- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
- Series: Demon Trappers (Book 1)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312614780
- ISBN-13: 978-0312614782
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Gr 9 Up-The year is 2018, and Riley is no ordinary Atlanta teen. She is training to be a demon trapper like her father. The economy has gone to hell, and so it makes perfect sense that hell would send forth demons to wreak havoc on Earth. The opening scene has Riley trapping a lower level Biblio-fiend that lives in a university library and storing him in a sippy cup until turning him in. This sounds like it is a tongue-in-cheek novel, but it is not. Riley's father is killed by demons, and there is some mysterious link to Riley, placing her life in danger. Her father's hot bad-boy former apprentice, Beck, has a crush on Riley, as does the kinder, wholesome, and religious trapper Simon, creating the romantic angle. There is a mystery involving the potency of the Holy Water used to fight demons and treat the wounds they inflict, and the fact that demons seem to know Riley's name. Another intriguing subplot is how the rich can have dead people reanimated to be their slaves for a year after death, and families must sit vigil over the graves of loved ones to keep this from happening. Catholic dogma permeates this book and will either offend or entrance practitioners. While the various twists and subplots seem ridiculous at times, on the whole this first in a series is engrossing.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Atlanta, in 2018, is a city full of demons, and 17-year-old Riley Blackthorne�s one ambition is to become a demon-trapper like her dad. Things get personal when he dies at the hands of a level-five demon, and between trying to guard her father�s grave for 12 nights (so he won�t be reanimated into a zombie) and getting to the bottom of a scam involving fake holy water, Riley�s life has never been more complicated. Oliver offers plenty to appreciate in this inventive twist on the story of a girl breaking into a man�s career field, including a nifty demon-classification system; a freaky zombie-creation business; a romantic undercurrent between Riley and her father�s ex-partner, Beck (who is five years older and presents the book�s lone awkward bit in his clunky Georgia drawl); and a subplot with an earnest young suitor. Readers will delight in the novelty and eagerly await the next book in this proposed series. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch
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Jana Oliver created a complex world that is at once both incredibly relate-able and wondrously surprising. It's great to read a paranormal story that includes the mundane life surrounding the action, too (what heroine doesn't need to pee?!). The only downside of this is that it can be a little dry at times, but the sporadic action (which exponentially increases by the time the action-packed climax hits) and the mystery & intrigue did an excellent job of drawing me in. Although the book seems to jump right this world with little introduction, the author does a great job of explaining-without-explaining the different rules and demons and typical lifestyles during the story. Her character development also builds well throughout; very complex characters.
I highly recommend this book if you like demons, women fighting for a role in a "man's job" (Go, girl!), and a hint of realistic near-future dystopia.
Our heroine Riley is a very strong one. She is tough and determined and can hold her own. However, she is also very stubborn. She is possibly the most stubborn character I have ever encountered in all my reading adventures to date. She is the kind of character that just does not know when to ask for help and that is ALWAYS a trait that makes me crazy. She is also very argumentative. Because of this, there were a lot of moments where I wanted to punch her. However, in the end I do admire her as a character and I like that she isn't a damsel in distress.
The novel presents us with two guys. A love triangle, yes, but this is a good one and it didn't really aggravate me. First we have Simon. Simon is a good boy who plays by the rules. He is incredibly sweet and adorable and good hearted. So naturally, I don't trust him. Then we have Beck. Beck is cranky and overbearing and a general pain in the ass. Naturally, I adore him and want to huggle him.
Like I said though, The Demon Trapper's Daughter is not romantically driven. The story is about Riley learning to cope and survive in the face of a devastating tragedy. It is about her growing up and dealing with things you may not want to deal with. Of course this is all done with demons getting in the way.
I really loved the way this book was written. It is written in the third person and I love books like that. I love getting in different characters heads and seeing the story outside of one characters bubble. I especially loved seeing from Beck's perspective. It really enabled the reader to understand him. Had we only seen him from Riley's POV, the reader would think he is a jerk plain and simple and not someone who has Riley's best interests at heart.
All in all, The Demon Trapper's Daughter is a very engaging read. There is action from beginning to end and that keep you hooked to the pages. I cannot wait to start the next chapter of this story.