Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: The Fires of a Nightmare by Chelsea Lynn Charters

Title: The Fires of a Nightmare
Author: Chelsea Lynn Charters

Series: Demon Wings #1
Publication: May 31st 2014 by Planettopia Publishing
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Cover Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2/5

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

It's an obsession that has lasted throughout the centuries ... Twenty year-old Lilianna Mason is the reincarnation of Ysmay, a woman who, long ago, was the object of desire for the powerful demon lord, Darcamius. Unaware of her past life, Lilianna ignores a certain nightmare involving a hypnotizing demon in an inferno, but when she sees a similar-looking man at the coffee shop where she works she begins to second guess reality. Time isn't in Lilianna's favor, and when the evil demon finally presents himself to her, she's saved by his half-demon son, Seth, who will stop at nothing to protect her from his father. Will Lilianna and Seth outrun Darcamius, or will the demon lord triumph, and finish what he started hundreds of years ago?

I wanted to like The Fires of a Nightmare. I really, really wanted to like it but I just didn't. I dislike writing reviews that were below three stars. Especially when the author is so nice but I thought this book was just okay, unfortunately.

I must admit that books about demons (and angels) are probably my least favorite in the paranormal genre so maybe that was part of my dislike, who knows. Also I'm not the biggest fan of reincarnation stories. But I still wanted to try this one.

I didn't like Lily all that much. Sure, she has fire and spirit that I admire but other than that I wasn't her biggest fan. She made a lot of bad decisions. A LOT. She kept putting herself in danger and needing rescue from Seth. That's just a big no-no for me. And Seth? He was a slightly better character in my opnion. As a half-demon, he's pretty dark and brooding. And I like that although he loves Lily, he can admit that things wouldn't work out for him because he's part demon and has been alive for centuries. Not that I don't want them to work out or anything. It just seems rational. 

The story wasn't too great for me, either. I mean, it was okay but that's where it ended. When Seth took Lily away, for her own protection, she didn't even get to call her parents to let them know she's okay. And I get that they wouldn't want to involve them but, really... I'd at least make one call to let them know I was okay and not to worry. But that's just me.

There was a lot of action in this book also but I couldn't care for it. Normally I love action in a book. In fact, I find a book without action boring. But the fight scenes didn't sit well with me. I guess I just didn't like the writing. It was sort of choppy and didn't flow well. The conversations between Lily and Seth weren't my favorite either. 

But the one thing I did find possitive. And this is a pretty big deal to me... is that the love wasn't instantly. So, yeah, no insta-love... Their feelings for each other grew over the weeks. At least that's what it was like for Lily. I was really relieved over that because I genuinely think I wouldn't be able to handle another insta-love book.

As I said before, I didn't like the writing but I liked it best when Lily was dreaming. I liked seeing how her other reincarnations died. That sounds kind of awful to say but that's where I liked the writing and story the best. Oh and the ending I think I liked the best. It was a pretty big twist that I hadn't seen coming. You see, I have a love/hate relationships with cliffhangers. I hate them but I love them also and this one was a pretty unexpected one!

So overall, The Fire of a Nightmare wasn't my cup of tea. I do feel kind of bad for having to rate it so low but I'm always honest with the books I'm reading, especially those for review. I wanted to like this book so much but I guess you can't like everything. There were some possitive elements that I mentioned before so I hope nobody will be too scared off to read it. Other people might like this book a lot more than me. This is just my opnion and it wasn't a book for me, sadly enough.

About the Author:

Hello! My name is Chelsea Lynn Charters. I'm 21 years old, and I love to write! I've been writing since I was 13, and I have a few fanfictions uploaded on

I just published my first YA novel, The Gossip Web, which is available now as an ebook on If you love YA romance, check it out!

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