Tainted by Julie Kenner
The premise of Tainted is this: A young woman, Lily, is killed while carrying out vengeance against a rapist who attacked her sister. Lily is sure she’s going to hell for all the things she did in her short life, but instead she comes back from the dead…in someone else’s body. Her mission: to hunt demons for God. Her reward, if she succeeds, is redemption.
At first, I was reminded of a couple of other urban fantasy series. The wrong-body plotline and the theme of sisterly love reminded me a bit of Vicki Petterson's Signs of the Zodiac (though Lily’s new body is a stranger’s, not her sister’s). The idea of earning redemption by slaying supernatural nasties called S.J. Day... Read More
Julie KennerJulie Kenner used to be a lawyer, but now she is a full-time writer. She Julie writes “quirky romances, sexy contemporaries, young adult novels, suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and darker urban fantasy”. Read excerpts of her novels at Julie Kenner’s website.
The Blood Lily Chronicles — (2009) Publisher: Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life. But in death, she’ll really get to be bad… When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good. It’s the job Lily believes she can really get into — but she doesn’t realize that she may not be able to get out.
Tainted by Julie Kenner
Torn by Julie Kenner
It's hard to review Torn without spoiling the big twist in the previous book, Tainted! So, I'll just say that Torn follows the further adventures of Lily Carlyle, now Alice Purdue, as she attempts to keep demons from overrunning the Earth. Meanwhile, her thorny relationship with Deacon continues, her handlers have teamed her up with a partner, and now Lily has custody of her traumatized little sister, Rose.
Rose is now facing a violation that might well be worse than what she suffered in the previous book. The demon responsible for her rape has now taken up residence in her mind and body, sometimes possessing her wholly, sometimes lurking just below the surface. The parts of Torn that deal with Rose are pretty painful to read, especially when you think about Rose only being fourteen and what she's already go... Read More
Turned by Julie Kenner
Turned is the third, and best, book in Julie Kenner's Blood Lily Chronicles series. The convergence is coming, when hell's gates will open, spilling out hordes of demons onto the Earth. Lily is the linchpin in the schemes of both Good and Evil, the “Prophecy Girl” who must choose between two fates: becoming queen of the demons, or locking the gates at the cost of her own eternal torment. Lily knows which path she must choose, but darned if queendom doesn't sound a lot more appealing than burning in hell forever...
Yet there might be a third way... There are legends of a lost key that could lock the gates without requiring Lily's sacrifice. She's all for this, naturally, and so she searches for it, with the help of her evil-smiting “team”: Deacon, Lily's demonic lover; Rose, Lily's sister; and Rachel, Alice Purdue's sister. But our heroes... Read More
Time of Your Life — (2001-2004) Publisher: She could see right through him… Zoe Smith was far from normal. Crazy as it sounded, on her twenty-fifth birthday she had the chance to become a superhero. But x-ray vision and the ability to fly were only two things to consider. There were other factors, too…. There was her newfound heightened sensitivity. She could hardly eat a chocolate bar without writhing in ecstasy; how was she to give herself the birthday gift she’d really set her heart on — George Taylor? The handsome P.I.’s dark exterior hid a truly sweet center, and Zoe felt certain that his mere touch would send her spiraling into oblivion. But the man was looking for an average Jane — no matter what he claimed. He could never love a superhero-to-be, especially one with an overprotective stallion of a brother and a creepy cousin who seemed to be lurking in all the wrong places. Could he? Zoe had to know. With her super powers, Zoe could only see through his clothing — to strip bare the workings of his heart, she’d have to rely on something a little more potent.
Demon-hunting Soccer Mom — (2005-2012) Publisher: Lots of women put their careers aside once the kids come along. Kate Connor, for instance, hasn’t hunted a demon in ages. That must be why she missed the one wandering through the pet food aisle of the San Diablo Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, he managed to catch her attention an hour later-when he crashed into the Connor house, intent on killing her. Now Kate has to clean up the mess in her kitchen, dispose of a dead demon, and pull together a dinner party that will get her husband elected to County Attorney-all without arousing her family’s suspicion. Worse yet, it seems the dead demon didn’t come alone… It’s time for Kate Connor to go back to work.
Beth Frasier — (2007) Young adult. Publisher: The bestselling author of Carpe Demon takes a bite out of high school in this bloodsucking blast. Elizabeth Frasier’s ticked off. Her junior year of high school was going just fine. But thanks to a bunch of jerkwad vampire jocks, she ended up undead, and with a thirst that a thousand Diet Cokes couldn’t quench. Now she’s out for blood-and revenge. And she knows exactly what to do…Elizabeth’s read Salem’s Lot. Separate the good vamps from the bad and wipe out the crowd that did her in. On top of that, she’s got to figure out how to be mortal again-unless universities start accepting dead girls.