BOOK #1 IN THE DEMON PRINCESS SERIES!
Nikki Donovan is having enough trouble fitting in at her new high school without having to deal with a mysterious guy named Michael who's started following her around. He claims he's been sent by the father she thought died before she was born . . . but is actually a demon king who rules a world called the Shadowlands. And Nikki's his sole heir to the throne!
Surprises keep coming when she starts dealing with her erratic half-demon powers and learns about a brewing war between her father's kingdom and the Underworld that she's now a part of whether she likes it or not. And Nikki's destined for major trouble when she finds out her growing crush on super-cute Michael is forbidden by demon law. But what's a teenage demon princess to do?
Paranormal romance author Rowen's (the Immortality Bites series) charming YA debut skillfully balances a lighthearted teen voice with emotional maturity, which bodes well for this new series. Sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan is less than pleased when a mysterious young man named Michael shows up bearing a message from her absentee father, who she learns is a dying demon king. Additionally, Nikki is her father's heir. Upon her father's death, Nikki will assume control of the Shadowlands, where her father rules the border between the demon lands and the mortal world. "That sounded like more of a gatekeeper than a king," Nikki thinks. "he thought that my father wasn't a horrible, evil demon set my mind slightly at ease. Slightly." When Nikki balks under the sudden responsibility, she is offered a choice between mortality and fulfilling the responsibilities of her demon heritage. But as Nikki's feelings for Michael grow and as she learns more about her growing powers and her demon family, her decision becomes more difficult. Though the villains can tend toward the cartoonish, Nikki's engaging voice and several intriguing secondary characters make this a winner. Ages 12 up.