Friday, 17 February 2012

Review: Forsaken (The Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver

Title: Forsaken (Demon Trappers #1)
Author: Jana Oliver
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Purchased by myself
Publication Date:USA:Feb 1st 2011|UK:7th Jan 2011
Tell Me About It
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?
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
Before I actually start my review I want to point out that this is a re-read of this book in order to prepare myself for Book 3's release.  I did not read this series as soon as it was released, it took for a friend to recommend it to me before I actually picked up a copy, and fell in love straight away.

Riley, a Demon Trapper, has it tough, not only is she not liked for her surname, but being the only female trapper makes it harder for her to be taken seriously, and when you have your Father and his friend, Beck, watching your back, it makes it even more harder to get out and trap.

I absolutely loved Riley within a few pages.  She is smart and independent, and although she has flaws, stubborn, doesn't take no for an answer and stands up for herself.   She may have to work harder to prove her point and does make mistakes like everyone else but I find these qualities in her not only redeeming, but they also make her more human as a person, rather than a character.
Beck, I have a love/hate relationship with Beck.  Part of me wants to like him for how he is trying his best to be there for Riley and how he is trying to keep his promise to Paul, but he is also very stubborn and had a tendency to run when things get tough rather than stay and try to work things out.  I do love the relationship he has with Riley though, their banter lightens the mood occasionally but they also work well together as a team.

Jana has made it easy to not only fall into the world of Forsaken she has created and actually see it as a real place, but also to see the characters as people, making it easier to sympathise, empathise, love and hate them.

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