Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 368 Pages

St. Martin's Griffin: February 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-61478-0

My Rating: 3/5
Seventeen-year-old Rile, 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 the 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?

'The Demon Trapper's Daughter' by Jana Oliver was not what I expected. I actually don't even know what I really expected from it but that wasn't it. I felt very disconnected from the characters. I just couldn' with them. There was no appeal for me. The story line was decent. There were a few things I didn't like and a few things I did like.

The story is about Riley, a high school girl who is an apprentice demon trapper. Her father is also a demon trapper and her long time crush, Beck. Riley has experienced a lot of heartache and loss in her life and it continues throughout 'The Demon Trapper's Daughter.' Riley was a confusing character for me. She never really stuck with one personality throughout the book. At one point, she was a valley girl and all "omigod, did you see that totally cute guy? He's so amazing!" And then other times, she's completely mature and grownup. She doesn't talk like some love struck teenage girl. Sometimes she hates everyone, then she loves them. And I never really felt the love interest buildup the way I do in some books. However Riley's demon fighting, and Becks, is always a good time!

Well 'The Demon Trapper's Daughter' is not one of my favorite books, I still liked it. I thought it had some endearing qualities and had some annoyingly redundant aspects. I'll still be picking up the next book in the series which I think is set to come out in August. But it's definitely not on the top of my "most wanted" list.


  1. Nice review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book, even though you couldn't really connect with the characters. I hate it when that happens! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sounds like a lot of mixed feelings with this one and I'm not surprised. Although this one got a slew of good reviews it got a lot of mixed ones too. Glad to hear you still liked it though ^-^

  3. This a series that I've been thinking about starting for a while now but I just never get round to it!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if you didn't entirely love it.

  4. I bought this one last week and now I'll have to take this into consideration. I'll just shuffle it back a few in the TBR pile. I liked that you still could enjoy it even if it wasn't quite all there.