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The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel Kindle Edition
"Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. See more
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Now on her own struggling just to pay her rent, Riley is more determined then ever to become a full-fledged trapper. Balancing school, watching over her father's grave so a necromancer doesn't claim him, and apprenticing with one of the roughest masters would be difficult for anyone. But Riley is special, and Heaven has an important job for her should she choose to accept her calling.
The Demon Trapper's Daughter is marketed as a YA novel, but I think it would be more appealing to an adult audience. It took me about half of the book to get over my initial disappointment when I discovered this, but once I did I started to care about where Oliver was going in the story. In the beginning, it was really hard to connect with any of the characters. I would have liked to get to know Paul better and see him interact more with his daughter before his unfortunate death. I wasn't as sad as I feel I should have been when she was left to fend for herself. Beck is also difficult for me to like. He comes across as a drunk and a womanizer, and I couldn't at all see why Riley once had a crush on him. Couple that with his ridiculous dialect, and it makes for one annoying character. By the end of the novel, I had warmed up some to him when it's revealed that he has developed romantic feelings towards Riley.Read more ›
There were a few inconsistencies that bothered me. Riley is training to be a demon hunter. Her dad was a demon hunter. Why hasn't she learned some basic self-defense? I'd think that her dad would want to keep her as safe as possible, because there are other dangerous things in the world besides demons. It felt a bit contrived that she wouldn't know how to defend herself against humans, but she can bring down demons that no one has taught her how to capture. I'd rather see her know how to defend herself, know that she's out-matched, and then retreat rather than not know and let her fear drive her away. As a result, her character wasn't completely consistent. One minute she's all kick-butt badass and the next she's meekly surrendering. It didn't fit for me.
The other thing that really bothered me was the dynamic between Riley and Beck. Their animosity felt a bit contrived. If Riley's father had explained Beck's actions at a few key moments, then this animosity wouldn't exist. I'm not a fan of conflict that's around because someone won't explain what's going on.
As a result, there was so much time spent on Riley and Beck that the ending felt a bit rushed. I was really wishing there had been less of the Riley/Beck thing and more of what's going on with the demons. That was truly interesting, and I'm very curious to see what's going to happen next.
The last thing I want to comment on is the tone of the book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but this book sounded like both YA and adult fiction.Read more ›
So while dealing with regular life, Riley also has to deal with a new teacher, and one she doesn't even like. The benefit is one of his apprentices is Simon who Riley finds attractive and is attracted to her as well.
But all of that is really in the background. The book is about Riley coming to terms with her father's death and what it means for her future. It's also about her desire for revenge and her methods to try and stop whatever is going on with the demons in her hometown of Atlanta.
I really like the character of Riley, she's tough but not invincible and she knows this (though it takes an episode or two for her to fully realize it). I also like that even though she is a demon trapper, she also is a normal teenager who has crushes, the current one on Simon.
The story moves along well balancing the world creation that occurs in the first book in a series with enough action and plot to make the story move and interest the reader from beginning to end.
Tied up neatly for the first book, but some loose ends left open, I will be looking forward to the next book in this series. Ms. Oliver has created a solid world and interesting characters, even the ones you don't like as much as others. But Riley, Simon and Beck are definitely interesting and I am hopeful there will be a love triangle in the future. I'm not sure which boy I would go for, both have some great qualities. But Riley who knows her mind will know the one that is best for her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It started off strong and looked to be a compelling world and storyline. But then it starting lapsing too much into a teen romance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter W B Alward
An interesting blend of demons and slight dystopia. This paranormal world takes place in a future Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on those struggling to work in a crumbling economy by... Read morePublished 5 months ago by LauraBC
Riley is an apprentice demon trapper in Atlanta. When a level 5 demon comes after her bad things happen. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fantastic! Realist and well thought out characters with a plot that grabs you and runs...whether you're ready or not. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Krista L. Cagg
I checked out from my local library (under the version title: The Demon Trapper's Daughter). What a great read! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tina
Riley is an easily forgetable character with seemingly no faults and too many potential love interests. None of the characters are fleshed out. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ash
Unique story for sure, and love the idea of demons amongst us. I enjoyed the perspective of Riley, and what she endured - love, loss, pain, and being a total bad ass! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brenda Wise
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