Friday, January 6, 2012
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
From the Back of the Book:
Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?
What I Thought:
This book was really good. The beginning was a little slow and confusing for me, but it eventually picked up. The whole back ground of how the demons and the city came to be was what made it a little confusing. I just wish there had been more detailed back story info. When the book did eventually pick up I fell in love with it. The characters were troubled, deep, and amazing. Riley has an "I won't give up" no quit attitude that you have to admire. She wants something and she is going to go after it full force no matter what is thrown at her or who/what stands in her way. She has lead a rough life, but she takes it in stride and keeps her chin up. Time to get down to Beck. Let me first say that as suck a mysterious/intriguing character I really enjoyed the snippets from his point of view. It was nice to be let into his world. He is so gruff and overprotective of Riley. You can feel (or at least I can/ think I can?) the feelings that they have bubbling under the surface for each other. Simon...I don't know what it was I just didn't like him.
This new take on demons and the chaos that they cause in the world is a fresh idea that I greatly enjoyed. The Demon Trapper's Daughter is billed as YA, but I could see it appealing to adult genre fans also. It was pretty gritty. There were plenty of action/violent scenes and some sexual commentary. I think this added to the book and showed how bleak their world and outlook on life is. All in all, I definitely enjoyed this book and will be continuing the series. I give this book a 4 1/2 STAR rating.
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The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver has approximately 368 pages and was published on February 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. The second book titled Soul Thief is currently available.