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Demons & Lullabies
(Book #2 in the Demons Age series - Can be read as a standalone)
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Publisher: Self Published (August 27,2012)
Genre: M/M, Paranormal, Romance, 321 pages
eBook/Paperback Words: 107,000 words
Some little boys want to be firemen or astronauts when they grow up. From the moment Jacob understood what his fathers did, he never wanted to do anything but fight demons.
Andrew, Jacob’s father and a vampire, fights demons because it’s a necessity: few others have the strength or skill to kill the strange creatures that started appearing the very night his son was born. He carries with him some guilt, too, and the suspicion that the magic that made Jacob’s very life possible also opened the way for the demons. The last thing he wants is for his son to ever join this fight and get hurt.
As the years pass, however, and Andrew watches Jacob grow up and grow more determined, he slowly has to accept there’s little he can do to deter his son. It doesn’t help that Nicholas, Jacob’s other dad and Andrew’s Childe, starts giving Jacob sword-fighting lessons under the cover of playing, or that Jacob discovers his mother’s diaries and comes to the same conclusion Andrew did concerning his origins and the demons’.
Through snapshots covering Jacob’s life from birth to adulthood, watch all three members of this unusual family change, grow up, and find their place in the world.
Where to start. First off, Demons & Lullabies is a vampire story like no other. Yeah, there's the whole "can't go out in sunlight" thing and the "dying by steak" bit as well, but as far as the story goes, its something else entirely. And goes way deeper than just vampire blood running through your veins.
Demons & Lullabies is the first book that I have read that has spanned over seventeen years. SEVENTEEN years. You would probably think that, that is a major turn off and wouldn't want to pick up the book. And probably think "Wow, that book must really drag" or "Only 321 pages? It must be cutting back on a lot of details." Well, to assuage all you lovely bibliophiles out there, this book does NOT drag and it definitely doesn't cut out details. The story stays its focus on three characters, Andrew, Nicholas, and Jacob. Jacob is the Andrew and Nicholas' son and the story follows through Jacobs life. From when he was born and so on and so forth. I really enjoyed
watching reading as Jacob grew older. How much different he is from other little kids, and not because he has two daddies, but the fact that he understands that he can't say that his dads are vampires. As Jacob got into his teens, I was falling more and more in love with him. *sigh* he's so young.
I thought the characters were all very well developed. The book doesn't really tell you when the POV switches from one character to the other, but you can easily tell when that happens. Especially when Jacob is younger and the book switches to his POV, you're getting it from a 3 year old's perspective and I really liked that. Its like you're getting to see Jacob grow and growing with him as the book progresses. This book definitely has some M/M action going on and Kallysten doesn't hold back. She'll give it to you; lube and all! I really loved the relationship between Andrew and Nicholas. It wasn't always rainbows and unicorns. There was arguments like any other relationship, but I loved how they balanced each other. Where Andrew is strict and bossy (him being Nicholas' sire and all) and Nicholas being the more lenient parent, I thought that really separated them as characters. There wasn't as much action as I would have liked. A little more demon fighting scenes would have been awesome, but there were times where I didn't need the action scenes to get that "Oh-my-gosh-sitting-at-the-edge-of-my-seat" moments.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was really easy to read. I would definitely recommend this book.
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.To see her stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit http://original.kallysten.net