Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ARC Review: Demonic Dora by Clair Chilton

Demonic Dora by Clair Chilton

Publisher: Ragz Books
Series: The Demon Diaries
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: June 30, 2013


Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she's not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.



I thought the blurb sounded fun and cute. I like a bit of goth and naughty and after reading The Collector I was looking forward to this. OH but I was SOOOO wrong. So So so Wrong.

First I really didn't like the prose. It was so simplistic that I kinda was wondering where the pictures were. It felt more like a kiddies book than a young adult book.
The writing style for me is what makes or brakes a book. I can endure a bad plot and terrible characters, if I like the way the author writes. But if I don't like it, I find it really hard to even read the book. So the first 10% I really suffered. In fact would I not have gotten this as an ARC I would have dropped it. On the first few pages each paragraph started with Dora. I know it might be tedious, but that did really annoy me. As I said I felt like I should go look for the pictures, that weren't anywhere to be seen.

The character building was, well it wasn't. Though I kinda liked Dora.

Oh might I just say that I do think that the choice of the name Dora is- uhm- not wise? EVERYBODY thinks of Dora the Explorer when hearing the name. I don't know if Chilton thought this was a funny pun or something. But I think it just is really unfortunate.

As I said Dora was kinda likable. It the only character of the book I actually did slightly connect with. She is an out of control teen- half the time but in compare to all the other characters she actually was probably the most reasonable.
I did wonder how old she was BTW. I couldn't guess. On some level she seemed much older than she behaved half the time...
Kieron is just a lusting stupid stud. And both sets of parents were totally annoying and over the top.
There was no chemistry between the two of them, despite their insta-lust.
All of the characters were so cliche and so over the top, they ended up being totally unbelievable.

The storyline was really predictable. And I really didn't find all the excrement situations funny- The first time around I thought it was quite gross but also kinda amusing... when it happened over and over I was left wondering why. This is something a small child might find funny... again where are the pics?... but it just isn't funny once one has grown out of thinking even just saying the word fart is hilarious.

The world building was actually quite interesting. I do like how Chilton describe the different places of hell. In fact the world building is the best part of the book. Chilton came up with a really fun new view of hell.My favorite, the place where bad reviewers end up...
In my defense I just have to say, I really wanted to like the book! And I did like the ideas... just not the actual result.

ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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