Melinda Howard is the Demon Isle’s weird girl… the one that’s been holed up in the Howard Mansion for the last four years. Why? No one knows the truth except her family… a long line of witches charged with protecting the Demon Isle, along with a four-hundred year old Vampire, William Wakefield.
Another reason Melinda doesn’t mind her self-inflicted imprisonment. She gets to spend her days with the charming vampire, who also happens to be her best friend. Only now, she’s spending her night’s with him too. He just doesn’t know it…
Any other girl would enjoy the nightly thrill of a sexy vampire invading her dreams. But not Melinda as her dreams have a tendency to come true. Although typically, they don’t include the handsome vampire she’s crushing on, but rather horrifying visions of people about to die.
But she cannot stay under self-inflicted house arrest forever. And if her brothers or William get their choice in the matter, Melinda will be out of the house partying with her friends, giving her affections to a human, not a vampire, and digging into her role as a witch.
A role her eldest brother Charlie lives for and a role her second brother Michael would rather live without. Nevertheless, when duty calls, usually from the local sheriff needing help with some tourist who’s gotten themselves into trouble, life screeches to a stop, and duty takes over.
Such is the case when the sheriff needs help with a four-year-old murder investigation; one she fears has a supernatural cause. To assist her in the case, she calls upon the skills of The Howard Witches.
However, what they learn might be more than any of them can deal with, or accept. Worse yet, they fear what this discovery will do to Melinda, as it returns them all to the core of her self-imprisonment.
Back to the lives, she could not save…
The teen friendly version of this book is called Isle of Bones. This review is for the uncut version, which contains adult themes.
~ What I Liked About the Book ~
For some reason, I went into this thinking that it was another cozy mystery, but it was actually an urban fantasy with a touch of romance. I love books with magic in them, and I really enjoyed this one.
I liked that the characters had distinctive personalities. Charlie, the eldest, was the responsible werewolf; Michael was the charming rebel who was also an empath and a death reader; Melinda, the youngest, was the socially awkward witch with prophetic dreams; and William was the vampire and long time family friend to the Howards. Thrown together, these four characters made for an interesting read.
This book honestly reminded me of the early seasons of Supernatural, which were the more exciting parts of the TV series. Like Dean, Charlie embraced his role in the ‘family business’ while Michael, like Sam, wanted out. That, coupled with the appearance of various supernatural creatures, was enough for me to make the comparison, though having such similarities weren’t actually a bad thing.
Of course, being part of a series, it ended with bigger mysteries left to unravel. But I liked that the story ended naturally, with the mysteries presented for this particular book actually solved. I hate books that just stop in the middle of nowhere as a ploy to get readers to buy the next book, and I’m glad this wasn’t one of those.
~ What I Didn’t Like About the Book ~
Regrettably, I hated the author’s writing style. She loved using choppy sentences and paragraphs full of fragments. I understand that when used sparingly, such a style can have a good impact. But to see it in so many paragraphs only made the whole thing awkward.
The descriptions in the book felt lacking; the words just didn’t fall smoothly, and it was sometimes hard for me to picture what was happening. The narration also bothered me because it often jumped around different characters’ thoughts in the same scene.
Despite knowing that this wasn’t a clean read courtesy of the warning ar the beginning of the book, the adult themes still felt out of place because I found the plot rather childish, which only made it feel a bit disturbing. I have no issues with adult themes or childish books, but I’m of the opinion that they shouldn’t mix. I guess it’s partly my fault for not choosing to read the clean version, but still—this version exists.
Overall, I liked this book but found it lacking. It had the potential to be good if only some improvements were made on the writing and world building.
Demon Street Blues is an entertaining read for lovers of magic and all things supernatural.
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