REVIEW: Demons Are Forever by Julie Kenner
Dear Ms Kenner,
Two summers ago, “Carpe Demon” grabbed me and pulled me into the world of Kate Connor, retired fourth level Demon hunter now living in a small Southern California town. Last year “California Demon” kept up the action as Kate, now brought back into active demon hunting, polished her skills, saved her hometown (again) and learned about her first husband’s death while kicking some major demon ass. Now in “Demons Are Forever,” Kate faces a mother’s greatest fear, her teenage daughter’s desire to follow in her footsteps.
It isn’t easy when your daughter’s figured out that her mom’s a demon hunter-and wants to grow up to be just like her. Or when you suspect your dead husband used the forces of darkness to filch the body of another human. And your living husband has shifted into such political overdrive that he doesn’t seem to be the man you married either..
Moreover, Kate’s acquired a precious — but deadly — item that every demon within commuting distance is seething to get hold of. With husband woes playing havoc with her emotions, an ambitious teenage protege at her heels, and hell to pay, this stay-at-home mom’s putting in a lot of overtime.
I gotta say I love the titles for this series and how they kinda, sorta express what’s in the book (and not just the demons part). I won’t say more for fear of spoilers. Now, about this book…
Finally! Stuart starts paying some attention to what’s going on. I realize you have to keep him out of the action for a lot of books 1 & 2 but how clueless can this intelligent man be? I enjoyed seeing how much he and Kate love each other and still try and make time for each other despite a three year old toddler and an active teenager. The book ends with me wanting to know a) is love in the air for Laura and b) will Eddie get his satellite TV hookup? And those questions are small potatoes compared to the kick in the gut ending this book dishes up.
You still keep me guessing exactly how the ambiguous characters will play out — will they be demons or end up as good people? Some clues in this one(like where first showdown takes place)are fairly obvious but other issues kept me wondering. Allie is still well rounded teenager but she almost needs more “acting out” moments. Will these arrive in the next book as she progresses with her training? One thing that I’ve noticed about the series as a whole is the tendancy for the good guys to usually find out “just when they need to” about whatever aspect of the demons is necessary to overcome them. Father Ben or Laura can hunt and search but generally right before the showdown is when the final clue is fitted into the picture.
I mentioned the ending of this one and would urge readers not to peek for fear of spoiling the impact. It’s a doozy. I thought the book was going to end with it resolved one way. Then another. And finally you leave us desperately hanging by our fingertips from a cliff, knowing it will be a full year before we get any closer to closure. Arrrrggghhhhhh! B for “Demons Are Forever.”