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Beautiful Demons

(The Shadow Demons Saga #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  9,626 ratings  ·  801 reviews
Librarian note: Older cover of B004A14RI6.

Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons c
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Dead River Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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I used to read a lot of Young Adult, Fiction and Fantasy books before. My little sister mentioned to me a few weeks ago that she started reading this genre. I decided that it would be a good thing to join her in this adventure, and to read some of the books she is reading.

I have also asked for recommendations on the bookshelf that I made especially for this, and received so many responses. Thank you to all of you who contributed, and this is th
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
"What is it with this town and cheerleaders?”

The story opens with Harper Madison, a highly powered and beautiful young female (of course), coming to a new home for wayward girls who get kicked out of other foster homes. New town, new home, new school, new rules. It appears she’s come home to roost here though, since this turns out to be the school and town where it’s all started for her.

The story and writing style eventually improve after the first few chapters, but overall the story is too juv
Veronica Morfi
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

I've had this book for a while and I don't know what force made me pick it up this time around, but I am glad I did. Beautiful Demons is the beginning of what it looks like a great series, revolving round Harper and her new life in Peachville. Harper always knew she was different. When she is angry she can make things move with her mind. But arriving at Peachville, she finds out she is not the only special girl. A lot of the successful women of the town seem to have similar powers to
Jacob Proffitt
I had a really hard time with the main character in this book, and I'm not sure it's her fault. Which is to say that the author kept robbing her of volition and that got old really fast and never really went away. This was achieved mainly by removing her memory of key events, leaving her walking around vulnerable all the time and acting on too little information. There was some hint of greater manipulation, too, and that put me off even further.

I wanted to like the book in spite of this weakness
La Coccinelle
I recently discovered that there's a particular species of vlogger on YouTube: the self-published author. I've been watching some of their videos, which talk about the nitty-gritty of writing as well as the publishing process. Having recently been impressed by Abbie Emmons' 100 Days of Sunlight , I thought I'd give another one of these self-published YA novels a try. This time, I picked the first offering from Sarra Cannon, the first in a very long (I think it's up to 10 books now) series.

Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Harper Madison has been shipped from foster care home to foster care home since she was 10 years old. Known as a troubled child with violent tendencies she’s never spent enough time in one place to ever feel a sense of belonging. Strange things happen around Harper, especially when Harper feels threatened or scared and those strange things usually end up with someone being hurt. Although Harper has never intentionally hurt anyone she is blamed just the same and Harper carries the guilt, shame an ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok to be honest when I picked up this book to read and realized it was so short I did not expect much….

Boy was I wrong, now don’t mistake that for saying it was amazing. For the length of the book it was very good. The characters were all pretty good, I feel like we need more Jackson though and enough of the cheerleaders. It almost reminded me of the season Coven from American Horror Story.


There are a few twists in this one, not huge mind altering twists, but twists nonetheless.


Harper is a very
The trilogy / first three books are free on Kindle, and if you want to listen to the story instead, the author reads it in her YouTube channel. :)


Ahh, good old YA. When you want to read, but are not ready to feel anything, so you just end up reading nothing, good old YA is a go to.
This time I actually mean old. You know perfectly well what you can expect from a 2010's book. But it was such a quick read.
I would recommend it to anyone who is in a read
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Man, it feels like forever since I’ve posted a review. Life has just been hectic lately. But fear not, I will never give up reading/reviewing. I started this book because my baby sister has been singing its praises and quite honestly, I saw that the first one was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose. I had seen this book before, but the cover didn’t really grab my attention and I don’t like downloading books I’m not sure
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, ya, ya-cringe
I don't even know.

I'm a very generous rater. I am a VERY generous rater. I think my average rating is like almost four. Or four something or whatever. I am very generous in my ratings.

Plus, I tend to avoid bad books like the plague, and if I do read a bad book, I always tend to give stars for the potential that the book had.

This book.

This book.

Had nothing going for it.

I don't even know what to say.

It was an abnormally short read. Only a hundred something pages. I only read it because the first t
Kandice Dover
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I....How......But....I'm not exactly sure what to say. I mean...Woah! Just Woah. that's all I'm thinking.

This wasn't exactly what I expected. It was far from it, actually.

I went into this book knowing I'd get mad, and a little confused. But I didn't expect to be mind-blown.

I am very upset with the ending, because, well...I like Jackson better. In alll honesty I hope drake dies or something terrible happens to him, because...well HE ISN'T JACKSON!!!

Umm....I was upset when Jackson didn't jump in
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to having secret powers that she does not know how to control, Harper Madison causes mayhem in all the foster families she is taken into. Given one last chance before being placed into juvenile detention, Harper is sent to Shadowford, a boarding home for misbehaved girls. In this town, Harper learns that mysterious things are happening, and she may not only be the one with powers.

For what it was, I actually really enjoyed this. I do love slow stories with beautiful writing, but sometimes it
Sarah Marie
Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon

First in the Peachville High Demons series

1.25 stars

I literally just finished this book less than an hour ago and I can't remember the girl's name. Her name is Harper (thanks, GR) and she finds herself in Shadowford Home after multiple foster homes go awry. Harper finds herself in Peachville, a town where everyone is obsessed with the high school cheerleaders. This book is incredibly short. So short that I didn't even DNF it because I read it in less than an hour.

