Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows

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Review: The Awesome by Eva DarrowsThe Awesome by Eva Darrows
Published by Ravenstone on May 26, 2015
Genres: Horror, Humor, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

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.

When Meg (Cuddlebuggery) says to read a thing, I listen. Eventually. It took me a while to get to The Awesome, I’ll admit, but it wouldn’t be happening at all were it not for Megasus’ amazing review. Surprising no one, Meg was completely right about The Awesome, which lives up to a title that really ups the expectations. The Awesome is a hilarious, bitchin’ story of badass chicks kicking serious paranormal butt.

You will either love The Awesome or hate it, most likely. It’s very driven by Maggie’s voice and, if you’re not one to enjoy filthy language and “inappropriate” topics, then you’re probably not going to like it. If you have a very narrow definition of what constitutes femininity, once again probably not your thing. Maggie and Janice don’t give a shit if you don’t like them as they are though. Thus why I love Maggie and Janice so damn much.

The Awesome actually made me laugh out loud a couple of times, which isn’t something I do all that often with books, even really funny ones. It’s kind of like the Stephanie Plum books, but not drawn out into a million different ones and with the heroines actually being total boss bitches. What I’m trying to get to here is just how funny this book is, which is very.

Maggie and her mom, Janice, are badasses. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears reiterating. They do not fall into the narrow box society wants to put women into. They shot that box, then they set it on fire, and then they staked the ashes just to be safe. Janice, for instance, likes to dance on the furniture naked everyday, and this isn’t something that bothers Maggie. Maggie’s room is strewn with weapons and dirty laundry. Janice makes all sorts of dirty jokes, even about her daughter’s sex life or lack thereof. They do have boundaries, but they’re miles past the boundaries of most. Basically, I love the shit out of their dynamic and how much it’s not affected by societal norms. Because seriously fuck those.

In order to further her paranormal bounty hunting career, Maggie’s hoping to have The Sex. See, vampires think virgins are extra delicious, so you can’t become a journeyman hunter until you’ve had The Sex, and, no worries, lesbians can totally accomplish this without dudes involved. Obviously I extra love this book for making sure to mention that and for the fact that there are zero dude hunters in this book.

So yeah, major plot point is Maggie’s quest to have The Sex. For something that starts out as a career goal, Darrows writes some awesome sexy bits. The romance actually turns out to be super adorable, which creates a hilarious juxtaposition with the rest of the novel. Also, there is serious love for female bodies of different shapes in this book and <3.

If you want more hilarious paranormal high-jinks with a badass heroine, check out Gina Damico’s Croak. I’m so excited to see what Darrows is going to write next, because fuck yes. The short version is that if you like women who punch and shoot things, lots of swearing, and The Sex, you will love The Awesome.

Favorite Quote:

Other people expressed affection with warm sentiments and kisses. I used death threats and demeaning language.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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One response to “Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows”

  1. E.Maree says:

    So glad you enjoyed this! It’s been on my want-to-read pile for fooreeeveeerrr, really excited to get hold of it.

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