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Accidental Demon Slayer Paperback – 29 Jul 2008
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FoA new talent just hit the urban fantasy genre, and she has a genuine gift for creating dangerously hilarious drama. Viewed through Lizzie's eyes, events are both comically absurd and terrifying. Fox has created her own unique flavor of the supernatural.
-- Romantic Times Magazine
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OK, so first all, I read this series out of order. I downloaded book 5 - <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17341365-my-big-fat-demon-slayer-wedding">My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding</a> for free last month, and started reading it before I realised I had book 1 already on my Kindle, so I pretty happy to read how it all started.
I will say now, I prefer book 5. It is much better written, and the characters are stronger. So in a way, I'm kinda glad I read that one first, so I know what Fox is capable of.
So Lizzie is planning her simple 30th birthday with a few friends, when her recently re-united grandmother locks her in the bathroom. This is the start of a crazy adventure with demons, imps, witches, shape-shifters, and motorbikes.
I love the original take on a familiar story. A lot of Lizzie's back-ups are pensioners. Who ride Harleys. And swear, drink, wear leather. Oh, and make spells out of roadkill.
The coven are pretty awesome, they're irrepressible, independent, and confident in their ability.
They're just as likely to lash out, as they are to be affectionate; and they are a stark contrast to Lizzie's society mother.
Then you have Dimitri, the token hot guy who knows more about Lizzie and the demons than he ever lets on. He varies between being over-protective, and pushing Lizzie to become all she can be; and has his own motives for wanting this Demon Slayer trained.
There's a dog who talks. The trick is getting him to shut up.
And of course, Lizzie. She's actually really cool. She's not afraid to stand up for herself and do what she thinks is best, even when she's overwhelmed with demons and family drama, she's still very adamant about having her own opinion and doing what's right.
I found the writing very rough. There were sections where I had to go back and check something, because suddenly something was different.
There was a lot of arguing, and I was getting whiplash from some of the changes of opinion from characters. Everything was just so rushed, trying to pack a lot into what was just a few days for Lizzie.
I also found some of the spells and curses that were probably supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, fell a little flat, and were trying too hard.
Luckily, I've already read the 5th book, so I know the writing gets better.
Everything about the magical world had me hooked especially the talking Jack Russell terrier and the hot Griffin.It's well written and it keeps you reading.
It takes me back to the days of Buffy the vampire slayer on TV, when i was in love with the hunky vampire Angel.Happy memories and this book brought it back for me. A big thank you to Angie Fox.
I am glad I took the gamble.
Love the authors style of writing it allows almost instant acceptance of the characters and in this book there are many. The story is mad, locations throughout the story weird and the characters larger than life. That's 3 WOWS from me.
The story was engaging from the beginning and did not slacken till the end. The humour which regularly popped up helped tremendously throughout the story and eased the hectic pace. So much squeezed into the book.
The short " intimate " moments ( which I normally dislike ) were just about acceptable to me and did not spoil the book. I can therefore give it the 5 stars for the book and for making me want to follow the series through.
Angie Fox - you have a weird imagination - thank you.
From the very first page I was laughing! This book is well written, humorous, interesting, exciting and just what the reader ordered. I adored Lizzie and her preschool-friendly cuss words. The contrast between Lizzie and her Grandma was flabbergasting - a leather and rhinestone wearing, pink Harley riding rocker biddie - Utterly brilliant! Then there is Pirate ...Lizzie's pet Jack Russell. Upon ascending to her powers Lizzie realises that she can understand her overexcited and protective pooch ...and let me tell you the conversations between them are hilarious.
And all that is in the first chapter!
Reading on we discover a tale of hunter and hunted, a rescue and a chase, a few mysteries are solved and a true love acknowledged. I won't say more because really you should just read it.
However... in several places the story is a bit disjointed and rather choppy - it read like there was a sentence or two missing sometimes. It wasn't enough to make me stop reading but it was enough to make me go "Whaaat?!" a few times.
Still, I liked the story and would be willing to read more in the series. Maybe my difficulties with it are simply the fact that this is the author's first book and there is always a learning curve...
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