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Demon Ex Machina (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #5)

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PbSlaying demons is nothing compared to the Terrible Twos... /b PIn between demon patrols and teaching self-defense classes to the local moms, Demon Hunter Kate Connor has to deal with a teenage daughter gung-ho on being a demon slayer in training, and a toddler son entering a tantrum phase that rivals anything from the pits of hell. To make matters worse, her husband Stua ...more
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I was a little disappointed in this book. This is the first one I have read rather than listened to. Allie's 15th birthday is approaching, Stuart has taken the demon hunting to heart and wants to go out patroling and Eric has a demon growing in him, a demon that's been with him from birth and that he has always known about. Kate is very torn. She loves Stuart dearly and knows that he is her husband now, but she isn't going to let a demon kill Eric. The plot was interesting, the prose well writte ...more
"Demon Ex Machina" is probably one of the most pivotal books in this series. The reason is the demon who has been cohabiting the body with Eric/David has decided to make a power play by attempting to take over. It seems that the only way to keep this from happening is to kill them both with a special knife; that is if Kate can find it.

Meanwhile, Stuart is attempting to train at demon killing. Unfortunately, he isn't very good at it resulting in fifteen year old Allie kicking his butt most of the
Review haiku:
Darker demon foes.
Angsty fight for family.
Husband always caves.
This was another enjoyable and satisfying read as all the story lines from previous books are finalised here. Kate and her family battle some particularly nasty demons in this book both physically and emotionally and there's plenty of bruises and pain to go round. Kate is a pretty impressive heroine - she dispatches demons while juggling children, current and previous partners, friends, and a old cantankerous retired demon hunter. She is true to her values and although she gets knocked down ofte ...more
This is a good series. I plowed through the first four books a while back then saw this on library shelf and picked it up. Kate was brought up as a Vatican approved demon hunter but retired when she and her husband started a family. But, she's full scale back into the world with her teenage daughter and new husband training beside her as they try to free her first husband (dead, returned from the dead, dead again and returned once more) from a demon possession.

Fluffy yet emotional with plenty of
I had started this series several years ago and had gotten this book and just never read it. I decided it was time to dust it off and give it a go. I think I didn't want the book to be over because I knew the series was so fantastically wonderful. Frankly, I never forgot the story line after all this time reading one of the books in the series. Which for me means the story stands the test of time. I would rate this book a 5/5 (which is my standard way of rating my reading) because it kept my int ...more
June 2010:
It’s become tradition for me to read one (or two) books in this series to kick off my summer reading. It's like what would happen if Buffy grew up, moved to the suburbs, had kids, and then got called back into the fray for supernatural baddie-killing duty. Overall, it’s light fair with a cast of comely characters I’ve come to adore and care about. There’s Kate, soccer mom with a side job as a Vatican-sanctioned demon-hunter; budding hunter protégée, Allie, her daughter with her first h
Julie Kenner is one of my favorite authors, even though I admittedly haven't read a ton by her. The Kate Connor series is fun. The description is dead on. Wife, mother... demon hunter. It's like a chick-lit with demons. Buffy the vampire slayer as an adult. If Mercy Thompson from the Patricia Briggs Series is a girls I'd like to go hang out with a drinks beers with. Kate Connor is the girl I've been friends with for years. We got older together, she got married and had kids and now when we get t ...more
I picked this up because I was waiting for AAA to come tow my car, in short, I had time to kill. That's a pretty good assessment of this book, a good way to pass the time. It's not something I stayed up all night to finish and immediately went out to find the other books in the series.

Kate Connor is a Vatican sanctioned demon slayer. Not the cool kind but a suburban mom to a 2 yr. old with a penchant for destruction and a 14 yr. old daughter who's eager to follow in her mom's footsteps.

One elem
This book picks up with the whole family now in on the demon hunting. It was fun to see Stuart join in and battle. He always seemed like such a suit that I never really thought he could handle getting dirty like this.

As always there is craziness in Kate's life and it just doesn't stop. Allie really seemed to step up and grow up a lot in this book, she really faced some situations that even knowing about demons, she shouldn't have to face. In the end she made the right decisions.

Laura really step
First let me mention that although this series started almost as a teen read, the series is now located on the adult shelves at my library, mainly because of the sex theme running in the background. Well - usually in the background. However, the love is that - love - and not just there to fill more pages, so it works.

Our heroine, Kate, is running ragged because of her family and her demon hunting, which they are all, except the baby, involved in. Her teen daughter has some skills with the whole
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Seriously? How can it end like that?

