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Carpe Demon [Audio Cassette]

Julie Kenner , Laura Hicks
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Book Description

November 2005
Retired demon hunter Kate Connor must go back to work when she spots a demon lurking in the local Wal-Mart. But she'd better not arouse suspicion. This kind of thing could really hurt her husband's political career.
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From 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)
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Original, good read Nov. 21 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Talk about multi tasking. As if a teen and a toddler weren't enough. Entertaining, fast paced and witty. Good characters and plot. This is urban fantasy that is well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! Oct. 29 2012
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was a real pleasure to read this first book in a series about a modern stay-at-home mom who is trying to raise her family while attending a pesky problem with demons intent on rising from the dead. It's sharp, it's witty and really fun to read. The heroine's struggles to keep a normal life, raise her cute 2-year old toddler and take care of business are quite entertaining. I liked the author's vivid style -- with smart side bars and witty editorial comments. Fun, fun, fun... I give it 5 stars out of five (excellent).
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Light Read May 17 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is the first in a series about Kate, a "demon-hunting soccer mom." It is a light read that failed to keep my interest, but that's mostly because I'm much younger than Kate and therefore had trouble identifying with her. Being a Mom is a large part of this character's life, so I think that readers who are currently enjoying motherhood would love her.

The plot wasn't totally fascinating. Most readers will figure things out before Kate does, which is somewhat frustrating. But if you're looking for a light, mindless read, this is the book for you. There are some mysteries, such as the death of Kate's first husband, that the author leaves unresolved for now. It seems likely that Kenner will return to these issues in later books in the series.

All in all: not great, but definitely fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and exciting read July 19 2006
This book is a fun one to read. I find it easy to relate to the main character, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Sometimes things seemed a bit overdramatic, but that is also what made it fun to read. Julie Kenner's style of writing flowed so easily, and I couldn't wait to pick up the book to read more. I'm looking forward to reading other books by her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Got Married July 5 2005
By Lisa J. Steele - Published on
Carpe Demon is an enjoyable read. The setting is modern suburbia, but demons exist and can possess the recently deceased or those willing to ally with them. Our heroine is a retired demon hunter, pulled out of her suburban life to fight a powerful foe.

The _Buffy_ influences are evident, but well handled. It is "horror", in the sense of including demons, but there are no graphic descriptions of death, injuries, or foul evil. There is some mention of sex between the married protagonist and her husband, which is discretely handled). The fight scenes are brief. The book is suitable for, tho perhaps not interesting to, a teenage reader.

For the experienced mystery reader, the puzzle, clues, and red-herrings will be obvious too soon. This reader found herself impatiently waiting for Kate to figure out the problem at several points.

I found the the setting and the situations a bit too akin to Buffy and the underlying puzzle weak. I'd recommend it as beach reading from the library or used book bin, but not at full price.
72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars painful read Jan. 17 2009
By Cameron - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When the 5-star reviews on Amazon are far better written than the book itself, you've got to wonder what publishers are thinking when they green-light a book project. I was excited to find this book and expected a quick, light read. I did actually struggle all the way to the end, interested enough in the outcome to complete the slog.

As noted by many others, the characters are very shallow, but that's perhaps a subjective judgment. More irritating is the continuous repetition of plot elements--which I presume is why others note that the plot develops too slowly. I lost count of how many times this trained "demon Hunter" was surprised by someone walking up on her quietly. 10 times? 20? 30? Over and over and over. An author might be well advised to use a plot tool like this once or twice per novel; it wears out quickly and leads the reader to wish that at least one of the protagonist's children, her husband, her neighbor, demons, or whomever would scuff a shoe or make enough ruckus to at least once give the Hunter a little warning. But no, in this book, every human, every demon, and one supposes even every pet sneaks around like a moccasined Indian stalking deer. Perhaps Kate should consider hearing augmentation if she plans to survive another book.

When the author tires of having various character silently catching Kate in compromising situations--and I promise you that the author does not tire of this easily, she substitutes the fascinating surprise of Kate forgetting an obligation. Although Kate reminds us repeatedly that she "always checks the calendar", the reader is treated again and again to forehead-smacking moments as the Hunter remembers a forgotten promise: playdates, parties, research, you name it, she forgets it. Certainly a demon Hunter might be distracted from more prosaic life commitments, but it is less endearing as a plot element than the author seems to believe.

Add in a one-dimensional plot that takes a back seat to the busy-mom shtick for the vast majority of pages, and a perhaps overgenerous application of parenthetical thoughts (which, sparse at first, appear with startling regularity in the latter portion of the book) so that we are privy to what are (apparently) the Hunter's additional thoughts (supplemental as they are to the already first-person perspective of the book) within her main thoughts (which is a fascinating concept).

In spite of the criticism, I'm rooting for author Julie Kenner. If she can break away from formulaic elements and develop her characters and plot line without the painful repetition (I didn't even mention the repeated scenes with her children and her neighbor, almost any of which could be substituted for any other in the book and leave the reader none the wiser), the premise could bring her a hit series. We need a more serious effort from Ms. Kenner.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Teenage angst, child care, and demon killing -- yikes! Nov. 14 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Kate Connor thought she'd put her demon hunting days behind her. She'd lost a husband and had a teenage daughter from her first marriage. Now happily remarried with a young child, she was focused on getting her daughter through high school, her son potty trained and helping her husband get elected county attorney. What could possibly go wrong?

A senior citizen demon crashing through your kitchen window just before a party is not the way Kate expected to find out that demons are invading her town. Then she finds that budget cuts have severely reduced the demon hunting group and she's basically on her own -- though the church will send someone to do research. So now Kate has to hone her rusty demon hunting skills and pick up some of the dutes the support teams used to do without her daughter or husband find out. But it seems a demon might be after her family and she's going to have to take charge and that might mean bring in some untrained help -- her friends.

This books was in turns funny, hilarious, frustrating, and sad. There is so much of a the daily life of a stay at home mom and the problems of everyone thinking your day is your own. Stir in demon hunting/killing, a drugged out senior demon hunter, a husband who is acting weird and things take off.

This is not a serious book but it is fun.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin plot, weak character development, and slow pace left me disappointed Feb. 23 2008
By Gen of North Coast Gardening - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was really excited about this book when I found it at the used bookstore. It looked right up my alley; I love fast-paced books about the paranormal and the everyday people who might end up interacting with them.

But this book was unfortunately kind of a dozer. The storyline was pretty light and didn't capture my imagination, the character development was weak and I didn't feel at all connected to the characters, and the pacing of it all was just too slow. I got through it, but felt like I'd just spent an inordinate amount of time for very little return.

Don't get me wrong, it was pleasant enough, but usually during and after reading a book of this sort, I think about the characters and the story occasionally and wonder what will happen and imagine things on my own in that world, and the world created here was just too boring to hold my interest. The book could have fit all of the plot and character development into a book a third of the size.

I have the second book here and after finishing the first one, I am not sure I will bother reading the second. I just don't care enough.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a few belly laughs but I wanted it to be better, overall Dec 7 2005
By T. LeGrand - Published on
A fun read that starts out better, much, than it finishes. Story threads are pretty abruptly wrapped up. Early scenes are especially funny and better written. I enjoyed this, though, I just wanted it to be better. Kinda wished it had been in smaller paperback form instead of the pricer version. I'll get the next in the series from the library.
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