Devil’s Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez Review


Devil's Daughter

By: Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 260
Series: Lucinda's Pawnshop #1
Devil’s Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez Review

Lucinda is as old as humanity itself, yet perpetually young, beautiful, and endowed with supernatural powers. She lives a double life—human and immortal. Born out of a betrayal of trust between the first woman, Eve, and father Lucifer, Lucinda has worked covertly and subtly for millennia to be true to her mother’s love by subverting her father’s schemes.  In her human guise, she manages Lucinda’s Pawnshop & Antiquary, the doors of which can open to any street anywhere in the world at any time. Mortals who have arrived at a moral or spiritual crossroads are drawn into the mysterious shop. If they acquire one of its cursed artifacts, they may find themselves drafted into Lucifer’s service. And if the Devil's daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?

 
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I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but once I did, I was glad I stuck it out and kept reading instead of just giving up. The pace picks up and flows nicely throughout the rest of the book.

 

Lucinda is, as you can tell by the title, the daughter of the Devil. She runs a pawnshop that can appear where it’s needed. Only those who are ready for it can see and enter the shop. She has developed feelings for a human and spends the rest of the book trying to protect him from those in her life that would prefer to see him dead or worse.

 

I liked the different characters in this book. They were all unique in their own ways and that gave a necessary variety to the story to keep it from being too predictable and helped the story develop in a fun way. While I say it wasn’t too predictable, one of the main ideas in this book is the battle of good versus evil, so to some degree it is predictable, but just not obviously so. That may not make a lot of sense, but once you read the book, you will understand better what I’m saying.

 

There were a few times in the book where I felt a little bit overwhelmed with extra unnecessary information, and to me, it bogged down the story. Luckily, there were only a few places I felt this way so it didn’t ruin the story.

 

Overall, this was a well-written, enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who likes Urban Fantasy with angels, demons, God, the Devil and the power struggle between them.

 

3.5 stars

 

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About Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez

Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez have been best friends and television producing partners for more than four decades. They both grew up in Los Angeles, California and share a passion for mystery and science fiction. This passion lead them to create the forever young and beautiful daughter of darkness, Lucinda. To assist in bringing Lucinda's story into the literary world, they enlisted the help of New York Times best-selling science fiction and fantasy author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. Maya is the author of more than a dozen novels, and the co-author of The Last Jedi: Star Wars (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights - Legends). All three reside in California.

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