Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver

February 1st 2011   The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver
February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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 they 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-mouthed 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 than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

The Demon Trappers Daughter is just that-a daughter of a Demon Trapper following in her dad's footsteps.  While other 17 year olds are reapplying lip gloss, Riley Anora Blackthorne is cursing the demon cuts that must be treated with Holy Water. Lesson to be learned: Use the  freshest Holy Water to clean out nasty wounds but be ready to brace yourself.

Jana Oliver is off to a great start and has earned the fan in me.  What I love is the setting- 2018 and the world is being infested with Hell-beings.  Everything is a muck and life is no where near peaceful.  The setting certainly doesn't chime tweeting love birds but it does create a setting for an interesting read.  Then there is Riley.  Riley is quite a treat to read.  Her voice reads young to me but I like it because it gives her room to grow in sequels.  Another favorite of this story is the discoveries Riley makes along the way, both personal and professional. 

Despite the 300+ pages it seemed only the surface is scratched.  Heaven vs Hell, God vs Lucifer but ultimately good vs evil.  It's all boiling pot that ensues erosion on humanity.  There is mention of God, Angels, Holy Water, Lucifer, demons, witches, magic, vampires, werewolves, shifters, necromancers, deaders (like but not zombies), etc.  I don't know how the magic works and not sure where the magic starts/stops and the Holy begins.

Most excitedly I anticipate- what role does Riley play among humanity? What price will she be asked to pay?  Will she be given the opportunity to live up to her family's legacy?

All in all, wicked start to a new series and highly enjoyable.  I would recommend this one to those who love YA with a paranormal spin.

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Other books in the series include:
December 13th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin      Retro Demonology (The Demon Trappers 0.5) by Jana Oliver
Retro Demonology (The Demon Trappers 0.5) *Free Kindle
December 13th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin

September 2nd 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published August 30th 2011)      Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver   
UK Edition
Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
September 2nd 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books 

 US Edition -No cover yet
Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2)
August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Press

*NOTE: Same book different titles and different release dates for UK and US.
The title difference may confuse but it's worth the read.

Jana Oliver was kind enough to pass along this information which many of you may find useful:
The Demon Trappers Series
St. Martin's Griffin (U.S. Editions)

The Demon Trapper's Daughter - Feb. 2011
Soul Thief - Aug. 2011

Macmillan Children's Books (U.K. Editions)
Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jan. 2011
Demon Trappers: Forbidden - Sept. 2011
Demon Trappers: Forgiven - Feb. 2012
Atlanta Demon Trappers Guild


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8 comments:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

It is funny but when I was reading this one I kept thinking that YA readers would definitely love it! I am glad to see that I was right and that you enjoyed it :)

Jana Oliver said...

Thanks for the great review!

The second book in the US is titled SOUL THIEF and will be out Aug. 30th

The second book in the UK/Australia is entitled DEMON TRAPPERS: FORBIDDEN and will be out Sept. 2nd. They are essentially the same book but with different titles/covers.

I haven't seen SOUL THIEF'S cover yet, but I hear it's in the works.

Keary Taylor said...

Nice review! I was so confused when I first saw this book because it was called Forsaken. Took me a while to realize the US and UK titles were different. It's an interesting idea, I don't know that I've ever seen that done before. (It had me worried for a bit since my book is titled Forsaken and they were releasing just days apart from each other, lol)

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

@ Felicia- Yes, definitely up the YA alley.

@ Jana- Thank you so much for the info.

@ Keary Taylor- I was confused as well. Then thought it was a old book being repackaged and re-released but that doesn't appear to be the case. I was apparent;y confused with book as well but thanks to Jana Oliver I am no longer. LOL!


Thanks for popping in everyone!!

Tribute Books Mama said...

thanks! for the review and sharing.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh great review. I've been wanting to read this one and the next in Aug? Nice!

Faye said...

YAY after reading this fab review...i'm so anxious to read. I'll make it my next read :D

Jana Oliver said...

The dual titles/covers have confused a number of folks and when the first book came out in the UK before the US it really jammed some folks' radar. Now they're more in sync (only a couple days apart). Thanks to Chastity for clarifying all that.

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