Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series #1)

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series #1)

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by Julie Kenner
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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Kate Connor used to be a demon hunter: Now she's a stay-at-home mom, a "glorified chauffeur for pep squad practice and Gymboree play dates." But when a demonic assassin shows up at her suburban home minutes before an important dinner party, the retired Hunter is forced back into action to save her town -- and her freshly baked mini-quiches -- from the invading fiend and his army of the undead.

Kate's husband and her two kids don't know anything about her demon-killing past -- and she wants to keep it that way. So while doing what supermoms do -- raising an inquisitive two-year old, dealing with a teenage girl's myriad of social issues, supporting an overworked husband running for county attorney, etc. -- Kate also finds time to unravel the mystery behind the sudden ghoulish invasion. It seems a master demon named Goramesh has come to town in search of an invaluable religious artifact secreted in a much-storied cathedral. But in order to obtain the relic, Goramesh must first find a suitable human subordinate…

The character of Kate Connor is an appealing mélange of Laurell K. Hamilton's sexy, butt-kicking vampire executioner Anita Blake, Sex and the City's super-cool column writer Carrie Bradshaw, and the women of ABC's Desperate Housewives, whose lives revolve around domestic intrigues like potty training, teenage curfews, PTA meetings, bake sales, neighborhood gossip -- and scandalous secrets. Fast-paced and strikingly clever, this lighthearted romp through suburbia will appeal to romance, mystery, and fantasy fans alike. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
What would happen if Buffy the Vampire Slayer got married, moved to the suburbs and became a stay-at-home mom? She'd be a lot like Kate Connor, once a demon/vampire/zombie killer and now "a glorified chauffeur for drill-team practice and Gymboree play dates" in San Diablo, Calif., that's what. But in Kenner's sprightly, fast-paced ode to kick-ass housewives, Kate finds herself battling evil once again. First a demon tries to kill Kate while she's making rigatoni for an important dinner party that her sweet second husband, Stuart, has scheduled-at the last possible minute-to butter up potential allies in his run for county attorney. Kate dispatches the demon handily enough, but she learns that Goramesh, one of the terrible High Demons, has come to town looking for something. Where's he hiding and what does he want? Can she defeat him without exposing her past to Stuart-and without putting two-year-old Timmy in day care? Though Kenner starts off her story by dropping so many brand names the book reads like a how-to manual for product placement, she settles down to the action soon enough, and readers will find spunky Kate hard not to root for in spheres both domestic and demonic. Film rights sold to 1942 Pictures and Warner Brothers. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515142211
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series , #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Kenner is a USA Today bestselling author. She is also an attorney who lives with her husband and daughter.

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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Not badly written but not my thing and did not hold my interest. Not sure I accurately starred and do not want to slam what other readers might find a perfectly good read; but, the demon/paranormal portion very miniscule. So basically a soccer mom tale including riding along with main character on stuff like picking up milk, finding a daycare, dealing with merged family. Not sure why another reviewer called it "romantic comedy" as current husband a bit on the cardboard side and except for one morning encounter that was apparently so out of the norm for their romance she started suspecting him--nothing really romantic. I am kinda suspicious that at one time was a regular fiction book that added some paranormal stuff to get published. And if it wanted to be romance or comedy or chick-lit or women's fiction -- it just should have. At my advanced middle age, a bit hard to accept that a woman who retired at least 15 years ago and never worked out since was immediately back in shape. Dealing with teenagers and toddlers rang true; unfortunately, seen enough in real life to not be interested in reading so much of it in a fiction book I picked it up thinking that while likely silly would have some paranormal, comedy, romance type of plots that would hold up to being in a series I was hearing so much about. *ack* who wants to read carpool scheduling difficulties?
BookButter More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun read for everyone. A mom with a secret past as a Demon Hunter trying to save the world and make a great dinner party makes this a funny but interesting story. The only issue I had is that the major action or climax occurs right at the end of the book in two pages and then the story is over. The author makes this huge effort to build a story line and once you hit the action part, it seems the author runs out of ideas or just wants to end it right away.
I still recommnd this book as a fun read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books you will love these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down! Strongly reccomend it to anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the premise--happy homemaker of 14 years must hide the demon's body before the hubby, teenager, toddler, and neighbors see it. Calls the exboss who tells her that they have no demon hunters to send. Now Kate must lie to everyone while trying to find and kill the other demons that have arrived in her "demon-free" town. This book is also in the boxed set SIX TIMES A CHARM.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great blend of mommy life, mystery, and the undead!
Tnkrbell67 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Daily struggles of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom that any working mom can relate to. I was completely glued from the first page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read an assortment of laugh out loud funny books like Charlaine Harris. But i Have to tell you, this one is at the top of the game. Little two year olds just add up to all of the humor.WHat a great book. California Demon here I come!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Starts off the series. Not Much on Its Own But it got my Interest. Looks like it could be a good series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read "aprodites kiss" before this and I can't even believe they are by the same author. The flow of this story and quality of the writing is soo much better. Its also very funny and entertaining. I can see why they are thinking of using it for a tv show or movie.
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Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Kate Conner is a retired demon hunter living a peaceful life as a stay-at-home Mom to a teenager and a toddler. Life was going nice until a demon crashed through her living room window right before the party she was hosting for her husband's colleagues. Now, she must balance her current life with her old one, all while trying to keep everything a secret from her family. Julie Kenner writes a funny story, one that every over-worked Mom can relate to, minus the smelly demons. Told from the point of view of Kate Conner as she talks to the readers, like two friends sitting down to chat. There is some repetitious lines, as she tries to remember things and remind readers of who's who and what's what. Overall, fans of the female-kicking-zombie-butt genre, will enjoy this unique spin. Notes: I reviewed this book as part of the #forgottenbookchallenge. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Im using my brothers nook to post this) Thanks thomas. I will never forget you guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really what do atheists do?
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A 145 page very well-written free paranormal story of a stay-at-home mom who also is a 'retired' Demon Hunter til one pops through her kitchen window. A story told with humor, drama, and teenage angst. Some adult language and wife/husband sex scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ! This book kept my interest . I couldn't put it down and when I did I hurried back to read more. I will definitely recommend this to others!
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I just finished this fun read and have already started the 2nd book in the series.
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Very entertaining and well written!
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