Title: The Accidental Demon Slayer
Series: Demon Slayer / Witch Bikers #1
Author: Angie Fox
Published: April 16 2013 (originally released July 29 2008 by Love Spell)
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: This book was provided by the Author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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…?
Pre-school teacher, Lizzie Brown, is a too trusting, yet sensible woman on the verge of turning 30. All she wants is to enjoy her birthday and maybe get a little friendlier with the hottie from her gym. All that comes to a screeching halt when her badass Harley riding grandmother shows up with a whole heap of supernatural family baggage in tow. Destiny has come a-calling and Lizzie doesn’t have a whole lot of time to pack or ask questions.
The story starts off a little… busy, I guess you could call it. We barely met these characters and then it’s all demons, fighting, chases, mysterious love interest to the rescue. Too fast a pace makes me dizzy. It doesn’t help that the entire story plays off in a couple of days, during which Lizzie is expected to become the world’s best demon slayer with only like 24 hours of actual training, and then they will shoot her into hell to defeat a powerful demon. It’s even said that it took the previous world’s best demon slayer 10 years to master all the demon slaying techniques. All Lizzie had to do was a complete 180 on her previous personality and everything she believed in.
What I liked about this story was the really hands on magic system that Grandma Gertie’s witch coven uses. It’s all throwing jars of goop and potions made with roadkill. Anyone who knows me knows I am always delighted by an ick factor.
The Accidental Demon Slayer is humorous and lighthearted, though it sometimes take things a little far, into the ridiculous spectrum.
Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer urban fantasy series. She is also writing a series about a group of paranormal MASH surgeons.
Angie claims that researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).
Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She worked in television news and then in advertising before beginning her career as an author.