Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Demon Trappers: Forsaken by Jana Oliver

Forsaken centres on the life of Riley Blackthorne, a seventeen year old ‘demon trapper’ apprentice whose rather unusual and exceedingly dangerous job involves trapping demons, of which are ranked down from a relatively harmless Grade 1 right up to the devilishly dangerous Grade 5 archfiends, and selling them on. She hopes to someday become a master trapper like her father, but that means working her way through the ranks and as the only female in an all-male world, that will not be easy.
I was rather eager to begin reading this book as it sounded very intriguing and I have to say it certainly did not disappoint – the story grips you from the first few chapters, though it is a little slow at first, and is really action-packed, not to mention touching, fast-paced and believable – it has everything you could hope for in a book! Riley is a really spunky, kick-ass and likable character who is very well written and Beck & Simon were equally brilliant, though I found Beck more likeable and Simon just a little bit creepy.
As well as good parts to every story, there are also bad parts; but I’m genuinely struggling to think of a single bad part (although quite a few things were unexplained) to this fab novel which is one of the most unique and brilliant books I have read this past year. I especially love the seamless inclusion of the demons as though they were an everyday nuisance; though I found it a teensy-bit confusing as to how or why demons infiltrated the earth, but I’m sure that will be explained in the coming books. All in all I absolutely recommend this book and cannot wait to read the forthcoming books in the trilogy, which has incredible promise.

[SYNOPSIS: 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...]


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