The Accidental Demon Slayer
Author: Angie Fox
Publisher: Angie Fox
Date of Publication (re-pub, it looks like): May 23, 2013
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…?
OMG – how the heck have I not read Angie Fox’s works before this?! TADS is one of the funniest books I’ve read in ages! I mean, I looked at the blurb and started giggling. C’mon, a granny slinging Smuckers jars with magic in them?! Couldn’t possibly actually be that funny throughout, could it?
I discovered it could. And is.
Granted, this is not a light-hearted romp through the tulips. Nor is it a heavy-duty romance. Oh, there are sparks a plenty between Lizzie and Dimitri, but I wouldn’t call this a romance first and foremost, but rather urban fantasy with a romance subplot. Which is probably my favorite thing to read in the whole wide world.
Like the blurb says, Lizzie thought she was a normal, turning 30 y/o woman who loved her job (teaching in a preschool). And then her life gets turned topsy-turvy when her biological grandmother shows up and announces Lizzie is a demon slayer and only seconds later a demon pops out of Lizzie’s toilet. Yes, toilet. I’m not sure WHY the toilet, but, hey, it’s a demon. I’m not about to tell it where it can’t come from.
Through this book you meet the Red Skulls (like the Red Hat society, except with witches and motorcycle helmets), a biker gang of geriatric witches (I’m not kidding) who are on the run from the demon they want/need Lizzie to slay before it breaks free from Hell, a pack of werewolves verging on leadership issues (alpha challenges), and a demon who tries to steal not only Lizzie’s soul, but her grandmother’s as well.
Lizzie has to learn how to use her powers that have just developed (her demon-slayer sense will lead her straight into the heart of the biggest danger around, be it a cotton-mouth snake or a deadly spell that she (no one else) is immune to). Magic definitely is unique in this world of Ms. Fox’s. The portal the Red Skulls use to send Lizzie to hell to deal with Vald, the demon, apparently didn’t want to be used, and they ended up having to have Lizzie jump off the edge of a riverboat and hope she got through the portal before she got smushed on the paddlewheel.
Dimitri is one freakin’ hot griffin. Able to take on the shape of a man. I think I’ll give up my vamps if I can have a griffin like Dimitri. Sense of humor, incredible loyalty to friends and family. He’s got his own need for Lizzie’s skills, and that causes some trust issues when he finally comes clean with Lizzie.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book of this series, which apparently takes place in Las Vegas with a band of succubi trying to do bad things.
Definite 5-book rating on this sucker! Way to go, Angie Fox. I love you! Er…your books.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
–Review by Victoria