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Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon (eBook)
Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon is an eBook written by Amy Mah. It is the first work in the Body Swap series by this author. In this work the character Alyce is a Fire Demon.
- Title: Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon
- Author: Amy Mah
- Published By: Reardon Publishing
- Length: 202 Pages
- Format: eBook & Paperback
- ASIN: B00Q8J2UGY (eBook)
- ISBN-10: 1874192936 (Paperback)
- ISBN-13: 978-1874192930 (Paperback)
- Publishing Date: November 26, 2014
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Swapping bodies with a young female demon had not been part of the planned vacation. Nor was having to attend a demonic high school for the magically gifted when the most magical thing you could do was set your own underwear on fire. Life was not going to be easy, even less so with a painful tail that everyone trod on. Owning a magic sword that always tried to look up your skirt when fighting, was not helpful. But then nor was having a telepathic diary that corrected your thinking instead of your spelling.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on March 6, 2016
The summary for this work doesn’t really tell what this work is about in a lot of ways. That’s not to say that much of what is told doesn’t happen, because it does. However, there is more. The work is a coming of age story, a mystery, an adventure. But at the core it is about finding someone to care about and in doing so, discovering more about oneself.
Alyce is an ordinary girl who finds an extraordinary mirror. The girl on the other side offers an adventure, which Alyce accepts, but when she does so, she discovers that the girl on the other side is actually a demon, more specifically a Fire Demon, and Alyce now has her life. Off to school Alyce goes, meeting with some troubles along the way. Helping another demon named Pink, they become roomies and their adventure begins.
Alyce, as a Fire Demon, isn’t a succubus, obviously, though she has horns and a tail. The thing about her is, as the story unfolds, there are secrets about her new life that come out and in that happening, there is a lot of development for her and Pink as well. When the truth comes out, when they finally understand what is happening to the two of them, the story moves into telling what happens to their relationship, and who each of them are.
To follow along, to see Alyce come into her own, expressing her humanity in a place where humanity isn’t known is one thing, but to see that happening to Pink, and to a lesser extent, to a few other students marks a change in things. This doesn’t come to a climax in this work, but it sets up a lot of plot threads for where the series should go.
In some stories like this there is a lot of angst, a lot of internal argument in the main character that doesn’t add much to the story. Here, that doesn’t come out, though there are some interesting passages in Alyce’s diary that come close to that. By avoiding this theme it makes the work a lot stronger as a whole and a better read.
The work ends on a sad note in a lot of ways, there is a revelation about what happened back on Earth, what Alyce finds out about Pink, and more. There’s a melancholy that seeps into the last chapter which bothered me. After all of the trials, battles and hurt that Alyce goes through, the ending just left me… wanting.
Still, the work is amazing in many ways, it avoids a lot of stereotypical pitfalls that most coming of age stories fall into. There’s nothing erotic in the work, and really there shouldn’t be. This is a work about finding someone, becoming someone, and, in the end, making a choice to stand up for those around you. That is, always, a good story to tell.
Four out of five pitchforks.
The ending comes on a sad, almost painful note, and I wish that hadn’t been that way. To the writing of this review, there hasn’t been a follow-on work in the series and there really needs to be one. There’s so much good in this work and where Alyce’s life goes from here should be told.
I hope it is.