Sunday, July 13, 2014

Indie Book Review – Courage and Other Demons by Jill Daugherty

Title: Courage and Other Demons
Author: Jill Daugherty
Series: Courage Series
Published: January 19, 2013


“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?


I'm fascinated with the idea of faeries and can't resist reading stories about them. Daugherty created a unique version of fey that was completely captivating. She seamlessly wove Irish myths and legends about faeries into the present day world to make the story believable and exciting. 

I was a little heartbroken at the end of the book with the loss suffered after the faery battle. I was sad to see it end like it did and I worry about what that means for the relationship between the main character, Maggie, and her best friend, Lexie, in the next book. 

The good news, no matter how much heartbreak and sadness and tragedy there is in Courage and Other Demons, the reward is Brandon, Maggie's little brother. He's a riot. I think the DAM scene was quite possibly my favorite in the entire book. Brandon could totally be fey ornery one like Puck from a Midsummer Night's Dream. 

This is a great read by a talented Indie author. Check it out!


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