Demon Whisperer by Tawny StokesAwake a year-long coma, where he literally spent in hell, Caden Butcher, 17, developed a special power. He can speak to demons in their own language. This new trick helps him take over the family exorcism business, from his broken alcoholic father. Having to take care of the finances, Caden makes a decent income getting rid of demons. He’s known as the young whiz-kid exorcist to the stars, obtaining most of his work in Hollywood. But what others don’t know is the exorcisms are all staged with the help of his best buddy, a demon he met in hell named Dantalion (Dan).
When an exorcism goes wrong, Caden discovers the demon inside a teen girl is not the run of the mill malicious entity but an adversary from down under who is hell bent on Caden’s destruction. The International Order of Exorcists, an organization that tolerates Caden at best because of his respected father, starts their own investigation because of his screw up.
Now with the help of his demon buddy, and Caden’s girlfriend Aspen Spencer, a skilled necromancer, Caden must track down the rogue demon before he can expose Caden as a fraud and destroy everything that matters to him in his life, ending his reign as the one and only Demon Whisperer.
This book is a superb and refreshing twist of the demon hunting theme. The first pages alone were enough of a hook to stand out by themselves. Taking common yet age-old practices of demon cleansing, then twisting them to hold the interest of a YA reader, I can safely call this story gripping and a sure ride through another world. Also, I can say it just 35 pages in.
I couldn’t find a single page where there wasn’t something going on that kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t want this book to end, and it was hard to put down. I’m fascinated by Caden’s world and by the way he makes a living. It’s a good portrayal of the dark and the occult—it catches people’s interest and, save for a few exceptions for the sake of genre, it stays true to the ancient traditions of exorcism. What’s especially striking is that there’s a teenager who’s so good at it.
Action junkies and fans of The Mortal Instruments will love this book. I’d put it right up there on the shelf with them. I predict good things for this book, especially when focusing on the storyline and amazing plot elements. Most of all, the action; this is definitely a book driven mostly by action, and ready to give you the ride of your life.
Would I read it again? Yes, definitely, and I’m waiting anxiously for the next book in the series.