Friday, January 10, 2014

Review: A Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

Published December 13th 2010 by BookEnds Literary Agency 
Length: 352 pages

Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox.

Demon slaying powers should come with an instruction book ...

Seriously. Why does a new hair dryer have a twelve-page how-to manual, but when it comes to ancient demon-fighting hocus-pocus, my biker witch granny gives me just half a dozen switch stars and a rah-rah speech? Oh, and a talking terrier, but that's another story. It's not like my job as a preschool teacher prepared me for this kind of thing.

So I've decided to write my own manual, The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, because no one tells me anything. Dimitri, my "protector," may be one stud of a shape-shifting griffin, but he always thinks he can handle everything by himself. Only he's no match for the soul-stealing succubi taking over Las Vegas. If I can't figure out how to save him - and Sin City - there'll be hell to pay.


My Review

Maybe I should have read book1 first! But I wasn't completely lost, so you can definitely read this one without the other. I don't know about the rest of the books in the series though, I will be getting to those in the future.  This is a series I do want to continue to read, plus I have been wanting to read this series for a long time.
Lizzie is learning as she goes. She just recently found out she is a demon-slayer, and just found her birth grandmother-she was adopted.  Grandma is a biker witch, and always on the move.  Lizzie is supposed to be learning how to become a demon slayer, but since there aren't many (try hardly none)grandma is teaching her as they go. 
Lizzie's boyfriend, Dimitri, is a griffin!! He is also trying to help Lizzie learn to be a slayer.
Lizzie has to learn to be a slayer and also rely on her friends and new family.  Something that is very hard for her.  When she goes in to get her slayer license, which was a huge surprise to her, she failed.  But they gave the a permit, and a old slayer handbook.  She vowed to rewrite her own handbook, although from what I could tell she never even looked at the one the Department of Intra-Magical Procedures gave her.
Angie Fox writes a very good book. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, starting with book 1.
This book had demons, succubi, witches, ghosts and fairies.  Lots of action, after all Lizzie is a demon slayer.  We actually learn a little about how to be a slayer, cause Lizzie has no clue!  The witches were actually kinda funny to me.  But my favorite character is Lizzie's dog, Pirate.  Now that Lizzie has her "powers" she can talk to Pirate.  Hearing him talk is just hilarious, and probably how it would be with any other dog.  Pirate sounds like a tough dog, but you have to remember that he is just a terrier, and that makes it even funnier for me.
I was provided this copy by Netgalley.

Excerpt

Dimitri's thumb caressed the hollows of my wrists.  "I love you because love to me is about finding the person you want to be with." He drew me in, kissed me.  "And being there no matter what."
His thumbs traced circles on the tops of my palms.  "Ah yes, demons instead of brunch. But love isn't about what's easy. I think you would have had an easier time if you'd denied your demon-slayer calling, stayed home in Atlanta to teach preschool."