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Varsity wrestler Connor Morgan and his mother moved to Portland, Oregon to get away from his drug-addicted father, but they didn't move away from trouble. At his new high school, three heavyweight wrestlers chase him through the halls. He runs away, in his underwear, past the girl he likes, into the January cold.Then something weird happens.The next thing Connor knows, heVarsity wrestler Connor Morgan and his mother moved to Portland, Oregon to get away from his drug-addicted father, but they didn't move away from trouble. At his new high school, three heavyweight wrestlers chase him through the halls. He runs away, in his underwear, past the girl he likes, into the January cold.Then something weird happens.The next thing Connor knows, he is fighting for his life against supernatural evil with the help of new friends as he learns the powers and dangers of his new destiny. The stakes rise as he discovers a powerful enemy bent on destroying more than just his high school. Ultimately, he must embrace his role in an ancient fight if he wants to save the day.And he still has to get good grades and a date for the prom....

Title : Wrestling Demons
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ISBN : 9780998388038
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 174 Pages
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Wrestling Demons Reviews

  • Esther
    2019-02-07 21:17

    Thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I actually just leaped into this book. I didn't want to be influenced, since the cover doesn't really speak to me and I did like the bookblurb. So I had mixed feelings and just decided to go in blank. Turns out I liked the main character a lot, this story is pretty unique and has great side characters and a lot of action!A longer review can be found at Bite Into booksEven though this book had some little things I did not like, I loved the story overall. It's pretty unique and I believe every Urban Fantasy lover would like this story. It's an easy read with a lot of action and a unique set of monsters to be scared of!

  • Mikko Azul
    2019-01-21 20:37

    Fantastic book! Especially for that hard-to-engage YA/MG boy reader group! This story is fast-paced, full of tension and action with a rock solid message.

  • Karen Eisenbrey
    2019-02-11 00:15

    The title might not make you think “lovable,” but that's what Wrestling Demons is. This sports-fantasy mashup is smart, funny, and sweet.It opens with the natural drama of a high-school sporting event, in this case a wrestling match. Protagonist Connor Morgan is big and athletic, good enough to get a varsity slot as a sophomore. But he's the new kid, unsure of himself socially (a nice realistic touch), and on the bad side of the senior he beat out for that varsity slot. After the match, things go weirdly supernatural in a scene that is equal parts horror and farce. Apparently some of Connor's schoolmates are . . . demon hunters? And apparently, so is he.Connor is an appealing character, his inner voice filled with comedy and pathos. His Maori heritage is a nice touch of diversity in the beginning (and should appeal to fans of the movie Moana, too!). With its sports and action emphasis, this is a story aimed at male readers, but with plenty of genuine, natural emotion and strong female characters, including Connor's wrestling teammate (and demon hunter) Sage Kaiser, like-interest Susan Freaking Parker, and his mom, a hardworking nurse who moves herself and Connor frequently to stay away from his dad's addiction issues.Exposition about wrestling and Connor's backstory are handled gracefully, dribbled into the action of the early chapters so even readers with little or no background in the sport can keep up, and Connor's loneliness makes sense. He longs to make connections, but almost doesn't dare because what if he has to move again? But—Susan Freaking Parker seems to like him, and training to fight demons naturally leads to friendship with his fellow champions. Can he dare to care when they're up against a powerful, unknown enemy? Brick does a terrific job of hiding the main villain's identity from both the characters and the reader while providing several plausible candidates, leading to a nailbiter final confrontation in which Connor has to reach down deep and find his real strength.

