Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Try Me" by Parker Blue

Try MeFrom Goodreads: "This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiancĂ©e. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful Encyclopedia Magicka has been stolen, someone in the Demon Underground is poisoning vamps, and Val's inner lust demon, Lola, is getting very restless since Val's now partnered with sexy Shade, the shadow demon with the blond good looks of an angel. 

The second book in Parker Blue's Demon Underground urban fantasy series plunges readers deeper into a heady world of passion, friendship, intrigue and mystery.

Parker Blue lives in the wilds of Colorado with her own faithful hellhound, and she's hard at work on the next Val Shapiro book in the Demon Underground series."

I was so conflicted when it came to the boys in this book. On the one hand I really found the boys in this book to be gigantic boogers. Dan was an entire jerkface and Shade was just shady. Shade constantly said that he wouldn't force Val into doing anything that she wasn't comfortable with, yet he would do something like run around buck-naked. So yes, not forceful or anything *rolls eyes*.  But on the other hand I couldn't help but sympathize for them (well more so Shade than Dan). Shade being a shadow demon? Well, he hasn't had the worlds most normal life, in fact he has had a pretty cruddy life because he is so different from any other demon (Shade is able to dwell in more than one dimension at a time, he is kinda see-throughish with blue/purplish light flowing through him, he only looks like a super gorgeous guy when someone is touching him because they ground him in this dimension). As for Dan? Well he just had a really hard time accepting the fact that the girl he was falling for wasn't exactly who she said she was.

But Val? Well, I wasn't conflicted about her at all! I loved seeing her become even more kick-butt and I loved seeing how her and Lola started to really cooperate with one another/ learn how to live with one another. I also found Val to be quite mature in this book. When she really wanted to do something but discovered what the consequences would be, she figuratively sat down and weighed the pros and cons of carrying out said action, she didn't just do anything without giving it lots of thought.

And once again I really loved Fang, Fang is hands down the snarkiest character in this book. And somewhat surprisingly I also found myself liking Alejandro quite a bit. I just found him to be such an intriguing character.

All in all I think that this is a really great YA series that transcends the YA category, fans of adult UF/PNR will like this just as much, if not more, than teens. Also, if you like Chloe Neill's "Chicagoland Vampires" series I think you will love this! 

Rating: 5/5

I received this book from the publisher/ NetGalley to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review. 


  1. Did you actually just call the boys in this book boogers? That is awesome. You are my favorite Avery, your reviews are so much fun to read! I really need to meet this Fang, I think he sounds like fabulous book boyfriend material:)

  2. @Jenny, that I did, that I did... ;) I try whenever possible to not swear, so "booger" it is... (except for kick-ass, I am totally okay with saying that, especially in the case of awesome-sauce female characters)... ;)

  3. Avery! LOL a booger jerkfaces! That is no good.

    I think I would like Shade. The type of demon he is just sounds interesting as far as how he looks, plus, he may act a little naughty, but it seems like you can get why.

    This book just sounds fun. So it is part of a series? Never heard of it before.

  4. This sounds like a great book that I'll have to get after Bite Me. Oh and I'm blaming you next time someone cuts me off in traffic and I call him a booger! ;)

  5. This does look great! Thanks for the review!

  6. Great review. Sounds good. I like books that transcend the typical YA. That's where I aim with my writing. If you're interested ch 1 of Lethal Inheritance is on my website.


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