Review: Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by A&E Kirk

16067683For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. ´

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway. (From: Goodreads)

Actual rating: 3.5/5 Nex stars

Beginning(3/5 stars)

The story was told in Aurora Lahey’s POV and it started in an intriguing way. There weren’t many descriptions about settings, people, or anything special in the first few pages; instead, Aurora jumped into chaos and brought the readers with her. Best part was that she met her Prince Charming Hex Knight, Ayden Ishida, really soon after that. Plus, like I mentioned before, I literally choked on my own laughter from the first chapter. It was awesomely funny!

Characters(4.5/5 stars)

Aurora, a seventeen-year-old, red-headed, blue-eyed girl, had some superpower that she didn’t even know before those demons were chasing after her. In short, she then teamed up with the Hex Boys, 6 of them altogether and prepared to fight against the Kalifera(the most formidable demon). Of course, she wasn’t ready yet; that explained why she was attacked ALL THE TIME throughout this book. Anyway, let’s talk about the Hex Boys. There were Ayden & Jayden(gorgeous twins), Logan(a shy albino), Blake(someone had a huge crush on Aurora who loved to play hero and dreamt about saving girls), Tristan(Aurora’s handsome neighbor and enjoyed sneaking into her bedroom at night, lol), and Matthias(a stone cold, emotionless “Aussie” who only drank chocolate milk “Milo”). Aside from them, Aurora had a wonderful family and they played a big part in this story as well. Honestly, I love the characters more than its plot.

Plot(2/5 stars)

As for the plot, I personally think there was something missing all the time. At first, the sudden attack of Aurora’s made me feel excited and couldn’t wait to see how she got out of the mess. However, it seemed like she’d always got rescued by someone or something and didn’t use her own fighting skills(as she claimed she had some experiences, I hope she wasn’t joking about that) or her supernatural power to defeat her enemy. Maybe because I was currently biased(as you know, I just finished reading the super fast-paced, action-packed Throne of Glass series), Aurora just wasn’t the kind of heroine that impressed me.

Moreover, she was extremely stubborn! She wouldn’t listen to whatever the Hex Boys told her to keep herself safe and brought more trouble for them. AND that’s not what annoyed me most! Sometimes the banters between those teenage boys and Aurora were very cute, hilarious, and…brainless, but not wherever, or whenever was a good place/time for kidding. The story lacked its tension and the atmosphere of anxiety because of those not-so-funny conversations. At that time, the supposed-to-be-nervous moments turned out to be super ridiculous and childish.

In my opinion, the twists in the plot were way too predictable and bland. The settings were fine. And the depictions of either the characters’ movements or simple events could be more creative and vivid. It was just an ordinary story for me. Even a little bit…meh.

Ending(3.5/5 stars)

Although the plot was quite weak, the ending was rather interesting. It ended just a bit abruptly, leaving us a hint of cliffhanger and propelled us to read the next book. I know it sounds contradictive, but that’s what I feel after reading the last part of this one. All I hope is that the story can be more action-packed and Aurora can finally control her special power at will.

To sum up, I think I may still recommend this book to you despite the fact that the plot was not strong and impressive enough, but the funny characters and their humorous banters will definitely make your day. 🙂

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