Demon Underground series. It picks up straight after Bite Me (Book1) and its another great novel in the series.

Try Me follows Val as she is trying to cope with Dan ignoring her. So as Dan is pushing her away. She ends up in the arms to Shade, a shadow demon who is trying to help Val control her lust demon and its pretty clear that there is a chemistry between them and an attraction that is sizzling. Meanwhile some of the vamps
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
In this next part of the Half demon Val, she is just coming to terms that there are others out there like her. And realizing more and more that there are good vamps and bad vamps. But in this book is basically about the encyclopedia's her father had given to her. Come to find out they were stolen from the Demon Underground many years ago, and unknowingly Val has been the caretaker of these books. She decides to do the right thing and give them back to Micah, so the Demon underground has access t ...more
P.Q. Glisson
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Buffy needs to watch out. This girl can kick some Vamp butt!
I'm reading the second book in the series now and though I've been extremely busy, I plan on reading the whole series. Parker Blue gives just enough chemistry to keep you reading just to see if the characters are going to take it to the next level: Will they or won't they? Or, will she end up with the leader of the Vampires? Keep reading to find out.
The writing style of Ms. Blue flowed easily and the storyline is interesting and easy to
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
It still feels a little like I'm reliving my Buffy glory days with this one. It is just a fun read. This time, we get to see more of the Demon Underground - other half-demons (especially Shade), with more interesting powers, a lost book of magic, more dealings with vampires, and overall things are getting more interesting. And Fang, the half-terrier, half-hellhound is still there, of course.

The romance in this one seems more appropriate (that's the best way I can describe it). I'll read the next
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this. Very disappointed with Dan. Shade was a surprise. It's really fun learning about the different kinds of demonkin. I would have rated five stars but I am not a fan of the reason she's different and the reprecussions to both choices. Seems to be lose lose either way.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say I liked this book and hope the series continues. However, I don't like it as much as the first one.... Overall I think the story development is good and like a previous reviewer, I like Dan moving to the background and the interest in Shade as a character. What I don't like is the change in family dynamics. One of the reasons I really liked the first book was because for once the main character had a screwed up family and one of the parents was reasonably jerky -- just like real li ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demons, vampires
I received this series as a three book package deal from Netgalley, so I'm going to review it as such. Surprisingly, I had never heard of this series but I was drawn to it because it is about vampires and I rarely turn down a book that is about vampires or werewolves. I am so glad that I requested this as I absolutely loved it. It's not just about vampires, but demons too. One of those demons is our fabulous protag, Val Shapiro, otherwise known as The Slayer, who is 1/8 succubus.

At the start, w
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galley-grab

This is a review of the first two books combined.

I was able to get all three copies of the Demon Underground series through Netgalley as a package deal, Bite Me, Try Me, and Fang Me. So, basically I'm reviewing the series thus far. I believe it is an on going series, but I have yet to read the third, so I don't know for sure if there is a finale. I highly doubt it.

Anywho, Bite Me is the first book in the series, which was written by Parker Blue. It's written in first person a
Try Me, is the second book in the Demon Underground series featuring Val Shapiro. Val is 1/8th succubus, and full time slayer that some people call Buffy. Her trusty sidekick Fang, the part terrier, part hellhound wise cracking dog, stands by her side no matter what happens.

Val has some issues to deal with this time around. Her co-workers at the San Antonio PD's Special Crimes Unit want her gone. They’ve added another Detective (Nicole Jones), who doesn’t seem to care what Val is, but isn’t all
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Val has solved the myestery of who was the head bad vamp in the previous book, but a week after that, Dan, Val's detective partner and supposed-lover, starts ignoring her when a new female detective enters the Special Crimes Unit(SCU). Val is sad and heartbroken and Dan is being his usual jerkish, mood-swingish self to her. Amidst all her emotional turmoils, she was informed that the books that were the last and only things left for her from her dead demon father, the Encyclopedia Magicka, is ac ...more
Jul 22, 2011 added it
Try Me by Parker Blue
Demon Underground series
Bell Bridge Books- February 19, 2010
Facebook: yes
Rating: Loved it!
Recommendation: Fans of YA, vampire demons and other paranormal characters, vampire slayers and teenage angst

Val Shapiro is back and this time she is not just another a vampire slayer. She is a teenager is learning to control her inner demon-literally. She is an eighth of a succubus-a lust demon. Though it will take time, she is hopeful that it means that she will be
Kate McMurry
Triumphant second book in a wonderful YA urban-fantasy series

In this second book of an outstanding young-adult, urban-fantasy series, eighteen-year-old Val Shapiro, who is one-eighth succubus demon, continues her efforts to keep the city of San Antonio, Texas safe from evil, magical beings. Her love interest from book one, Detective Dan Sullivan, who has been her human partner in her job working for the police department's Special Crimes Unit and her almost-boyfriend, has not forgiven her for be
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, vamps
GENRE: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
BOOK THEME: Vampires, Demons
SERIES: Demon Underground #2
RECEIVED: Copy from Bell Bridge Books

Val Shapiro isn’t your ordinary eighteen-year-old girl; she’s a half demon who hunts down vampires. One night while hunting an annoying vampire, Val gets caught in the act by a special unit team who knows about the vampire population. In the second book of the Underground series Val is no
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 18 years and older
This book was provided to me by
Sometimes sequels to books are not as good as the first installment. However, I am happy to say that "Try Me" is just as good as the first book in the Demon Underground Series.

