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Reed, Jaime. Burning Emerald: The Cambion Chronicles.

3Q * 3P * S

Reed, Jaime. Burning Emerald: The Cambion Chronicles. Dafina/Kensington, 2012. 304p. $9.95 Trade pb. 978-0-7582-6925-6.

Samara's life has undergone a tremendous change recently: she is the host body for a demon named Lilith. Along with her personal succubus, Samara has been introduced to the world of the Cambion and incubi and succubi. One of the Cambion laws holds that demons mate for life. Samara/Lilith believe they have found their perfect mate in Caleb and his demon, Capone. Complications arise when a new demon, Tobias (who does not need a human host), arrives and attempts to kill Caleb/Capone. After learning that Lilith and Tobias were mates decades ago, Samara realizes she must fight to save Caleb/Capone. After Tobias attempts to kill Caleb/Capone, he takes the form of a hot guy Samara previously dated, Malik. Using Malik's body as his human cover, Tobias begins to wreak havoc in Samara's life to win her and Lilith away from Caleb/ Capone. After surviving an epic battle, Caleb and Samara think they have succeeded in destroying Tobias, but Lilith has other plans as she takes over Samaras body, soul, and mind.

While Burning Emerald can be read as a stand-alone novel, it would cause less reader confusion to first read Living Violet (Kensington, 2011/VOYA April 2012), the initial book in The Cambion Chronicles. This novel has minor sexual references and a moderate amount of violence, and treats demons and the occult as common parts of everyone's lives. The cliff-hanger ending will leave many readers eagerly awaiting the third installment.--Charla Hollingsworth.

3Q Readable, without serious defects.

3P Will appeal with pushing.

S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).

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Author:Hollingsworth, Charla
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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