Friday, November 9, 2012

Review: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…
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 (goodreads).


This book took my COMPLETELY by surprised and I loved every moment of this roller coaster ride of emotion and action!

I'm going to be completely honest right now. I started reading this book like back in April but I just could not find myself caring about Riley and her run in with a biblio fiend, so I put it down. A few months later I picked it back up and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I do not know why I was not clicking with the plot but now I am addicted! The action is nonstop and Jana Oliver drops careful clues and hints about the plot's direction that keeps readers interested. 

Oliver's world is every dystopian lover's dreams. Atlanta is poor and completely rundown. Schools have to be shuffled between grocery stores and abandoned Starbucks and the government just doesn't seem to care. I loved this new world almost as much as I loved the characters, and that's a lot. Riley is a certified badass, her father is sweet, and I loved Bad-Boy-With-A-Big-Heart Denver Beck. Each character had its own personality regardless of however small their role in the novel was. I also loved Riley's interactions with all of them, and how they affected her. One scene I really remember is Riley trying to decide what her religious beliefs were after talking to devout-Christian-hunter Simon. She just seemed to three-dimensional, lost and real. 

Oliver's writing voice is awesome! The chapters occasionally alternate between Denver and Riley and it's just great to hear things from their point of view. 

In short, I love it and I want more. 


  1. I have this book on my shelf, and I cannot wait to start it and fan-girl over the characters!

    Loved your review!

  2. good review. I've had all three books in the series and yet to start it. but it sounds good.

  3. I read this one a while back (last year maybe?) and though I was engrossed from beginning to end, I was so mad at the end that I vowed to stop reading the series (and I did). I just felt like nothing good happened. I was so upset that I was just so done.


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