Wednesday 28 November 2018

Book Review: How We Sell Our Souls by Emilie Lucadamo (LGBT/PNR)

Title: How We Sell Our Souls
Author: Emilie Lucadamo
NineStar Press

Publication Date: 26 November 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

When George Soto turns twenty-six, his life is less than perfect. Stuck in a dead-end job, watching his friends pass him by, it’s quickly starting to feel like he’s going nowhere. When he finds a strange ritual meant to contract a demon, he doesn’t imagine it could possibly work.

Until there’s a demon standing in his living room.

George doesn’t know what a contract with a demon entails, but it seems like a great opportunity to get revenge on his awful boss. Gradually, he and the demon—an abrasive entity who calls himself Jack—form an alliance.

But as things heat up between them, George almost doesn’t notice the increasing darkness in his life. The nights are longer, the shadows grow heavier, and the world around him seems to be distorting.

How We Sell Our Souls was an entertaining read. I loved the character of George; he came across really well. And I also enjoyed his interactions with Jack. The pacing worked well, too, and I appreciated the gradual shift from fun to horror. The only thing that didn't work for me was the inclusion of a new character in the final two pages. Clearly this is setting up for the next book in what will be, I assume, a series with changing characters. However, the sudden new presence, bearing no relation to what had gone before, was jarring and would, I feel, have been better left out. But that's a minor grip as in all other respects this was an enjoyable read.

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