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The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and two of her best friends, she s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.The clock sThe last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and two of her best friends, she s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.The clock starts ticking when the local mild-mannered librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. People are dying in disasters and wars all over the world. Gemma s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker.Does she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and access to other dimensions?It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport....

Title : Almost Demon
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ISBN : 9781629660035
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Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Almost Demon Reviews

  • Koeur
    2019-04-06 10:09 This was a kick-ass ride. Demons with unique looks and personalities, Angels, alternate universes and teen angst. What more could get you interested? The story-line is a well thought out menagerie that has constant movement coupled to focused character development. There is never a stagnant interlude of drivel filler. The cover art is just plane kick ass. Reminds me of Jo Nesbo’s “Redbreast” cover art. There is not much more to say unless I want to give the story-line away. All I can say is trust me and get this novel and you will be wanting the next in the series ASAP.

  • Jennifer-Eve Workman
    2019-04-23 08:55

    I won this through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.Almost Demon is a great young adult story about the life of a teenage girl, Gemma, who is trying to handle all that life has thrown at her. When her and her twin brother Brian where little, her mother abandons the family, leaving her father to raise Gemma and Brain, as best he can. Struggling through her high school years, she learns that her boyfriend is spreading lies about just how far she has "gone" sexually, in their relationship, making her feel betrayed and humiliated. Then one awful summer day, Gemma, Brian and her two best friends are in an awful car accident killing everyone but Gemma, but leaving her badly hurt not only physically but mentally as well. As school starts again, Gemma must face her classmates and the rest of her town who all believe that she is the cause of the fatal accident. Only complicating matters is Gemma's new ability to see ghosts. She soon meets a new teacher and a classmate who both seem to know about this new ability and try to help her figure it out just what is going on. Soon, her friends and the town become threatened by the spirits she is seeing and it is up to Gemma to figure out why and put things back to normal. The author, A.J. Salem is a fantastic story teller and I definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially teenage readers.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-11 09:03

    Almost Demon is the debut novel by AJ Salem. It's about Gemma Pope who is the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her twin brother, Brian, and their two friends. Gemma is dealing with anxiety and survivors guilt. This causes her to exclude herself from her normal activities she did before the accident. While dealing with the emotions of the accident, Gemma begins seeing dark, shapeless entities. She begins to wore that she is going crazy when she sees them all over town. Her fears subside when two new arrivals in town, Mr. Thom Flynn, her English, and Ian, her new crush, confirm that what she is seeing is real. As she develops relationships with them, Gemma discovers that her world is full of demons and angels and she is somehow caught in the middle of all of it.At first I had a very hard time finding Gemma's voice at the beginning of the novel. There is a lot of information and events happening with very little chance to really understand who Gemma is. That changes quickly after the first fifty pages. Gemma is a fatally flawed character which made me really like her. She makes a majority of her decisions based on her emotions instead to taking the advice of those around her. There were plenty of time I wanted to shake her or yell at her to not trust certain people. I feel that she hasn't completely grown as a character by the end of this book. Since this is the first of a series I'm hoping that some of her teen angst will fade as she becomes more confident in who she is. The biggest flaw I had was that I didn't really understand some of the ending. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'm going to try my best to explain. Throughout the book Gemma is learning how to summon demons and angels in order to learn how to stop all the shadows called Dybbuk from taking over the town and possessing people. Her teacher Thom is training her how to do this, but as she learns more about him, there are too many questions about who exactly he is. She begins to not trust him and turns more to Ian. However Ian also may not be who he seems. There are several plot twist at the end that leave a lot more questions than answers. I wanted to see a few key points of the plot answered like why were the the Dybbuk sent to Gemma's town? What exactly was her role in all of it? Considering how exciting the book is and the need to set up the next book it is a minor flaw in an otherwise very enjoyable story. I'm sure that as the series progresses all my questions will be answered, so I will just have to be patient.Overall this is an exciting read with lots of adventure and plenty of leave the seat of your pants moments. I'm definately going to have to read the next book just so I can find out what happens to Gemma, Thom, Ian, and all her friends. I would recommend reading this and then comment below! I would LOVE to chat about the book because there were lots of OMG moments. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars and a couple of thumbs up.I received this as a "first reads" novel from the author on Goodreads and in no way did this sway my review.

  • Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)
    2019-04-04 07:52

    Where do I start, first of all thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of this book in return for an honest review.Second, I LOVE the cover of this book. It is what caught my eye. It reminds me of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, both of which I adored.I wasn’t expecting this story, it really, really captivated me. It starts with Gemma, a girl you immediately know has a story and she does. She is returning back to school following the tragic accident that claimed the life of her beloved twin brother Brian and friends Jenny and Mimi.She is disconnected to her dad and apart from her friend Charlotte the rest of the school blame her for the deaths. She also has a ghost camping out on her front lawn, a new sexy teacher Mr Flynn and a mysterious new boy Ian.Then she sees them, dark, black shadowy mists that are lurking on the edge, waiting and watching. When her nemesis Allison, Brian’s former girlfriend attacks her she sees the blackness is consuming her. It’s in her eyes. When Ian comes to her rescue he tells her he sees them too.She sparks a friendship with him but also Mr Flynn, a rather yummy character suggests she join his book club. When she reluctantly agrees she realizes she is the only member and Mr Flynn wants to teach her how to summon demons by performing the sigil ritual and chanting from an old grimoire.What I loved about this story was the easy style of writing, the character development and the way AJ didn’t candy coat Gemma’s grief, guilt or fear of what was happening. The story flowed and grew with excellent fluidity and you were kept on the hook of wanting more by the ease of flow.The story built great momentum and even though you knew either Mr Flynn or Ian were double crossing her it wasn’t obvious. As the shadows were closing in, taking their hold on the towns people was when it really took off. The scene where she is trapped in the locker room by Allison and Matt was explosive, it was the catalyst to everything going to hell in a hand basket.WhatthehellGemma draws her line of who she trusts (Ian) and who she thinks is leading her to hell (Mr Flynn) and then it explodes. I couldn’t turn the page (if you can still say that reading a kindle) fast enough. The summoning of Abbadon was intense and shocking, as too was the bigger story of her mother and her relationship with her brother.More than that, you could see what was there in the beginning coming together with the ending to make the story complete. I knew when what came from the chamber not to return was the set up for the next adventure and I’m happy to say it didn’t end on one of those annoying cliff hangers that has you face planted in the sofa for weeks wondering what just hit you. But you know there is more to come.This is the first book for AJ Salem and she has done a fabulous job. It had hints of Maya Dyer as well as Beautiful Creatures with a whole host of demonology just to be the right side of awesome. I give it massive thumbs up.

  • Meg
    2019-04-04 11:13

    ~ I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~So if you have been following Maddi and I for a while you will be well versed in my obsession with books that have a religious undertone. Of course when I saw that such a book was up for grabs on NetGalley I couldn’t help but request a copy. Was I disappointed? No, I wasn’t.Salem has written a beautiful debut novel that puts a twist on the old heaven and hell eternal war. The imagination that has gone into creating this urban fantasy world is genius. As a reader you become fully immersed in this world and the tragedy that has fallen upon our main character. Although I did have several issues with Gemma, mainly because she wasn’t as desperate to find answers to impending questions when weird things started happening, she was still witty and a loveable main character.The love interests felt somewhat forced, and I still don’t really feel as though anyone would have fallen for Ian..regardless of how hot he is. I felt as though his character was trying to be the sarcastic devilish handsome book-guy that has appeared in countless novels in the same form. The fact that he was linked to the Drift, a secret tunnel world that aloud you access to different realms, made him a whole lot more interesting. I thought that part of the novel was brilliant. That and how everytime Gemma would call upon a demon or angel that she was then tattooed with their sigil..awesome.What really carried the book for me was the lore. It was incredibly interesting with the black smoke beings possessing people, the tunnels as mentioned before, and even the secret club that made everybody loved was hot. Unfortunately I just felt that reactions to particular events didn’t seem realistic and the romance felt forced where Gemma excused weirdness by highlighting that it was ok because the guy was delicious looking.It was a quick read with an interesting tale. I wasn’t a massive fan of the characters, but the world was incredibly creative and written beautifully. This is one that you should give a go if you are into epic battles involving religious events.

  • Shelly Phillips
    2019-04-11 11:01

    I won this book from goodreads...LOVED IT!!I couldn't put this book down..I fell in love with Gemma Pope and I can't wait to read more from A.J. Salem.What happened to THOM?? Can't wait for his return!!

  • Fandom Monthly
    2019-04-03 09:52

    REVIEWER: GRACE Demon by AJ Salem book review (spoiler free)Rate:3 of 5 stars★★★Book reviewer: GraceI'd give this book 3 of 5 stars.As a tough book critic, I usually give a book above a 3-3.5 rating. The highest I've really ever given a book was a four. Given that, I actually enjoyed this book a lot.I love how Almost Demon is a bit of everything. Paranormal, sci-fi, romance, historical, it's everything. That's what makes it unique.But, there were some parts in the book that I did not quite understand. It was confusing sometimes. I don't think I ever ended up incompletely understanding the whole grimoire demon chanting sigil tattoo thing. I would have liked a more elaborate explanation.The actual idea of summoning demons and such reminded me a bit of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Why? Because in the first few book City of Bones, Valentine summons downworlders and demons. But this is a fantasy novel and all fantasy novels have something in common.One thing that I liked a lot, was how there were lots of flashback scenes throughout the book. They were very descriptive and really told you what our main character Gemma has been going through all along since the accident. That was definitely a plus for me. Another thing that I liked was when first start the book, you are immediately thrown into Gemma's world of suffering. It makes the actual reading experience that much more realistic.Overall, it was a fairly quick read.I liked it. Almost Demon is a vivid and insightful page turner. What a debut novel. It had almost everything I wanted in a YA sci-fi novel. It's heartbreaking, humorous, and enthralling at the same time. You'll want to read this one. I'd give it a go.View all my GoodReads reviews

  • Meredith
    2019-03-27 04:11

    Almost Demon had a lot of potential with an intriguing plot. I was really excited to read it. Unfortunately, it didn’t completely live up to my expectations.The MC, Gemma, was very passive in the book. She didn’t question anyone or anything and she trusted everything everyone said. Maybe if there had been more background concerning Gemma after the accident – what happened, when she started seeing ghosts, how she handled it, etc – then I would believe her not questioning all the supernatural stuff that happened. Clearly she’s used to seeing weird things because she can see the Dybbuk. But we had very little else to go on and it just made it hard to comprehend how Gemma could be so accepting and trusting, without really questioning anything or worrying if she was doing the wrong thing. Especially with Mr. Flynne and Ian.. She barely knew them and she acted as though they were the most honest and trust-worthy people in her life, like they would never steer her wrong.I didn’t trust Mr. Flynne at all. I didn’t really fall for Ian or trust him completely, either. Gemma kind of has a crush on both guys, but I didn’t really picture her with either of them.The Dybbuk and the possessions were really frustrating, especially where Allison was concerned. I know she was possessed and therefore not herself, but the things she said and did really irritated me. It was too much. I know the Dybbuk are evil and all that, but it was just too much drama and bitchiness for me. I felt the same way with the scenes with the Dybbuk and her father. I actually almost DNF’d because of the Allison scenes, but I pushed through because the plot had me intrigued and I really wanted to find out what happened next and see how it ended.About halfway through, I had a hunch who “Ghosty” was. In the end, my hunch was proved to be right! So that was kind of cool.Some of the scenes happened way too fast. There was no build-up, no time to process everything and then before you know it, the scene is over, the event has passed and there is very little explanation afterwards of what happened. I was actually really confused at times. I had to re-read a lot of sections.Near the end, there were two pretty significant revelations concerning two characters. But… They really didn’t come as a surprise for me. I had already figured both out – most of it, anyway. It was a little bit anti-climatic, honestly. There were so many places in the book where it was obvious something wasn’t right with those characters. And because it was so predictable, it took the fun out of finding out the truth.In general, the writing and plot had so much potential, but it was too flat and too fast and I didn’t pick up on the feeling of danger or impending doom. I felt very detached from the story and the characters. It DID get brownie points for being set in the Hudson Valley (Hometown advantage, FTW!).Overall, I had some issues with Almost Demon but it wasn’t a bad read at all. I know I’ve said it a lot, but it had so much potential and I did enjoy the overall concept of the story. It had a fairly unique plot and that definitely made it more interesting and noteworthy. I’m definitely interested in seeing what Salem comes up with next!You can also find more from me on my blog: Pandora's Books

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    2019-04-12 09:06

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog were a lot of things in Almost Demon that didn't work for me and it felt very much like a first time writer's work. As well, I think quite a bit of the book felt like I'd read it before: pseudo biblical mythology, missing mysterious mother who may have powers, distant father, mysterious boy coming on to her, etc. It was like pieces were taken from more popular novels such as Beautiful Creatures or the Infernal Devices books.The plot follows Gemma, a girl rebounding after the death of her brother and good friends in a car accident. She's reviled by the school, bullied, and has only her good friend Charlotte, a very lucky person, to depend upon. As she starts school, she is greeted by a 20 year old teacher 'hottie' and a new young boy student (also 'hottie'). One wants to teach her how to summons demons and the other wants to take her to mystical places. Both know she can see minor demons/ghosts since the accident. The demons start attacking, taking over souls, and causing mayhem - leading Gemma to decide she needs to use her powers to contract with demons and find answers. But she's meddling where she should and is about to let hell loose.At times, I felt like I was reading a rejected Buffy the Vampire Slayer script. The writing felt immature and as a result, so did the characters. Gemma is supposed to have spirit yet blithely accepts all that is happening around her and happily starts summoning demons - despite being warned not to many times. The demons are continually attacking but completely randomly - they only seem to do it after she's had time to go off on a romantic interlude with mysterious boy or hang out at a slunber party with her friends (never mind that the demons are causing people to be psychotic and kill). As such, the book lacks impetus and tension - and an overall mood. Characters act only in the moment, as if there were car accidents killing friends or librarians suddenly going psychotic and trying to kill masses. Everyone just accepts something happens and there are no consequences.As well, there is a lot of innuendos - no one ever just tells things normally. E.g., she's warned several times not to follow 'him' - but no one ever says which him, so of course it's an obvious writer tactic to 'surprise' the reader with the reveal at the end. It can be eye rolling at times as a result. Plots, scenes, and dialogues lack good connector descriptives or segue ways - making following scenes particular abrupt and jarring. Characters often have hidden backgrounds and they just casually state it and no one reacts.Add in a lot of unimaginative 'magic' (draw a rune, say some random biblical words, up pops demon or angel) and you get the idea that perhaps the author should have waited and put more depth into the writing/story/plot.Received as an ARC from the publisher.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2019-04-10 09:13

