DEMON DERBY by Carrie Harris


Age Range: 12 - 18
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A resolutely tough cancer survivor winds up battling more than just the opposing team when she goes out for roller derby and comes face to face with supernatural enemies in this fast-paced, often funny offering about demon hunters.

In remission from leukemia, ninjutsu black belt Casey still struggles with the fear that she may not be able to rely on her body and with her family and friends’ sharpened concern for her health. When a strange figure whose eyes seem to burst into flame attacks her at a party, her panic that she is hallucinating spurs her to go out for the Apocalypsies, a roller derby team, to prove that she’s as strong as ever. There is plenty to keep readers engaged here, including creepy demons of all descriptions and Casey’s swoon-worthy love interest, Michael, who quickly brings her up to speed regarding the rules of demon hunting. Casey herself is a likable narrator, able to catch her own mistakes and self-aware enough to know that feeling vulnerable makes her angry and that she channels that anger outward to cope with it. Both the descriptions of the derby tryouts and the details of demon hunting seem a bit overcomplicated at times, but they don’t diminish the overall appeal of the book.

A paranormal adventure with both style and heart (on wheels). (Paranormal romance. 12-18)

Pub Date: July 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-385-74217-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2014


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