  • Douglas
    2019-02-13 16:24

    I tend to be a big fan of the urban fantasy -- actually of fantasy in general. Urban fantasy, however, is always interesting as each author explores a different way in which the mythical world intrudes upon on own. Wrestling Demons includes many of the aspects about this general genre that I enjoy: a struggle against good and evil, witty banter, the occasional witty monologue, and of course good action. Author Jason Brick mixes all these well together in a fast-paced young adult novel.What sets this book above most in the broader category is that he takes heavily from eastern mythology, more specifically Japanese folklore. As a result it comes off as fresh and different. Even better, though there's physical action the primary threat is spiritual and frequently dealt with in the spiritual. The oni of the book feed and nurture negative emotions of which there's fertile ground in high school. Having grown up and from my memories of school, I can say he picked a perfect setting. Connor and his friends can see the creatures attacking. The oni are not always defeated with force alone, and they must counter negative with the positive.Even more, this book rests on a foundation of the concept of Bushido. Connor and his friends are each present incarnations of the principles of Bushido. It's an idea that's discussed in depth in one chapter, but after that Brick allows the concept to be a backdrop of the story without hammering the reader about it. Most urban fantasy deals heavily with the ideas of good and evil, but Wrestling Demons offers a strong standard to follow. It makes the overall work stronger and gives the heroes of our story something to grasp tightly to beyond their own judgment. It adds to the work overall.

  • Roxie Prince
    2019-01-28 23:28

    'Wrestling Demons' by Jason Brick⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5Finished on May 11, 2017GIVEN FREE COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR HONEST REVIEWMY REVIEW:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Although I know a little about yokai (I am into monsters of all kinds as a horror junkie), I know very little about martial arts. Still, I was able to really get into and enjoy this book. The monsters in this book, to most of us here in the west, are new and interesting and especially creepy. They aren't like anything we have really experienced before, and the Bushido Champions, too, are compelling. Brick has created characters that are sweet and likable and true to their names. I especially liked all of the quirky movie references. They provided the perfect amount of comedy relief. Brick's characters are well-fleshed out and alive, and they make the story come together with a film-like quality as you read. I was absolutely convinced I had the twist figured out, but I didn't. That is always a pleasant surprise. I am forever appreciative of an unpredictable ending. The overall feeling of this felt reminiscent of heroic, team kick-butt tales from the 90s, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers. I'm not sure if that's anything even close to what Brick was going for, but it was an extremely good thing for me. It felt comfortable and empowering and how a good hero story should be told. It was a story of friendship, belonging, and coming home, a lot like those stories were, and I sincerely appreciated that. I can't wait to read the rest of this fun series.

  • Joe
    2019-02-13 22:33

    Wrestling Demons is one of the better YA urban fantasy novels I have read. Brick does an amazing job revealing the characters and drawing you into the story. When you have multiple themes in a single book, the author runs the risk of appealing to only the subset of people who love all the themes. Brick avoids that danger nicely in this book. He sprinkles wrestling and martial arts in as a seasoning, but even if you don't like those, as long as you like the core urban fantasy genre, I think you will like this. The only way I can see it getting in the way is if you actively hate wrestling. As a child of the 70s the mystical martial arts appeal to me and that seasoning made this story pop all the more.My favorite part of the story would require giving spoilers, so I will leave that out of this review and go over my second favorite. Brick's depiction of a teen relationship/crush is spot on. The descriptions of the emotions our protagonist, Connor, feels brought back a flood of memories. He takes you on an emotional ride that will leave you asking for more. In addition to the love story part, just the interaction of Connor with his friends is wonderful.The one word of caution for this book is that there is a scene depicting domestic abuse (as a memory) in which Brick didn't hold back. It was graphic and difficult to read (emotionally). Because of that scene, I would recommend this for more mature teens. That said, if you like urban fantasy and you like reading Y.A., pick up this book.

  • Debby Author
    2019-01-17 23:18

    As an author and writing teacher, I’m asked about good books for young male readers so often that I’ve compiled a list of a fifty novel titles to hand out to students and parents who ask. Now, with the publication of Wrestling Demons by Jason Brick, I’ll have fifty-one. Written in the straightforward style of Gary Paulsen with a dash of Terry Pratchett’s magic, Wrestling Demons features a protagonist/narrator who fights both his own metaphoric darkness and literal evil beings. I think this novel will especially appeal to athletically-inclined boys who might not be regular readers. It’s action-adventure bolstered by references to martial arts and Japanese mythology yet it also features complex family, romantic and friend relationships.For those who want to believe there might be more to reality than meets the eye –Wrestling Demons is funny, poignant and exciting! But be careful because “Oni (demons) feed on negative emotions. High school is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for them.”

