Series: Demon Slayer #1
Publisher: Love Spell
Date Published: 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Description: It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.
Of course, that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work, how dangerous could a little seduction be...?
Have you ever watched a movie trailer, thought that movie will be great, to only see the movie and realize all the funny bits were in the trailer? That’s how I feel about The Accidental Demon Slayer. All the funny bits combined were probably 20% of the book. And the rest was pretty dull.
The Accidental Demon Slayer starts with Lizzie’s 30th birthday. And the arrival of the grandmother Lizzie never knew. On a pink Harley. Turns out, Lizzie is a witch. And her 30th birthday is when she comes into her powers. He dog starts speaking. (Well, she starts to UNDERSTAND her dog.) A demon pops out of her bathroom. And she learns that she has a protector, who also is a shape-shifting griffin. There are werewolves, demons, learning how to become a slayer and a trip to hell all in store for Lizzie throughout the book. I think there were just too many different plot lines going on for any one of them to shine.
At the beginning of the novel, I really liked Lizzie. Her dockers, oxfords, and button-down shirts were completely sensible, just like her.
Three years of teaching at Happy Hands Preschool and I couldn’t even cuss right.
As the novel progressed, her wild side starts to develop. And I would be fine with that. If she wasn’t fighting it, tooth and nail. Dimitri the griffin was the totally wrong Dimitri. Sure, Dimitri the griffin was super sexy. And has wings. And a lion body. But it’s just not the same. Pirate the talking dog was great. His hyper speech patterns definitely match how I imagine little yippie dogs would speak. Crazy Grandma Gertie and her coven of Red Skulls (instead of Red Hats) were also entertaining. Grandma had some of the best lines.
Lizzie, you stay away from him. That man is a troll.
You’re wound tighter than a gnat’s ass! Let go! Trust your instincts. Stop thinking of every negative thing that could happen five miles down the road.
I could have seriously used more Grandma Gertie in this book!
Overall, The Accidental Demon Slayer started strong, lagged in the middle, and rebounded at the end. But also just a meh for me. I stopped and started reading it multiple times as it did not hold my interest for very long. And honestly, I don’t think I have enough interest in reading the rest of the series. 2 1/2 Stars for me.