Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Title/author: The Demon Trappers Daughter, Jana Oliver

Publication date: December 13 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Source: My library

Rating: 4/5 Holy waters

Hey there my fellow readers/writers/bloggers! Its been a while. Liz and I are both sorry about that, we have just been really busy with school and family.

Anyways, today I finished (for the second time) The Demon Trappers Daughter. I decided to read this book again because I just recently got the second book, which I was not so happy to learn, came out more then a year ago. I'm just a little behind...So you get the gist of it, here's the back description thing that I cannot think of the name right now:

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.

Lovely right? I thought so. I remember when I first started reading this book I was a little bit nervous if it was going to be all religious stuff, because I am not that into religion. But I was pleasantly surprised when there was only two characters the were overly religious (as a note, if anything in my review comes off as offensive to religion, I, in no way mean to offend anyone).

What I first noticed about this book was the starting couple of chapters were not boring! I love that I didn't have to read through basically an introduction to the characters and what not. Jana jumped straight to the action. It took a little while but I also grew to love that it was in third person. Usually I'm like first person is better cause you can connect and stuff, but I found that it was very easy to connect with Riley and Beck. And it also gave you more to see (does that make sense?). I liked Riley as the main character because she was her own person I guess. I mean she wasn't wimpy, which was awesome, and she wasn't untouchable, she made mistakes and was unsure of things, which was also awesome.

I'm sure when Simon, (who was one of the overly religious people in my opinion) and Beck, (who's point of view you also get to see) were introduced, everyone chose a side. How could you not? Riley couldn't end up alone now could she? Anyways I was totally voting for Beck. He was sweet sometimes, badass other times, understood Riley, and from how I imagined him, pretty good looking. Man if I had a Beck in my life, I would probably not be doing this review aha.

The only thing that bothered me about this book was that it got slow in the middle. Now I know it can't have action all the time but I found it slow when Riley was *SPOILER* watching over her fathers grave so that the necromancer's couldn't bring him back to be undead. *READ AGAIN* I do know that this part was important because it played a kinda big part in the book, and we did find out some useful information, but it was still slow in my opinion.

Over all, this whole book was really good. The plot was creative and it gave me a new perspective on demon books. I liked that Jana added new things into the demon mix as well. For example the magic sphere's that were used to help trap demons and how each demon their own type of personality, they didn't all blend together like a massive clump were a really awesome touch. I am looking forward to reading the second book because from what I heard its better then this one, which would make it pretty amazing aha.

Thanks for reading :D and feel free to email suggestions. I don't know if Liz would but I would certainly try and do some.

- Meg

P. S. Sorry again from both Liz and I for being not on the ball this month.


  1. Thanks for the great review! You're in luck -- the fourth and final book just came out so you don't have to wait for any of them if you get hooked.

    Fair warning: there are some evil twists and turns ahead for dear Riley and Beck. It's just gonna get ugly for a while.

  2. Great review! I'm was really hooked on this series and after reading the final book a few months ago . . . I'm a little sad that it's over.

  3. Hey now! I'd love to take some email suggestions, if I can find the time to read the books. I'd also like to apologize for not writing recently, but with the holidays coming up, I'll certainly be able to stock up on book reviews to hopefully last until summer... Although that's highly unlikely.

    Awesome review, Meg! <3