This is the second book in the Demon Princess series by Michelle Rowen. I absolutely loved the first book Reign or Shine and this book was just as good. It is a fun read with a well developed world and a lead character who is believable.
Nikki has returned to school after saving her father (King of the Shadowlands) from assassination from her Aunt. She just wants things to be normal; well as normal as they can be with her Darkling (Half-demon) powers and a Shadow (Michael) for a boyfriend. But alas her life is not meant to be simple. There is a new student at school and he is no other than Rhys, the King of the Fairy Realm who tried to kill her in the first book. Then Nikki finds out that there is a prophecy saying that she will destroy all of the Netherworlds. Between trying to control her Darkling powers, trying to convince the Queen of the Underworld that she is harmless, dodging Rhys, trying to find time to spend with Michael, finding out that her best friend is a demon slayer, and hunting down a dragon to confirm the prophecy...when will Nikki ever have time to get her homework done?
This is a great book. Everything about it is just spot on. The characters are wonderful. The politics about Shadow rights are interesting. Nikki learning to control her powers is interesting as well and I loved learning more about this multi-faceted world. Nikki and Michael, as well as Nikki and Rhys, all have great chemistry and the tension between them all is delicious. Rowen does an excellent job balancing action, a great world, politics, teenage elements, and romance elements. The story is non-stop, never gets boring and is very engaging.
I loved learning more about the Underworld and Hell and also learning more about Rhys and about the Shadow race. The whole idea of Nikki having a horrible prophecy looming over her and having to prove whether or not it is accurate was great too. There are quite a few laughs in this book so things never get too serious. All in all it is a light-hearted read that deals with some serious issues. I love how balanced Nikki is and how well she is doing with coping with all of the things going on in her life. Rowen is an organized writer whose writing is easy and natural to read; I really enjoyed it.
My only complaint would be that we don't get to see very much of Darkling Nikki in this book or watch her kick much butt. Still the story was very well done and wrapped up nicely, while leaving enough things hanging that I really want to read the next book. I would recommend this for Vampire Academy fans or Blue Bloods fans that want something that's creative and bit more lighthearted.
Overall I highly recommend this book. It is an excellent young adult series that is fun, very well done, features a great new world, and has an admirable heroine. I am desperately waiting to read the next book in this series and seriously considering checking out Rowen's adult series as well.
My Thoughts: I have been on such a kick of reading Young Adult books! And amazing ones at that! In the first book Demon Princess Reign or Shine. We meet Nikki Donovan who moved to a new town two months because her mom got remarried, for the fourth time! Her father left her and her mom before she was even born. She is just trying to fit it and becomes friends with the popular girl. She snags a super cute popular guy and her life can't get any better. Until, she gets herself a bit of a stalker and finds out that her father is dying and he is demon! What does that make her? Yes, thats right, his heir to the throne and a demon princess. We get to know her stalker whose name is Michael. Michael is a shadow and basically a servant to her father. Of course Michael just so happens to catch Nikki's eye in a more than friend kind of a way and she begins to have feelings for him. She realizes things may not may as they seem and she just wants a normal life.
Now I'm done with the refresher course! In Demon Princess Reign Check, Nikki is back, even trying to be more normal than before. She is going to school, not letting her being a demon princess control her life. But than, what has to happen? Rhys, the fairy who lives in the forest aka the King Of The Fairy Side enrolls in Nikki's school. There is a new prophecy that insists Nikki is going to destroy everything and Rhys needs to know if its true so he can protect his people! Rhys and Nikki slowly become friends and he learns many secrets during his stay in the human world. He even finds out the name of his future queen through a dragon prophecy. What he does not find out is the truth behind his parent's death but one person does know. Nikki.
Nikki's mind goes back and forth between Michael and Rhys. She has feelings for them both but how can you choose between a hot shadow and a hot fairy. I myself couldn't control the lust I felt for them both. Yes, I really do like Michael, but lately I have found myself falling more in love with fairies and Rowen throws a super cute super charming magical fairy into this book who just took my breathe away.
Does Nikki find out if the stories about her are true? Does she make any more friends along the way to take her side in a fight? What about Melinda, her demon slaying friend? What happens to Michael and Rhys?
Overall: I loved this book! This series rocks and I can't wait to read more! I hope there is going to be another book.
Cover: Love it! I think that is Michael on the cover? He's a cutie! Now I wonder what Rhys looks like. Love the pink cover and the horns on her head.