The Accidental Demon Slayer

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The Accidental Demon Slayer

Biker Witches Mystery, #1

Elizabeth Brown, better known as Lizzie, had finished her workday at Happy Hands Preschool and was now ready to celebrate her 30th birthday.  She’s got it all planned.  She’s meeting her co-workers and a really great looking guy that she finally got enough nerve up to ask out at a restaurant for dinner.  First though she’s going to meet her biological grandmother for the first time.  Lizzie was adopted as a baby.  What she didn’t expect or plan for was the meeting with her motorcycle riding grandmother!  Upon opening the door, Lizzie is thrown into her bathroom and locked in!  On the exact moment Lizzie was born, she suddenly had magically powers and learned that she is a demon slayer.
Lizzie’s grandmother is a witch.  She is in a coven with a bunch of other older women who also ride motorcycles.  This coven is located in TN and she needs to get Lizzie there as fast as she can get her there so Lizzie can be under the coven’s protection.  This was not how Lizzie had planned to spend her birthday!
Along the way, they are meet by imps and other creatures that up until now Lizzie was sure didn’t really exist.  At one point, a griffin comes to their rescue and finishes taking them to the old run down biker bar that the coven is using.  It helps too that the griffin shape-shifts into a dreamy guy who wants to help Lizzie out.
As Lizzie learns more and more on what she’s suppose to do as a demon slayer, she’s more than positive that she is in way over her head.  Still, when her grandmother is captured by a Level 5 demon, Lizzie has no real choice but to try and save her.  The griffin, Dimitri seems to be there for her but he has secrets he hasn’t told Lizzie yet.  When he does, will it make a difference or will Lizzie be able to forgive him as she falls in love with him?
This books starts out a bit confusing which is okay as Lizzie is just as confused as the reader.  Things start happening but they have no reference points like a demon showing up on the toilet of Lizzie’s bathroom.  There are also a lot of references to road kill and dead animals and their parts.  These witches use real animal parts for their spells and carry around jars of goop that may or may not be some of them.  Eventually, things start falling into place and the story emerges.
The characters are different.  These witches are most senior citizens who are a little out there.  They live in places no one should even be in, shop at the Goodwill and yet ride Harleys.  Their names are extremely strange like Ant Eater and they seem to have a fixation with putting stuff in jars.  Lizzie has no idea as to what she’s doing half the time but she’s desperate for a real family and seems willing to accept her grandmother, strange quirks and all.  Dimitri seems to be the good guy and is definitely the hunk but how many times have you seen a griffin as the hero?
Very few of these characters though have any depth.  Lizzie has the most as you get to know about her life before she became a demon slayer.  Lizzie’s actions also give insight on her personality.  She loves her dog and he has become her family.  When trouble starts, he’s the first thing she looks for.  You slowly get information on Dimitri, which is enough so you can get a feeling for his character.   By the end of the book, you can almost figure out what he’s going to do but still there is some mystery there.  The rest of the characters aren’t as well filled out.  Even Lizzie’s grandmother is still basically unknown though you are sure that she loves Lizzie, at least in her own way.
Humor is tucked into many of the situations, as most of this book is a bit off beat.  Lizzie has to learn how to throw stars.  These stars can kill as Lizzie finds out when she takes the head off the Big Boy at Shoney’s.  And with everything seeming to be stored in jars, is it a wonder when they keep breaking?
Even though it took me a while to get into the story, I found this to be a fun book to read.  I can’t say that I particularly like the witch’s coven but I sure like Lizzie and I’d love to meet Dimitri!

Book Blurb for The Accidental Demon Slayer

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…?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2008 3.75