Thursday, June 2, 2011

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

Genre: teen fantasy and sci-fi
Series and Book #: Demon Trappers #1
Pages: 360
Synopsis: 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 Trapper's Guild needs all the help it 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?


Not as great as I thought it was going to be, but it wasn't a total disappointment. I found myself caught up in the world and the creatures more than Riley and her life.

Riley wasn't my favorite heroine ever. She was whiny and she was stubborn to the point of stupidity, especially when it came to Denver Beck, her father's friend and previous apprentice. She was determined that whatever she thought was correct, like that Beck was a jerk and that the entire world sucked. She was very pessimistic. I was also looking for a tougher heroine, but I didn't get that with Riley. But, I did like that she cared for people. She was determined to keep her father from being reanimated after death and to save the ones she loves when tragedy strikes in the last couple of chapters.

I loved the future setting with the terrible economy. I think it set the stage for many of the problems that arose, like why her father had to work so much and why Riley went after a Three on her own. It also added a creepy edge to the story--the fact that anything could happen built more suspense in the action scenes.

Overall, The Demon Trapper's Daughter was a fun read. It had action, mystery, romance (a nice romance between Riley and Simon...and Beck's secret crush on Riley!) and a interesting world. It surprised me that the civilians knew all about the demons and angels roaming the streets. Same with the necromancers and witches. Oliver made all the paranormal creatures and people come out in the open, rather than having them lurk in the shadows and have secret societies. I liked that about this book. Although it wasn't my favorite, I'll be looking forward to the sequel, Soul Thief, coming August 30th.

The Cover: I like the red and the girl holding the sphere. At first, I thought it was the moon, but after reading the book, I think its one of the magical spheres trappers use. Very cool cover.

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