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Louisa Lo: Vengeance Demons #1; Vengeance Be Mine

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Author: Louisa Lo
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/YA/NA
Kindle edition 302 pages, first published by Tin Can Press 3 February 2015.

(Shortened) Goodreads Synopsis
Megan is a typical university student trying to figure out her place in the world, except instead of hoping to pass the bar or get into med school, she’s studying to become a licensed vengeance demon.
Nineteen-year-old Megan Aequitas is the only vengeance demon and trickster hybrid ever born. In a world where vengeance demons are respectable, rule-obsessed guardians of the Cosmic Balance, and tricksters are playful, happy-go-lucky perpetrators of chaos, being half and half is, well, tricky.
After a lifetime of being embarrassed by her trickster tendencies and striving to fit in vengeance society, Megan now has to learn to embrace both of her worlds if she wants to save them.

I voluntarily received a copy via Netgalley.
This does not affect the contents of my review, or my opinion.

“There is a saying amongst vengeance demons — justice comes slowly, but surely.
Or on rare occasion, it could hit hard and fast, like the waves of contractions my male target was experiencing as I stood over him.” – Chapter 1, first lines.

Welcome to the world of vengeance, trickery, and a whole lot of other demon (and non-demon) related activities.
This world will bring you different planes (on which you can get lost with ease), a university where you can become a vengeance demon, a stuck-up vengeance society (honestly, we can do without this), and a whole lot of drama.
Meet the star of this show: Megan.
Megan, a trickster/vengeance demon halfbreed, is introduced to the readers while she’s doing an assignment, in this case bringing justice to the man who cheated on his pregnant wife. It is only logical that his punishment relates to his wife’s condition, right? (I thought that I was really creative! She deserves at least 10 points for effort!)
Bringing vengeance is, apparently, vital for keeping the cosmic balance in the world, and Megan is striving to be a part of the vengeance world. Even though she tries to convince everyone around her that her trickster part isn’t keeping her from doing her job, nobody seems to give her the benefit of a doubt. She is a half breed, a piece of filth, and certain people are constantly reminding her of this. Nobody will ever expect that this little piece of filth is actually important.

To be honest though, this book left me a little undecided.
It was fun and entertaining at times, the world itself was definitely interesting, but then there were some parts that felt either a little out of place or rushed. There will be some spoilers in this review, but I will notify you when they come up so that you can either avoid them or read them, it’s all up to you.

First things first; the world itself. (I think it’s pretty cool).
Like I mentioned before, this world exists on different planes. There is the human plane, the one where the university is set, secret planes that are not allowed to exist (but are still there), shadow planes, and probably a whole lot more. One can travel between those planes using a portal.
In this world live many different kind of supernatural beings; demons, fairies, succubi, dangerous animals (apparently), and about every other supernatural being you can think of. This world is pretty cool, or hot, I guess it depends on which plane you spend your days :’) This whole idea of different planes can be so much more! It has such potential!

*Here comes a spoiler. Wish to avoid? Scroll down until you see: You’re safe now! (in red)*

Here comes one of the things that feel to me as if it was a little out of place: Santa.
I mean, I understand why Death and more creatures of the whole supernatural realm can exist in this world… but Santa… really?

*You’re safe now!*

The characters were mostly quite flat, except for Megan (since she’s the protagonist and the narrator). But, that most of the other characters were flat doesn’t mean that they weren’t funny or likeable (or dislikeable for that matter).
Now, I have to mentioned that I really felt for Megan. She barely has any friends, the stuck-up vengeance society puts her aside as if she’s nothing, her own vengeance side of the family hates her, and she’s held accountable for things she didn’t do.
The trickster side of Megan’s family was likeable and funny. Her dad is such a sweet guy, and the story of how her mother and father got together, even though the families didn’t want them to, nearly broke my heart.
I liked the fact that Megan had a close relationship with her half sister Esmee (this constantly returned in the book), and the human room mate was just a great touch to the story (I’d love a room mate who would give me food!).
And then there is Grandma Aequitas. She’s a woman with a lot of influence, and a great dislike for her granddaughter. She was able to make me want to crawl into the book and slap her in the face (preferably with something hard, like a chair).

*Here comes a spoiler. Wish to avoid? Scroll down until you see: You’re safe now! (in red)*

That woman! I mean, honestly, that you dislike your granddaughter because you think she’s unworthy… sure girl, whatever floats your boat. But, don’t come near the end of the story telling the girl that you’ve loved her all along and that it was in order to protect her. On the one hand, I can totally understand why this was placed in the book. On the other hand, all of a sudden Megan had always felt like her grandma had loved her? I had a hard time believing this. This was one of the things that felt a little out of place in the book.

*You’re safe now!*

Another character was; the love interest. Or maybe even the lack of one? There was a guy introduced, after which I expected a lot of sneaking around and loving someone she shouldn’t. This DIDN’T happen! I was overjoyed at that moment because, the story simply continued, and the guy only reappeared for a short while near the end of the book. No love triangle, no sneaking around, just a guy. 10 points for this move.

Last, but not least; the writing.
This was a first person narrative from Megan’s point of view. I found it hard to relate with her sometimes, which made it a little less interesting for me at times. The writing was also quite fast paced, sometimes so much so that I felt like it was already over before it began. I would have liked it if there had been some more detail or background at times. Then again, the fast pace did keep me focused, so that can actually be a good thing.

In short:

This was a fast paced first person narrative. I was glad that there wasn’t a real love thing going on in this book, even though there was a maybe love interest introduced. Most characters were flat, but that didn’t make them less likeable, funny, or in some cases dislikeable. The world was pretty interesting, and helped the story to unfold on different planes. I would like to read the sequel only to see how things evolve, and if so, if it becomes more intriguing. I give this book 3 stars because it was fun and entertaining at times, but sometimes things felt either out of place or rushed.

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Have you read this book? If yes; what are your thoughts? If not; would you like to give it a shot? and why? Do leave your comments in the comment section below! See you next time 🙂

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