SLAY - by Kim Curran

SLAY - Kim Curran
Published: May 2018 - Usborne Publishing.
Genres: Young adult / contemporary / paranormal / adventure
Pages: 304.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild fantasy violence.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Meet SLAY – SLAY do two things and they do them well: they play killer music and they slay killer demons.

When Milly, the lonely daughter of a world-famous opera singer, arrives home to discover that her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the hottest boy band on the planet… Enter SLAY: playing kickass gigs in the spotlight, and saving the world from demons in the shadows… Suddenly, Milly’s on the road with JD, Tom, Niv, Zek and Connor, racing against the clock to stop the demons who killed her mum… One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a hell of a show!

If you're looking for a light, fun, adventurous tale with easy-to-root-for characters, read this little book.

It's well written, albeit a little cheesy and predictable, and the story is fast-paced, action packed, and exciting. There are many cliche scenarios we've seen so many times before, but they're also scenarios we know and love: there's the token fancy-dress event scene, where the main characters disguise as guests and have to dress up and oh how the sexual tension abounds; there's the scene where the two main characters have to hide from people and end up in a tiny enclosed space, where of course it's awkward; there's the scene where the girl is kidnapped right near the end of the book, bringing everything to a climax, and she becomes the pivotal component of The Evil Plan; and etc etc etc.

However, these are still exciting scenarios. At least I think so. They're classics for a reason. In this story, they're just as enticing and entertaining.

Slay did two things. And they did them well. 
Play killer music and kick demon butt. 
Music done. It was butt-kicking time. 

The characters are a beautiful group of soft boys and cinnamon rolls and all round broken boys in need of a hug. They're also swoony and hot, and come on - who wouldn't want to be rescued from demons by a group of young, hot rockstars who are so respectful and gentle with you? They're lovable.
I also appreciate how from the very first chapter we get a sense of who each guy is and what he's like; the author gets their personalities clear upfront, and throughout the rest of the book she simply deepens them.

The only character I feel isn't as well written as the others, is Milly. She's the average bookworm type whom every character loves and appreciates, and we've seen that kind of heroine way too often. It feels like the author kinds got lazy with Milly's character and so just sunk her into a stereotype. Yeah, she's sweet and smart, but she isn't very three dimensional or unique.

Slay is a fun, fast, and entertaining adventure with sweet, swoony characters. Think National Treasure with demons and teenagers. 
I highly recommend it! 

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