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Book review: 'The Girl Who Heard Demons' is about a teenager trying to use unusual abilities to help others

"THE GIRL WHO HEARD DEMONS," by Janette Rallison, Kindle Press, e-book $2.99, 248 pages (f) (ages 13 and up)

Janette Rallison delves into the supernatural in her book "The Girl Who Heard Demons," which is a 2016 Whitney Awards finalist in the speculative young adult fiction category.

Adelle wishes she was just a normal high school senior, living with her family in New Mexico.

She constantly hears disembodied demons trying to influence humans for the worse, and when she's told others about what she hears, people have burned crosses in her front yard, convinced that she's a minion of the devil.

Adelle has already changed schools twice, this time moving to Kentucky to live with her aunt after being severely taunted and bullied. Grateful for the chance to start over, she tries to stay under the radar by never mentioning her "gift." But when Adelle hears demons eagerly discussing the impending death of Levi, a boy from school, she can't keep herself from intervening.

Even after Levi realizes she saved his life, he doesn't appreciate Adelle's guardian-angel-like tendencies. A tenuous friendship develops between them, and as it turns into something more, Adelle is shocked to learn about a sinister situation involving someone close to Levi. When Adelle crosses a line that she can't turn back from, Levi must make a decision that will affect not only himself, but those he's closest to as well.

While there are references to teen alcohol and drug use, one of the main messages of the book is that those who engage in such behavior may end up doing things they otherwise wouldn't. There is no swearing, and the developing relationship between two characters doesn't go beyond simple kissing. There is a described assault attempt that is not detailed in nature, and a couple of scenes that involve shootings and a kidnapping that are generally described.

Rallison is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lives in Chandler, Arizona. Rallison, who also uses the pen name C.J. Hill, has written over 20 books for young adults.

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