Demon Angel by Meljean BrookDemon Angel by Meljean Brook

Demon Angel

byMeljean Brook

Mass Market Paperback | January 2, 2007

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All hell breaks loose in Meljean Brook's erotic, supernatural debut novel.

Lilith, a demon, has spent 2,000 years tempting men and guaranteeing their eventual damnation. That is, until she meets her greatest temptation: the man whose life mission has been to kill her.
Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting, banking, and a (very) brief teaching career before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing--and she realized that mons...
Title:Demon AngelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.2 inPublished:January 2, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425213471

ISBN - 13:9780425213476

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh. I was disappointed in this one. Ugh -it started it out quite well, then once the main male character became supernatural himself it all went to heck. Good points: The first bit of the novel was enjoyable as I have stated. The main female character (Lilith) was very interesting. Unfortunately, once the main male character (Hugh) became an angel/guardian/whatever, it all went to heck, as I said. The initial elements of the world building were interesting -the battle between good and evil is a theme I enjoy. The two main characters were (initially at least) quite likeable (for instance, Lilith was such a complex, strong female character and Hugh was so much more than a simple callow youth). I also enjoyed the initial sequence where they met in the 13th century. Bad points/constructive criticism: THE PLOT: (i) There were so many plots within plots and crosses within double crosses that I was thoroughly lost. This should have been easier to follow/made more sense to the reader. (ii) The sequences where Lilith and Hugh met and quarelled throughout history were really terrible, since they were entirely truncated and since the characters kept making references to events which the READER WAS 'NOT PRESENT' FOR. In other words, everything was being told and not shown. Incredibly annoying, especially since a lot of important events occurred in this way (e.g. the making of the vampire Colin and his history which was only ever alluded to in passing and which was therefore quite confusing to this reader). (iii) When the two main characters finally came together it was almost as if Hugh forced Lilith to have sex with him. In other words, while he didn't rape her, this wasn't made all that clear to the reader. Um, HELL NO. PLEASE STOP WITH THE DUBIOUS CONSENT ISSUES IN NOVELS. THIS IS INCREDIBLY DISTURBING. (Need I mention this is one of my personal triggers? Go suck an egg, Fifty Shades of Grey!! And yes, I realize this novel was published before FSoG. On the other hand, it does exemplify the fact that we are entirely too 'lax' when it comes to dealing with dubious consent in fiction. IMHO.) Ugh. THE CHARACTERS: While I started out liking the characters, the author did the character of Hugh no favors when she had him spend centuries berating Lilith without trying to understand the fact that she was obviously caught/a prisoner of circumstance (i.e. since she was obviously not completely evil and yet continued with the demon 'life' it was not that hard to deduce that there must be a reason). And this was the lad who supposedly loved her. Uh huh. It was also hard to care about any of the secondary characters, since we were only ever TOLD about them, often in incomplete allusions or 'infodumps'. THE SETTING: While I didn't dislike the initial ideas, I really didn't care for the setting either in the end, since we were TOLD about everything while being SHOWN nothing. In other words, we were TOLD about the history of and continuing battle between heaven and hell. (I wondered if we were going to have quiz at the end, to be honest, and if it would be multiple choice or essay.) This was, in fact, the biggest problem with this novel: everything was told and not shown. Very disappointing all around. I'd advise skipping this one.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original Meljean Brook wrote an absolutely amazing set of characters. Hugh and Lilith were simply amazing, as was Colin, whose witty comments made you instantly fall in love with him. Although i spent about 25% of the novel utterly confused. The style of writing she chose for the beginning left me wondering who was talking to who and what was going on. But that eventually changed as the novel took place in present time. Meljean throws you into a battle between Demons and Angels, Vampires and Nosferatu. With her VERY original view of these creatures, her very real, witty characters and their relationships it's no wonder you instantly fall in love with this novel. I personally cannot wait to read her next novel, Demon Moon.
Date published: 2009-07-19