Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she's not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.
Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.
She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.
First, I'd like to thank NetGalley and Ragz Books for an e-copy of Demonic Dora in exchange for an honest review.
I remember telling people how funny this book was. I even quoted it once or twice. That was in the first 50 or so pages, and it’s astounding how quickly I went from entertained to infuriated with this book.
It’s evident from the beginning that the writing isn’t great. It’s passable, but barely. There are too many commas and the simplistic prose contrasts glaringly with the multitude of swear words, most especially the ‘F’ bomb. But for those first pages, I was willing to look past the questionable prose as long as the book kept providing me with laugh-out-loud moments.
It didn’t. In fact, the novel quickly deteriorated into what was essentially one long poop joke. Bird poop, dragon poop, demon poop…it’s actually a fitting metaphor for the majority of the book.
This is going to be a pretty quick review since I really don’t want to spend paragraphs digging into an indie book, but the gist of Demonic Dora is this; Dora is the daughter of an over-zealous priest. She has magic, and uses it to try to summon a demon lord. After an unspecified number of failed attempts, she finally succeeds, and Kieron comes into the picture. Kieron is basically one gigantic hormone. I think he was supposed to be sexy, but he just kept coming off as pathetic and horny.
After Dora’s father and a mob of religious nutjobs try to burn Dora at a stake, she flees to Hell with Kieron. This is where the book’s true awfulness shines, because in Demonic Dora, hell is nothing more than a freak show mixed with a couple episodes of Jerry Springer. There are so many holes in the plot it’s ridiculous - like how Dora manages to still be “alive” while she’s living in hell. The ending is predictable and cheesy as all hell (get it? Hell? Hehe), though since the end of Demonic Dora was also the end of my pain reading it, it’s probably the best thing this book has going for it.
With the word “fuck” in every other paragraph, poop in every other chapter, and a horny demon as a romantic interest, this whole book reads like a really bad joke told by a twelve year old boy. Think Little Nicky with even less substance.
Demonic Dora - 1.5 out of 5 stars