May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(Crossposted from Bittersweet Book Blog)

Beautiful Demons pulls you in from the first page and never lets down in the pacing. It's a fast and very entertaining read. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, because of the pretty covers and titles. Currently Beautiful Demons is available for free, but I don't know how long that will last.

I really liked the main character, Harper Madison. She gets moved in a group home after bouncing around from foster care homes, due to getting into tro

Rating: ✮✮✮

I can see this book has plenty of satisfied readers, and my opinion might just be a little too based on personal taste.

I got this as a freebie off Amazon, as the cover and blurb was enticing enough. However, the writing is a little bit awkward and I couldn't get invested in the characters enough to continue past the first book.
Danielle Young
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Note: There is a separate, distinct rating system I have in my head for novels I read for free.

You know you're in the wrong town when a random dude helps you (commands you?) to pick out a backpack that sports the same colors as everyone else.

OR IS IT THE RIGHT TOWN? It's hard for our heroine (or us) to know for sure, because she keeps having her memory altered. Or something. But there are powers. Women have them. Except for the dude. Who she keeps forgetting. In a literal sense. Who begs her no
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
After being kicked out of her sixth foster home in a year, Harper gets told she's got one more chance. If she she blows it, she'll be taken to juvie until she's eighteen.
That last chance comes in the form of Shadowford home, a place for girls struggling with the care system.
On the first day of school Harper can see that the cheerleaders rule the social side of the school. They're thought of like queens. Everyone Harper talks too are obsessed with them, but Harper can feel there's something not
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I really enjoyed this one - a great YA paranormal read. High-school, and yeh I know, that comes with the resident bitch(s). Because, life's like that. I know I've read this one before, but could only remember the beginningish.

And yeh, the orphan thing, agaiiin. But's it works out fairly good in this work, although you know, as usual, it's all about her mother.

Still, a good read. Mandatory sexy guys, beaut
First book started slow but did manage to keep me turning those pages. Stick with it, as the other books get better and better.
Grace, Queen of Crows and Tomes
This book was entertaining, but just in an okay sense. It has a decent plot base but a bit cliche. The writing was decent enough but there were some parts where I didn't like the writing. This book also felt a bit rushed many times and the scenes and actions felt like they were going way too fast. I did like the main character and the twist at the ending, but many of the characters felt bland. I will be reading the next one and probably at least to the third because the ebooks were free. ...more
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 Books 1-3 in the Series are FREE on Amazon today (9/23/2020)! 🎁
"Ever since I lost my adoptive family and was put into the foster care system, I'd been looking for a place where I could fit in. All I ever wanted is to belong somewhere. To have a family who truly care about me and wanted me in their lives."

Harper Madison has not had an easy life, she's been in seven fosters homes in just one year ever since her only adoptive family were victims of a big fire caused by her when she was just 8 years old, and the only thing that can save her from end up in juven
Rebecca A
Wow. So 2012 is starting off with a bit of a bang isn't it? The first book I read was slightly lackluster, but this, my fifth book of the year, was absolutely stunning. I'm giving it five stars without reservation. Have I mentioned that this was my first ever eBook?

This book is definitely a plot driven book. It's more about the twists and turns of it all than it is about its characters. In fact, the only fleshed out, or character with beginnings of being fleshed out, is Harper. Harper is a prett
Erin Danzer
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I literally just finished this book and want to pick up the next in the series (and probably the one after that and the one after that until I finish the entire thing!).

Sarra Cannon did an amazing job bringing to life Harper Madison, a foster kid who has special abilities. When she moves to Peachville, not everything is as it seems, which Madison soon finds out. I wondered what happened when things went from bad to perfect for Harper, but I definitely didn't see the end coming! OMG! Wow! That ju
Annie Brewer
This was such an awesome first book in a dark world of magic and cheerleaders! I'm so excited to continue Harper's journey as she finds out the answers that even I'm dying to know. She was such a great character, misunderstood and different. But she had heart and just wanted to fit into Peachville High when all her other homes she felt out of place. I can't wait to see more of the characters and learn their secrets!

I'm also excited to see more Jackson!!! Need more Harper and Jackson time! Forge
Cheryl Gilmore
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wowzer this was a good book! I watched the author read it on her YouTube channel and I immediately bought the first four ebooks in the series. This was a fun read with a twist ending I didn't see coming. A great book with wonderful characters and suspense that will give you the creepy feeling you want during the Halloween season. I'm about to start listening to Sarra Cannon read the second book in the series, Inner Demons. I need to know what's going to happen! ...more
Samantha Young
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie, ebooks-i-own
A fresh take on YA paranormal, Beautiful Demons is a fun, quick read with a gorgeous southern twang and an intriguing air of mystery. Another bargain download.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-owned
I'm trying really hard to write a witty review or at least one that talks about this book, but all I can think about is reading the next one! So I'm gonna do that instead.
Cecily Wolfe
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I love Sarra for her Heart Breathings YouTube channel (as well as her personal one) and have been following her and just loving how much she shares with readers and the writing community, and then I thought, duh, why am I not reading her books, especially when some of them are free?

This was a great escape from a super busy time of the year, and I immediately found myself drawn into Harper's drama. Sarra's strength is clearly characterization, and really, wherever these characters would be, they
YA Reads Book Reviews
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret
Harper Madison has moved around from foster home
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