Book Review: Carpe Demon by J.C. McKenzie

Posted 27 May, 2015 by C.J. Burright in Books, Reviews / 14 Comments

Book Review:  Carpe Demon by J.C. McKenzieCarpe Demon by J.C. McKenzie
Series: The Carus Chronicles
Published by The Wild Rose Press on May 15, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 298
Source: Author
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As an ambassador with the Supernatural Regulatory Division, Andy McNeilly is responsible for acting as the Liaison for the Vancouver Vampire horde. The problem? She detests the Vampire Master, and the SRD can’t discover the beast she keeps locked inside.

After a menacing Demon throws an important Vampire event into chaos, Andy finds herself sniffing out crime scenes to identify and locate the mystery fiend from the nether realm. What she learns chills her bones.

Threatened by the Master Vampire to deal with the Demon, Andy's complicated personal life doesn't make things easier. She's willing to risk her life and pride to keep loved ones safe. But how can she make a choice that will break one heart…and complete another?

If you’ve been following Geeks, you probably know that I’ve reviewed all of J.C. McKenzie’s books, including Shift Happens, Beast Coast, and The Shucker’s Booktique (hit the titles to see my reviews and here’s a fun interview with J.C.)…and I’ve loved every one of them. So when J.C. asked me if I wanted to read and review the next installment in her Carus Chronicles, I was like


But first, here’s some info and an excerpt for your enjoyment, then read on for my 5 star review!

Book Specs:
Editor: Lara Parker
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics
Theme(s): Shapeshifters, Vampires, Witches, Demons
SubGenre(s): Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Digital Price: $4.99
Print Price: $15.99
Digital ISBN 978-1-5092-0147-1
Print ISBN 978-1-5092-0146-4
COPYRIGHT © 2015 by J. C. McKenzie


The Demon’s grin widened. Standing a foot away from him with no room to maneuver and nothing to separate us, the serrated details of his shiny enamel glared at me.

My fingertips tingled as I started to shift.

Not fast enough.

The Demon lunged. His long nimble fingers closed around my neck as I shot my hands out, inside his arms, and dug my claws into his face. My elbows pushed against the insides of his arms. His hold should’ve weakened, but this Demon possessed uncanny strength. His frame stretched, growing to almost eight feet in height and giving his body an emaciated appearance. He pulled me close, his nose touching mine. I wrenched to the side, but my toes dangled above the floor.

“Bola sends his regards,” he said, his breath hitting my face.

My gums stung as fangs protruded and I hissed at him, ready to make the full change and get my fight on. I yanked on the mountain lion and spurred her into action.

“By all means, little nugget, shift into one of your animals.” He gnashed his sharp teeth together. “I love to rend the flesh of livestock, to mutilate the bodies of creatures, and to smash the bones of beasts.”


Beast Coast left off with our kick-ass Andy taking on the new role as ambassador for vampire Lucien, and not by choice. Lucien bound her to him, so she’s like the perfect employee…without benefits. Everything he tells her to do, she’s gotta do it. Which sucks big time for her when a demon from her past blasts into the vampire boardroom, raises some hell, and then goes on a murder spree, because Lucien orders her to “take care of it”. Vampires. *Rolls eyes* Carpe Demon takes Andy on an emotional journey into her past, where she has to face her demons–literally–and she discovers a little bit more about her Carus nature while still trying to figure out her screwed up love life. If you’re looking for a blend of action, humor, and a cast of awesome characters with a side of romance, don’t miss out on this series. Seriously. It rocks.
One of the things I love best about J.C.’s world are the characters. Even the bad guys have tons of layers, so much so that it’s hard not to like some of them. We have the vampires, shifters of all kinds, witches, and now the demons take part of the stage. And yeah, there’s even a likable demon. I went into Carpe Demon thinking it was the last installment and wondering by the time I was getting close to the end how in the world Andy was going to solve all her problems in the next few pages. Luckily, I was wrong. There’s more to the story after Carpe Demon. *Flails* She still has to deal with her love problem (my vote is still for Tristan…purr) and I absolutely loved how Andy took charge at the end, but things aren’t wrapped up, and I can’t wait to see what supe Andy has to deal with next.
Five stars
Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, I grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired me to dream. I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.


C.J. Burright

About C.J. Burright

Hey, I'm C.J. and I write stuff. Mostly fantasy and paranormal romance with a sprinkling of urban fantasy. Supernatural's my thing (the TV show too) and if you wanna go all Medieval I'm totally there, especially if there's a weapon involved. But I like guns too. I'm okay with violence, especially if it's deserved. And I'll choose the anti-hero every time.


14 Responses to “Book Review: Carpe Demon by J.C. McKenzie”

  1. *SQUEE* Thank you for the fantastic review. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Carpe Demon and its characters. There’s two more books planned for the Carus Series. I’m not going to stretch Andy’s story out any farther than that, but she still has some of her journey yet and her path is about to get twisted. :-) Thanks again for the review. What a great way to start a Wednesday!

  2. Another cool cover, but it looks kind of scary. Sometimes those creepy covers are what attract a certain kind of reader though.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • The cover does have a creepy quality to it and definitely reflects some elements of the story inside. I think it’s a great balance of urban fantasy, humor, horror, and romance–not a light-hearted contemporary, for sure. I know it’s not your preferred type of read, Miss Patricia. :) Thanks for stopping in, and have a great rest of your week…hopefully with lots of ZZZZZs.

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