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Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Title: The Demon Trapper's Daughter (US). Forsaken (Aust/UK)

Series: The Demon Trappers Book 1
Author: Jana Oliver

Release Date: 1st February 2011 (US). 7th January 2011 (Aust/UK)

My Rating: 5/5

Seventeen year-old Riley Blackthorne is trying to make her way in a futuristic Atlanta plagued by marauding demons and scheming necromancers. With each passing day, Atlanta is becoming the latest battlefield between Heaven and Hell. Enter the Demon Trappers, whose mission is to keep the Hellspawn at bay.

Riley’s father, Paul Blackthorne, is a master demon trapper and she hopes to follow in his footsteps, but there’s never been a girl in the Atlanta Guild. No surprise, she’s not welcomed with open arms. So Riley has a lot on her plate: Heaven and Hell are taking too much of an interest in her, the demons keep trying to kill her and there’s those boyfriend issues to sort out.

My Review:
I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this book and I put off reading it for a little while (I'm ashamed to say mostly due to the Australian/UK cover looking kind of lame). It didn't really grab me at the beginning and I spent almost 30 pages crying (either I am one overly emotional person or Jana Oliver is really good at pushing those buttons!) but I really got into the story and can't wait for the next in the series.

Riley is one gutsy, kick-ass girl trying to participate in what has essentially been a man's world since, well, forever. I love that even when she faces her harshest critics she stands up for herself and doesn't let them get to her. She stays true to herself, her family name and her belief that she is just as capable as any of the men.

Regardless of the other trappers' opinions of her, Riley's still battling it out with demons way beyond her level of expertise (I told you she was gutsy and stubborn) from the funny little Ones right up to the creepy, murdering Fives. I actually really like the little Magpie's (no these are not birds), they make me laugh. If that's not all, she is caught up in the Guild's politics, a holy water mystery, discovers illegal demon traffickers and has to face off with necromancers wielding dark magic. The men in Riley's life also make things that little bit more interesting with four potential love interests!

It kind of reminds me of the TV show Dark Angel but with demons, and the fact that the whole city knows about them.

I can't wait to get back to Riley's world!


  1. Wow! Now, I really want this book! Oh, and Jess, I finally have a blog button! Just sharing the happy! :-) Have a great weekend.

  2. I've heard such good things about this book. I love strong heroines and Riley definitely sounds like one.

  3. Kate - Glad you liked the review. And YAY, congrats on the blog button! *Happy dance* xx

    Lisa - Thanks for stopping by! I love strong heroines too and Riley rocks :) Also, i checked out your blog - great stuff. I especially liked the Butterbeer post and your Name Game posts. Such a cool idea :D

  4. Great Review and thanks for the follow! I am following you as well :)

  5. Also, feel free to use my Feuding Friday meme! I'm glad you like it!


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