When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer HoneybournWhen Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

When Life Gives You Demons

byJennifer Honeybourn

Hardcover | July 17, 2018

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Some people have school spirit.

Shelby Black has real ones.

Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy-a Catholic priest-has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn't trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret-even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it's all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her-even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

Praise for Wesley James Ruined My Life:

"Everything readers expect and want from a lighthearted summer teen romance....Pitch-perfect." -School Library Journal

"Light, cute, and a quick read." -The Eater of Books

"Immensely readable, utterly charming and absolutely un-put-downable." -Jennifer McKenzie

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in a house filled with books.Jennifer is the author of Wesley James Ruined My Life and When Life Gives You Demo...
Title:When Life Gives You DemonsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.54 × 5.8 × 0.97 inPublished:July 17, 2018Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250158230

ISBN - 13:9781250158239

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super Quick Read! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Wow, this was a super quick read for me! The writing was light and fluffy, which I probably needed after reading so many dense books. Basically, this book is Buffy meets Supernatual, but it’s more of a parody than anything. It was funny and cute overall, but not really what I expected. Essentially this book is about a teenage exorcist named Shelby whose mother goes missing and she is stuck training with her grumpy Uncle Roy who is always criticizing her work. Throughout the book, Shelby never really gets a chance to shine and show off her skills, which was kind of sad because I thought she would be this total badass. Instead, this was more of a coming-of-age story in which she is still doubting her abilities to exorcise demons and is also crushing hard on the new guy Spencer at school. I’ll be honest, take away the demons and you have yourself a cute boy-meets-girl story. I just wish there was more demon action and that Shelby had more of a spotlight. Uncle Roy kept stealing her thunder and I was like NO. BAD UNCLE ROY. Everyone kept trying to shield Shelby from the bad like she was some fragile little girl, but this prevented the growth of her character. In order to learn, she needs to make mistakes, and I feel like she didn’t really get the opportunity to do that. There definitely could have also been some more action scenes. The book overall kept a pretty steady pace, but I would have liked to have that ‘wow’ moment while reading. One thing I also feel like could have been better was the ending. It felt very low stakes to me and it was almost too easy. Overall, a cute story filled with demons, fluff, and teen romance and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, light read. 3.5/5
Date published: 2018-07-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Wesley James Ruined My Life: "The book's even pacing will entice teens from the start and keep them reading . . . . This [is a] pitch-perfect quirky summer romance." -School Library Journal"This book was adorable! Light, cute, and a quick read-exactly what I needed. . . . I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by Honeybourn in the future." -The Eater of Books"Immensely readable, utterly charming and absolutely un-put-downable. The duality of Quinn longing to forget Wesley while hurting over being forgotten by her Gran was just beautiful. I got a little weepy. I'm not going to lie." -Jennifer McKenzie