Reign or Shine (Demon Princess #1) by Michelle Rowen

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Title: Reign or Shine (Demon Princess #1)

Author: Michelle Rowen

Reign or Shine

Recommended to fans of: Princess Diaries, Fairy bad day by Amanda Ashby

Series: Demon Princess Series 

Publisher: Walker & Company

Publication date: 29th September 2009

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal (Demons), Romance,

Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Nikki didn’t thinks her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights – fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she’s visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her long-lost father is actually the demon king of the Shadowlands – the dimension that protects our world from the Underworld and Hell.

Maybe it’s because she’s in shock, or maybe it’s because Michael is seriously cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne – forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden….

Ruling the kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew – what’s a teenage demon princess to do?

(Review) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I felt that the main character Nikki lacked depth as a protagonist
  • Having Robert slap her mother, and then having her powers manifesting during this opportunity was well planned
  • The mysteriousness of Michael was good and suspenseful
  • It was quite sad when she finally met her dad only to find out he’s going to die
  • The magic potion seemed to easy, but Nikki’s character was set up to make the audience believe she would take it, but the twist will probably be that she doesn’t
  • It was a very easy and nice read
  • Although I liked the romance between Nikki and Michael, wasn’t it too fast from creepy stalker and the next moment kissing him?
  • I had a lot of suspicion toward Elizabeth, why was she so insistent that Nikki drank the potion, does she want the throne for herself? (After I read the climax, I totally went “I KNEW IT!”) -> I’m pretty sure this was supposed to be the plot twist but i figured it out before it happened
  • The ‘fruit punch’ potion idea was genius!
  • The book loosely played on Romeo and Juliet
  • I am interested in reading the 2nd book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂


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