A Demon Does it Better by Linda Wisdom is a fun and entertaining novel full of magic- exactly what I’ve come to expect from this author. My first book by Linda was Hex in High Heels (my review) and I loved it. I wanted more so when A Demon is a Girl’s Best Friend (my review) came across my radar I jumped at it. I was hooked! Linda’s Demon series is fantastic and as I’ve found with all of her books that once I pick it up I have a really hard time putting it down until I reach that last page. A Demon Does it Better kept me up late at night as I got all caught up in the witchy goings-on.
Lili is a very powerful witch; she’s also a healer and doctor. I was excited to learn that Lili was one of the witches that had been banned from the Witches Academy along with Jazz who I met in another book and a few others. She’s also chums with Maggie from A Demon is a Girl’s Best Friend and of course it never hurts to have friends in the Hellion Guard who sport a tattoo of a black widow spider named Elle who can unattach from her arm and become alive. Anyhow, back to Lili. She’s accepted a position to work at Crying Souls hospital because she wants to find out what happened to her friend Sera, a nurse, who disappeared from there. Turns out that there are quite a few more than just Sera and while others think it’s strange that they’ve just up and disappeared nobody is really making any effort to find out why. Well, Lili is surely going to.
Lili ends up being assigned to work in the ‘basement’ where the mentally ill are housed. Lili is downright appalled at the conditions down there and the way that the so called inmates are treated. Even more surprising is she sees that one of the patients is a demon that she has previously seen outside of the hospital. This happens to the be the ever so gorgeous Jared – well gorgeous when he’s not at the hospital being beaten by the orderlies that is. Being a healer Lili feels that these patients in the basement can be healed even though they’ve been labelled as hopeless. Lili voices her concerns to the head doctor but he is a well respected man with years of experience and he pretty much brushes her off. As time goes on though the doctor becomes stranger and stranger and Lili has to find some way to stop him from continuing in his evil ways.
Of course a big part of the book is the romance that blossoms between Lili and Jared. Now you may wonder how a romance or any hanky panky can possibly occur when one is locked in a cell but Jared is a shadow demon and these shadows enable him to move around in the outside world but only for certain time periods. When they decide to pull him back, he’s gone. As things heat up between Lili and Jared, the good old head doctor is up to no good trying to devise a plan to get rid of the both of them. The question is – will he succeed?
As with Linda’s other books her characters are great. Her main characters are always likeable and her side characters are extremely engaging. This time around in A Demon Does it Better we have Cleo the cat. Cleo is one smart cat who often knows things her witch Lili doesn’t but that isn’t the best thing about her – the best thing is she claims to be none other than Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile. Oh yeah, you read that right! She’s hilarious and my favorite line of hers has to be this one…
“”Talk to the paw.” She held up an appendage, offering the witch a wicked smile as long, razor-sharp claws shot out. She lowered it to the metal and etched her name with that painful nails-on-a-chalkboard screech.” (from uncorrected eCopy, final print edition may be different)
As you can see Cleo is one cat not to be messed with. Really folks, this book is entertaining and a great way to spend a few hours. You’re guaranteed a few laughs and a wonderful time with a host of fabulous characters. I can’t wait to see who shows up in the next novel!
You can find Linda on her website, blog, Facebook or Twitter and you can purchase your very own copy of A Demon Does it Better here in the US or here in Canada. Be sure to check back tomorrow as Linda pays a visit to Peeking Between the Pages and answers some of my questions along with a giveaway of a couple of copies of A Demon Does it Better!
Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks through NetGalley. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.