Maggie The Cliché Slayer
Release Date: OUT NOW!
246 pages | Paperback Author: Eva Darrows Publisher: Ravenstone Press
Seventeen- year- old
Maggie is a monster hunter who doesn’t know how to be a normal teenager. Yeah, we’ve heard that one before, but The Awesome isn’t just another Buffy wannabe. It’s smarter than that, and more subversive; it sets itself apart from the majority of YA lit by giving its heroine a good relationship with her mother, plus a completely non- traumatic experience of losing her virginity.
The actual plot, which involves a vampiric turf war, never feels particularly urgent, but every character, down to the lowestranking lackey, feels fully developed thanks to the author’s eye for detail. And Maggie herself, foul- mouthed and bratty though she might be, is ridiculously likeable. Hopefully this is just the beginning of her adventures. Sarah Dobbs