    Gemma has finally returned to school after the accident – the accident in which her twin brother and her two best friends died. The accident that half the town and most of the school blames on her.That’s a lot to deal with. Thankfully she has some distractions with an after-school book club that comes with lessons on how to summon demonsBut summoning demons isn’t a mere amusement – with people of the town being possessed by the shadowy Dybbuk in greater and greater numbers, Gem’s ability to summon angels and demons may be the only thing to save them all.All of that is excellent. It’s fascinating. It’s intriguing. It has elements I have rarely seen in any other book. It has an amazing foundation. I could love this book. I could love this series. It could very easily be one of my favourites. I love the idea of summoning angels and demons and the tattoos they leave behind. I love the idea of channelling their powers and creating debts and favours and working to discover exactly which angel or demon you need for each job. I really like the way that the demons and angels are portrayed – human but not with lots of edges.The descriptions, especially of the alien realms, are really vivid and powerful. Gem herself is well described and characterised and makes for a solid protagonistThe idea behind the story is truly excellent and one I really enjoyed. The demonic plotting and Gem’s slow learning as more and more of the supernatural is revealed to her, the Dybbuk, lost souls possessing people and slowly consuming the entire town adds a perfectly created sense of urgency that really drives the plot and the decisions. Their actions both make the story very personal as people Gem loves are affected while also being almost apocalyptic in the damage it could unleash on the world, let alone the town.ButYes. But.But there were elements that I thought were completely unnecessary additions that served to confuse the story – such as the headmistress of the school being a witch. She added nothing to the story, she did very little, she achieved nothing but a distraction.An integral element of this story is that everyone blames Gem for her brother and her best friends’ death. The reasoning behind this, even when explained, is convoluted and confusing to say the least and, again, it adds nothing to the story beyond a need to add an extra layer of angst on Gem. And having just lost her twin brother and 2 best friends, was there any need to up the ante on the angst dial? Instead it was a clumsy tool to create a clumsy Mean Girl whose purpose was pretty much limited to being a Mean Girl. We then got to see a large number of people persecuting a grieving girl who lost 3 people she loved for those people’s deaths – it was unnecessary, pretty difficult to believe (how many people would think attacking her in this manner was remotely acceptable – let alone a majority?) and it just didn’t add one single relevant note to the story.Read More

  • Katherine Paschal
    2019-04-24 04:14

    Ever since the car accident that killed her twin brother and two good friends and left her in a coma, Gemma has seen black floating shapes. She tries to pretend that her world didn’t fall apart with her twin’s death, but she has distanced herself from her past life. When senior year of school starts, Gemma dreads going back for good reason. Everyone seems to blame her for the deaths, and the black shapes have multiplied. When the blackness starts to seep into people and cause them to attack her, Gemma knows she is in trouble.I was not a fan of this book. Some parts I found incredibly interesting, like the portals, demon summoning, the physic reading, and the black shapes. But nothing meshed well for a complete story. The book was so choppy and skipped around a lot, that at times I was confused as to what was going on and who was saying what. I ended up being completely disconnected from the plot, and only kept reading because a)I hoped it would get better, and b)I hate not finishing books.Gemma was a terrible character, so incredibly meek even though all these people told her how strong she was. She basically was a mindless pawn for everyone. People would tell her to do something and she just would. Every once in a while she would question them, and they would say ”don’t question me” or “later” and that was enough to convince her to do their bidding. And she did some crazy things with no explanation- riding in unknown portals, summoning demons…just to name a few. She was ridiculous. Also, she let her brother’s girlfriend beat her up repeatedly without putting up a fight. Seriously? Oh and she slept with a boy she knows nothing about, but because he said he would wait for her. Wow, that’s desperate. She has a fear or cars but then hops on a motorcycle because someone tells her to. So much more dangerous than a car, but whatever. I really couldn’t find anything redeemable about her for me to like. She has two potential love interests, neither one we know anything about, but that’s completely fine, let’s just go with the flow. Maybe I am too inquisitive to be able to relate to her.There were so many things that happened in the book with really no explanation to the why or the how. There is a psychic who does a reading and freaks out at Gemma but I had no idea why, never was explained. There are many scenarios like that that really just left me stumped, like the author forgot and moved on. The book felt like it was suppose to be a eerie supernatural story, but at times felt like a coming of age story with dealing with loss and acceptance, friendship, sex and overcoming fears. It just really didn’t mesh for me. This is the first in a new series, but I don’t think I will be reading any more. I am sure some people will really like this book, but it was not for me.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    2019-03-29 04:04

