Friday, January 12, 2018

Down in Flames by P.W. Catanese - OPTIONAL

Catanese, P.W. Donny's Inferno: Down in Flames, 323 pgs.  Aladdin, 2017. $16.99. Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content: G;  Violence: PG.  

Hanging out with Angela in the Underworld is fun and Donny has seen and done a lot of things that no one else has, but being in the Underworld is dangerous, especially for a mortal.  The struggle for power is still going on and Angela is always in search of allies.  Also, there are monsters to catch.  Donny likes being in the Underworld with Angela, but after an incident he begins to wonder if something else is going on.  Donny keeps forgetting that Angela is a demon, and maybe she is using him and putting him in unnecessary danger. 

This was a harder read for me than the first book.  There is a lot going on and you need to remember new people and places as well as old ones.  There are a few side stories that I'm not sure how, or if, they fit into the story, but there is a lot of action and adventure that will appeal to some of your readers, especially if they liked the first book.  That being said, I didn't find any of the characters to be truly endearing, particularly Angela, who I like even less this time around, and I didn't find myself invested in their story. 

EL, MS - OPTIONAL.  Reviewer:  RB

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