Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Forsaken: The demon Trappers by Jana Oliver

For Review: Macmillan.  Published February 2011
From Goodreads: Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she's already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it's tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he's God's gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing's for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay...

I really enjoyed this one!  Set in 2018, it follows Riley, who like her father, is a Demon Trapper.  When a relatively easy trapping doesn't go the way it should Riley finds herself in a bit of trouble.  But it looks as if something else is going on here, and Riley is right in the middle of it...

I really liked Riley. She is a great lead character - strong willed, stubborn, but likeable and relatable.  I LOVED Beck - and although I could have done without all the "ya's" in his dialogue as it was mildly irritating - he really is an awesome character and there are some great scenes between him and Riley.  I will say that he does comes across as much older than 22 years old - but that's explained in the book by his history and it made perfect sense.  I loved the alternating viewpoints between these two - I think it really adds to the story and it made me much more invested in both characters - and we get the added bonus of seeing all the other characters from both Beck and Riley's point of view which I loved.

I also liked Simon - he's incredibly sweet and nice - but unfortunately I didn't particularly feel a spark between him and Riley.  It could have just been me though!  On the other hand, Ori is very intriguing!  I can't wait to find out how he fits into all this. And I adored Riley's dad.

I really, really loved the mythology for this one.   This book is definitely a world builder  - a lot of work must have gone into creating the world and I thought it worked really well in setting everything up. It explains all the demon mythology - all the different level demons, plus it gives us the distinction between trackers and hunters.  Events went in a direction early on that I really wasn't expecting and it completely took me by surprise. I loved that I found it unpredictable - I had no idea what was going to happen next!  I really have to credit Jana Oliver's writing ability in not only writing really good action scenes but the more emotional ones as well.  In addition to all this there is also something big happening and Riley seems to be right in the middle of it.  I'm really looking forward to finding out exactly what is going on and can't wait to get my hands on Forbidden when it is released later this year!

3 comments:

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Oh, I have this one, and I'm so deserate to read it! And now I want to read it even more. I have too many TBRs and I want to read all of them! ;)
Brilliant reveiw!
I'm loving them both. Quick question: did Delirium make you cry? Or was that just me? Thanks for commenting! (:

Liz. R said...

I'm dying to read this! I've seen a lot of positive reviews but haven't managed to get a copy yet. Thanks for the great review :).

Clover said...

I've been seeing so many great reviews of this book that I really must push it towards the top of my reading pile. Great review :)

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