The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer #review

15 August 2012
Title: The Demon Catchers of Milan
Author: Kat Beyer
Series: Demon Catchers of Milan Trilogy
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: August 28th 2012
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781606843147
source: NetGalley EARC
Purchase: The Demon Catchers of Milan (Demon Catchers of Milan - Trilogy)

Summary from Goodreads:

Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home.

My Thoughts:

I really struggled with this book. Normally I can read a 200-400 page book in as little as two days. This one was started on the 6th of August and was finally finished early morning on the 13th. That's almost a full week of forcing myself to read this one.
I had to push through all the boring "I'm stuck in the apartment studying" "This isn't fair" chapters to really get to the last 50 or so pages. Then it got really good. Once Mia was actually allowed to participate in the exorcisms instead of just standing on the sidelines watching, I felt like the book really picked up. No more endless pages of meditation, studying, and complaining. I felt that there were a few things in the story that just didn't make sense to me, and the ending was kind of rushed and left questions.
The point of the story is, Mia was possessed in the beginning of the book and her relatives from Italy end up getting the Demon to leave her body, then convince her parents to let her go to Italy with them so they can teach her and protect her. She does more studying and complaining than anything for most of the book and there are a few scenes thrown in to break up the boring stuff, but it all goes right back to Mia whining about not getting to do anything. The demon apparently possessed more in the family than just Mia before, and they are wanting to train Mia in the Demon Catcher arts but are afraid that she will be possessed again and then the demon will know all of their tricks and what not.

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