Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

by J. Kenner, Julie Kenner

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Julie Kenner aka J. Kenner ..."This book, as crammed with events as any suburban mom's calendar, shows you what would happen if Buffy got married and kept her past a secret. It's a hoot."-Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling authorA Booksense pick! A Target "break-out" book!Kate Connor is your average, everyday mom with two kids, a husband, and one very big secret ... she used to be a Demon Hunter for a secret arm of the Vatican. Now retired, she's more interested in the domestic than the demonic. So when she catches sight of a demon in Wal-Mart, she tells herself it's some other Hunter's problem. But when that demon attacks her in her kitchen, retirement is no longer an option.Now Kate has to kick a little demon butt, figure out why the creatures are trying to take her out and take over her home town, and at the same time take care of her 2 year old, deal with a hormonal 14 year old, get the family to Catholic mass on time, and try to keep her past a secret from her daughter and her husband.She's a little out of practice, but hey ... if she can juggle two kids and an impromptu dinner party, ridding the town of demons should be a piece of cake. Like the saying goes, Carpe Demon ... and Kate intends to do just that.***Dive into this fun and original (sub) urban fantasy novel (that could just as easily be called paranormal mommy lit!). With humor, action, adventure, horror and a romantic triangle that builds as the series progresses, Carpe Demon is not to be missed!All titles in the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom seriesCarpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer MomCalifornia Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer MomDemons Are Forever: Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer MomDeja Demon: The Days and Nights of a Demon-Hunting Soccer MomDemon Ex MachinaPax DemonicaPraise for Carpe Demon:"Ninety-nine percent of the wives and moms in the country will identify with this heroine. I mean, like who hasn't had to battle demons between car pools and play dates?" Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author"I welcome the novels that decide to be utterly over-the-top and imagine paranormal and superhero lives for their chick- lit heroines. Take Carpe Demon ..." -Detroit Free Press "Sprightly, fast-paced . . . readers will find spunky Kate hard not to root for in spheres both domestic and demonic."-Publishers Weekly"Smart, fast-paced, unique ... a blend of sophistication and wit that has you laughing out loud."-Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author"Tongue-in-cheek . . . fast pacing and in-your-face action. Give it a try. Kate's a fun character and keeps you on the edge of your seat."-SFReader"Ms. Kenner has a style and delivery all her own . . . fun and innovative . . . [Carpe Demon] shouldn't be missed."-Fallen Angel Reviews"You're gonna love this book! A terrific summer read with lots of humor and crazy situations and action."-Fresh Fiction"This book was so much fun to read. I highly recommend this exceedingly entertaining read!"-Midwest Book Review"A fun netherworld thriller that readers will treasure."-The Best Reviews"A+ ... I am very ready for the next installment in Kate Connor's life."-The Romance Reader's Connection"Kenner scores a direct hit with this offbeat and humorous adventure, which has an engaging cast of characters. Car pools and holy water make an unforgettable mix."-Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988684430
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Series: Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 644,850
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a "flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations," J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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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. 108 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!
mary1963 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two minute review for "Carpe Demon" by Julie KennerWow, I never want to be a soccer mom. It is not the demon hunting that would kill me. It is the constant stresses of motherhood; Juggling a million errand, soothing everyone elses hurts, trying to read the mind of your teenager, keeping up with your frenetic two year old and being your husbands caregiver that would kill. The woman did not have two seconds to herself. Kate Connor is a great demon hunter but an even greater mom. Good book, very fast read.
sweb4us on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read! I enjoyed it tremendously!
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kenner has a wonderfully sarcastic, funny tone throughout the book. The protagonist is a mother of two who kills neighborhood demons. There are four books in the series, thus far. Each book has a major demon to battle, and throughout the four books, the protagonist struggles to solve her first husband's mysterious murder. Fast, hilarious read, and I highly recommend, even to those who don't normally read from the fantasy genre.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listened to this book well over a year ago, I think. It was an entertaining story and I like the characters this author created. I enjoyed the 2nd book better though. And I look forward to listening to the next installment in the series.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an OK, fun read, but I'm not in a rush to get another. The busy soccer mom - demon hunter thing was cute & amusing - once. The next book could go either way, but I doubt it will get much better. The base she has to work from seems a bit too static. The writing was mildly amusing, but never made me chuckle out loud. Not bad, but I could easily put it down.The characters were pretty well done & interesting. She certainly has the whole suburban house wife thing down well from what I could tell. I got the sarcasm when her 2 year old 'helped' her clean up, but she wrote that it was sarcastic. Redundant & typical of the book. The plot was neither original nor particularly imaginative. Figuring out who the bad guy was & how the book would end was easy. It was just a matter of waiting around for her to go the long way round the block to get there.
jmchshannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first thought while reading this is that I miss Buffy. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains one of my favorite television shows ever. Carpe Demon initially caught my eye because someone prefaced their description of the book by stating that it was as if Buffy had grown up and gotten married. That one sentence was enough for me, and I was not wrong.As you can imagine when discussing a book about a retired demon hunter who now happens to be a mother, the book is meant to be what it is: light, carefree, fun and yet suspenseful. Ms. Kenner makes women everywhere thankful that we do not have to add "hunt demons" to our own to-do lists, and yet, we sympathize with Kate as she struggles to find balance in her shifting world. I personally adore how Ms. Kenner shows motherhood - the constant worry offset by doing the best we can to keep sanity at bay, the very unglamorous aspects of motherhood, and the occasional use of television as a babysitter. Mothers everywhere can relate, even if we do not have murderous demons jumping out at us when we least expect them.There was a surprisingly strong religious note to the book. In hindsight, demons and faith tend to go together, but in my experience, most authors do not include demons and a strong faith in God together in the same book. I wonder why that is, now that I think about it, for I did not find the discussion a turn-off. For, if you understand that demons are metaphors for the world's evils, then Ms. Kenner is just enforcing the need for faith.Carpe Demon is a quick read, one I thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself chuckling at Kate's plight but completely understanding her need to protect her family and friends. Mothers everywhere do the same thing each and every day, just not against high demons or hell hounds. In Kate, Ms. Kenner has a character to which most mothers can relate. I, for one, am definitely interested in reading the sequel. And if I happen to reminisce about Buffy, then so much the better!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What Would Buffy Do? If she was suddenly called out of retirement? Oh, and she is married with 2 kids? And no one knows she used to be a demon slayer? This is a funny book that will appeal to many readers. If you don't usually read paranormal, but like funny books about domestic life, give it a try.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this at the bookstore and just had to get it. I was planning on sharing it with my sister, who is a big Buffy fan. But when I started reading through it, I was hooked! It's just so different from what I usually read. It was funny and exciting and yet pretty believable. Not a lot of gore or any vampire love scenes, or anything, which is fine by me. But a clever storyline and an appealing main character. I will definitely look for the next one in this series.CMB
paghababian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Buffy sure has grown up. This book, the first in a series, follows Kate Connor, a mother of two in San Diablo, California. In her youth, she was a demon hunter with a secretive branch of the Vatican, and she thought she had retired... until a demon comes crashing through her kitchen window. Now she must hurry to get back into ass-kicking shape and figure out exactly what the Big Bad is looking for.This book is fun and quick-paced, and it reminded me a lot of the teen thrillers I used to read as a kid (Christopher Pike, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick). It also shared a lot of the humor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, something it was obviously playing off of. If you enjoyed watching Buffy, this book will be right up your alley.
byroade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here's the setup: imagine a Buffy type, specifically a highly trained demon hunter, long retired from the Forza Scura, immersed in suburban domesticity in sleepy California town, until one day a demon crashes through her kitchen window. Somehow she's got to find out what the demon Gorgamesh wants to find in her town, get back in shape, hunt down her town's rapidly-expanding population of demons, drive the carpool, and help launch her husband's political career.Review: Kenner has a nice light chick lit touch with a good sense of humor and timing. It makes me think of "Bewitched".
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not terribly original or deep, and Kenner telegraphs her moves from a mile away, but a fun read all the same. [2007-1-27]
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The style reminded me a little bit of MaryJanice Davidson's, but without all the shallowness of Betsy from the Undead series. I think Mothers will relate to it even more than I did since I've never been either a mom or a "soccer mom" myself. The story itself was fun, not too heavy, with a good mystery to boot. It was hard to put down and the surprise ending snuck up on me.Though this is the first book I've read by Julie Kenner, NeedSun had sent me some others from her Protector (Aphrodite) series, so now I'm looking forward to reading those while waiting for the 2nd book in the Demon series, California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, due to be published June 2006.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute concept. Kate Connor is a former demon slayer ¿ a la Buffy Summers ¿ who is now a housewife with three kids, including a toddler. She thinks she¿s safe until a demon comes through her kitchen window just hours before a big dinner party. So, she kills him and hides him in the pantry. It goes downhill from there.Very clever story, really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me interested from start to finish. Rare now a days. I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago