Thursday, 7 May 2015

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Awesome - Eva Darrows

Release Date: 07/05/15
Publisher:  Ravenstone (Rebellion)


Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity. Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons or carry wooden stakes in their waistbands? And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you. After she finds herself a date.


This was a bit of a strange book for me as whilst I acknowledged that there would be sex in it before I began, I did find that the way that the character was being callous with her “first time” in order to be able to improve in her career, I felt that it was something that should have had a more realistic feel.

Yes she “did the deed” and the author was pretty good with the descriptive, however the one thing that really annoyed me was that it was the usual unbelievable orgasmic sex that populates fiction when for a lot of ladies their first time is anything but. That said, the tale did weave a solid story, the action sequences were well written and for me, the principle character had a believablility that will work for many readers of the target audience (late teen.)

All round a solid opening title and a book that left me asking questions so much so that I will definitely be reading future outings to see what the author has in store for this unusual if intriguing family.

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