Overview - 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. Read more...
More About The Awesome by Eva Darrows
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.
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Raised by a monster-hunting single mother, 17-year-old Maggie Cunningham is highly trained in combat, but out of her depth when it comes to being a normal teenager. In order to graduate to hunting the fiercest creatures, including vampires, Maggie must lose her virginity. “The problem with vampires is they love virgins, and not in the biblical humpy-humpy way. They love to eat them,” Maggie explains. “Until I did the nasty with a dong of my choosing, I was a liability.” Before she can do the deed, a run-in with a vampire prince gives her strange powers and heightened senses. Blisteringly funny and unrepentantly crass, Maggie’s hard-edged narration is the soul of Maggie’s story, which thoughtfully explores her complicated relationships with her boyfriend and take-no-prisoners mother. Darrows (who wrote Mary: The Summoning as Hillary Monahan) also delivers some racy sex scenes, ectoplasmic goop and gore aplenty, and a heroine with no shortage of cunning, skill, and power. Readers eagerly anticipating the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters would do very well to read this in the meantime. Ages 15–up. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Agency. (May)