Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter - By Jana Oliver

Release Date: 1/31/11
Website: Jana Oliver
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.


It's so hard for me to sit here and write this without giving away a spoiler that had me crying for literally 2 chapters, and then some. But for you to truly understand the story and know how it flows together, I have to give it away.

After Riley's major catastrophe at the library she's left humiliated, bitten and peed on by a demon. No one can figure out how a class 1 demon cased THAT much trouble. Well that's just it, a class 1 didn't. Somewhere in the mix of Hell the demons are starting to work together, and the Trappers Guild knows that's nothing but trouble.  Though living through her humiliation, Riley wants nothing more then to fall asleep and wake up with a clean start. (If only life was that easy) Instead Riley wakes up to the horrific news that her father, legendary demon trapper Paul Blackthrone, was killed while trapping a grade 3 demon. With her world crashing down, Riley has to fall into the routine of school, apprenticing with a master trapper who's an asshat, sitting vigil at her fathers grave so necromancers won't reanimate him, AND figure out why every demon from class 1 to class 5 knows her by name. Even when she's never met them before.

Now that things have gone to Hell in a hand basket, Riley has to turn to Beck, her fathers former apprentice for help. Ugh....see Riley & Beck don't always see eye to eye. At one point Riley even wanted Beck because he was a muscles and fresh out of the military, but Beck shot that down real quick. So now they have a love hate relationship, and in the wake of her father's death Beck steps in and now has to fight tooth & nail to keep Riley out of harms way & on the right track.

Hands down this book was amazing! Jana has done such a great job truly bringing her characters to life, and making you feel what they're going through. There are hardly times when I bawl like a baby while reading, but the raw emotion simply blind sides you. There are so many emotions swirling around that you can't help but feel it all. Love, grief, terror, guilt, it's a miracle the author was able to balance it out so well. So now I can't wait for the follow-up and am literally stalking Jana's Facebook & Twitter to find out every detail I can on the sequels release!



Lavinia Thompson said...

Ohhh I've heard a lot about this book! Can't wait to read it!

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

I recommend it for everyone! Even if you're not into YA, it's has a great story!

Jana Oliver said...

Wow! Thanks! I'm really happy you enjoyed the book. Riley's life is really a mess. Hopefully it'll better, but that's a ways down the line.

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

Well it seems that her life can only go up...it would be bad if it went down, considering that's hell and all lol

Jana Oliver said...

Let's just say it grows more complicated for dear Riley (as if that were possible.) More lessons to learn for all involved.

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

I can't wait to read it! And the next one after that, and after that, lol!