What can I say? This is the third novella in Ms. Cannon's Demons of Peachville High series and this one really delivers. The stakes are higher than ever, loyalties are questioned, and the Order of Shadow's actions and agenda seem ever more dubious and shady. Harper unexpectedly learns some unsavory bits of history regarding Jackson that threatens their relationship, and she embraces strange and potent new abilities. Mary Ann remains an enigma, and Brook morphs into a mean-spirited, jealous rival. Still, Harper is unwilling to accept defeat, and she challenges authority when she feels it is necessary and right to do so. Harper's moral compass guides her actions and she is firmly anchored by the knowledge that her destiny may await, but the path she chooses to meet that fate will be her own.
I love the way in which the author is expanding this world, introducing new characters with motives and aspirations of their own. This story is filled with surprises and obstacles. I love Harper's resilience and refusal to accept the status quo; rather she is an agent of change and not afraid to ruffle a few feathers (literally) in her quest to more fully understand her role in this strange and elite society. Harper is coming of age, and I am so glad to watch as she learns new talents, occasionally has set-backs, but through it all displays irrepressible optimism and hope. This series is positively spell-binding; each new book surpasses the last with the depth of the characters and the scope of this magical world. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment and unreservedly recommend this series to readers of any age.
So far, life in Peachville has been tough for Harper Madison. She's survived attacks on her life, learned how to control her magic, and met the most gorgeous boy - who also happens to be a demon. After her latest stunt at Brighton Hospital, the Order of Shadows is determined to tighten their control on her life. So when a future Prima from a nearby demon gate comes to town, she and Harper decide to use magic to switch places at a party. All Harper wants is to have a little fun.
But the night will end in blood.
And Harper will find out the attack was meant for her...