- File Size: 655 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: K.B. Draper, LLC.; 1 edition (December 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7KDC7C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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AJ (the woman with a demon hunting Native American spirit inside her) is on a mission in a Mississippi national park. With the help of her sidekick/protector, Danny Whitefang (The rightful heir to the Native American spirit dubbed ‘Norm”), they seem to find more problems than solutions. The local sheriff and daughter to the demon-scented reverend wants to arrest AJ for a murder, while the attractive and highly capable ranger, Ashlyn Park, is begrudgingly on AJ’s side, if only for personal reasons.
Draper did an excellent job of painting the visuals for me of the park, demons, bad guys, the sheriff’s breasts, and even Danny Whitefang. What I was less locked on was the appearance of both AJ and Ashlyn. I know AJ puts her feminine wiles to good use in on instance, then in the next you’re reading about her quirky love of weapons and overall baddassery. (It’s a word because I say so). Perhaps that is where my Wynonna reference came from. And yes, I even imagined Ashlyn a bit like Nicole Haught from the same Wynonna Earp show. (Instead of ‘way-hot’ it would be ‘why-hot’? Who knows but we totally know WHY.) Anyway, I kind of put my own thoughts together on their appearance and you totally should too.
As more and more details/clues/pieces of the puzzle are uncovered it becomes a race to see what happens first. Whether or not they catch the ‘shemon’, or AJ and Ashlyn fall into bed together. Either way it’s going to be a crazy ride. My only complaint? The ending felt a lot like the end of a soap opera cliffhanger. It was a little abrupt but lucky me I bought the second book at the same time as the first and I’ve already started reading it.
Basic plot: Ex-cop and demon hunter, AJ, finds herself in a small town tracking down a demon with her best friend/foil, Danny. She gets tangled up in figuring out two decade old murders as well as trying to protect the locals from the demon that keeps snatching and gruesomely killing people in the present. The local park ranger is the love interest who actually gets to help save the day too, instead of just being the damsel in distress/candy which is nice.
I still ended up skipping a few pages towards the middle where there was too much talking without progress. It's hard to make interviews interesting but not impossible--J.M. Redmann is a master at this. I think part of the trouble here is that AJ actually isn't really solving a mystery so much as just collecting information to complete a story. I think a real mystery would have much more impact. Also, for being a demon hunter--AJ doesn't really kill many demons (if at all actually) during the book which seems like a huge missed opportunity. And as a personal preference, I don't really like plots that center around (spoiler) essentially Satan's baby.
All that said, it was a very entertaining read that is absolutely worth the sticker price. Though I still wish it had a stronger plot, the sheer wit makes it not just a great read, but a repeat read. I will definitely be picking up the next Draper book.
The main character can come off as a bit immature, which is usually annoying, but somehow works perfectly for this individual, making you truely care for her! I absolutely love the dynamic she has with her partner, as they have clearly come to think of each other as family. Her relationships with those around her are also fun to read! The attraction she feels for the other woman is beautifully well written, and I love the build up that's bringing them slowly together!
I look forward to the next book and really hope it's not a long wait!!
Side note: (because this is something that worries me with continuing stories) while this does feel like it has a sudden ending, there's no drastically, life-altering cliff hangers!