    Almost Demon was an engaging read, and I found it very easy to just let myself sit and flow from chapter to chapter. It was a really good mix of demons, angels, spells and gates to hell with a touch of not happy ever after. Whether demon, angel, human, or otherwise, each character has his or her own distinct personality that isn’t necessarily what one would expect (like - an angel with a tattered robe and a nail-biting habit who blithely refuses to help rid the town of aggressive spirits, a beady-eyed, overweight demon in a mustard-colored suit and purple shirt trying to kick a smoking habit who likes to call Gemma “chicky.”) Gemma herself had a snarky sense of humor that makes her fun to read.The plot:Gemma has finally returned to school after the accident – the accident in which her twin brother and her two best friends died. An integral element in this story - everyone blames Gemma for her brother and her best friends’ death, even her own father. By following Gemma, we ventured into a rather dark story populated by strange creatures who take possession of bodies and bring a lot of disasters. This is an action-adventure fantasy that establishes a quick pace right from the start. In the first fifty pages, Gemma is attacked by her brother’s possessed former girlfriend, meets the hot new boy in school who shows her a portal to other dimensions, survives the local librarian going postal in the middle of story time, and finds herself the only member of a mysterious new teacher’s “book club,” in which she studies an ancient book of magic and practices summoning demons.After introducing to Thom and Ian she learn about attraction and desire and... manipulation. Most of the time she is very busy learning to communicate with demons,in purpose to bring order to her school,to her city and especially to her life. Her relationship with her father (the overworked scientist) is weird - he oscillate between Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide and she never now she is going to meet, Until she discovered the secrets that surrounding her birth ... I love the idea of summoning angels and demons and the tattoos they leave behind. I love the idea of channeling their powers and creating debts and favors and working to discover exactly which angel or demon you need for each job.

  • Carrie Mansfield
    2019-04-22 03:17

    Two reviews in as many days! And yes, I read this book in like three hours and change. After the bit of a slog that Thief's Magic was, and knowing that the next several books I'm going to be doing are ARCs, I wanted to pick something that would be fun to read and preferably YA (for the easier read). Although I couldn't remember what the story was supposed to be about I love the cover and the title just kept calling out to me so I decided to read this.I read the first 5% at break. I finished maybe another chapter or two at lunch. I finished the rest after work. It was fast, it was breezy, and it was fun. It's a nice mix of the kind of high school drama you could expect after the unexpected death of several popular students and a magic system that, while nothing radically new, at least had enough flourishes to make it feel a bit fresh.You can see at least one of the twists regarding the real identities of one of the players coming, but it isn't too obvious and you're still not exactly sure of whom is whom on all the major players at the end of this book.While this isn't the kind of book that focuses on character development, Gemma is a nice enough MC and the relationship between her and Charlotte feels good and legit; you can buy that these two really are friends. There is a mean-girl/bullying aspect of it, but at least the person behind it isn't a bitch because the plot demands it, but at least has a reason for it and there is some resolution there which is nice too.This book doesn't attempt to reinvent the paranormal YA wheel and it doesn't need to, it knows what it wants to do and it does it well. If a sequel comes out (as of writing this review I can't find anything definitive) I'll definitely give it a look.

  • Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
    2019-04-10 04:16

    I'd give this book 3 of 5 stars.As a tough book critic, I usually give a book above a 3-3.5 rating. The highest I've really ever given a book was a four. Given that, I actually enjoyed this book a lot.I love how Almost Demon is a bit of everything. Paranormal, sci-fi, romance, historical, it's everything. That's what makes it unique.But, there were some parts in the book that I did not quite understand. It was confusing sometimes. I don't think I ever ended up incompletely understanding the whole grimoire demon chanting sigil tattoo thing. I would have liked a more elaborate explanation.The actual idea of summoning demons and such reminded me a bit of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Why? Because in the first few book City of Bones, Valentine summons downworlders and demons. But this is a fantasy novel and all fantasy novels have something in common.One thing that I liked a lot, was how there were lots of flashback scenes throughout the book. They were very descriptive and really told you what our main character Gemma has been going through all along since the accident. That was definitely a plus for me. Another thing that I liked was when first start the book, you are immediately thrown into Gemma's world of suffering. It makes the actual reading experience that much more realistic.Overall, it was a fairly quick read.I liked it. Almost Demon is a vivid and insightful page turner. What a debut novel. It had almost everything I wanted in a YA sci-fi novel. It's heartbreaking, humorous, and enthralling at the same time. You'll want to read this one. I'd give it a go.

