Friday, April 19, 2013

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

Release Date: February 1, 2011
from St. Martin's Griffin

"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."

My Thoughts:

This book was pretty darn awesome and it kept me hooked from beginning to end. It has a pretty original feel to it and that of course made me like it more. Also, it isn’t a paranormal book that is romantically driven. Sure there is romance, but the main focus of the story is more to do with the demons and the trouble they cause. 

Our heroine Riley is a very strong one. She is tough and determined and can hold her own. However, she is also very stubborn. She is possibly the most stubborn character I have ever encountered in all my reading adventures to date. She is the kind of character that just does not know when to ask for help and that is ALWAYS a trait that makes me crazy. She is also very argumentative. Because of this, there were a lot of moments where I wanted to punch her. However, in the end I do admire her as a character and I like that she isn’t a damsel in distress. 

The novel presents us with two guys. A love triangle, yes, but this is a good one and it didn’t really aggravate me. First we have Simon. Simon is a good boy who plays by the rules. He is incredibly sweet and adorable and good hearted. So naturally, I don’t trust him. Then we have Beck. Beck is cranky and overbearing and a general pain in the ass. Naturally, I adore him and want to huggle him. 

Like I said though, The Demon Trapper's Daughter is not romantically driven. The story is about Riley learning to cope and survive in the face of a devastating tragedy. It is about her growing up and dealing with things you may not want to deal with. Of course this is all done with demons getting in the way. 

I really loved the way this book was written. It is written in the third person and I love books like that. I love getting in different characters heads and seeing the story outside of one characters bubble. I especially loved seeing from Beck’s perspective. It really enabled the reader to understand him. Had we only seen him from Riley’s POV, the reader would think he is a jerk plain and simple and not someone who has Riley’s best interests at heart. 

All in all, The Demon Trapper's Daughter is a very engaging read. There is action from beginning to end and that keep you hooked to the pages. I cannot wait to start the next chapter of this story.


  1. I love this series and the books keep getting better! :)

  2. I like strong main characters and this cover and premise has caught my eye for a while just haven't made time, but its great hearing that it is enjoyable.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I read this a couple years ago and really liked it. It's funny and adventurous and exciting. I don't know why I never continued the series. So glad you enjoyed, Teresa. Great review!

  4. I remember seeing this book around, and knowing I must read it. Ha ha! And since the love triangle is done right, makes it all the better!
    The characters sound cool, and it seems like it'll be a fun read!!

    Great review, Teresa!!

    Magen Corrie

    1. I think you will like this one a lot! Riley is your kind of heroine!


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