The Accidental Demon Slayer: Did Not Finish

Angie Fox 1. The Accidental Demon Slayerparanormal romance urban fantasy book review Angie Fox 1. The Accidental Demon SlayerThe Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Lizzie’s long-lost grandmother reappears in her life, turns out to be a witch, and informs Lizzie she’s destined to be a demon slayer. A demon pops out of Lizzie’s toilet. Lizzie suddenly gains the ability to understand what her dog is saying. Her grandmother introduces her to her coven of elderly biker witches. Oh, and there’s a hunky griffin shapeshifter.

If this sounds a little chaotic, that’s because it is. Angie Fox bombards the reader with one wacky event after another in The Accidental Demon Slayer, and the plot feels like a random string of these odd events rather than a coherent whole. Characters are inconsistent; for example, the biker witches know Lizzie has just found out she’s a demon slayer, but then berate her for not already knowing all about demon slaying. Action scenes are confusing to follow. The witches use roadkill in their spells — which does make a sort of sense, as it’s an easy way to get those eye-of-newt type ingredients — but it’s mostly played for gross-out gags.

The dog is cute, but that wasn’t enough to keep me interested in The Accidental Demon Slayer. I’ve had trouble getting into other “zany” paranormals before, and I’m beginning to think this style of urban fantasy just doesn’t agree with me. I like humor in my urban fantasy — but as the garnish, not the entrée.


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KELLY LASITER is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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10 comments

  1. I think I have this one on my kindle…

  2. I guess sometimes you can judge a book by its cover . . .

  3. haha Marion!!

  4. I thought this book was terrible. I forced myself to finish it. I gave it 2 stars and won’t bother to read anymore from this author.

  5. I don’t mind the cover, but I read a lot of cozy mysteries, so it looks like a cozy paranormal to me (which is why I downloaded it.) But, I haven’t seen any good reviews so far. It could be that it’s too cozy or it could be a boring book!

  6. I wouldn’t really call it cozy nor a mystery — the part I did get through before DNFing was more of a very, very odd paranormal road trip novel.

    As far as paranormal cozies go, I’ve had pretty good luck with Shirley Damsgaard’s Ophelia and Abby books, though my reading in the series has been a little scattered and based mainly on which ones were in my library at any given moment.

  7. I tried the first Ophelia and Abby–yup cozy paranormal. It was okay. Not enough to make me continue the series, but not a bad book. I also read the first few of Carolyn Haines Sarah Booth books–Cozy with a ghost, so kind of a paranormal. The first few were good, but I time out on series pretty fast!

  8. I’ll have to try those ghost books! Thanks! :)

  9. You bet. If you like cozies, I hear that Modern Witch by…Debrah Greary (I’m not sure I have the Debra part spelled right.) Anyway, I have it downloaded and hear it’s good. I read the sample–kind of chick-lit type of thing going on in the part I read. Looked like there was going to be some romance too.

    I LOVE ghosts. There’s a fantasy book by
    Laura Underwood – The Hounds of Ardagh That has a ghost in it–really enjoyed it. It’s kind of obscure and it may be out of print. I read it a few years ago.

    One of the Mercy Thompson books has a ghost in it too. I can’t remember which one. Good stuff.

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