Friday, April 13, 2012

Forgiven by Jana Oliver (Demon Trappers #3)


Title: Forgiven
Author: Jana Oliver 
Series: Demon Trappers #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 27, 2012)
Length: 386 pages
Format: paperback

Description from Goodreads: The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

My Thoughts:

     Jana Oliver does a wonderful job of picking up exactly where Soul Thief left off and recaps what has happened in the previous two books in a very natural way. This installment of the Demon Trappers series finds the demons bigger and badder, the relationships more tense, and everyone questioning the very foundations their beiliefs are based on. Riley Blackthorne has a lot to deal with in Forbidden. The choices she made in Soul Thief are quickly reaching the boiling point and all Hell is about to break loose (literally). This poor girl can never get a break and as much as I love all of the fighting and drama I look forward to something positive with no strings attached (just surviving doesn't count) happening tio her. Riley and Beck's relationship is on the edge during this book and for some reason I like this, but it does get the chance to finally evolve. Forbidden shows you a bigger glimpse into the life of "Backwoods Boy". I really liked getting to know more about what makes this guy tick and the more vulnerable side he shows in Forbidden makes me love his character even more. I am very excited that there seems to be a setup to reveal even more about him in the next book. Her father, Mort, and even Ori play a large part in the book too adding even more twists, turns, and heartbreak. The one character I would like to see more of in the next book is the little klepto fiend (I think that's what he is called). He is so cute and provides a much needed comic relief! Maybe Riley could carry him in her pocket or something.
     The "magical" world of this series is absolutely spectacular! The intricacies of the relationships between Heaven and Hell, demons and angels, trappers and hunters, and good and evil are amazingly detailed and unique. They are the main thing that keeps me coming back to this series everytime. The other reason that I will always come back to this series is that in this fate-of-the-world-rests-on-the-shoulders-of-this-one-girl book the characters are believable. Riley, Beck, and everyone else are human in the sense that they screw up a lot! The things that they mess up are mistakes that everyday people make and in this world of fantasy it makes the book relatable. Riley Blackthorne is one of my favorite kick-butt heroines ever! The next edition of this series can't come soon enough for me. I give this book a completely and unabashedly biased 5 STAR rating.

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