Thursday, October 27, 2011

REVIEW: The Demon's Apprentice by Ben Reeder

book cover of The Demon's Apprentice by Ben Reeder
Title: The Demon's Apprentice (Chance Fortunado Book 1)
Author: Ben Reeder
Date Published: July 31, 2011
Genre: Young adult
Page Count: 282 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge
Rating: 3.75 out of 5

**I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Chance Fortunado was sold to a demon count on his seventh birthday by his own father.  He lives out 8 years of torture and finally manages to escape.  Now suddenly Chance has the opportunity to go to a real school and live a normal life with his mother and younger sister, only he doesn't have as much of a chance as he thinks.  When his old life comes back to haunt him, Chance has to throw his friends in with him and make some other unlikely friendships if he wants to make it to graduation.

If you're tired of overly dramatic and romantic YA, then this is something that you may want to read.  This is a kickass action book, and Reeder grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go.
Chance has been through a hell of a lot, and it shows by the way that he acts.  He spends a lot of his time wondering about how some of the things that he has had to do will affect his soul, but he is a really good kid with a really good heart, and that is apparent.

When a teacher at his new school is murdered, Chance is determined to find the person that did it.  So, he has to call upon a lot of the skills that he learned as Dulka's slave to figure out who is responsible.  However, relying on these old ways and the way he handles certain situations makes him question what is going to happen to his soul even more.
I really liked Chance.  I really liked all of the characters in this book, or the ones that you were supposed to like, anyway.  I think that the only thing that I struggled with was the age of the characters.  These kids are supposed to be 15 years old.  I just felt like they acted way way older than they actually were.  I know that Chance has been through a lot, and that might account for why he acts a bit older, but there were a few scenes where it felt like he shouldn't even be in highschool at all.  Not that this was a problem, it just struck me as interesting.
There's also a little bit of language in this book, which doesn't bother me in the slightest, but just throwing it out there in case that is something that offends you!

I liked this book and I'd definitely read the next in the series!  A solid 3.75 stars out of 5!

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