Saturday, May 22, 2010

Demon Ex Machina

Demon Ex Machina is the latest book in the Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner. From the back cover.~

In between demon patrols and teaching self-defense classes for local moms, Kate has to deal with a teenage daughter, who is gung ho about being a demon slayer in training, and a toddler son entering a tantrum phase that rivals anything from the pits of hell.

To make matters worse, ever since her current husband, Stuart, learned about her secret life, he’s been practically smothering her with attention. That wouldn’t be so bad, except now Stuart’s fired up to learn everything he can about demons, and that kind of research can get a former desk jockey killed.

It’s a lot to juggle. And on top of it all, Kate has to find a way to release the demon possessing her first husband, Eric, without destroying the man inside. Because if the demon within Eric gets free, it just might be more than this seriously stressed suburban mom can handle…

Julie Kenner gives her fans another winner with Demon Ex Machina. I absolutely love the characters in this series. Kate is such a strong and amazing woman. She manages to juggle her family and her demon hunting job and even find time to teach self-defense classes to the local moms. With the research help of her best friend Laura, Kate searches for a way to release the demon from her first husband Eric, without killing him. With each passing day, it becomes evident that the demon in Eric is becoming stronger. Allie, Kate and Eric’s daughter is also coming into her own as a demon hunter. Of course the fact that she is only fifteen years old doesn’t ease her mother’s worries for her. Stuart, Kate’s current husband decides he needs to train to help her kill demons as well as help keep their son Timmy safe. Everything heats up as Kate must battle to kill the demon inside Eric, without killing her daughter’s father in the process. Kenner gives the reader an edge of their seat ride as the book progresses.

I really enjoy this series and look forward to each new installment. Demon Ex Machina actually was released in October 2009, but I was just able to get it from the library in the last couple of weeks. I love the fast-paced story of Kate and her family and friends and hope there will be another book in this series soon.

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