Mar 16, 2011

*Review--The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver*


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?

So I finally got Jana Oliver's debut The Demon Trapper's Daughter. I was skeptical at first. Heard an early so-so review, butt then read another that completely changed my mind! It was fabulous! Set 8 years into the future the economy has never improved and demons started entering our world. Humans tend to know about them and the demon trappers who capture them. All demon trappers are men. It's just the way it is.

Riley's father is a demon trapper and she longs to follow in his footsteps, but the world, and the rest of the demon trappers' guild is against the idea, so she must struggle to prove herself. The world is a harsh and crazy place, especially for Riley. The messed-up world as she knows it is about to get a lot harder.

The book basically lets us get a look at the life Riley lives, she tries to maintain some normalcies such as going to school--in secret though, since schools had been shut down, talking on the phone with her BFF--whose mother hates her because she longs to be a demon trapper, and catching the eye of the super cute Simon, another demon trapper apprentice.

The book was chockful of surprises, starting early on and they didn't stop, they may have slowed, but didn't stop. There was also a few mysteries involved that are still kind of left hanging there, one involves a demon hunter--different than a trapper because hunters kill and trappers just trap, collect and hand off to a go-between who gets it to the Vatican where the hunters' headquarters is at, something wonky going on with a very important tool used by demon trappers, and another earth-shocking event that I cannot even begin to describe!

This is a must read! The pacing builds gradually as the story moves along and it's well worth the wait! So can't wait to read the next one later this fall!

Overall rating 5/5 stars!

This book is apart of my 2011 Debut Author Challenge


  1. I am glad that you liked this Jess! I read it last week and I absolutely loved it too!

  2. Thanks for a fantastic review. This one's at the top of my to-read list. It sounds like a great story.

  3. Great review Jessica!

    I have been reading a lot of mixed reviews on this one, glad you enjoyed it so much! Sounds like a great read =D

  4. Phew, I'm glad you liked it! I have to read it for the Debut Author Challenge too, and I was a little worried because I've read mixed reviews. But I know we have similar tastes, so I hope I'll like it as much as you did. Great review!;)

  5. Wonderful Review! I love this book so much! So glad you loved it too! I can't wait for the second book!

  6. Like you have read mixed reviews, I trust the judgement you and a couple others have made and am planning on reading this one too some time in the future... Glad you went ahead and took a chance on the book Jessica, your taste and mine are a lot alike so this book review helped make up my mind on actually reading the book!

  7. I've been trying to decide to read this or not! I will definitely have to check into it now! Great review!

    Aimee @ Coffee Table Press


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