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REVIEW: The Demon You Know by Julie Kenner

Dear Ms. Kenner,

When I got your recent email newsletter, I was so happy to see that there’s going to be a new book in the Kate Connor “Demon Hunting Soccer Mom” series. And to whet my appetite and get me back into this world, you also have a short novella – now available on its own -from Smashwords in lots of lovely ebook formats. Sweet!

demon-you-knowWith not a lot of room to spare, you get straight down to business in the story yet still manage to compactly introduce the main characters of the book and move the ones who aren’t central to this story conveniently out of the way before the action starts. Kate’s fourteen year old daughter Allie, who’s begun training with her mom to become a demon hunter, is supposedly off for a teenage night out at the mall before heading off to a slumber party. Only the kids have pulled a fast one on the parents and are actually at a party. Allie isn’t too sure about either the place or the slightly older guy hosting the party which, oddly, seems to be designed more for teens than twenty year olds. She does know there’s something wrong with the punch everyone’s getting drunk off of and, when the true situation shows its ugly colors, that she’s not ready to defeat the demon by herself. But how to get mom there in time to save the day?

All the hallmarks of a Kate Connor story are here – the characters, the SoCal location, 14 year old Allie trying to be a little more grown up than she actually is yet basically a good girl at heart, her friend Mindy, Mindy’s mom Laura who is Kate’s best friend and, of course, a demon hell bent on wrecking havoc. With as many of them as seem to like this lovely little town, it’s amazing that the population at large still has no idea that they’re in as much perpetual danger as they are. But with Kate to save the day, they’ve got a fighting chance for survival. Kate also somehow manages to keep the reality of what’s going on from the newspaper front pages and Facebook (“I was at a weird party last night and almost became a human sacrifice!”) As usual, I enjoyed the mother/daughter relationship, and the fact that Allie can still have her sulky, teen moments.

But mother and daughter are starting to work great together as a team – including the shared use of “weapons” – and I can’t wait for the next full length adventure. This time actually in – I hope – the catacombs of Rome. B



Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Sheryl Nantus
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 12:55:37

    LOVE Julie K. and LOVE this series – I’m so glad she’s decided to continue it without her publisher’s support. They’re fools for dropping the series and I’m thrilled she’s going to keep Kate and Co. going!

  2. Jayne
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 14:12:57

    @Sheryl Nantus: I had no idea the publisher had dropped the series. Jane asked for a copy of the upcoming book “Pax Demonica” and that’s when we found out. I had been wondering at the length of time since the last book was published and there’s my answer.

  3. rebyj
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 14:20:28

    I have this series on my bookshelf as keepers. I’m happy to hear there are new additions!

  4. Jody W.
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 19:46:02

    *love*! Thanks for the head’s up. I know what I’m reading after the kids go to bed.

  5. kathybaug
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 22:52:06

    Just so people know, this short story was previously printed in an anthology “Those Who Fight Monsters”. A good anthology, by the way.

  6. ReneeK
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 09:31:06

    Awesome news. I was just facing TBR pile induced paralysis and this was just the jolt I needed. LOVE the “Buffy grown up” Kate Connor world and can’t wait to revisit the madcap antics of Kate&Co.

  7. Renda
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 11:53:49

    Never read any of those, but I have looked at them. Will I need to read the first one first to “get” these, or can I pick up pretty much anywhere?

  8. Jayne
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 12:28:14

    @Renda: I think Kenner does a good job of catching new readers up to speed but there is one major, and I do mean major, development that starts during the fourth (?) book and progresses onward.

  9. Renda
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 15:32:44

    Thanks, Jayne. I will keep that in mind, maybe read one and then if I like it make sure I read four.

  10. Jayne
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 04:01:20

    @Renda: I’d read either the first or second book. I think the second one is about to be rereleased so it might be easier to find it in e-format. I’d be willing to bet that your reaction to one of those will tell you if the series is for you or not.

  11. Renda
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:46:07


    Thanks again.

    I have four Audible credits and I might just use one of them on the first, if they have them.

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