Saturday, 20 July 2013

Book Review: Forsaken by Jana Oliver

Goodreads blurb:
 Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on...

Seventeen-year-old Riley, 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 they 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?

My Review:
Riley's father Paul is a famous Demon Trapper and she wants to follow in his footsteps despite the obstacles placed in her way by a senior trapper who wants her fired. When Riley's family get targeted by high level demons working together, her life is going to change forever.She has to rely on her father's apprentice Beck who she loved and was rejected by several years ago, her Trapper friend Simon and the mysterious Ori to save herself from the Demons.

Never judge a book purely on the opinion of your friends! I was told that based on my book tastes, I'd hate this book and the characters but I was happy to prove everyone wrong this time! I liked Riley as a person and had sympathy for the problems she faces in trying to prove herself. I did get a bit annoyed with the way she acted towards Beck-jeez girl so he rejected you when you were a kid, it happened years ago so just deal with it and move on! I was a big fan of Beck who was trying to do his best for Riley even when she was acting like a bit of a brat. Simon was a nice guy but I certainly didn't see him as a potential love for Riley...he was just too nice and sweet, and besides I'm firmly Team Beck! I liked the graveyard visitors as well, though I'm sure that Riley didn't.

I loved the demons especially the thieving ones who sound kinda cute and cheeky wee guys! I'd like to see more of them in the upcoming books. The different types of demons and the different ways they have to be trapped made this an intriguing world to read about and I enjoyed the worldbuilding that the author did. I also liked the Trappers themselves and I enjoyed the way they go about their job. The demon hunts were well written and the story was tight, focused and swept you along with tension and action in large doses. It had real emotion which you don't get in many YA novels and the action scenes really are exciting. The big fight at the Trapper meeting was really well written and had me hooked, wondering who was going to get hurt and what would happen next.

When I wrote this review originally I was still waiting for book two to come out but now I have the complete set waiting on my tbr. My dad has finished the series and he raves about it so I need to get reading it soon. 
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