Author: Jana Oliver
Release Date: 8/30/2011
Purchase Info: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
**IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOK #1 THE SYNOPSIS IS A SPOILER**
Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely hurt, and now her beloved late father has been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. Add to the mix: Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy grandad, and Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. But as the demon count in Atlanta increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention. With an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon stalking her, and her luck can’t last forever.
Struggling to wrap her head around what has happened, Riley also has to try to move forward and figure out who was behind ambushing the trappers. Everyone wants to point the finger at her and her dad, but she just won't stand for it. She knows she didn't do it, she knows Simon laid the Holy Water correctly and that it wasn't the fake stuff. So what happened?
With Riley's mind going in 15 different directions, she knows a few things are on top of her list of "To-Dos". Find her dad, kill the demon, and make sure her boyfriend is ok. But Simon's not the same. Cold, distant, and short. (Basically I wanted to punch him in his gorgeous little face) Has to be post-traumatic stress....Well, at least having the hunky Ori as her body guard is taking her mind off of life for a while. Though she doesn't know much about him, and he seems to always be there for her, Riley can't help but want to know more about him. Feeling as though this might finally be the guy who will diminish the chaos in her life and take down her demon stalker, she can't help but shake her doubt.
While Riley's busy with sorting out her own problems, now the city thinks the Trapper's can't hold their own. So they've decided to call in the big dogs, The Hunters from the Vatican. This doesn't sit well with anyone in the Guild, especially Beck, because they're steppin' on his toes and making the them look bad. All Beck wants is for the Demon who's stalking Riley to be destroyed, for her to move FAR away to her aunt's house, and for Paul (Riley's dad) to be found and put back into his grave. If only life were that simple.
Soul Thief completely exceeded my expectations! Sometimes it's hard for authors to have their sequel supersede the first book, but Jana was able to do that with ease. More magical elements were brought into the second book, like summoning, illusions and necromancy. Yes, the necromancers were in the the first book, but you are actually able to see their work first hand in Soul Thief. As the story went on, I was sitting at the edge of my bed, literally trying to read fast so I could find out what happened next.
All I can say is, WAY TO ROCK THE ENDING! I was not only yelling, "What the F&*@!", but my heart was bleeding for Riley in a way I didn't think was possible! Seriously lady, how do you come up with these endings, they're phenomenal!