Title: The Demon Trappers Daughter
Author: Jana Oliver
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Demon Trappers (Book #1)
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 340 Pages
ISBN-10: 0312614780 (Mac Teen Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0312614782 (Mac Teen Books)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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?
Quick & Dirty: Action-packed paranormal filled with great characters, witty banter, and adorable romance. From the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!
Opening Sentence: Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes.
Riley Blackthorne is training to be a demon trapper. With demons running rapid through the streets and society falling apart the Atlanta Guild will take all the help they can get even from a girl. Riley’s father is the legendary demon trapper, Paul Blackthorne, and catching demons runs in her blood. Even though she is a kick butt fighter she is also a normal girl that has to deal with everyday things like homework and crushing on boys. Then there is a horrible accident and Riley’s life is turned upside down. She doesn’t know who to turn to in this time of grief or who she can trust. But with demon activity higher than ever she will have to step up and fill her fathers shoes or give up the one thing she loves most: trapping demons!
Riley is such a great, witty protagonist that I couldn’t help but love. She is the only girl demon trapper and because of that the other trappers don’t show her as much respect as she deserves, but that never deters her from doing what she has always wanted. Demon trapping is in her blood and she can’t imagine doing anything else. She is full of great banter and funny comebacks. Being inside her head was always very entertaining and I thought she was the perfect heroine. She is full of attitude but she is also a very sweet girl and I just adored her.
Beck has a rough childhood and the only reason he ever made something of himself was because of Paul Blackthorne. Now that Paul is gone, Beck feels like it is his responsibility to take care of Riley. He’s only a few years older than Riley but with his life experiences he feels like their age gap is much larger. He loves being a demon trapper because it gives him a purpose and helps him to forget his heartbreaking past. Beck is sexy, insufferable, and a total sweetheart when he wants to be. There isn’t a romantic relationship between Riley and Beck, but I hope that there might be in future books. I loved Beck and being inside his head was a great contrast to Riley’s voice.
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter was a great read full of suspense, romance, and adventure. From the first page you are thrown into non-stop action and I ended up finishing the whole book in one setting. The plot is full of unexpected twists which made the whole story very intriguing. The characters were very likable and perfectly written. The ending is a slight cliffhanger and you are left dying to read the next book. Luckily all the books have already been released so you don’t have to wait years to finish this great series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great young adult paranormal full of action and adventure.
“Blackthorne’s daughter,” it bayed. It slicked its thick tongue across its lips. Drool rolled down its chin.
“Niiice demon … That’s it. Just stay there.” Riley fumbled in the bag and pulled out the cow entrails she’d retrieved from the freezer. Slinging the package as hard as she could, it landed with a plop on the asphalt. Louder snarls came from the beast. In a move that seemed impossible for its bulk, it leapt on the food and swallowed the entrails and the plastic wrapper in one big gulp.
“Ah, God,” she said, stumbling backward. That had been her only diversion and it was long gone. Her hand closed on one of the spheres. “I’m leaving now. No need to get upset, Mr. Demon.”
“Chew yourrr bones!” it cried, waving its arms in the air.
A second later, all Riley could see was a whir of black and white, all teeth and claws. Moving toward her at frightening speed. She tumbled nearly falling. Cursing, she tossed one of the spheres at the oncoming fiend.
Demon Trappers Series:
0.5 Retro Demonology
4.5 Grave Matters
FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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