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Review: The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, Angie Fox

Lizzie Brown discovered she was a demon slayer by accident, and now she’s discovered that she needs to take a test to get her license.  The problem is that her Uncle Phil, the fairy godfather she never knew she had, has fallen in love with a succubus, and she needs to rescue him without incurring a huge fine.  Getting her demon slaying license is the easiest of all of Lizzie’s problems once she learns that Las Vegas is now full of succubi and she is the only one who can kill them all.  With her griffin boyfriend, crazy grandma, and a flock of witches in tow, Lizzie and her switch stars set off to save the world.

This is urban fantasy ultra light style, and in that respect, it works.  The cast of characters is so varied and whacky that much of the book is hilarious. My personal favorite was Lizzie’s dog Pirate.  When she became a demon slayer, she learned she could talk to dogs, and Pirate is almost too funny. He’s concerned with all specifically dog things, like sticking his head in the breeze on the motorcycle and smelling various objects on the ground.  Lizzie and Dimitri, her boyfriend, also have a fairly nice dynamic going on; the main romance happened in the first book apparently and in this one they’re learning more about each other and how they feel.  I wasn’t quite as fond of Lizzie’s grandma, who doesn’t seem particularly helpful most of the time, but I was intrigued by the mystery that is Max and I found myself cheering for Lizzie to succeed and vanquish the demons.  I also liked the way Lizzie’s character developed over the novel, in that she took more responsibility for herself rather than relying on other people.

On the other hand, if it’s possible for a book to have too much humor, this one does.  Even the more serious moments don’t take on all that much weight.  There are some parts that are very moving, but for the majority of the book it’s hard to believe any of the characters are in danger.  It was exactly what I needed at the time, but don’t expect any gravity from this one.  As a comedy, though, it succeeds brilliantly, and I’ve heard that the first book in the series is even more entertaining.  If you are looking for a light and fun read, look no further than The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers.

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