Heroine Vs Demon

3 Books with Heroines who kick Demon Butt

Demons are the perfect villains. They’re literal manifestations of evil. Whether they look monstrous, sexy, or like creepy clouds of smoke, when one shows up, you know the protagonist’s in trouble.

But these heroines face down that trouble and kick its demonic butt. These three books have different tones, and not all the heroines are traditional action girls, but they’re all strong in their own way.

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If you’re looking for a heroine who…

Is a total badass up against incredible odds


Nadira Holden from This Time by Azaaa Davis

This Time Cover

Book Description

Resurrected into present-day New York, Nadira Holden is asked to save the world … again. 

She achieved legendary status when she gave her life to protect humans from demons. To her, it was yesterday. To the rest of the world, it was twenty years ago. Understandably, Nadira is adrift. 

People have made peace with demons, worshipping them like celebrities. 

No one wants to believe that the beautiful creatures who brought magic to mankind could be responsible for the disappearance of so many people. 

When her father goes missing, Nadira refuses to play nice. Gloves off. She has to do what she does best. Fight. 

If you like L.A. Banks’ Damali Richards, Vampire Huntress, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter then start reading This Time today!

My Thoughts

Nadira is a kickass heroine. She’s trained her whole life to fight demons, and she’s good at it—probably the best. But man, is she having a rough time in this book. It seems like every other character is lying to her or trying to use her. Obviously the demons are evil, but the demon-hunting organization she works for doesn’t seem all that better. I am cheering for her so hard and just want her to beat everyone up until she can live a happy, normal life.

If you like action-packed urban fantasy and aren’t afraid of some dark themes, then you’ll want to read this book. Warning: there are some serious plot twists.


If you’re looking for a heroine who…

Has no clue what she’s doing but is trying her best


Robin Page from Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie

Taming Demons for Beginners

Book Description

Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.

From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.

My Thoughts

I love Robin. She’s shy and nerdy and has trouble asserting herself. She also has her priorities in order.

Most people couldn’t have ignored a demon sharing the library with them, but most people didn’t love books as much as I did.

She has zero fighting skills, and her magical knowledge is all from books rather than experience. She’s in way over her head but is extremely endearing as she navigates a new, dangerous world and the demon she bound herself to (by offering him cookies).

If you want a funny, light read, this is your book.


If you’re looking for a heroine who…

Is literally a superhero


Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter from Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex Cover
Yes, those are demon cupcakes.

Book Description

Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter protect San Francisco from perilous threats in the first book in Sarah Kuhn’s snarky and smart fantasy trilogy • “The superheroine we’ve been waiting for.” Seanan McGuire

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right…or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.

My Thoughts

This is one of my favorite books. On the one hand, it’s about heroines with magical superpowers protecting their city from a demonic invasion. On the other, it’s about character development and FRIENDSHIP. Evie and Aveda are both complex characters whose close friendship has become toxic over the years. Their evolving relationship as they grow and work things out is the main draw of the story. (But the demon cupcakes are pretty cool too.)

It’s perfect for fans of superheroes and female friendships.

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Who’s your favorite demon-slaying heroine? Let me know in the comments!

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