Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Soul Thief

Title: Soul Thief

Author: Jana Oliver

Rating: 2 stars

Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…
Seventeen-year-old 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 injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's 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 granddad.  With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.
But as Atlanta’s demon count 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: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…

Review: Guess what? SPOILER ALERT.

This book should really be called "Riley Makes Lots of Really Stupid Decisions" because believe me, there are quite a few:

*Dates a paranoid jerk
*Pushes Beck to his breaking point
*Sleeps with a Fallen Angel who wants her soul
*Puts her best friend in danger multiple times
*Makes a deal with Heaven to save the paranoid jerk's life
*Makes a deal with Lucifer so that demons won't kill her
*Gets Beck in trouble with the demon hunters
*Angers the most powerful necormancer
*Pulls life-threatening stunts that cause other people to put their lives in danger to save her.
*Trusts a smooth-talking Fallen Angel who wants her soul
*Is a jerk to Beck, then runs crying to him when her bad decisions come back to bite her

Those are neither in order nor the entire list, but you get the picture. Riley has a pretty messed up love life, and there's several older guys hitting on her throughout the book. Ew. Then there's the conterfiet Holy Water scandal. It's mentioned and Riley and Peter follow one of the collection trucks, but aside from that's it. Sigh. And I was so hoping that this book would turn out better than the first.

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