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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Title: The Demon Trapper's Daughter
Author: Jana Oliver

ISBN: 9780312614782

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Page #: 340

Source: My public library


"Seventeen-year-old, 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 it 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?"
First Lines:
"2018 Atlanta, Georgia Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes. 'Libraries and demons,' she muttered. 'What is the attraction?'"
Page 1

Seriously, how could I not love a book with an opening line like that?!

The story is of a girl who is following in her father's footsteps to become a demon trapper. It's not a profession any females typically get into - so she faces a lot of adversity. There's also a huge event that happens in the first 100 pages that totally changes the course of Riley's life forever. It gives her a whole new outlook on her job and how she lives her life.

This is a book about the ultimate strong woman. Though I did notice that there are only two or three female characters. Riley stands alone (mostly) in a world of men. And she excels. That alone makes this story very worthwhile to me. There's something so empowering about reading a story of a woman going above and beyond to prove herself. Love it.

All of the men she encounters are vastly different. You have people from all walks of life. And it shows how Riley has adapted to every possible situation - whether she is alone battling crazy demons or among a group of her superiors. You really find yourself rooting for her and hoping the best happens for her.

This story is absolutely jam-packed with action. I don't think you could have added one more fight scene, really. And it all comes to a huge ending that shakes up the entire story - and leads you into the next book (already ready for that one). You do have a lot to learn about the different demons and what they do, but you learn as Riley learns... so I never felt lost at all.

There's something so awesome about a book set in Atlanta, Georgia. I mean, seriously. What a great place to set this story! It gives the whole thing a different vibe from other big cities that are used for every. other. book. Even that it's in the near future, I love the things that are detailed and changed. Everything just feels so clever - and perfect, really. I shouldn't say perfect, but it sure felt that way.

I fully intend to give this book to every person remotely into urban fantasy books. It's just too good to pass up. Even though the main character is a girl, I think there is enough in the story that everyone can love it. So, I believe this one comes with my highest recommendation. I mentioned it to one of my coworkers when I was only 65 pages in - I told her that I already knew this book was going to be awesome and that she had to read it. I was right. :)
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1 comment:

Shelagh said...

I've just started The Demon Trapper's Daughter and I'm really enjoying it so far. Great review.

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