I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Awesome by Eva Darrows
Published by Ravenstone on My 26th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: The Author
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Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity.
Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that.
Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you.
After she finds herself a date.
This book was all sorts of fun!! I just kind of want to flail and gush over it. It is full of humor, most of it inappropriate. I found myself laughing out loud plenty of times while reading it. The characters were fabulous. Maggie’s mom was one of my favorites, and I loved their “pet zombie”. Really, they have a Zombie, but it’s not actually a pet. Anyways, they are monster hunters and people know monsters of different variety do exist. There is a whole crazy vampire storyline that happens, and it’s totally hilarious. (Well, not all of it since vampires are scary, but whatever. Let me spazz here.)
Okay, so Maggie is a monster hunter. She started doing it when she was 13 years old. It’s a family thing. She seems like a pretty typical girl. Funny, awkward, has a fun best friend, and she has a good relationship with her mom. She is all about doing the whole monster hunting thing. She loves it actually and wants to progress. One problem… she’s still a virgin which makes her super yummy to vampires. So, she decides she is just going to do it. It’s got to be easy considering she hunts zombies and mean other paranormal things right? Nope. It seems like the world is against her in ridding herself of her purity. That, and she actually likes the guy who was supposed to just be a hook-up. Then she ends up getting in a wrong situation with a vampire and has to save her mom from him. Yeah, and add all sorts of funny situations and the “everything that can go wrong will” thing to it. Example: Walking in on her mom having sex in the living room because she thinks there is a monster in the house attacking her. And, her date happens to be with her. Super funny stuff. I can’t even do it justice. Really though, Maggie was such a fun character that was easy to relate to. Aside from the monster hunting bit.
The secondary characters rocked. A favorite of mine was her mom. She pretty much has no filter and it was funny as hell. Like the conversations about Maggie going out to have sex and stuff. She was also super crazy, but not in a bad way. I also loved their Zombie Lauren. She somehow came back from the dead without being brought back, and she actually has her brain still intact besides the fact that she’s dead. She is rational for the most part, but will admit that she kind of wants to eat people because they smell super delicious, but she knows that it’s wrong to do. Then we have the boyfriend. And I totally fail and forgot his name, but I really did like him. He liked Maggie for who she was. Awkwardness and all. Even after seeing her mom doing some dude. And even after she tells him that she was initially just using him to lose her virginity. He was a bit shy and awkward in his own way too.
This was just oodles of fun to read. I loved the no filter humor and all the crassness. This isn’t your typical comedy. It did have some creepy, scary monsters, and there was a great storyline to it. I really came to love the characters and needed to know what would happen in the end. Of course I was hoping that the romance went somewhere too. I liked them together and hoped that they would really fall for each other. If you are looking for a book that will provide hours of entertainment, a good ab workout from the laughs, and a fantastic story, look no further. This was everything I could want out of a book of this type. No crazy plot twists, no cliffhanger that makes me get all stabby, and no unnecessary love triangles. I don’t even think anything I could say can explain how awesome I thought this was. It was pure fun and I loved it!!
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