Monday, September 14, 2009

Review: California Demon

California Demon: the secret life of a demon-hunting soccer mom (book 2) by Julie Kenner
3.5 stars

Reasons for reading: Enjoyed the first book in the series last year.

Description: "Between fending off demon attacks, trying to figure out why the mysterious new teacher at the high school seems strangely familiar, and keeping a watchful eye on her daughter's growing infatuation with a surfer dude, Kate Connor is the busiest-and most dangerous-demon-hunting soccer mom on the block. "

First line: "My name is Kate Connor, and I'm a Demon Hunter."

My thoughts: This is turning out to be a fun series. I confess I like the pun-titles a lot (the first is Carpe Demon). I enjoy the Buffy-grows-up vibe - Kate really does have to be both a suburban mom and a Demon Hunter. If there's a demon body to be disposed of and she still has to cook dinner for her toddler, she has to figure out a way around it.

The subplot of the mysterious new teacher, Mr. Long, is interesting and not entirely resolved by the end, so there may be more to come with him. Kate's experiencing some conflicts between her past (secrets about her deceased, Hunter husband's life are emerging) and her present (in the form of her new husband who is spending a lot of time working on his political campaign). And her relationship with her teenage daughter continues to be strong but also realistic, with lots of alternating between, "I love you, mom." and teenage moodiness. Her daughter Allie is turning out to be a chip off the badass block, which is great. Timmy the toddler, one of my favourite characters, continues to be adorable, particularly when entertaining seniors by singing Jingle Bells in the nude.

The verdict: A strong second entry in an entertaining series.

No comments: