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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George

Day 2 of 31 Days of Halloween I give to you a review of Demon Hunting in the Deep South.

Publisher: Brava
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Format: paperback
Source: publisher in exchange for an honest review

Blurb via Amazon
Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when petite socialite Meredith Starr Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie about her size since seventh grade. Unfortunately, it's hard for a plus-sized gal to stay invisible in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. And then Evie finds Meredith brutally murdered. Suddenly, she's the number one suspect in a sensational murder case. Worse, Hannah is infested with demons, and the only thing standing between them and Evie is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar. Evie could swear, though, that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. She could swear that he's interested in her...

Having not read the first book in this series, Demon Hunting in the Deep South was a little complex to understand. There is a lot of back-story that George attempts to integrate but fails. With that being said, it wasn’t a bad read and I will be reading the first book, Demon Hunting in Dixie in the future in hopes of grasping everything.

There are many interesting characters. One of them, Ansgar, has been in love with Evie for a long time but in the first book he had to erase Evie’s memories of him. Ansgar and his brother are Dalvahni and are immortal warriors protecting humans from demons called djegrali. Ansgar finds Evie the most beautiful woman in the world and does his best to fight his attraction for her. He knows she will be devastated when she finds out that he had to turn her into a Dalvahni and then had to erase her memory. Ansgar is definitely the alpha male and at times I just had to roll my eyes.

Evie has been accused of killing her rival, Meredith. Now she must clear her name and needs the help of Ansgar to do it. She also, unfortunately, has the ghost of Meredith tagging along. Meredith is of no help because she doesn’t remember what happened. Her part in the story is to constantly remind Evie how fat she is. Evie herself is always putting herself down to the point that it gets a little old by the end. Even when Ansgar is telling her how beautiful she is, she is thinking he is just saying this to be nice. I just wished her character would have grown by the end. The pity party needed to be stopped somewhere along the way.

As I said before, I think this could have been a better book if I had read the first one. There was a lot of backstory on Evie and Ansgar that I just didn’t understand and I was unable to connect to them. The world that George has created is very complex also. There are many characters that come in and out, such as, demons, ghosts and even fairy cats. I couldn’t figure out what relevancy some of them had. Were they explained in the first book? Or are they just added humor?

What I did love about Demon Hunting in the Deep South is the witty personalities of many of the characters. They were humorous and sarcastic, which I love in my characters. I even loved Meredith. I think having you main character tormented by the woman that bullied her in life is actually creative, considering Evie has to “help” Meredith now even though Evie wants nothing to do with her.

Demon Hunting in the Deep South had its issues but all in all, it is a good read. I just urge anyone who wants to try this series, to read them in order.