Sunday, December 6, 2009

Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner

Book Details
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
Paperback, 320 pages
2006, Jove
ISBN: 0515142212
Series: Book 1 of Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

What would happen if Buffy the Vampire Slayer got married, moved to the suburbs and became a stay-at-home mom? She'd be a lot like Kate Connor, once a demon/vampire/zombie killer and now "a glorified chauffeur for drill-team practice and Gymboree play dates" in San Diablo, Calif., that's what. But in Kenner's sprightly, fast-paced ode to kick-ass housewives, Kate finds herself battling evil once again. First a demon tries to kill Kate while she's making rigatoni for an important dinner party that her sweet second husband, Stuart, has scheduled—at the last possible minute—to butter up potential allies in his run for county attorney. Kate dispatches the demon handily enough, but she learns that Goramesh, one of the terrible High Demons, has come to town looking for something. Where's he hiding and what does he want? Can she defeat him without exposing her past to Stuart—and without putting two-year-old Timmy in day care? Though Kenner starts off her story by dropping so many brand names the book reads like a how-to manual for product placement, she settles down to the action soon enough, and readers will find spunky Kate hard not to root for in spheres both domestic and demonic.

Books that feature moms who kick ass are always entertaining. Juggling home life, a toddler, a teen and managing to keep the demonic forces in check, Kate Connor is surprisingly inspirational. Carpe Demon has proved how light and fun suburban urban fantasy can be. I am definitely interested in what happens to the demon hunting soccer mom next.


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  1. That sounds like a really fun book. I'll have to give it a try. Great review!

  2. This whole series rocks! I love Kate! All of Julie Kenner's books are great, but this one is my favorite.

  3. I really like the premise of this book but have put it off because I hate the cover. I'm so superficial! I'd better get over it because it sounds like a good read!

  4. I have been collecting these, they are at the bottom of my TBR. (sigh) Glad to hear they are good. Thanks for the review.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  5. I just love the title of that book! :-)

  6. I liked this one but I couldn't get into the sequel for some reason. I've been meaning to try the series again but I haven't had the chance.

  7. This book sounds so fun! Glad you enjoyed it :)