Friday, 17 August 2012

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt Foretold by Jana Oliver

Title: Foretold
Author: Jana Oliver
Author Info:Website|Demon Trappers|Twitter|Facebook|Goodreads|Pinterest
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Macmillan Children's Books for Dark Mind Books Tours
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: August 2nd 2012
Purchase: Amazon UK|Waterstones|The Book Depository

Tell Me About It
Stand by as Riley Blackthorne prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to THE DEMON TRAPPERS series. Riley's always known that Denver Beck had a chequered history, but she's not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he's finally admitted to himself that he's in love with her too, there's no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what's to come. . .

My Thoughts
When I got the chance to not only read this book, but also join a tour for it by Dark Mind Book Tours I jumped at the chance. When my book arrived I was torn. Half of me wanted to read it and find out what was going to happen next and if Beck and Riley get their HEA, the other half didn't want to open the pages, if I didn't read it then the series wouldn't end, it would still be there for me to finish.

As you can tell from this review, I made the decision to start the book, and once I started I could not put it down. Foretold has everything the previous books has and more. Riley still kicks butts, Beck is still stubborn and demons are still hanging around.

Foretold begins with Riley, Simon and Beck during a mission to trap demons. The tension between this trio is obvious Simon still not happy with Riley, and Beck stubbornly refusing to acknowledge his feelings. Riley certainly does not have it easy, and when she is sent with Beck back to his home town, to keep her safe, his displeasure is obvious. I loved getting a glimpse into Beck's history and the secrets he has hid for all these years. Its hard on both Beck and Riley, Beck has to face his demons and Riley starts to see why Beck is the way he is and learns things about him that she never dreamed. A few new characters are introduced, some of them I liked instantly, Samantha being one of them, and a few I just thought were creepy pervs and just wanting to rile Beck up.

I want to say so much about Foretold and rave about how awesome this part was, or how amazing this other part was, but I cant say too much without giving away spoilers since the UK are lucky enough to have it before the USA. All I can say is Foretold isn't a great read, it's amazing and an amazing end to a great series. It doesn't just grip you, it drags hold with all it can and you willingly fall into it's pages and even when the last page is turned you don't want to let go, you just want to stay in this world for 'one page more' and hope that there is a secret in the next page, or the one after that.

Foretold is a MUST read for any fan of the series or of Jana and I have already started teasing my friends with 'I know what happens and you don't :P'

Dark Mind Book Tours also has a special interview with Riley and Beck, so pop on over and check it out.  They are also holding a fantastic giveaway so don't forget to enter.

After the events in South Georgia, Riley returns to Atlanta and the classroom.

Jana Oliver

The old Starbucks’ parking lot was nearly full up by the time Riley pulled in and, to her relief, she was a few minutes early despite all her fretting about being late. Harper had been right – finding a Klepto-Fiend in the middle of a peach producers’ convention had been anything but a slam dunk. Three hours in she’d finally caught the little fiend as it’d slowed down long enough to collect some glittering peach pins at one of the producer’s booths. On the plus side she’d scored four jars of peach preserves. Those would be yummy on Mrs Ayers’s homemade scones.
Peter sauntered over the moment she exited her car.
‘The wandering Riley returns,’ he said. ‘And look, no gator bites, either.’
A magnificent bruise encircled his left eye, shading from brown to green.
‘Peter! What happened?’ she demanded.
‘Your stalkery ex said something I didn’t like and I told him to jam his head up his butt. It didn’t end well.’
‘Alan? I warned you he’d get even,’ she said. ‘Why didn’t you tell me about this?’
‘You had enough going on down south – you didn’t need to know about my problems.’
Getting in Alan’s face felt like a plan right now. He couldn’t hit her best friend and not incur her wrath. Riley’s eyes swept the various knots of students as they clustered around talking or texting before class began.
‘So where is the jerk?’ she asked.
‘He’s suspended until Thursday. I only got a warning.’
There was only one reason Peter might receive that.
‘You hit him back?’
‘Sure did,’ he said, holding up his skinned knuckles as evidence. ‘My dad gave me props once he heard what happened. He said he was proud of me, but it had to be top secret so Mom doesn’t come unstuck.’ He waggled an eyebrow. ‘Simi thinks I’m cool because of it.’
‘She’s just jealous of your hair,’ Riley replied, pleased her barista friend had finally begun to take Peter’s interest seriously.
‘Maybe, but she thinks I’m so cool we’re going to the dance together.’
That works. Simi would encourage his wilder side while he mellowed her out. Then the other part of his statement registered.
‘What dance?’ Riley asked, hefting her backpack on a sore shoulder. Her muscles still felt as if someone had stomped them into a pulp.
‘It’s the annual citywide “dress like an adult” thing. It’s this Saturday.’ Peter fell in step next to her as they walked towards the building.
‘You mean the prom?’ Of course he did.
With the school system bankrupt, the dances were sponsored by local businesses. To accommodate all the kids in the city, there were a series of proms and it appeared theirs was going to be way early this year.
A pang of envy shot through her. She would have loved to go, but . . .
‘You guys have fun.’ She would probably be trapping smelly demons in a MARTA station or in the bowels of Demon Central.
‘You can come, you know,’ Peter suggested. ‘I’m sure I could spare a dance for you.’
‘No. It’s . . . It wouldn’t feel right.’
‘So ask Beck to the dance.’
‘What?’ she sputtered. ‘No. Not happening.’
‘Ah, I got it. You’re chicken. You’ll take on a horde of demons, but when it comes to the one guy you’re really hot for—’
Riley glowered at him. ‘Don’t. Go. There. The subject is closed, Mr King.’
Peter raised his hands in surrender. ‘Whoa, you are grouchy. I was looking forward to seeing you . . . why?’
‘You don’t understand. It’s complicated with me and Beck.’
‘Buzzz!’ he said. ‘It’s totally simple: You guys have to stop being idiots. You’re driving each other crazy along with the rest of us.’

FORETOLD © 2012 – Jana Oliver (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Jana Oliver loves to tell stories for both adults and teens. Her young adult Demon Trappers Series (St. Martin’s Griffin) is set in a dystopian 2018 Atlanta populated by Hellspawn, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The award-winning series is published internationally with editions in eight countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France and Poland.
Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the multi-award winning Time Rovers Series (Dragon Moon Press). The series won twelve awards, including the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Prism Award for Time Travel and ForeWord Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Fiction.

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