RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2015
AUTHOR: M.L. Sparrow
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Romance.
SUMMARY: Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.
Having lost everything in one foul swoop – her parents, her home and all future plans – all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec’s alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.
However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, can they remain? And who will survive?
*ecopy received from the author in exchange for an honest review *
The Demon Inside is my second book from M.L. Sparrow and honestly, I really liked it but not as much as her other book titled Ghetto which is really an amazing book and I loved reading it. I’ve read some zombie books and when it comes to these type of books I expect it to be exciting, thrilling and action packed and sadly, I felt there wasn’t enough of that in this book and I wanted more. Although, It didn’t meet my expectations, I’m totally not disappointed with it, because It wasn’t entirely bad and there are some surprising twists in the plot that made it interesting and engaging. The book mostly focuses on survival, love and trust when the whole world is attacked by an unknown alien force. It was quite different from all the zombie novels I’ve read and I think many readers would definitely love this book.
Eighteen year old Darcy is a normal teenager who has a perfect boyfriend named Alec and a sarcastic BFF who really cares for her in an odd way. But her perfect world becomes upside down when earth is attacked by strange beings who took over the human minds and turning them in to cannibalistic creatures who craves on human’s flesh. Darcy really can’t believe what’s really happening and she becomes devastated when she finds her parents dead in her home. With her parents dead, her younger sister Hope is the only family she has left. So, together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec’s alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world. Together they build a safe haven but they don’t know how long it will last and who will survive in the end.
Darcy is a pretty much likable character. She has a sweet and caring personality but she’ll become quite stubborn when it comes to the safety of her loved ones. Alec is a strong character in the plot who is very protective of Darcy and I really enjoyed his constant bickering with Callie, Darcy’s best friend. Callie is quite opposite to Darcy. She is sassy and sarcastic character who has brought some humor in the plot. Despite the insta-love, I really enjoyed the relationship between Alec and Darcy, and it was really sweet to see how they care for each other even in hard times. The other supporting characters like Hope, Alec’s dad etc., aren’t memorable but they aren’t bad either.
The plot was well-written and suspenseful but somewhere in the middle things got slow with building a safe haven and also some social gatherings with other survivors. The first half of the book mostly deals with the romance and invasion, and the second half is all about survival. I really liked the first half which shows how Alec and Darcy first met and how their relationship developed. I actually felt like I was reading a contemporary romance until suddenly things turn into a nightmarish horror when mysterious lights falls from the sky and everywhere is chaos. This book reminded me of a sci-fi movie named skyline but here there aren’t any alien ships. The second half is not bad but I wish there was more action like some more zombie chasing and killings. Nonetheless, it was a good read and the twist at the end is really a shocker and totally unpredictable.
Overall, I liked it! It was quite a unique sci-fi/zombie novel with less gore but still have more creepiness. It is a perfect blend of sci-fi, horror, and romance, I would definitely recommend it to everyone .
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