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7.23.2009

Review: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

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The Accidental Demon Slayer (Lizzie Brown #1) by Angie Fox
Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Demons
Mass Market Paperback (LOVE SPELL, 292 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 0505527693
It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.
Of course, that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work, how dangerous could a little seduction be...?

Author Site:
angiefox.wordpress.com


Road Killer Funny! (5 star)

As if turning 30 isn't tough enough, Lizzie Brown finds out that her biological grandmother is a biker witch come to protect her as she transitions into her own witchy power... as a demon slayer. To top it all off a demon shows up in her bathroom, her dog, Pirate, can talk and the hot guy who claims to be her protector is a shapeshifter! Now Lizzie is running for her life, trying to learn how to use her gifts before it's too late and doing her best not to bump heads too much with the rest of Grandma Gertie's biker coven, the Red Skulls.

When the coven's home is attacked by the demon who wants Lizzie's soul the Red Skulls have to not only protect Lizzie but get her trained and fast! Tussling with werewolves, being seduced by the shapeshifting Dimitri and making the descent into Hell itself are all in a day's work, even if she's not ready to handle any of them. But there's no one else to save the world and Lizzie will have to choose between the organized, simple life she left behind and her destiny as a demon slayer.

If you're looking for a new paranormal heroine with plenty of humor and hijinks I have to recommend The Accidental Demon Slayer. I was a little iffy on the concept of an adopted woman meeting her bio grandma on her 30th birthday and finding out she has a demon slaying destiny but the good writing and fun characters make up for the somewhat cliched plot. I loved the nasty and yet goofy magic the witches of the Red Skull coven practiced, it was gritty. If you're someone who prefers the more Wiccan or herbal witch types these gals might disgust you. They practice their magic using road kill which definitely fits the biker concept more than herbs and candles would. I liked that aspect.

The only things I really did not like were Lizzie's dog's dialog and Dimitri. The idea of a talking dog was cute for the first few lines but eventually it felt really forced and he sounded like a human trying to imagine what a dog would sound like rather than flowing along with an individual voice. Dimitri also got on my nerves. At one point he seems so mysterious but quickly he's all over Lizzie and you don't see why until much later in the story and then it becomes hard to believe he cared for her all along. His motivations never really felt real or natural to me and his relationship with Lizzie lacked a certain amount of chemistry I look for in a hero/heroine pairing.

As a whole the writing it good, the majority of the characters are amusing and likable even when they're not being nice and I see potential for some good stories to follow. Enjoy!

3 comments:

Witch Baby said...

I've read really good reviews for this one.

Rhianna said...

I had too and I think they were very well deserved. I honestly think most readers will like Pirate and Dimitri more than I did. I'm just weird sometimes lol.

Thanks for your input!

Rhiana said...

I just finished this book and I agree with you 100%. I thought it was hilarious, but I think the talking dog needs way more work. As someone who loves her own terrier to death, I don't want to Lizzie to get rid of her pup, but the conversation with him is written a bit wierd.

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