Review: Demon Marked by Meljean Brook

Demon Marked
I cannot believe I did this to myself again. I opened this book and didn’t stop until I had inhaled it. And it was so good to revisit this world, but now I’m horribly aware of the looooong wait for the final book. And it’s Michael’s book, so that just makes it even harder. I don’t want to say goodbye, but I want it so bad. I know I’m not going to be able to hold out a whole year. I’m going to crack and have to reread them all to torture myself some more.

I was really surprised to discover how different this entry felt from the earlier books in this series. That’s not a bad thing, I actually liked seeing things from another perspective, but it was unexpected. I think if you were completely new to the series you could jump into this book without a lot of the same issues you would experience by jumping into one of the other ones. The third book, Demon Night, also seems like an easy place to jump in. I DO NOT recommend it, however, because I think this series is best experienced from the beginning, so you can watch each twist and turn develop in the story arc. And I seriously cringe in horror over the thought of someone starting with this book and spoiling themselves for the intense events in Demon Forged.

One of the most surprising things about this book was how removed it was from the Guardians. The hero tried his hardest to steer clear of them so he could fulfill his own mission, so we spent most of the story solely focused on Ash and Nicholas. We occasionally cut away to spend some time in Taylor’s POV (squee!) and eventually get some time with the Guardians, but for the most part it’s just them. Luckily, they were great together. Ash was especially hilarious, owing to her problem feeling emotion, and watching Nicholas become frustrated by her lack of memory was fun.

Ash is the worst demon ever, but that’s what makes her so fun. She cannot remember anything, so we get a crash course on the ins and outs of demons right alongside her. I really enjoyed getting a deeper look at the Rules and what was and was not allowed and how that could be twisted. Nicholas finds her a little frustrating at first, and is very suspicious of her—big surprise. Who isn’t he suspicious of? I loved watching him be bothered by her staring—she’s isn’t worried about making people uncomfortable—and I laughed to myself as he tried to figure out whether or not she really was that clueless and actually did want him. I can’t blame him for being suspicious, especially because what he knew about demons was pretty concrete, but I wish he had let it go earlier. Luckily, neither of them were unreasonable and both were willing to own when they screwed up.

I loved watching Ash and Nicholas grow into themselves together. They both started the book in a kind of childlike state. They inadvertently helped each other discover themselves, but it wasn’t without bruised feelings along the way. I also really, really liked how the author played with what makes a person who they are. I, personally, agree with the decision that Ash made, and the reason she did. I would have been very unhappy if it had gone any other way. I am firmly of the belief that the person you are is what life and experience has made you. Change one thing and it might change everything. You might never had ended up the person you are today.

In addition to a lovely romance, we are also treated to an ever deepening story arc. Each book has layered onto this storyline, which is why I really think people cheat themselves if they skip around. I am constantly impressed by the depth and intensity we get in each book and am amazed at how well balanced they are. Not only do we get a great romance, we also get an intricate story full of well developed characters and plots galore. I am really excited to see how this will all resolve in the end.

Favorite Quote:

“And I wasn’t thinking of a plane.” When she looked at him blankly, Nicholas clenched his teeth and counted to three. “I know you can fly.”

Her eyes widened and she looked down at her hands. “I can shape-shift into a bird? How?”

Jesus H. Christ. The next time he made a bargain, Nicholas would damn well make certain the demon knew more than a bag of bricks.

Rating: A
Demon Marked by Meljean Brook
September 6th 2011 by Penguin Group
Paranormal Romance
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  1. says

    Ah! I see your feelings for Archangel’s Blade spilled a bit into this review LOL. I honestly don’t know what to do with this book, I want to read it so badly but then I know I’m gonna have to wait God know how much for the last one, and it isn’t your regular last book of a series, is Michael’s fricking book!
    I’m glad you didn’t mention anything about Michael/Taylor because if there are any developments to their story I don’t want to know. And I agree with you, people should read them in order, this is such an amazing series with so many twists and turns, oh boy, I think they are among my favorite books ever! And I want to marry Meljean, actually I want to marry her and Nalini and then force them to let me read the books in advance!

    • says

      It did spill over a bit. I read that one before this and was relieved to see it addressed in a different way here. l wanted to keep mum on the developments with Michael and Taylor because the anticipation is so high for them. It’s much better to see for yourself what happens. 😉

  2. says

    wow! After seeing this review I MUST read these books. It sounds like something I need. There seems to be nothing I’m looking forward too now a days so I need a series that I can get hooked on. I shall look into it :)

    • says

      Did you not continue because you weren’t enjoying it or because of something else? This one was great. I’m really enjoyed the leads together.

  3. Tori says

    Great review. I LOVED this one. Nick and Ash are great and I love all the changes we see in here. I cannot WAIT for Taylor and Micheal’s book. ZOMG

    • says

      I hope you enjoy it! I really enjoyed Hugh and Lilith together. If you feel any confusion while reading I recommend checking out this and this from the author’s site for a quick familiarization with the world.

  4. Red Mirchee says

    I am in awe of this serie! I’ve read all of them at least twice… Can’t wait for Michael’s book !

  5. says

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I admit, I was interested in how Meljean was going to set up Michael’s book (especially after talking to her at AAD), but found that Michael/Taylor melted away because I was so interested in Ash and Nicholas. Meljean is an amazing author and this book is fabulous. Thanks for the review! I agree!!

    • says

      Ooh, what did she say about it when you saw her? I was really eager to see more on Michael, but I was glad it didn’t dominate Ash and Nicholas.

      • says

        She wouldn’t give spoilers no matter how much torture I threatened. LOL. She just mentioned that this book was difficult to write because she had to set up Michael’s book. She was worried about how the book would read b/c of it. I am a Michael fanatic, so I wanted to read for that – but was pleasantly sucked into Ash and Nicholas’ story. They were so good together!

        • says

          LOL. Can you believe that development with Michael’s storyline toward the end of the book? I had a O_O moment and wondered where exactly the author was going with it.