  • BookLoversLife
    2019-04-01 09:04

    Emma is the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her twin brother and two best friends! Since that day she has been seeing strange dark shadows and strange happenings in her town. Is she going mad? What is happening to her once peaceful town?Her questions are answered with the arrival of 2 new people. The English Lit teacher and the handsome Ian. From that moment on her world is turned upside down with the knowledge they give her. Almost Demon took me awhile to get into. It started off fairly slowly but once the story took off I really enjoyed it. I liked Gemma. She has so much to deal with but still stays strong. Nearly everyone at school hates and blames her for the crash and they turn against her. Her brothers girlfriend has it really in for her. Is she blaming Gemma or is it something more sinister? What I didnt like about Gemma was she seemed to trust both Ian and Thom and believe them straight away! I felt she could of questioned more. I know she starts to doubt Thom more but still!! The whole story and lore is what drew me in. I loved the whole demon taking over people element and causing mayhem! I loved how the marks appeared after summoning. I loved the other realms parts and the many little bits that made up the whole. Overall Almost Demon was fascinating and unique and was an interesting debut filled with twists, turns and mystery. There are so many plot twists and different things that come together to make the story so much more explosive! Its a rollercoaster of a book and I'm really looking forward to book 2!!

  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    2019-04-19 10:59

    I almost liked Almost Demon. The story had all this potential! It had demons, summonings, and things that go bump in the night. Those are some of my favorite things so why then did I not it?Well, first off, the main character Gemma was all over the place. One second she was curious about what was going on around her and the next second she didn’t care and would rather go on a run. I never felt like I actually got to know her. It was like I knew things about her but didn’t connect with her as a person. Gemma felt superficial. The second reason I didn’t care for this story was because of the terrible love triangle-ish thing that was happening. Gemma meets two guys, Ian a new kid in town, and her English teacher Mr. Flynn. She develops different kinds of relationships with both guys but there is a romantic tilt to each of them and I couldn’t stand either character. Ian was always rather sketchy, and Mr. Flynn kept secrets and came off as controlling. There wasn’t much to like.The final nail in the coffin was Almost Demon’s terribly jumpy plotline. There was so much going on that nothing was given the correct amount of page time. Things were either explained in painful detail or glossed over. I felt like I only got half the story and was left to piece together the pieces for myself.Overall, despite featuring some of my favorite things this novel was not for me. I failed to connect to any of the characters and found the world building and explanations lacking.

  • Mrs.
    2019-04-05 06:54

    "Almost Demon" is a book about...yes, demons. Oh, and Angels. The main character, Gemma, has just lost her brother and two best friends in a horrific car crash. This has left just her and her dad at her home and her dad is very angry over the accident yet also very overprotective of Gemma. It is an odd mix that Gemma can't figure out which makes her home life a little difficult. Now let's throw in high school and her brother's girlfriend who is also angry over the accident and determined to make Gemma's life difficult and you have the high school drama in there. Since the accident, Gemma sees these black "thing" hovering everywhere, one in particular near her house. She thinks they are ghosts, but aren't sure what to do about them. At school, she has her first run in with the ghosts as they begin possessing her friends, who then attack her! Thankfully there is a new substitute who decides to take Gemma under his wings and teach her the finer points of summoning demons and angels and gives her a crash course in demonology and writing sigils. She also finds a new boyfriend who takes her running through the demon world called Drifts. This is where I begin to get irritated. Really? You walk into the Drifts, which smell like sulfur, and you don't get the idea that you might be dealing with someone not-so-nice? The author is good about confusing you on who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, but that's about all I can say for this book. I don't think I will be getting book 2. It just didn't grab me the way other demon & angel books have.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-04 05:56

    While the over-all plot to this novel was fine, there were some glaring factual errors in my copy that could have been easily caught. One I remember off the top of my head was incorrectly referring to MMA by a different name. There were quite a few other similar, easy to correct errors as well. Another glaring issue I had was continuity issues. The first time I finished my book was late at night, so I decided to reread it, not wanting to believe the time jumps. Unfortunately, I was correct in my first read through. There were major jumps in the timeline. Entire hours or days in major events went by without a word. It made the story jarring and hard to follow.Over-all, the main character (Gemma) was a superficial, but well hashed out teenager. Her personality was a bit all over the place, but that could be said about teenagers in general. Give everything, I feel as if she could have been a bit less naive, With the other characters, besides Mr. Flynn and Ian, they came off as two dimensional. All of the development went into the three mentioned above.I will say Salem did very well with misdirecting who is the good character and who is not. While there are some very obvious clues that a reader could pick up, in general she kept you guessing until the end.I feel that the novel is a good first novel. While there are things that could be improved (and the desperate need for an editor), the plot itself is solid and has potential for later novels.

