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“Holy cow! This series is really getting revved up! I haven't been reading too much PNR/UF books lately, but this is definitely staying on my must watch list for series. Riley just gets my attention and doesn't let go. She faces so many hardships that I can't help but root for her.
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“Pretty good sequel but also very predictable.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I adored the fast paced, distinctive storyline of The Demon Trapper's Daughter which made Soul Thief an automatic add to my must-read pile. Jana Oliver's second installment is good but the change in the plot's direction does have me concerned. I was really hoping for some romance this time around, instead we get something else entirely and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Beck, Simon and Ori all had the potential of being sexy alpha males except they act like complete morons 99% of the time. Soul Thief delivers a very different feel than its predecessor and I'm not sure if I like it.
Things have gone from bad to worse since we last saw Riley. This poor girl just can't get a break! The demons know her name, her dad's now among the walking dead, her (ex) boyfriend is convinced that she made a deal with the Devil, and the list continues! There aren't even any little victories; no glimpses of hope. As a result, the story felt very weight downed with little to look forward to anytime soon. I understand that life is different here. Future Atlanta is not a pretty place but still, small victories, right? Life has to give us a few good moments here and there otherwise what's the point!?
I was really hopping that Beck would make a move on Riley but alas he only morphs into an even bigger stick in the mudd. No one can be that good intentioned! C'mon people, it's the end of the world! Do you really want to spend it alone? Okay, so her guardian's a no-go but what about Simon and Ori? I'm afraid that there's not much to report on either front. Simon is now the biggest douche in Oliver's universe and as for Ori... eeeck! Completely unexpected! I'm also a little angered by what Jana does to his character. He was the light at the end of the tunnel. Probably not Riley's forever but at least they could have cheered each other up for a while. Not anymore!
It wasn't all bad though. I enjoyed the parts where miss Blackthorne and her BFF team up to investigate the holy water problem. He's a nice distraction and Riley seems to act more like herself whenever Peter's around. One especially cute moment stands out to me when they use technology to trap a Klepto-Fiend. Go teamwork!
The ending left me on the fence as to whether I want to give Forgiven a try. It'll all depend on how Oliver decides to play her hand. Soul Thief was just a passable read compared to book 1 but maybe it was a necessary bump in the road and the follow-up will make everything better. It's hard to say, but after such a strong start to this series with The Demon Trapper's Daughter, I'm willing to keep an open mind.
“Brilliant! I can't wait to read the next book. :)”Pendragon2601 wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the previous book, Riley's father has been summoned from the dead and shows up during a meeting of the Demon Trapper's Guild at the same time as a scorage of demons destroys the mn. is
Picking up with the massacre of the Atlanta Demon Hunters' Guild, Riley is still searching for the individual responsible for reanimating her dead father. While trying to pursue all the leads she can find, she discovers that her boyfriend, Simon, feels she is responsible for the demon attack and he is distancing himself from her. In the mean time, she is being followed by Ori, an independent demon hunter. It seems he has the ability to show up at all the right times. And then the ever-faithful Beck is still trying to protect Riley as he thinks her father would want him to yet at the same time, Beck true feelings for her are starting to manifest themselves.
This series is a quick read and while I do enjoy the demon hierarchy and the summoners' world, I find myself being a mother to Riley and wanting to tell her to be careful!”
“Pretty good sequel but also very predictable.”cyn3 wrote this review Saturday, August 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Riley's back at it. The complications for the daughter of Paul Blackthorne only get more convoluted in this sequel to The Demon Trapper's Daughter. Angels and demons war for control of this seemingly unimportant young lady. ”Justin J wrote this review Wednesday, August 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After the grandure entrance of knowing that the demons are now on the loose ad her father being reanimated, Riley tries to solve all of these mysterious cases that is heading her way and straight out herself.
It's an amazing book where you can learn a bit of life lesson and also feel the feelings and thoughts of the main character. ”
“Stayed with it but I didn't like it as much as the first one.I will read the next one hoping to see more of a relationship between Riley and Beck :)”Kathy wrote this review Friday, May 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Riley's back and still kickin butt in the ATL!!”Kelley W wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this one! I almost liked it better because finally Riley and Beck were getting closer! Frustrated with the ending, want the next one come out NOW!”Claire C wrote this review Friday, March 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“BLURB from Goodreads
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?
Forsaken is book one in The Demon Trappers. It is a while ago that I read this book prior to August 2011 when I started this blog so I just used to do star ratings. At the time I gave this book 5/5 stars and I still stick to that rating. I really enjoy how Jana Oliver writes, her books flow so easily. You just don't want to put them down! So I did find this book a rather quick read then was disappointed I had to wait so long for book two to be released.
I love the characters in this book, the relationships between Riley and her father. Also the brotherly type of feelings that Beck has for Riley, though Riley thinks of Beck in quite different terms sometimes. Beck still seems to think of Riley as a little sister figure. I love that Riley is a confident, kick butt chick! she is trying to become a fully fledged demon trapper which is usually considered a male only domain. Riley is determined to live up to the family name of Blackthorne and become the best trapper she can become.
Riley's determination and emotions are tested when a tragedy occurs. Obviously Riley swears to find the demon responsible and to kill it. This demon seems to have some personal vendetta against the Blackthorne name! So Riley is not only fighting the fiends and demons she is fighting some of the Guild, as certain members of it do not believe in admitting women to their ranks.
There's plenty of action with the demons as well as a little romantic angst thrown in too.
I also like the cover the intensity of the eyes staring out, the determination within them!
So did I enjoy it? Yes! loved it! Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely. Would I read more of this series? Yes. Would I read more books by this author? Yes.
Available Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk £4.50 paperback £3.58 on Kindle”