Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Title: The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Author: Jana Oliver

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: 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.

Review: I'm a big fan of demon books, but Oliver's book just barely missed the mark. I liked the premise and the beginning, after that, though, it was semi-okay. There was a conspiracy theory, cute boys, and a female main character trying to make her way in a man's Guild. I'm all for the last one: Riley wants to be a demon trapper, and she won't let anyone tell her "no". The conspiracy theory is good too; you can mess up the dates on holy water bottle as much as you want. It's just the middle one that has me annoyed. The summary on the back of my book ends with who can Riley trust with her heart... and her life? If my life was in danger, I'd worry about not dying first, and dating second. Actually, dating would be way down on the bottom of the list and at the top would be how will I become a journeyman? how will I pay the rent? etc. The having to watch over her dad's grave until the full moon or else a necromancer will reanimate him was pretty cool. I also liked all the demon fighting scenes. I hope the second book isn't a total letdown. Demon-trapping is awesome.

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