I'm not going to introduce a character today because I read the best book I've read in a long, long time yesterday. The Demon Side by Heaven Leigh Eldeen is about an eighteen year old girl who moves in with a demon. Only she can see the demon so her family thinks she's schizophrenic. Rahovart, the demon, is intrigued by Etta. No one has ever been able to see him. A battle for Etta's soul ensues and Rahovart must remember his true calling in order to save her.
I loved every single sentence of this story! Heaven has been able to capture every emotion flawlessly. She tears your heart out, puts it back, then rips it out again. The entire time you are right there, living with Etta and Ra. I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this book.
Her characters are fully formed and real to the reader. Where a lot of authors gloss over the minor characters, Heaven makes the effort to bring those minor characters to life. Like the real estate agent who gets around three lines of dialogue. Heaven describes her as being "extremely obese but wears clothes two sizes too small and reeks of fast food onions and cheap perfume. Tacky red lipstick runs up the wrinkles on her thin chicken lips, and her hair sprayed beehive could pass as a helmet for a crash test dummy." Brilliant. And her angels! Don't get me started on her angels! These guys are badass sporting poisonous metal wings that can slice a demon's head off. Genius.
Heaven shines a light on the stress and strain alcoholism and mental illness has on a family. But she doesn't do it in an I'm on my soapbox kind of way. It's real, believable. It's not an after school special and it's not a pitty party. She presents the situation as honestly as possible then gives her characters the chance to change their circumstances. It is written flawlessly.
I can't say enough good about this book. It was an absolute joy to read. She had me laughing hysterically one moment then crying the next. Heaven is a brilliant writer and I can't wait to read the next installment in her brilliant series.
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An excerpt from The Demon Side