  • Heather
    2019-04-23 10:56

    “So, have you given much thought to your demon of choice?...” “How about him? Pointing to a half man, half lion riding a bear with a serpent in hand.” That breezy, summer afternoon changed everything. The twisted pile of steel on the side of the highway took Gemma’s twin brother, two of her best friends, and although she survived, it ended her average teen life. After that day she was plagued with grief, guilt and visions - dark things – Dybbuks. Gemma returned to school in a cloak of blame. Everyone in town believed the accident was her fault. But, two new mysterious men in her life offer a glint of hope. Ian, the incredibly gorgeous new guy who smells of cinnamon and spice and is surprisingly into her; and her new, cute English teacher Mr. Flynn, who dedicates himself to teaching her how to become a demonic summoner. AJ Salem’s debut novel was a fast paced, suspenseful page-turner that kept me up all night cheering Gemma on as she fought to save Harrisport from evil. As a former fanatic of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mystery novel enthusiast, this book hit home. I appreciated that AJ Salem, effectively wove demonic history and mythology into the plot making it an interesting read as well as entertaining, much like another one of my favorite novels, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I’m eagerly awaiting the second volume of The Sigil Cycle.

  • Jodi
    2019-04-12 04:16

    I actually think this novel is worth a 3.5, but review sites usually won't let you select half stars.Almost Demon is the debut title from AJ Salem, and while it isn’t a perfect piece, it is a great start in both writing and the intended series, The Sigil Cycle. I fully expect that by the time the story has come to a close Ms. Salem will have addressed most of my concerns and questions from this novel and blossomed fully as an accomplished writer.Starting the senior year of high school is difficult enough, but Gemma Pope is struggling with the aftermath of a horrible car accident that took the life of her twin brother, Brian, and her best friends while leaving her physically and emotionally scarred. Everyone in town blames her for the deaths since she was the one behind the wheel when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. To complicate matters Gemma began seeing strange dark coloured spirits after she awoke in the hospital, and she isn’t sure if her perceptions have changed from the near death experience or if she’s slowly going insane. The new year will bring a lot of changes into her life, and Gemma’s going to have to find her own inner strength to make it through them all.My full review is available at Almost Demon by AJ Salem.

  • Lucie Paris
    2019-03-25 06:54

    3.5 starsA very good mix of demons, spells and attempt to close the gates of hell with a touch of not happy ever after kind of romance. A good entertainment!Following Gemma, the reader ventured into a rather dark story populated by strange creatures who take possession of bodies, the city and bring a lot of disasters. Busy learning to communicate with demons, to bring some order in her school, her city and especially in her life, Gemma goes from one discovery to another.She also discovers the attraction, desire and the ease with which she can be manipulated. More importantly, she discovers the secrets surrounding her birth ...The characters created are intriguing by the many secrets they keep especially Thom and Sam. As for Charlotte, she made ​​me smile by her eccentric friendship ... With the help of the heros, the author will embark you easily into her world.Well written, the reader travel into parallel worlds while invoking demons, while following Gemma, he is forcing to fight to save the world from destruction in a world where good and evil are not always well established... This novel is a cross between Supernatural and Charmed with a teen for a heroin Not bad at all ...Lucie

  • Rachel
    2019-03-29 10:17

    This will be a spoiler free review but will contain aspects of the plot.This is definitely not a book for people who have a strict feelings on the more holy side of religion and get easily offended when something suggests otherwise.This was a fantastic book. The development of plot and character was amazing, and the intriguing world-building was unique.. It has romance involved but, like so many other books, it fortunately does not overwhelm the story. That's a huge deal to me, in fact "romance that doesn't overwhelm the central conflict" is what earns my reviews the fifth star. This is a good book to read if you are interested in non-fantasy magic/sigils. The characters are well done and despite the protagonist having unique abilities, there is no special-snowflake syndrome. It has a satisfying, climatic end and many beautiful, intriguing plot points throughout the book. If you like darker-themed books with subtle romance subplot, climatic ends and perfect character development, then Almost Demon is worth the read.

  • Heather A
    2019-04-01 09:16

    I snagged this one when it was available as a read it now on Netgalley. Turned out to be quite good. Ordinary teen Gemma is trying to get her life back together after a terrible accident she seems to be taking the blame for. A hot new teacher and a new boy show up, Gemma learns she had the ability to summon demons & angels. World building was quite good and Gemma was a likeable lead character. My main issues with her were that she seemed to accept things a little too easily. New teacher guy trains her in demon summoning and hot new guy has some mystical secrets of his own. All if which she seems to accept without much questions. Though there were some good twists towards the end that changed the plot pretty well. Some more mystery and hints of a possible sequel as well. All in all a good read and I would definitely read more from this author.

