Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

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Genre(s): Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis:

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

Review:

I don’t know why it took me a couple tries to get into this book, but it did. So if that happens to you when you start reading, push through it! This was one of the most delightful books I’ve read this year, and it was unique in so many ways.

First of all, I love that the demon hunters are a Jewish organization and that the heroine is Jewish. How often do you see that in urban fantasy? It was a first for me, and boy did it make for an interesting read. Not only did Wilde’s seamless integration of Jewish traditions and beliefs into the narrative add facets of interest, but also tons of opportunity for humour.

Second, it’s set in Vancouver, Canada. Canada represent! I live pretty close to Vancouver and, while it’s not my fave place in the world, it was dope to see a kick-ass urban fantasy set there.

Third, holy hell was it refreshing to see a truly bad ass, no-holds-barred heroine. Nava was so three dimensional that she was practically four dimensional. Her anxieties, issues, fears, and quirks were familiar but unique. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know Nava, and I can’t wait to read more about her.

And hey, Wilde totally nailed the romance. Rohan was an intriguing and mouth-watering hero, and I liked that while he and Nava explore their sexual chemistry, doing so doesn’t take any of the fire out of their relationship. Because of the way the author has set both of them up as characters, there’s still millions of miles of room for relationship development in future books, without leaving readers wanting in the meantime. That’s a delicate balance to pull off and I take my hat off to Wilde.

I could sit here and talk about all the things I love about this book all day. It was laugh-out-loud funny, well-written, well-researched, well-paced, and in general just well-done. Do yourself a favour and jump on this series ASAP. You won’t regret it.

Rating: ★★★★★

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