Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Forsaken: The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver

Release Day: January 4th, 2011

Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books

Pages: 448pgs

The Story

Riley Blackthorne.

Kicking hell's ass one demon at a time . . .

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 think he's God's gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her life.

One thing's for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay . . .

The Review

I find it very hard to write a review for this particular book. There were moments were I loved the book completely (and sometimes I couldn't stop reading until I knew what was going to happen next) but it's a love/hate relationship. First things first, I'm glad that I've read this book after seeing the gorgeous cover and I have to admit, Jana Oliver created a pretty awesome dystopian-like world. I think the only problem I had with this book was Riley herself and some of the other characters...her "love" interests.
I imagined Riley being this kickass demon trapper, but instead, I get a girl that's not really as kickass and complains a lot. I guess there is a sense of realism, with her acting like an almost normal teenager...but I kind of hoped she was like a Jace from Mortal Instruments...or something along those kickass lines. But that might be just'll have to read it to be a judge of her character.
As for her suppose "love" interests, I don't really understand the whole guy character thing. Beck had too many attitude problems and you can tell he like likes Riley (I felt like strangling him sometimes), Ori was a complete mystery and I didn't really see any point of him being in the book, and the whole ordeal with Simon...unfortunately I just didn't feel the connection between him and Riley. He seemed more like the best friend than boyfriend material, plus he hardly knows Riley...and well...maybe things will improve in the sequel.
Other than that and the poorly distracting slang language that some of the people spoke, I loved the book. I loved the fast-paced action scenes, the demon trapper idea, and the whole necromancer was quite interesting to read about. The ending didn't really end on a cliffhanger, but I'm still pretty stoked to read the next book. The author leaves a lot of unanswered questions, so I'll definitely continue reading the book in this series!

The Rating
3/5 stars


  1. I understand your pain of finding it hard to review a book you were a bit iffy about. I'm really torn on this now. I have a copy from the library but I have a bunch of other books that need reading, so I'm wondering if I should bother.

    I mean, I love the idea behind it and it's clear from your review that the world-building is great. But one thing that really grates my nerves in books is a lot of slang talk. Pet peeve, I can't help it. And three love interests and none of them really... feel passionate? I'm totally feeling the love/hate vibe from you and now I'm feeling a "Do I? Don't I?" vibe from myself LOL.

    Well-written review!

  2. You should definitely read it! I don't regret reading it...just there was a couple of things that could've been fixed to make it even BETTER and EPIC but still, it's something different compared to some fantasy YA books.

    As for slang talk, there's not too much...just a guy who speaks funny...reminded me of a cowboy. haha. For the love interests...maybe it'll feel more emotional in the next book...but I didn't really buy the romance. Anyway, still read it!

    Thanks for stopping by and reading it!


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