Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Demon Inside
Author: M. L. Sparrow
Published: 11. May 2015
Edition: M. L. Sparrow
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Zombies
Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.
Having lost everything in one foul swoop – her parents, her home and all future plans – all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec’s alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.
However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, can they remain? And who will survive?
◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
The Demon Inside wasn’t what I expected it to be and I meant that in both a good and bad way. I have read quiet a few zombie and apocalypse books before and they tend to fascinate me. I just find the whole concept interesting, plus it’s always exiting to read survival stories.
(At least to me it is.)
When I’m reading apocalypse and zombie books I expect them to be thrilling and action packed. Sadly this wasn’t the case with this book. There was action in some parts of the book, but I found it mostly lacking in that department. The story felt very slow, especially towards the middle. Another thing that comes to mind when you think about zombies is horror, and I expected to find it in this book as well. Don’t get me wrong, there were horror elements, but you can definitely see that it’s aimed at a young adult audience – I just expected a lot more gore and violence from it. Not that that is a bad thing or anything, it’s just something that stood out to me.
(Probably because I usually read adult horror novels, particularly Stephen King.)
The first part of the book is mostly focused on the characters, how some of them met and got to know each other better. It almost felt like a contemporary book at that point. My problem with this part was the insta-love between Darcy and Alec. That’s a trope that I seriously dislike and this book was no exception to that. Though I have to say that I enjoyed reading about their relationship more as the story progressed. The second part is more about survival and stuff like that.
(And I already expressed my thoughts on that bit.)
I liked most of the characters. Darcy, Alec and Callie definitely stood out to me and I liked them the most. The other side characters were rather forgettable and I didn’t care all that much about them. Darcy was a very likeable protagonist and I enjoyed reading her story. Alec was interesting as well and I liked their relationship in general, though as I already mentioned the beginning wasn’t the best.
(Insta-love is something that really bothers me.) I liked the dynamic between Darcy, Alec and Callie – it was a lot of fun to read about.
Overall I liked this book, but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything like that. I found it to be rather slow for an apocalypse/zombie novel and the horror aspect wasn’t there for me. The characters were interesting and likeable, but the romance wasn’t the best
(in the beginning mostly). I would recommend you to check this book out, especially if you enjoy there types of books!
Lastly I would like to thank the author, M. L. Sparrow, for sending me a copy of her book!