  • Geena Bean
    2019-04-19 09:53

    What else can I say about this book other than the fact that it was non-stop excitement with every page turned! Salem delivers an epic storyline in what can only be described as mysterious, thrilling, addictive and captivating. I couldn't help but to become attached to the protagonist, Gemma, and all of her strengths, weaknesses and constant battles within herself. Salem managed to bring about characters whom weren't over the top but likable in the sense that I could actually picture them as if they went to the same school with me. I thoroughly enjoy reading books where I can relate to the surroundings, character development and overall theme and Almost Demon does just that. I would highly recommend this book to any teenager or adult, for that matter. I'm looking forward to the next addition to this highly anticipated series.

  • Rachel Amphlett
    2019-04-17 09:04

    3.5 starsThe cover artwork for this book caught my eye first, which is what made me want to read it. Paranormal/YA isn’t a genre I normally read (Jim Butcher’s “Harry Dresden” series being the exception) and I must be one of the few who hasn’t either read the “Twilight” series or watched the movies – so I admit, I did start “Almost Demon” with a bit of trepidation.I shouldn’t have worried. There were a couple of sequences where I lost the thread, but it was quickly explained within a few more pages. The interplay between Gemma and the people around her involved very natural dialogue and the descriptions of the malevolent spirits which appear in Gemma’s home town is truly creepy.It's a quick read, and that's simply because I didn't want to put it down - the last third of the book is excellent.I’d happily read the next in the series and look forward to its release.

  • Jennifer Scott
    2019-03-28 11:19

    I received a copy of this story from Net Galley. Yay books!Possible spoilers head.I'm not even going to lie about this one...I couldn't finish it. I got through a lot of it by forcing myself to keep reading. But I couldn't force myself to finish it. I thought the idea of the story was great...the excussion of it was seriously lacking though. The story was way too faced paced, meaning that there wasn't emotions or feelings with the words. Then at other times, somethinwould happen and the people would be screaming at another, and I was just sitting here asking "why?".The main character, Gemma, made me want to smack her a few times. Because, really? First day of senior year and you meet two people that can see what you do, but you don't tell either of them about the other? Wouldn't that have worked out for everyone? But like I said...I don't finish. I couldn't finish.

  • Jess
    2019-04-10 06:14

    *I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Salem Books Inc. and A.J. Salem*2.5 stars.Waking up after a car accident that resulted in the deaths of her twin brother and two of her best friends, Gemma Pope's life takes a turn for the supernatural when she starts seeing black blobs.People in Harrisport start acting strangely and Gemma has to decide if she can trust her new English Lit teacher Mr Flynn or the mysterious Ian who is new to town.I have mixed feelings about this book.On the one hand I liked the supernatural aspect and Salem's take on angels and demons.However, I thought that Gemma was too accepting of the events that happened and didn't question many things.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-28 08:54

    Gemma survived the car accident that killed her two best friends and her brother. Her father's become distant, and it seems everyone blames her for the deaths. To top it all off, she's seeing things. Creepy black blobs, that hover around and sometimes follow her. A few bright spots surface. One of her friends reconnects with her, her English Lit teacher seems to know things she might need to know, and she meets a boy who can take her on incredible journeys. But then she learns about the demons...Some of the plot was predictable, some not, but the absolute high spots for me were Gemma's relationships. The characters and their feelings felt real.(Provided by publisher)

  • Emily Crow
    2019-04-10 03:56

    A fun YA paranormal story. There were some interesting ideas in this novel, and it (mostly) kept my interest, but it was a bit frustrating, because it could have been so much better with a bit more polishing. Some scenes which should have been quite suspenseful were glossed over much too quickly, and some other passages--such as the protagonist texting her friends--would have been better summed up in a sentence or two. But I don't want to be too negative, as I really did see a lot of potential for better things to come. Almost Demon is Salem's first novel, and I would definitely be curious to see how her work progresses.**I won this book as a First Reads Giveaway.**

  • Nicola
    2019-04-08 08:15

    I did like it but ..... there are many, many good things about this book and it is very readable. However for me there was absolutely way too much 'suspend disbelief'. I can deal with that aspect of fantasy novels better than most but this was way out there. The protagonist is about 17 but she is as innocent and clueless as an 8 yr old. There was something lacking about her emotionally as well so yes the book could have been better but that being said its a good debut novel and if the author can smooth out the wrinkles (making the plot more believable and injecting emotion into the dialogue in particular) then I think this could grow into an excellent series.