Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…
It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.
I don’t like paranormal romance 90% of the time, and I don’t like paranormal 80% of the time.
I think that’s more because I hate what paranormal stories have become. All Stephanie Meyer and Hush, Hush. It’s moved on from legends and old stories to sparkly vampires that are-so-infuriating and unattainable wolves to stupid angels. Yeah, no.
I was mildly interested in this book, and I wanted to see what all the raving has been about, so I decided to give this book a chance. That’s actually how I found Cassandra Clare’s books….
And I can’t say that the praise has been entirely undeserved. Because I didn’t hate this book. Actually, I quite liked it. Let me start with Riley. I hate female heroines that are spies or demon-trappers or whatever, and are cool on the job, but end up being entirely hypocritical and annoying off the job. Not only that, but they have a certain voice to them that just ticks me off. Want examples? Berry from Spies and Prejudice and Farrah from A Girl Named Digit. They’re perfect examples.
The thing is, Riley
- Didn’t have to have a name like Berry and Farrah just to stand out.
- Wasn’t annoying.
- Wasn’t hypocritical.
- Wasn’t a split-personality brat.
- Wasn’t “above it all”.
- Wasn’t a know-it-all.
- Was actually a really cool, realistic, no nonsense heroine.
That pretty sums up why I liked Riley Blackthorne. And Simon, Beck and Paul? Great characters. I was impressed. Not the best characters I’ve ever seen, but nonetheless I was impressed and a lot of them actually grew on me. I respected them as characters, especially Riley, and while she made mistakes, she isn’t delusional and ditzy. She has her own fears and weaknesses, but to watch her grow as a character was really fun. I’d call it solid.
Oh yeah, and the world building and methods of capturing demons? THANK YOU JANA OLIVER. This book was a breath of fresh air after reading The Glitch in Sleep by Michael Wexler. I mean, that book was great–but there was waaay too much stuff crammed into it. The world building was decent, and the Trapper’s Guild and way of organizing demons really impressed me. The world isn’t overwhelming, but it feels well-done and three dimensional.
This book isn’t the typical paranormal romance. If it was, I never would’ve liked it. It’s more than just romance, too. And it’s not so much a love-square like everybody says it is. I’ll be interested to see what Jana Oliver comes out with in her next book, and see if she can keep her place on my list as one of my favorite paranormal authors.
The only things I don’t understand are
- why is Riley able to have a car, when gas is so expensive, if she can’t afford her rent?
- why are demons roaming the Earth again?
Other than that, all I can say is, good luck, Jana Oliver. I hope your next book doesn’t disappoint! (•‿•) 4.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 340
Series: The Demon Trappers