Maggie isn’t your average 17-year-old. She prefers the comfort of hoodies and boots when she wants to join her mother in monster hunting. Her mother, however, won’t let Maggie get her hunting license until she loses her virginity since virgin blood will make vampires go into a rage. So even though a boyfriend wasn’t high on her priority list, it suddenly has become very much so if she wants to join the family business.
This. Was. Hilarious.
I honestly had no idea what to expect, but being a fan of Hillary Monahan‘s (she writes under both names), I was thrilled to review her latest book. This unique spin on a paranormal book was such an enjoyable read. For a while, after the big fad from years back, I took a break from reading many in this genre (save for the ghost stories I enjoy). The Awesome felt like a mix of Ghost Hunters and Supernatural complete with monster hunting and inappropriate jokes.
Maggie is such a kickass protagonist. She’s edgy, she’s sassy and wonderfully sarcastic. I loved how no-nonsense she is with her confidence and her feminist attitude, running around in entirely appropriate attire while kicking some monster butt. The narrative style felt very conversational too, like the readers are there hanging out with Maggie in all her crass glory. I also found it refreshing to see such a pragmatic main character, taking in situations head on at face value: Want to be a hunter? Need to lose virginity. Mission: Lose virginity.
Personally, I’m torn between the cover & title of the book. On one hand, I feel that the attention grabbing neon cover and relatively-vague title will capture enough interest from male & female readers thereby reaching a greater audience. However, because the title feels vague and unconnected, it doesn’t necessarily make the premise of the novel particularly evident. That being said, all the more reason one should not judge a book by its cover! If you enjoy inappropriate humour and sarcasm in your protagonist, you’ll definitely want to check out this new take on a paranormal story. I’m sure you won’t have ever read anything like it before!