Sunday, March 27, 2011

"The Demon Trapper's Daughter" by Jana Oliver

The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel (Demon Trapper Novels)From Goodreads: "Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself and that's exactly what the demons are counting on...

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 it 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-mouth 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 that she ever could have imagined.

As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust withe her heart---and her life?"

Looking back at all of the reviews I have posted here on my blog I feel like I have rated quite a few books 10/10 and I don't know about any of you, but within the books I have rated 10/10 I have a mental ranking going on of what 10/10 books I like more than others (for instance Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series and Rachel Vincent's "Shifters" series are my all time favourite 10/10 series and therefore they are situated at the top, followed closely by Kimberly Derting's "Body Finder" series, then Richelle Mead's books, and so on). But this book? Well this book would have to go towards that very top of my mental 10/10 list. Why? Because I thought it to be flat out amazing.

First off, the storyline was so unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. The story is set in 2018 during an economic recession where demons are everywhere, feeding off of the chaos of the human world and everyone knows about these demons, not just a select few (which seems to be a predominant aspect of YA paranormal). And angels? Well, I always love me a storyline with fallen angels and the likes of, so this book made me very happy in that aspect.... Second, the characters are so dynamic and multi-faceted. I don't think that there is a character that I don't like (even the bad guys you want to hate you can't because they are so well rounded and it really feels as if you know them, yes, I am talking to Harper). Third, the boys (Beck and Simon)? Totally swoon-worthy, but even more than that (but who seriously needs more when they are this swoon-worthy?)- overly protective/ possessive (in the best possible way)/ uber caring. Both of them will do anything in their power, even risk their own lives, to ensure that Riley survives and has a relatively normal life. Fourth, Riley? Kick-ass character! Yeah, she is way up there alongside Dru, Merit, and Faythe. While her methods may not always be the best, she is trying her hardest to make what remains of her life her own and to do it well, and for that I can respect her. I also have more respect for her because she is a pretty smart cookie, figuring out one major plot twist after another.

All in all, I think that this a must read. I cannot wait for the next book in these series which is slated to be released this upcoming fall (Jana and St. Martin's Griffin... Write faster! Or edit faster! Just get this next book out faster in general! ;) ).

Rating: 10/10


  1. I finally bought this one last week and I really can't wait to start reading it after having read your review !! =) Thanks !!

  2. Thanks so much for this awesome review! Wow! You made this author's morning, that's for sure.

  3. Great review Avery! I read this one not that long ago either and adored it!!

  4. Oooh, this one sounds good! It's coming up on my TBR soon! I'm looking forward to it now! :)

  5. Great! I've been curious about this one and have seen mixed reviews of it. None as excited about it as you. Your love of this book is infectious and I need to place it further up the wishlist.

  6. So glad you enjoyed this one Avery, I thought the world building was absolutely amazing, I got sucked right in! I adored Beck, and even though Riley irritated me sometimes with her treatment of him, I still liked her overall and can see a ton of room for growth as the series progresses. I have no doubt by the last book, kind of like Faythe in the Shifters series, I will be a big fan of hers:)

  7. Awesome review, Avery! The world-building sounds amazing, and if there are good characters, that makes it even more appealing. I'm definitely going to need to read this! :)

  8. I've seen this book everywhere and it looks great! thanks for the review hon =)

  9. You hooked me with swoon worth boys! Yes, you did! I can't wait to read this book, it has been on my wishlist for a long time. I have yet to read a book that includes 'Angels' that I really really like. If they way they were written for this story made you really happy, then that makes me even more excited to give it a try.

  10. I love your review! I so agree with everything you said. I thought this book was amazing and so totally different.

    I'm glad that we don't have to wait for 2012 for the next book, although fall seems really far away.


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