Saturday, January 17, 2015

Snow White: The Demon Huntress by Kerrianne Coombes [Review]

 Snow White: The Demon Huntress by Kerrianne Coombes
Snow White: The Demon Huntress (Demon Tales #3) by Kerrianne Coombes
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: November 30, 2014

Demon Tales
1. Beauty and the Beast (Goodreads review)
2. Cinderella
3. Snow White: The Demon Huntress - Paperback | Kindle
4. Rapunzel
5. Sleeping Beauty and the Damned Demon

Kerrianne Coombes
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Hired demon hunter and paid debt collector, Snow White lives with her heart encased in ice and her mind set on survival—until she accepts the one job that threatens to turn her world upside down.

Blackmailed by hell gate demons, Snow has no choice but to accept the task of murdering a king. Dragged into a world of violence and death at a young age, Snow has no idea how to deal with king Sam, and his charm.

When Sam’s evil mother died fifteen years before, she left a him with the knowledge that one day, she would return unless Sam breaks the spell.

Living with the knowledge that he has to die on his wedding night in order to break his mothers spell, Sam has never allowed himself to dream of love…Until a little assassin breaks into his castle and steals his heart.

But deals have been made and magic has been cast. Fate has no power over what is in the past…
Thoughts on Snow White: The Demon Huntress: I think my biggest issue with this series is the touches of modern life unexpectedly popping up in an otherwise feudal-style paranormal world. The characters tend to have contemporary names (there are exceptions, mind you, but the bulk of them tend to be normal, non-paranormal names. By my definition, at least.) and that THROWS me. Running across demons with human names takes me out of the story. Having a demon pick up a phone to call someone makes me do a double take.

Honestly, this could be a me-issue. I wouldn't doubt it. But it did make me pause in my reading more than once. And once I noticed it, it was hard to unnotice.

As with the first book in the series, there were things I liked. I did think the story itself was engaging. I like worlds where demons of all shapes and sizes live side by side (not always in harmony, mind you, but still in one place). I liked that there were humans who made a place for themselves in this hard, harsh world. On the other hand, I had a hard time understanding how Snow could have such a fierce reputation when it was brought up multiple times that she was less powerful and less able than the demons she hunted. I get the element of surprise thing she went for and how she allowed her reputation to grow by not correcting some of the stories about her, but she was physically less strong than many she came across and it stopped her in her tracks more than once.

I did enjoy the crazy queen/terrible curse aspect of the story. Sam was dealt a crappy hand and he had a really awful choice he had to make. He made the decision to do what was best for his people regardless of the cost to him. I can appreciate that. Having Snow all but drop into his lap gave him something to focus on instead of his upcoming death.

I'm really, REALLY torn on this series. I do like aspects of it very much and I find the craziness the characters engage in to be fun. Yet... I had those moments of disconnect while reading and that's hard for me to overlook.

Still, demons! I do like demons.

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