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Carpe Demon

(Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  5,924 ratings  ·  710 reviews
Kate Connor is your average, everyday mom with two kids, a husband, and one very big secret ... she used to be a Demon Hunter.

Now retired, she's more interested in the domestic than the demonic. So when she catches sight of a demon in Walmart, she tells herself it's some other Hunter's problem. But when that demon attacks her in her kitchen, retirement is no longer an opti
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Jove (first published July 5th 2005)
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Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Demons in the suburbs?
A happily married mother of two must come out of retirement to once more save the world from Evil

Home, sweet home
San Diablo had been demon-free for years. That’s why I lived here, after all.

After fighting with a demon
I let out a little sigh of relief and glanced at the clock. I had exactly forty-three minutes to clean up the mess in my kitchen, dispose of a dead demon, and pull together a dinner party. After that, I could turn my attention to figuring out what a demon was d
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story so much. It is a retired demon hunter that is now a stay at home mom, but she is being made to come out of retirement. I found this fun mystery funny and fast pace. It is everything I wanted right now.
Jennifer Wardrip
There is nothing better than a romantic comedy that incorporates the paranormal, and Julie Kenner has penned a jackpot winner with CARPE DEMON. At times laugh-out-loud funny, once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down until I finished the last page-and then I wished it wasn't the end.

Kate Connor, on the surface, appears to be a pretty normal suburban mom. Mother to fourteen-year-old Alison and two-year-old Timmy, wife of Stuart, an assistant county attorney, and all-around chauffeu
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
I tried. I really did.

My book club wanted something fluffy for summer. We read a string of heavyweight selections back to back. And, we wanted to turn more towards featherweight for June. Carpe Demon fit the bill, but left me unenthused.

Carpe Demon is the story of Kate Conner, a retired demon hunter turned stay-at-home mom who is called back into duty when a new crop of demons invade her town. Kate's husband, children and best friend are clueless about her demon hunting credentials. Forced to co
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was an OK, fun read, but I'm not in a rush to get another. The busy soccer mom - demon hunter thing was cute & amusing - once. The next book could go either way, but I doubt it will get much better. The base she has to work from seems a bit too static. The writing was mildly amusing, but never made me chuckle out loud. Not bad, but I could easily put it down.

The characters were pretty well done & interesting. She certainly has the whole suburban house wife thing down well from what I could te
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2017
This is exactly what the series says; Demon- hunting Soccer Mom. Let me take it further though and let you know that the entire time I was reading I kept thinking "Omg! This is Buffy the vampire slayer grown up, married with kids, and trying to keep her ass kicking past a secret but having it catch up with her!"

Kate is an ex demon hunter who hung up her spike for the cliche life. Mini van and all. But it seems the demons didn't get the memo. After getting attacked before a dinner party she was
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
This is a fun, frothy little read about a retired demon slayer who is now a stay-at-home mom and more at ease juggling dinner parties and car pools. But, alas, you can't escape those demons forever. She's called back into active duty at the ripe old age of 38 and this story follows her attempts to keep a teenager, a two year old and a politically ambitious and slightly clueless husband happy all the while secretly hunting demons on the sly. It's cute and entertaining but not at all gory (darn) a ...more
Wendy Bloink
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
when i first saw this book on Amazon i was like WHT?! i thought it would be really funny and not much of anything else so i decided to order it since i had nothing better to read at the time. All i have to say is I loved it from page one. Julie got me hooked and I wanted to keep reading it . yeah its funny, has action, and has a little bit of horror mixed in they are a great quick read
S. Rutherford
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book in the paranormal romance section of my bookstore, but it's not really romance at all. Still, no better place to shelf it at the moment. It's not a general story about demons; there really is a decent plot here.

I wasn't sure what to expect. The cover needs some serious help (at least, my copy does) as the artwork is beginner at best. The back cover blurb promised a very interesting read. When I skimmed over the first few pages, I was mildly surprised at the writing style.

You se
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Betty by: Reader To Reader Review Site
Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Book One)

July 2005

Kate Connor is living a normal wife as a wife, and mom to fourteen-year-old Allie and two-year-old Timmy. Her husband Stuart is entering the political ring, running for county attorney. Kate has a secret that no one knows, not even her best friend -- until she and her first husband Eric moved to San Diablo, California fifteen years ago, their life prior to the move was spent slaying demons, hunting vampire
Richard Derus
The Book Report: Retired demon hunter, remarried widow, and mother of a teen and a toddler Kate Conner is forced out of her 'burbsy life by The Call of Duty: San Diablo, her hitherto peaceful adopted hometown, has attracted the attention of major baddie demon Goramesh, who wants something that he can't get because it's hidden within the sacred ground of the town's amazingly well-protected cathedral. Goramesh has targeted Our Heroine because she, as a Hunter, must be neutralized, thinks Kate's Va ...more
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer grew up and got out of the stalking-and-staking game. She met a nice guy, settled down in suburbia and had a couple of kids. And then one day, the former-slayer-turned-soccer-mom spots a demon in her home-town Walmart.

