Author: Sarra Cannon
Published by: Dead River Books
Source: Obtained free from Amazon (on 6/20/2012)
Rating: 2 stars
Summary from Goodreads: Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.
Beautiful Demons has all the elements to be a great book. An orphaned girl with a strange ability, a new town with a secret to hide, the rebel boy trying to stay out of it all, and of course the eerily perfect cheerleaders who run the school. With this novel being as short as it is, I think we missed out a lot on the connections and personality of the novel.
Harper was a great character at the beginning of the novel, but I have a hard time believing that she succumbed to the popularity contest and what it entailed as easy as she did. She seemed stronger than that and out of all the characters in the story she seemed to have the most to fight for. Everyone else in the town is a little freaky. We don't get to learn much about everyone else, though they do seem a little off right from the start.
There is a secret surrounding Shadowford and Peachville High. Like Harper, we get to uncover bits and pieces as the novel proceeds without actually getting the whole story. This frustrated me a bit because I have a hard time when I'm not given enough details to comprehend what is happening. Even after finishing the novel, I don't understand everything that happened or the history and mystery that surrounds the town.
While I think Beautiful Demons had all the parts to become a great story, they didn't really fall into place for me. Hopefully the next book in the series will explain more and everything will click into place.