Throwback Thursday Review: California Demon by Julie Kenner


California Demon by Julie Kenner
Series: Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (# 2)
Release Date: June 26, 2007
Publisher: Jove
Pages: 368
Source: Book received at AAD 2013



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.


Review: I always enjoy the writing of Julie Kenner, whether the story is about super heroes saving the world from evil, a kill or be killed cyber game or a hot erotic romance. It does help if you read the series in order but I haven’t read the first one (yet!) and I don’t think I missed it too much. There was just enough explanation to get me through the who’s and why’s to answer my questions but not so much information that I felt overwhelmed.

Kate is a great character. I want to go back and read the first book just to find out more about her past. I like that she’s striving to give her teenage daughter and toddler son a normal suburban life – carpools, PTA and play groups – all while hunting demons and plunging spikes into their eyes. That she doesn’t hesitate when asked if she loves her husband says so much about her character – I found that to be a very pivotal moment.

I’m also looking forward to the next book in the series for the further development of Allie, the teenage daughter. I imagine she’ll become a Buffy clone – a high school demon-hunting cheerleader – which is not a bad thing. Buffy was awesome and I’d like to see Allie kick some demon butt.

This story was everything I had hoped for – action, adventure, humor, thrills and a bit of teenage deception. I can’t wait to go back to read the first book in the series and catch up on the rest of them.