The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair


Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell.

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the “good” guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn’t keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the “bad” guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

I’m not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical about this one at first. Being as huge a fan of The Mortal Instruments as I am, sometimes it is hard for me to find anything that follows the angel/demon motif to be convincing. It’s kind of like picking up a YA book about wizards and not comparing it to Harry Potter ya know? Well, I am happy to say that Sinclair has made the angel/demon world her own.

Katie is your typical high school girl. Sometimes high school heroines that are actually realistic get a lot of flack in the literary world. We want them all to be clever and honest and have all of their shit together all of the time. But the truth is, most high school girls have no idea who they even are. Like Katie, they spend 90% of their time questioning themselves, their decisions, and their feelings for everyone around them. Generally, she is confused most of the time and makes some terrible decisions. Yeah, sometimes it gets annoying, but I applaud the realism Sinclair wrote into her character.

Wes, is a demon killer. Part of a secret group of demon hunters known as Praesuls. Katie has known Wes her whole life, but never knew about his family’s secrets. So naturally, when she finds out, she doesn’t trust him. I don’t blame her.

Josh is a demon, and has made it his mission to get to Wes before Wes gets to him. The way to get to a Praesul is through the people that they love, which happens to be Katie. But when Josh starts showing feelings for Katie as well, is he just doing it to get to Wes? Or are his feelings genuine?

If she returns Josh’s feelings, does that mean she might be evil too? If so, what does that even mean?

The publisher who sent me this book were kind enough to offer a giveaway for you guys! 2 of you could win an Ebook copy of the book, and one of you could win a hard-copy signed by Pembroke Sinclair! The giveaway runs through the end of the month. Just enter here:


3 thoughts on “The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair

  1. Interesting concept. Though, to be honest, I would probably walk past it for exactly the reason you said: I’d compare it to TMI. But, if you liked it, then maybe I’ll give it a go 🙂 Entering the competition now


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