Monday, November 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Demon Royale by Jill Cooper Review and Character Interview

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Demon Royale blog tour organized by Supa Gurl Book Tours. I have a character interview and review for you. For the rest of the tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

Character Interview with Natalie

Hi Natalie! Thanks for chatting with me.
So things have been pretty crazy for you. How are you handling the whole slaying thing?

Sometimes better than others to be honest. It's alot of pressure to handle, the whole fighting for your life thing. Plus all my friends are looking to me to lead them, whenever before I couldn't even pick out what lunch table we should sit at.

On top of that, my parents can't know what I'm up to so I have to try to manage them and the undead at the same time. It makes things a little harrowing.

That must be tough, but you seem to be handling it pretty well. You are one strong person!

How is your relationship with The Slayer going? You don't have a whole lot of free time.

I don't, your right. And I don't have alot of time to spend in my dreams as I used to.

In the old days, the Slayer would only really be active when I dreamt. She needed me basically to live. Now things are different.

She doesn't need me to be human, to go about her day. But I miss her. She's given me so much and some days I really crave to dream so I can be close to her.
She really seemed to help you find yourself. I hope that things get back to normal so both of you can be safe.

How is Tristan handling all of this? He's a really great friend.

Pretty well, most of the time. I think he likes having a superhero girlfriend to be honest!

Seriously, he's always been there to support me when no one else would, and he still does that. Sometimes he worries and protects me too much, when I should be the one doing protecting.

But when things get tough, he's always there. I just wish we had more time to be 'girlfriend and boyfriend', you know? We steal little moments, a few kisses here and there. But we haven't had alot of time yet to devote to each other.
I think it's really sweet how protective he is. He cares about you a lot and it shows. 

You have been ill, how is that affecting your job?
I try to keep it from affecting it at all, but it's getting harder.

For sure. It's got to be hard when everyone is constantly trying to get you to go to the hospital.

You are a super tough chick, but what would you say scares you the most? 
The more fainting spells and headaches I have, the more my friends and Mr.Buckle worry about me. The more they worry me, the more they try to protect me.

And bad things happen when you try to protect the one person who is supposed to be the one out there, fighting for our survival. 

I should be protecting them, not the other way around, but it's hard to do when you keep getting admitted into the hospital.
You still seem to do well with doing what you have to though, even at the risk of your own health and safety.

With all this craziness going on, how do you try to maintain some type of normalcy in your life?

Some days not very well!

But I try when I can. My parents make me eat dinner with them at least a few times a week. They think I just work part time at Buckle Gifts, which obviously isn't true, but at least that feels normal.

I spend time with Michelle, my closest friend outside of Tristan. She keeps trying to update my fashion style. I think she's crazy for trying, but I appreciate it. It's nice to feel like a girl.

And spending time with Tristan, holding hands or making out, definitely feels normal. 

But for the most part I spend my time practicing to fight or researching a new threat. That's becoming my new normal, which is kinda scary. But exciting.
You really don't have much time for normal lately. At least you have some awesome friends who are there for you. 

I know that you are busy and not doing so great health wise, so I won't keep you any longer. Thanks so much for answering a few questions and I hope that things work out for you and everyone else.

Thanks, me too! I'm not ready to update my resume as 'Paladin failure' just yet!

Now for my review!

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  •  Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: October 10, 2012
  • Source: eARC provided by the author/Supa Gurl Book Tours for review
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Overview

The only thing worse than dying, is running away…

Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:

The Slayer.


My Thoughts 

Having enjoyed the first book Dream Slayer, I was excited to jump back into the story. I was curious as to how the real world and the dream world were affected y the events at the end of Dream Slayer, and how things were going to work out for Natalie. This jumped right back into the action and adventure. I still found myself slightly disoriented and confused at first while gong from the real to dream worlds, but settled back in after a few chapters. 

Natalie keeps having fainting spells and is not well, so it's hard for her to do what she needs to protect everyone. She's also worried about her dream alter ego, The Slayer since when things happen to one of them, it happens to the other. (Like getting an injury or curse) Now the lines between real and dream are starting to blur and the situation is getting intense. Natalie can feel what The Slayer does and somehow they are more connected than ever. Some one is out to get Natalie and she needs to figure out who and why before the town is taken over by evil. I found her to be a bit on the dramatic side sometimes and also whiny and easy to want to give up, but with the help of her friends she does find the strength to do what she needs to. 

Tristan is still the great and understanding friend he's always been, but I love seeing the really sweet and protective side to him too. Even though Natalie is a powerful Paladin, he still feels the need to protect her. As for Michelle, she's still selfish and totally self-centered, but she really cares about Natalie and it shows. Marcus, who annoys me to no end surprises me with some very insightful and touching advice for Natalie.

Demon Royale was filled with more danger, more action, and more romance than the first book. Now that more secrets have been revealed, I am really looking forward to where the story will go from here. With how the real and dream worlds seem to be getting more and more blurred together, I only hope that my confusion will be kept to a minimum. Overall, this was a wonder follow-up to Dream Slayer. 3 out of 5 stars. 


photo and bio taken from goodreads
About the author

Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.

She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.

Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.


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10 comments:

  1. Great interview, Amy! This looks like a good story dnf I love the cover. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love the cover too. It's so pretty!! I liked the story, I just still find myself getting a little confused when it goes from real to dream and the characters. Maybe I am just too dumb to keep it all sorted out lol!! I still think that overall it's really an awesome concept and I do love the characters and the fast pace.

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  2. Hmm, this sounds like a great book. I love the interview, it gave me some good insight on the characters. I may just check this book out.

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  3. Nice interview and review. It's hard to stay focus on a story when it's confusing. At least for me anyway. Glad you enjoyed it and want to keep on with the next book though!

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  4. Thanks for reviewing it, Amy! I tried to make the transitions to dreams clearer this time around, so maybe I didn't do it as well as I thought, lol.

    I think you will really like the third book. It clears up alot and it's a 'game changer'. I can't wait for it to be ready for release as well!

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  5. Character interviews are so fun! Great job :)

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  6. I love character interviews!! They're super fun and give you a deeper look/understanding of the characters. I remember you featuring this book a little while back. I haven't really had time to consider reading it, but it's definitely caught my attention.

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  7. I really like the cover for this one! Character interviews are always so fun to read, this one definitely makes me want to grab the book. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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