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Book: The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Co. Inc.

Furnished by: ARC from the publishers

On Sale Date: April 28, 2009

Publisher’s Description: “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.”

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Review: After posting about this book in last week’s ARC Roundup, I thought it sounded interesting enough to put in my first ARC request since December. As it turns out, that was a great idea because I really enjoyed this book. (Also, big ups to Dorchester Publications for quick turnaround — this book landed in my mailbox only a week after I put in my request, which is probably the fastest I’ve ever gotten an ARC!)

The follow-up to Angie Fox’s first book in the demon slayer series, The Accidental Demon Slayer, The Dangerous Book For Demon Slayers is narrated by the accidental demon slayer herself, Lizzie Brown. As an ex-preschool teacher, Lizzie is a complete outsider to the world of rule-breaking (so much so, she claims, that she’s never even received a speeding ticket). But on her 30th birthday, she suddenly became part of a supernatural world that was previously unknown to her and includes a biker gang of witches, shape-shifting griffins, grouchy fairies, gargoyles, succubi and a whole hell of a lot more. To make matters worse, she’s not only expected to be a part of this world — she’s expected to take on the role of the extremely rare demon slayer, saving the world from things you haven’t even seen in your worst nightmares.

In this book we get to know the magical world right along with Lizzie and her loyal Jack Russell terrier, Pirate (whom she is now able to hear “speak,” which I adore). As loyal readers of Literophilia found out in one of my previous posts (Chloe Parker’s Library), I have a sweet spot for the supernatural thriller/romance genre. This series will definitely find a home next to my Laurell K. Hamilton books. It satisfies my craving for a quick, exciting read (I flew through the book in two days) and allows the reader to get to know tons of unique, interesting creatures while still throwing in a bit of romance along the way (the quick, fiery, passionate kind — not the kind that makes you gag from its sappiness). I also like that, similar to Hamiton’s vampire hunter, Anita Blake, Lizzie has to deal with learning about herself along the way. While it’s wonderful to lose oneself in a good supernatural thriller, I think that when the author gives her characters a wealth of human flaws, it gives the book that little something extra to make her reader truly connect with the story.