Date read: March 3, 2016
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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.Thoughts on The Awesome: This book certainly hit the spot as far as snark and sass go. Maggie's not-quite-normal upbringing makes her a little different from others her age. She's not afraid to speak her mind and she's capable of standing up for herself. The downside is her social skills are a little rough around the edges. Which makes looking for a hook-up kinda amusing. She really doesn't have much game when it comes to friendships or relationships and things don't quite turn out as planned.
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.
Her mom made me laugh. She says things as they are and she's more like a big kid than a woman with an almost-adult daughter. Given her profession, I totally get why she lives so large. She doesn't do everything right when it comes to Maggie, but she tries. She tries magnificently.
I'm kinda hoping we get another book in this world because it was fun. Very fun. And I am SO SO SO curious about a certain undead someone who has SECRETS. And a certain other someone has issues they need to work out. There's just STUFF I want to know more about.
So, here's my vote for more sassy, snarky fun. With monsters!