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Julie Kenner – Carpe Demon

January 2, 2008

1. Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner (2005)
Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, Book 1

Length: 307 pages

Genre: Chick-lit; Humor; Urban Fantasy

Started: 01 January 2008
Finished: 02 January 2008

Summary: Katie Connor spent her teens as hunting down corporeal demons as part of an elite Vatican force. She retired fifteen years ago, and currently is spending more time chasing a teenaged daughter and toddler son than running down the denizens of hell. She thought she’d left those days behind her… until she runs into a demon in the pet-food aisle of the San Diablo Wal-Mart. The sudden upswing in demon activity thrusts Kate back into her role as a Hunter, only now she has to juggle that role, and the secrets it entails, with a marriage, car pools, and play dates.

Review: This book was fast-paced and funny, although I think I am definitely not the target audience. I’m not a soccer mom (although title notwithstanding, neither is Kate, since neither of her kids plays soccer), or any kind of mom, or even a suburban housewife. So, maybe it’s just because I don’t really identify with the narrator, but the tone of the writing was kind of grating after awhile – I mean, I understand that you don’t want anything bad to happen to your kids. I GET IT. Stop repeating it every other page! Also, the parenthetical asides bugged… if you have to tell me straight out that you’re using sarcasm, then you’re not using it correctly. Once I got past the narrative tone, however, it was good escapist fun, the action was quite good, and the mystery aspect was sufficiently mysterious that I didn’t figure it out before the reveal. Overall, I’m not racing to immediately dive into the sequels, but I’ll definitely intersperse them as breaks in my heavier, more involved reading. 3 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: A little too chick-lit-y for my tastes, although I’m clearly not in the intended demographic, but all in all, not a bad little fluffy diversion.

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