Demon Princess: Reign or Shine

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine

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Nikki's just found out that her long-lost father is the demon king of the Shadowlands, the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious - and surprisingly cute - messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying and wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. And back in 'our' world, the Winter Dance is looming. What's a teenage demon princess to do?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 080279534X
  • 9780802795342
  • 281,251

About Michelle Rowen

MICHELLE ROWEN is the bestselling author of the Immortality Bites series, as well as the Demon Princess series for teens. She lives in Ontario. www.ya.michellerowen.comshow more

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"Sixteen-year-old Nikki's life is straight out of a fairy tale, but she's no damsel in distress. Just after her birthday, Nikki learns from an attractive stranger named Michael that she is heir to the throne of the Shadowlands, which separate the human realm from the Underworld. Nikki's father, the Demon King, is dying, and she's got very little time to decide if she'll stay in the Shadowlands forever or live as a normal teenager. Her aunt Elizabeth is ready to take over the throne and will stop at nothing to block Nikki's ascension to power. Nikki knows what everyone else wants her to do, but she ultimately wants to make her own decisions about her future, something every teenager will understand. Although she doesn't see herself as a superhero, her will to save her threatened loved ones and take control of her own life is nothing short of heroic. The doomed love story between Nikki and Michael combines with action and mystery to entertain any reader who holds a special place in her heart for strong princesses." --Kirkus Reviews"Sixteen-year-old Nikki faces yet another new school and yet another (probably unhappy) marriage for her mother. Still, she is hopeful about the changes until she meets an attractive guy who appears to be stalking her. She is thoroughly spooked after he tells her that she is, in fact, a demon princess whose father, King of the Shadowlands, is ill and wishes to see her. Still, she agrees to enter the dimension that separates the human realm from the Underworld. Rowen walks an intriguing tightrope, moving Nikki between scenes of realism and fairy tale-horror within a single school day or high-school dance. And she crafts intriguing characters, including Nikki's loving father, who morphs into a leathery horned demon with glowing red eyes at the slightest provocation, and a potential Shadow boyfriend, who serves as Nikki's servant and protector. Readers who suspend belief will find themselves caught up in a sometimes violent, romantic, complex fantasy that, although not completely satisfying, will tide them over until the next Stephenie Meyer vampire book or Meg Cabot princess title is released." --Booklistshow more

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3,178 ratings
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3 25% (795)
2 6% (190)
1 3% (98)

Our customer reviews

16-year-old Nikki has a pretty good life. She's friends with the most popular girl in school, has guys flocking around her, and is well liked by most students. Things take an interesting turn in her life, however, when on her 16th birthday a guy named Michael shows up and tells her that her long-lost father is the Demon King of the Shadowlands. She thinks the guy is a wacko until mysterious people show up calling her "princess" and trying to kill her. When she finally decides to give the guy a chance, she discovers that her father is suspiciously ill, other inhabitants of the Shadowlands are getting restless, her demonic powers are starting to manifest, and, to make matters worse, if her father dies, she'll be stuck as ruler of the Shadowlands forever. Will Nikki find a way out of her predicament? What's really wrong with her father? Will she live to see her next birthday? REIGN OR SHINE is a wonderful book, especially for lovers of paranormal fiction. The plot is fast-paced, the characters are intriguing, and the book is action-packed. Readers will easily be sucked into this story and will be anxiously waiting for its sequel. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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