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Demon Ex Machina: Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Kate Connor, Bk 5)
Demon Ex Machina Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom - Kate Connor, Bk 5 Author:Julie Kenner Demon Hunter Kate Connor is having one hell of a month. — In between demon patrols and teaching self-defense classes to the local moms, Kate has to deal with a teenage daughter who's gung-ho on being a demon slayer in training and a toddler son entering a tantrum phase that rivals anything from the pits of Hell. — That's a lot for one woman to jug... more »gle, but on top of it all, Kate has to find a way to release the demon possessing her first husband, Eric, without destroying the man inside. Because if the demon within Eric gets free, it just might be more than one seriously stressed suburban mom can handle.« less
Lisa G. (lisadiana) - reviewed Demon Ex Machina: Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Kate Connor, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
I've finally fallen out of love with the Demon Hunter series. This one was a chore for me to get through, but I pushed through out of loyalty to the series. Not sure others felt the same, but... I felt it lacked the charm of its predecessors.
Though this book starts out a bit choppy with too much rehashing of previous relationships and storylines, Kenner finally settles down and once again the reader is vicariously enjoying Kate's life as a wife, mom and demon hunter.
Now that Stuart knows Kate's part time job, he has decided to give up his run for political office and is now training to help Kate in her nightly forays into demon hunting. Unfortunately, this time it gets a bit too close to home and Kate's family is in real danger. You don't threaten a demon hunters family, so Kate kicks this one up a notch only to find out that the danger is closer then ever and she now must make a choice. Is Eric, her first husband, really who he claims to be or is he too keeping a secret deep inside.
Decisions are never easy for this demon hunting soccer mom, but now that her past is revealed, she must make choices. She isn't who she thought she was, her history has been opened and now she must move forward and it's up to Stuart if he wants to join her.
Best book in the series. After so much secrecy, Kate finally has to be truthful to everyone about what she does. Things get shaky but Kate can't stop fighting the demons. Can she depend on family and friends for backup? Will she still have a family when it's all over? Couldn't put this one down!
I wanted to love this as much as I liked the previous books in the series but there was just something that annoyed about the characters, Kate especially. I found it very distracting that the only exclamation anyone ever said was "dear god" and Kate seemed to find herself with tears streaming down her face at least once a chapter. I didn't mind the story, though I still don't understand the thing with Eric at the end -- I guess that's the deus ex machina at work. I just found that some of the writing tended to annoy me more than in last books. The series has definitely taken a turn for the dark in this one and I kinda miss the Kate that was killing demons then racing home to cook dinner. I'll be okay if this is the last book in the series but if it's not, I hope the story picks up in Rome and we get some laughs back.
The fourth and final book of the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom exceeded my expectations. I don't know why the name of the series seems to change slightly book to book, but it is all part of the same series. Kate Conner is very real and is easy to identify with. The book jacket to an earlier book suggests Kate Conner is like Buffy becoming a soccer mom if she kept her past a secret. I think Julie Kenner's series is better. I loved this series, it is one of the best I've ever read.