When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeyburn

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Goodreads Summary:Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but 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 quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

The minute I read the tagline on the ARC, I knew that I was in for a wild treat. I mean how could you not be intrigued by “Some people have school spirit. Shelby Black has real ones.” Combined with a interesting summary and a stellar opening, I knew that I would have a fun time reading this. And I really did! I wasn’t quite as impressed with it as I had hoped to be but I didn’t have any major qualms with it.

I’m a huge fan of contemporary books that feature some unusual element which is what initially drew me into this and that aspect of the book was really great. How could you not  enjoy reading about a teenage exorcist juggling training to expel demons, her schoolwork and first love? From the first line, I was widely smiling as I learned about Shelby Black’s wild life. While it was definitely a fun read and it was a book that I flew through quite quickly, I feel that the unique aspect of this book could have been amplified substantially. There is so much that we don’t know about exorcism in this novel and I would’ve really liked much more insight into what type of role exorcism plays in their society and how exactly Shelby feels about it.  By the time the book was finished, it was still unclear to me if being an exorcists was something that was acceptable and known about the society. While obviously this is primarily a contemporary novel so  I shouldn’t expect as much world building as I would like but a tad bit more would’ve been nice.

One thing that I always appreciate in YA novels is strong female friendships and this book had them and I’m so happy! I love how Shelby upkept her friendship with Vanessa throughout the entire book.  In so many books like these, the MC drops her best friend because she’s too busy so I’m really glad that that didn’t happen.

No Swoonreads contemporary is completely with a swoon worthy  romance and I really liked the Love interest! Spencer was a super sweet character with some secrets of his own which definitely kept things interesting. I think there could’ve been just a bit more development of their chemistry and relationship because it was just a bit too fast for my taste.

Have You Read When Life Gives You Demons? What Did You Think? Do You Want To Read It If You Haven’t? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Bellow!

 

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