  • Heather Ransom
    2019-02-04 00:40

    A perfect balance of dramatic action, entertaining humor, and honest relationships – Wrestling Demons connects us immediately with its characters, creates tension through the twists and turns in plot, and engages us in a fantastic adventure, one that I didn’t want to put down! Developed well beyond the typical YA sports story, Brick infuses the value of true friendship and the strong ties of family in the teen years, in times when hopelessness, anxiety, and sadness can be overwhelming. Struggling to find his place at his new school and with his peers, Connor Morgan encounters a strange new world, one that’s part of everyday life (although most people don’t know about it), realizing his own true, inner strength. From thought-whispering demons to double-leg takedowns, Wrestling Demons leads us on a fast-paced journey, reminding us of the importance of those who will stand by our side through anything, even if it means to the end!

  • Brian
    2019-02-07 18:28

    Fast reading, fast action YA fiction. The hero is a 250 lb wrestling machine, but flawed and vulnerable. Good characterization, well crafted friendships, and lots of action - but who couldn't tell that part from the title? The title of the book tells it all. Good stuff.

  • Deborah Blacklock
    2019-02-05 16:16

    The story is a riveting mix of high school issues, wrestling, and demons. I could not stop reading.

  • Christopher Schmitz
    2019-01-31 18:43

    I finally got around to reading Jason Brick’s Wrestling Demons after the ARC sat at the top of my reading list for a few months. The book felt very familiar to me—I feel like I’ve seen many iterations of this exact book before. In fact, I wrote this book, or one so very similar. This one, however, is better than most… even if it’s written in a first person POV (which, if you follow my reviews, you would know I detest.) The POV does seem to drop at times, but it’s not highly noticeable and far better than the forced perspective many shoehorn authors write a story into.The writing is tight and the YA nature of the book is appropriate and authentic. The protagonist, Connor Morgan seems like a real person and his situations (and responses) feel real. Connor discovers that there is a kind of demonic presence permeating his school. Brick writes this supernatural realm with a detailed hierarchy that is rooted in far eastern mythology and Connor is dragged into this world (this is a familiar trope, and you could look up the comic book I worked on called Warrior Gift of Sight a decade ago to find my own take on it—but Brick executes the story well, perhaps better than most.) I did appreciate the line about how his demonic oni are attracted to drama and misery and that’s why Connor’s school is basically an all-you-can-eat buffet.The story has a great cast of characters and is paced well (though it started a little more slowly than I preferred, but that might be due to the POV demanding a few extra steps to establish characters without an info dump/as-you-know-bob which Brick resists.) (I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review.) I’d recommend this story.

  • Benjamin Gorman
    2019-02-14 20:35

    As you rip through this fast-paced page turner, you'll find yourself bursting into surprised laughter, then leaning forward to see how a fight scene will resolve, then punched in the chest by a heart-hammering moment of family pain or high school betrayal. Reading Wrestling Demons is an enjoyable workout for the body and soul, and you'll turn the last page feeling refreshed and stronger than you were on the first.

  • Sang Kromah
    2019-02-15 16:41

    If you're a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will love Wrestling Demons. There's a perfect balance of real world issues and the supernatural that makes you believe that this could really happen. Excellent writing and an awesome story that many of us can relate to, from being the new kid at school, juggling with family problems and hunting the occasional demon with some of his teammates from the varsity wrestling team.

  • Ignacio Flores
    2019-01-21 20:42

    This is a good book, I like it because they talk about wrestling and demons and I like wrestling and demons. the bests parts is when he fights the demons and how he fight them. I like it because the book teaches us something that was that we do not let the demons let them take over you when you can make nothing happen when you can fight for it.