That's the premise posed by Carpe Demon, the first of Julie Kenner's Adventures of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series. To avoid copyright infringement, Kenner's heroine, Kate Connor, is a Hunter, NOT a Slayer and her advisor/mentor is her Alimentore,
Sheri S.
As if a Stay-At-Home Mom doesn't have enough to do, try also being a retired Demon-Hunter! Can you imagine putting together a last minute dinner party for your politically ambitious husband, taking care of a teenage girl and a 2-year old toddler and then being forced out of retirement when you end up having to dispose of the carcass of the demon you had to kill after he crashed into your kitchen window between letting the bottles of wine breathe and placing the appetizers into the oven!! Welcome ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just adore this story! Kenner provides a new twist on demon hunting with a heavy dose of homeyness. You can't help but love her and enjoy her soccer-mom days. This one's a buy! ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Need to look up Laura Hicks and see what else she has worked on. Her narration is pretty good and she has great character voices.
J. Kenner
Hey!!! Did you know that the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series has new covers ... AND that Book SEVEN is on its way! Day of the Demons!

Check out the new cover for Carpe Demon


And be sure to visit my website for links to ALL the books including a pre-order link to Day of the Demon!
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! Love the authors easy prose and snarky sense of humor. Enjoyed the characters and storyline, though I didn't see where the 'soccer mom' came into the story from the title. First in a series and have already ordered the next. Perfect summer reading. ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liked All The Action and Believable situations,Because As A Demon Hunter And not anticipated Vatican Tidbits... Kate Kept me very interested.. I needed that Dark/Light Series...Well written..
Amy the book-bat
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book. I kept picturing Buffy the vampire slayer as a 38-year-old soccer mom. There were some definite similarities.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3.5 Stars

Kate, a retired demon hunter, who grew up at the Vatican, is now a typical soccer mom with a 14yr old teenage daughter and a 2yr old toddler son with her second husband, the first one having died.

Stuart is a lawyer with political ambitions with a penchant for asking Kate to throw dinner parties with less than a day's notice. Which would have been OK if a demon hadn't decided to jump through her kitchen window and attack her.

Turns out that she is out of retirement, and no-one but
Anna Karras
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was walking by the shelves when I spotted this book again. I remember when it came out, and I thought it sounded like a fun read. But being a librarian, I always have so much that I want to read that many things that look interesting are quite often forgotten about. So I picked it up last week and read it, and it was great! Funny, and kick-ass, and mysterious. Kate is a mom to a 14-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. She has a husband who is gearing up to run for County Attorney, and she is tr ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was silly, easy and light... I didn't hate it, even though the narration repeated itself far, far too often and the author used stupid words like 'snarfed' over and over. There were moments when she was trying far too hard to be funny/clever/cute/whatever... but still. I didn't hate it.

I have a hard time seriously bitching about this kind of book, because one knows exactly what they are in for when one picks it up. It's not surprising that it's not the best written book, it's not surprising
Shelley Pearson
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is: Kate is a stay-at-home mom who is also a retired demon hunter (like a more religious Buffy), who has to return to her old hunting ways when demons infiltrate her town. I got the book-on-cd from the library, and listened to it while laying in bed with a common cold. It was pretty good for that purpose. The main conflict is less Kate v. Demons and more about Kate fighting the demons without her family finding out that she's a hunter. Also, Kate struggles a lot with fee ...more
Dec 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny, chick-lit
The author strikes just the right notes with her suburban mom/demon hunter character Kate Conner. Kate is a lot of fun, and though the demon hunting business is scary a suburban mom/demon hunter has got to do what she has got to do. All in a day's work you might say, while shlepping around town doing errands with her teen daughter and 2 year old son. After all, we raise our kids and protect them, we can all relate even if we aren't staking demons through the eyeball. Lots of great scenes, charac ...more
Erin L
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was just plain fun. Yes, it's a light, comedic paranormal about a stay at home mom. Note: no one actually plays soccer in this one. In fact, I think the only place soccer is mentioned is the series title. I actually prefer that :), but I found it interesting given the series title.

This book suffers a bit from repetition about how long it's been, about the main character's previous husband, about how much she loves her family. But I was willing to put that all aside for a pretty fun sto
Dec 30, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this back in 2006 or 2007. It was a light, entertaining read. Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer all grown up as a suburban homemaker and you'll get the idea. I liked that it had a sense of humor, it wasn't all serious and/or sex-oriented. ...more
The Flooze
One syllable sums it up:


A mediocre contribution to the genre. Now, if the author wanted to write a prequel, explaining how a group of young orphans come to live at the Vatican and be trained in the art of demon-hunting...that I might take a shine to.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scary, comedy, wife,mom, Demon hunter, what more could you want. A woman who is worried that she is not a good wife, mom friend. Her plate is full, but the need to protect her family and the worlds strong. Her demon hunting powers were almost funny. Fast pace, funny, scary, and a must read.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've really enjoyed reading this series. It gets only 4 stars due to a bit of language I'd rather wasn't in there. ...more
Toby Michaels
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of this book, sounded like it might be funny, and indeed it had its moments. A problem I had with it, albeit a small one, is the description made it sound more like, or I assumed, the setting revolved all around this dinner party and trying to keep this demon-hunting business secret. Color me surprised when the party came to an end at, I don't know, page fifty or so.

The next issue I had with the book was repetitveness. If I had a dime for every time there was a sentence that
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Tim

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Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (8 books)
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  • Deja Demon (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, #4)
  • Demon Ex Machina (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, #5)
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