Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ARC Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Te Da Media
420 Pages

Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

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.

When this book crossed my path, it was in an email asking if I would like to read an ARC copy. Not only did this offer come from somebody I trust when it comes to books, she also described it as "Buffy meets blah blah blah". I literally can't remember the second half because I was sold on Buffy. Then two chapters in, I get quotes like:
"Shar Pei with a Dumbledore beard."
Let's do this!

Meet Nava, a girl who owns her screwupy ways. While her twin brother, Ari, is off being primed to join The Brotherhood (a band of demon hunters), Nava enjoys more of the party scene and embarrassing her parents. But she loves her brother something fierce. So when it's time for his initiation into the Brotherhood, she sobers herself up (literally), throws on some fancy clothes, and is right by his side. But of course, the ceremony goes wrong. Instead of Ari being the chosen one, the power goes to Nava instead.
Problem is, the Brotherhood is exactly how it sounds - a brotherhood, all men. They don't take kindly to having a female imitate. This makes for some hilarious interactions and Nava is not one to take any shit. She fires back insults as quickly as they come. There's action, there's humor, there's sexy times (duh, one girl - all guys, you do the math), and there's emotional times. 
"Where's my Giles?"
I wasn't able to give it 5 stars because sometimes Nava was just too much and her dialogue seemed a little forced instead of flowing. But I enjoyed it. The side characters, from her best friend to the other Brothers, fleshed this book out perfectly. Despite spending the whole book trying to get her brother back in, by the end, Nava finally accepts who she is. 
A great start to a series and I look forward to whatever trouble Nava can get herself into. This was like Buffy, if Buffy didn't have to be rated PG-13 for TV.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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