I am truly on cloud nine!! Cameron at http://www.guiltypleasuresbookreviews.com/ gave The Demon Side a read and thorough review! Woohoo Four out of Five stars! okay, here's what she said!
Summary: When worlds collide… Every kid has problems. Every kid has even more problems when they move to a new home. But when a kid with problems moves to a new home that has a Demon living inside it—look out! Etta’s world is about to spin out of control when she encounters her new roommate—and Rahovart, that ancient trickster, is in for a few surprises too. So don’t mind all the crashing and rumbling; that’s just the normal noise Angels and Demons make when they’re fighting an epic war in the attic. One thing’s for sure: Etta and Rahovart will have to go through Hell to Heaven and back again before that old Victorian home in Quantico Town finally quiets down…
The basic premise of Heaven Liegh Eldeen's The Demon Side is that Earth is the battleground for a war between good and evil. The “soldiers” for each side are God’s angels and Lucifer’s demons with one lone American Marine and his family caught in the middle. The prize in this war is an 18-year-old girl named Etta. Etta has been visited by demons regularly but unlike most humans she can see and hear them, particularly the demon Rahovart. The story is told from Rahovart’s POV, as the demon who possesses the house where Etta, her father John and her step-mother Rene live.
This is a truly dysfunctional household, with Rene staying drunk most of the time, John hiding a terrible secret, Etta diagnosed as a schizophrenic due to her conversations with and about demons no one else can see, and a manipulative demon living in the attic. There are many rules for demons and angels that are brought out during the story. Ms. Eldeen stays true to all of these regulations throughout the book so the plot stays authentic to the canon she establishes. That is no small feat and is a sign of a author who plans her writing and writes her plan.
The characters are well developed. I can’t say I loved all of them but I felt sympathy for most of them. They were all caught in an existence that no one would choose but was theirs to experience.
The plot has some nice surprises waiting for Etta and Rahovart toward the end. While Rahovart and Etta love each other and even feel sexual desire for one another, the lust is not acted upon. There is an evil demon, an incubus, who wants Etta to have his half-demon baby, and that provides a great deal of tension in the story.
I had a hard time putting this book down. It is exciting and I could hardly wait to find out why Rahovart came to be in this house, how will they get rid of the incubus, and what did John do in Iraq to cause a chain reaction that resulted in the situation his family now suffers. To tell you more would be to spoil the story, so you will have to find the answers for yourself.
This is a fictionalized version of religion that includes God, the devil, warrior angels and demons. Heaven Liegh Eldeen’s book The Demon Side has all of that and more. If you understand that this is a mythological tale then you will enjoy the book as the paranormal novel it is intended to be.
Rated 4 Stars by Cameron