Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.
When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.
This book starts off when Cassidy was young and in school. Living in an apartment with her little brother and her mother. One night she had a party with some of her girlfriends , Barb, Tamila, and Reese and began playing with a Ouija board that the girls made themselves. But they never expected they'd conjure up a real demon, Nibhaz, with a message: that Cassidy die. When things go wrong, Reese gets seriously hurt and loses an eye and is left with 3rd degree burns.
If I wasn't familiar with J.L Bryan I probably would've stopped reading. It sounded more like a YA novel and I wasn't in the mood. Neither am I into heavy cursing and swearing. However the worst was coming from a demon so I guess it's to be expected...
Cassidy breaks up with [insert her boyfriends name here] because she feels betrayed and worried he was screwing Reese because in a vision she saw Reese in his kitchen with nothing but her panties on. Reese reappears after she had become a disciple in that crazy religious secret cult that nobody seems to know anything about. Only that the fliers said ARE YOU THE MESSIAH? course Cassidy wouldn't believe any of it cause she's atheist but she shouldn't have ignored it either. Instead she lived her life getting high on drugs and drinking every night to mask the creatures she constantly sees around her.
We learn too much about her background a little too late in the book imo and for that I felt Cassidy's mother to be a bit neglecful as much as neglected when she reluctantly spills the beans of who she really was.. Cassidy probably would've never found out the truth if it wasn't for some African man /sorcerer.
You'll have to forgive me for not being good at remembering their names. In reality I'm like that too but I hope you'll know who I mean when I say the 'african sorcerer' and 'her boyfriend' cause they are important characters in the book and I don't mean too :(. :p Aside from that I'd recommend it to a YA audience.
My rating is a 3 out of 5 skulls
About J.L Bryan:
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He is the author of The Paranormals series (starting with Jenny Pox), The Songs of Magic series, Nomad, and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, and some dogs and cats.