I didn't like this one as much as the others, and I can't put my finger on why. Maybe it's just getting too repetitive? I love the plot and characters, but these demons are starting to get annoying. Each one of them talk like they're from a bad horror movie and how many of these "unstoppable demons" are there? This is book 5 and each one has had a revelation of "Oh they can't be killed, unless you find this magical weapon!" How is Kate still surprised by this
I wanted to love this as much as I liked the previous books in the series but there was just something that annoyed about the characters, Kate especially. I found it very distracting that the only exclamation anyone ever said was "dear god" and Kate seemed to find herself with tears streaming down her face at least once a chapter. I didn't mind the story, though I still don't understand the thing with Eric at the end -- I guess that's the deus ex machina at work. I just found that some of the wr ...more
Seriously, this series gets better with each book! (Which I can fully attest to, since I've read all five in the space of a week!)

I really wasn't sure which of the two men in Kate's life I wanted her to choose, but I now am completely on board with the decision she's made at the end of this book.
Laurel Horner
Really really he leaves twice and you don't hesitate to take him back, crap that is so crap!!!! I would have left him in the driveway and taken Timmy from his arms and said see ya wouldn't want to be ya! I am glad Eric is now free from his demon but he left too at least he did have some stuff to work out. Stuart is so on my hair list.
I can honestly say this one was one of the most tear jerking ones. It was really good. I got hooked on it a couple weeks ago and I just could not stop reading! Definitely worth taking the time and reading them. But yea it does bring tears especially near the end:) hats off to Julie Kenner!
I am only a few chapters in, but this is really not any good so far. The main character is not terribly likable, and her weird love triangle seems contrived. Perhaps it is because I have not read the previous novels, but I think it's just kind of a lame book based on a tired premise. It is not funny enough (though it clearly attempts to be clever), and the language seems very forced... I personally have no issues with profanity and an f-bomb here and there in a book if it seems to suit the chara ...more
Eh. I liked it better when she was pretending to be normal 'cuz her husband didn't know she hunted demons. Now it was just all demons all the time practically. At one point she suddenly didnt' have her toddler with her and went and did a bunch of stuff and you just had to assume she dropped him off at daycare or something. That's something else I liked about these books was that she always had to worry about where her kids were, which I could totally relate to. So I really didn't like it that th ...more
demon ex machina is book 5 in the tales of a demon-hunting soccer mom series by julie kenner.

these books are usually quick and funny reads, but this book was much more intense and emotionally charged than the others. i found myself crying a few times as i was reading. being a mom makes me more emotional, as does premenopause, but still, there were some unexpected tense and heartwarming moments in this book.

i love julie kenner. i emailed her because i couldn't find this book at any library in m
I wasn't overly impressed by the first few books in this series. I'm not sure I would have kept reading if I hadn't owned the first few books. However, they have really gotten good. The stories are original and enjoyable. This was the best one yet.
I shamelessly love this series ... a guilty pleasure, for sure! It's great when you can find a guilty pleasure that'a actually well-written. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Loved it, for awhile there I was worried that we'd keep getting the same old thing. Gone was the rehashing of the plot and we are getting more of the meat of the story.
Carolyn Kaufman
I was disappointed in this book. Now, that might be partly because I haven't read the whole series, but I'm finding that more and more often these days you can step into series (especially urban fantasy types of series) mid-way.

I expected the book to be fun, witty, and exciting. That was what made me read the whole thing...I keep expecting. I never got. I guess I was imagining urban fantasy butt-kicking while keeping track of a toddler -- well, because that's what the cover and back copy promise
What if Buffy the Vampire Slayer grew up and became a stay-at-home mom?

This book is the latest in the Kate Connor Demon Hunter series. She has her hands full juggling her toddler son plus her teenage daughter who is a Demon Hunter-in-training. She finally confessed her secret Demon Hunter life to her current husband but is more worried about how to exorcise the demon who is entwined with her returned-from-the-dead first husband's soul.

Obviously, this book doesn't strive to be high minded, liter
Final book in the series finished well. Definitely action-packed and page-turning. Some rougher language this time around, though. Some of the ins and outs of demonic behavior and possession weren't explained thoroughly - I'm pretty sure there were a few gaps in the logic somewhere - but the series is light enough to get away with blowing past that.

Didn't change my life. Isn't great literature I'll turn to again and again. But satisfying ending to a fun series.

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Stuart and Eric's relationship comes to a head, literally. This is not a stand alone novel. Definite character growth chapters. I appreciate that Kenner left me eager for the next installment with teasers, but not hanging from a cliff!
After reading several rather lengthy books, I needed something lighter so I picked up this one. Of course, it's not all puppies and chocolate as there is a lot of serious business going on in this book, but it's told in a much more lighthearted manner than my previous reading, so it was a nice break. My memory was a bit fuzzy on some of the earlier action in this series, but I think I picked up the important points. And this one actually ended at a point where the series could easily continue or ...more
Definitely enjoyed this book over the last.
Non Pantalones
Excellent entry in the series!
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