Between the Bleeding Willows (Demon Hunter #1) by D.A. Roach (Review by Valerie, #NerdGirlVal)

Title: Between the Bleeding Willows

Author: D.A. Roach

Published Date: February 26th 2016

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal


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At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…

At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.

She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….

A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.

Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…

When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need.

Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.

And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.

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***Valerie, #NerdGirlVal Review***

I was hooked on this book with the first sentence. I love ghost, paranormal, mystery, fantasy stories. I have never read D. A. Roach’s work before, but she is something else, in a good way. She had me at first believing that this could be a true to life story. Until Cassidy fell down the hole, then I thought of Alice in Wonderland. It kind of turned out like that, but in a demon/demon hunter way. The story grew more mystery as you read on and full of surprises. But the twists and turns are the best part. I found that they kept me guessing what’s next at every turn.
Cassidy is all alone, her Mom died giving birth to her, her boyfriend died in an car accident and her Gram passed just recently from a heart attack. She has no idea who her father is, just that he gave her Mother a special ring to show his love just before he left her.
One day Cassidy went to an old abandoned cemetery to see if she can see her boyfriend. She did and chased after him and ended up falling into a very deep hole, that seemed to go on forever. When she woke, days later, she was not in Kansas any more. She healed from a guys tattoo and was now bonded to him.
As she got to know the clan and how they lived, she didn’t want to leave. But the head of the clan told her that it wasn’t safe for her there, that there was something big coming. Cassidy wanted to learn to fight and stand with the clan. She ended up back at home.
There is so much more to this story. You have a demon queen, a human (?) indebted to her and tries to use Cassidy as payoff. His son bonds with Cassidy to save her life and her other bond breaks. Things go terribly wrong and then before you know it you hit “to be continued”. Trust me you are going to want book 2 asap!
If book 2 is anything like this one, I won’t be able to put it down either. D. A. Rouch has an fantastic story line going here and it makes you want more. Her writing is steady and she keeps you glued to the book. This a must read to add to your to be read list.

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