Val Shapiro has been placed on paid leave from her job with the SCU (Special Crimes Unit) until such time she is able to control her newly developed succubus thrall power. She understands why this has happened but she is a little saddened that her partner and love interest, Dan
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Anna by:
Shelves: romance, young-adult
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Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy/paranormal, both YA and adult
Recommended to Katy by: netGalley
Book Info: Genre: YA Fantasy/Vampires, Demons Reading Level: YA

Disclosure: I received a special 3-in-1 eGalley review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiance. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the pea
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc, ya
For this review and more visit my blog

The publisher gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for a free review.

Try me is the second book in the Demon Underground series. It picks up three days after Bite Me finished and life for Val is pretty much the same. She is still trying to control Lola (her inner lust demon), still trying to keep the peace between vampires, demons and humans and still hanging out with a sarcastic telepathic dog called Fang. Try Me is pretty much the same as Bite Me,
Lauren K
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya
This review was first posted at The Australian Bookshelf

This is the second book of Parker Blue’s Demon Underground series. Someone is poisoning the Vamps in Alejandro’s New Blood Movement, a community for Vamps to feed on voluntarily donated blood as opposed to harming humans. It’s thought that it may be linked to the missing Encyclopedia Magicka, the Demon Underground bible. On leave from the SCU after beheading her partner’s ex-fiance in a vampire showdown, slayer Val enters into the Demon Und
Scooper Speaks
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I received an ebook review copy with Bite Me, Try Me and Fang Me from netgalley.

Favorite Lines: “Damn it, just when I thought I finally belonged somewhere. A few days ago, these men had welcomed me into their midst, helped me celebrate my eighteenth birthday, and accepted me as one of them. Now, the suspicion and uncertainty practically rolled off them in waves. I turned to Dan, hoping for a spark of compassion, but his expression was closed, unreadable. A void opened up somewhere inside me.” (p
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Try Me continues the story of Valentine "Val" Shapiro, our 18 year old heroine who's 1/8th succubus demon. The story picks up right after the events in the first book, Bite Me. Val's figured out in the previous book that her attempts to keep Lola, her succubus demon, under wraps and as a separate piece of herself was failing miserably. In addition, she's becoming more attached to and interested in the Demon Underground and also drawn into the world of the vampires.

I really became attached to Va
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Try me picks up 3 days after the end of Bite Me and is a sassy and fun continuation of the story. Val continues to be awesome and complex as she learns more about her powers and the world she lives in. We also see more of the Demon Underground and meet some new characters both demon and not. Dan takes something of a back burner through this story although he is definitely still a central character. One of my favorite things about this series is that the characters are allowed to have flaws and r ...more
Aliaa El-Nashar
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This cover was just as great as the first book, as well as the title, brilliant! So, I am sure I had already mentioned this in the review of book one, but here goes nothing: I LOVE VAL SHAPIRO. I mean, with a lot of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood around, you're kind of sick of the vampires being the protagonists and all good, except for a few bad ones. I kind of miss having all vampires be bad and a select few be good, so Parker Blue's books are awesome, especially since the protagonis ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Seems like Val got to live another day after the big vampire mess, and is invited to a Demon Undeground party, in which she is giving back the Encyclopedia Magika, a rare collection of books with tons of information about demons and everything magical, you would think that all the demons attending would be happy right? well not so much when Alejandro's vamps join the party and the great books they've been waiting for and believed lost for ever are stolen by someone, and what is worst there is a ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was so conflicted when it came to the boys in this book. On the one hand I really found the boys in this book to be gigantic boogers. Dan was an entire jerkface and Shade was just shady. Shade constantly said that he wouldn't force Val into doing anything that she wasn't comfortable with, yet he would do something like run around buck-naked. So yes, not forceful or anything *rolls eyes*. But on the other hand I couldn't help but sympathasize for them (well more so Shade than Dan). Shade being ...more
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“All he said was, "Hi," but to me, it sounded like a whole lot more. Like, I'm soooo glad to see you. Like, you are the hottest thing on two legs. Like, let's get naked together.” 5 likes
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