Author: Kat Beyer
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date: August 28, 2012
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home.
So, I've seen some very harsh reviews coming out on this book and they left me a little bit worried about what to expect. Maybe they lowered my expectations a little of the book. I didn't dislike as much as those reviews. I can see where so many people are saying that nothing really happened when Mia got to Milan except a bunch of studying. There were a lot of loose threads hanging out there that never got tied up. But, I think that the author was leaving some stuff out there to come back to in future books. (At least I hope that's what is going on there). To me, it felt like the author was building a background, a scenery or a landscape to tell her real story on. She's set the scene now. Mia had a chance to get to know herself and learn what it is she wants to accomplish and find confidence. We've got an idea of the background and the world. Now, she's ready to start telling stories. Of course, she could have done that in the first half of the book and got down to a story in this first book. But there is potential and I'll most likely pick up a second book to see what happens.