There are references to battles and torture, and there are some battle scenes. As this is a young adult novel, they aren’t particularly bloody or graphic, but they aren’t completely tame either.
I am a sucker for stories involving Christian mythology, especially children of Lucifer or demons. I’ve had this interest long before Supernatural or Lucifer graced our screens. I think it was more likely to be Point Pleasant, Hex and the ill-fated BBC show Strange that kindled this interest in me. Like all paranormal shows in the early 2000s, they all failed to find a footing and except for Hex (which managed to hang on to a second season) were one season wonders. They were a decade too early, or perhaps, they had to go first and fail so that other paranormal shows could succeed later on. Unfortunately, we don’t have T.A.R.D.I.S, so it doesn’t really matter, does it?
The lack of closure I got from those shows being cancelled means that I will forever be attracted to stories of a similar vein. Daughter of Lucifer wants to head to high school? Yes, please. That she’s escaping the underworld to do it is just an extra cherry on top.
Vagabond is a fun, urban fantasy romp which reminded me of Point Horror and other teen urban romance novels, such as L.J.Smith’s The Forbidden Game Trilogy and The Dark Visions Trilogy that I read in my teens. It has romance, drama, best friends and lots of mysteries. It’s a novel that is relevant to readers of any age. Young adults will recognise themselves in Cecilia and her friends, while adults will be transported back to high school as they watch Cecilia learn to navigate high school for the first time.
Humans are a mystery to Cecilia, and that’s true whether you’re a half-demon, human, teenager or an adult! Even with her supernatural abilities, she still has to learn how to form friendships and typical school problems like homework and exams are an even bigger problem when you’ve never done them before. There’s a scene where Cecilia has to read her assignment out in front of the class, and Mary A.J. perfectly captures the anxiety and pure terror of every teenager in that situation.
While there are a few things that didn’t quite add up for me (such as a few days old baby having a perfect memory), Vagabond is one of those novels that you can read when you just want something light and easy with a love triangle that will make you feel nostalgic for teen romcoms.
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