Series: Demon Slayer #1
Published by Love Spell on July 29, 2008
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Newly anointed with demon-fighting powers and suddenly able to hear the thoughts of her hilarious Jack Russell terrier, a preschool teacher finds a whole new world of dark and dangerous, including a sexy shape-shifting griffin she's not entirely sure she can trust.
The Accidental Demon Slayer was a surprising book to read. So many Urban Fantasy books tend to stay well within their standard parameters of action and fantasy in an urban setting, but this one spruces it up with a lot of humour that made this book fun to read, as well as keeping it from ever being boring.
Lizzie Brown is a demon slayer, the only problem is that since she was given up for adoption she has no idea what is about to happen on her 30th birthday. So she plans a birthday supper, invites the hot guy from her gym, and is all set to go when she’s interrupted by her long-lost grandmother and a demon. What happens next is a run for safety on the back of grandma’s Harley, with Lizzie’s pet dog Pirate (who can now talk).
While there is a lot of seriousness of course, what I liked best about this book was how funny it was. Lizzie had an aversion to swearing as a result of her day job working at a preschool and as a parent I’ve been there–trained out of swearing by the need to watch your language. And Pirate! Oh, that talking dog was easily my favourite character in the book. He did his best to protect Lizzie, loved food, and was so much fun to read. Pirate definite reads like how I think a dog would talk if it could.
The relationship between Dimitri and Lizzie was interesting, though still had a lot of the instant love and attraction that turns me off of most books in a series. They could have played that up a bit more because at the start Lizzie was suspicious of the shape-changing griffin who claims he is her protector, but by the end she’s running off to Greece with him? This kind of tactic works well in stand-alone novels, but when there is a series I’m always left wanting more angst and unresolved sexual tension between the two characters.
The spells in this book are unique, and were almost like living, breathing things instead of just spells! I love the jars, and the biker grandma witches, and the attitude so many of them had. They were a fun-loving bunch, who while hardened by their past, they cared so much for each other.