Speak of the Devil, Book 1
Synopsis: Families can be hell.
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.
Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angellically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.
Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.
Review: With the release of the second book, I thought it was finally time to read this first novel. I won it a long time ago on a blog but I never got into it as I always had something else to read. What a mistake! I was completely swept away by the story and the writing style of Patricia Eimer.
Faith tries hier best to live a normal life, but it’s difficult when you have a family as unusual as hers. Yes, because she is the youngest daughter of Satan. But she lives far away from them in an apartment in Pittsburg, and even worked as a nurse in a hospital, something she loves to do. She is supposed to be evil, but irritating her father is always a good opportunity, so she does what she wants without any real consequences. We also discover her roommate Lisa become succubus recently transformed by Tolliver, another son of the devil. This new state is very complicated for her, especially when she needs to feed on men. She has never learned to control her powers and ends without realizing it by killing Harold, the department head of the Faith hospital and turned him into a ghost. The life of our heroine continues like that without really hooks until her family decides to visit her during her only one week of relaxation she was granted. You can imagine that having her father, her mother, her sister Hope and her husband with her brother at home, will completely mess up her day. Each child has something to hide, trying not to be noticed by their father, but he is much more insightful than expected. Hope is in a deep depression following her separation with her husband, a demon who fell in religion. In addition, Tolliver is determined to make succumb Lisa to his charm; Satan wants to reconnect with his children and his wife. Besides talking about his wife, she is very very special! Roisin has very original ideas and is completely crazy. We always wonder how she found some of her deductions, such as her husband Satan, even if he is several millennia old, is not immortal. Yes, because she is convinced of that! Added to these characters, we also meet Matt, the charming neighbor Faith likes. His character is really interesting and I was intrigued by him from the beginning of the book. I must say he has a lot to teach us! I confess that I never expected to cross Jesus, God and other characters. Jesus is really different from what we might imagine, but it was nice to have the chance to find him like that. But that’s not all, our beloved Faith finds herself with a strange stalker and he could put the lives of each of the members of her family in danger.
I really get into the story from the first chapter and I loved to follow the plot and relationships of all the protagonists. They are all different but all very funny too. We can not doubt the dynamics of this family without knowing them. I really regret for waiting so long to read this first book and I am very happy to be able now to read the second. There are some very good finds throughout the story, and it was a great pleasure to read this first volume. It is for me a very good novel and I can not wait to read more. If you want something funny with atypical characters and a cute little story, do not hesitate to start it, you will not be disappointed!