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“Oliver delivers a book that will delight her series fans. Adventurous and hypnotic . . . adds more drama and adult content to this popular series!” ―RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on Forgiven
“The rock ‘em-sock ‘em, cliffhanger ending . . . A strong female protagonist and equally strong male characters will make this title popular with young adults of both genders.” ―VOYA on Soul Thief
“The second Demon Trappers book is even better than the first. The demons are more wicked, the love is more epic, and there's even a twist ending that has me clamoring for the next book.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Soul Thief
“Devilishly clever and totally unique.” ―P. C. Cast, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, on The Demon Trapper's Daughter
“With a strong female heroine, a fascinating setting, and a complex, thrill-soaked story, this series is off to a strong start.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Demon Trapper's Daughter
“Oliver offers plenty to appreciate in this inventive twist on the story of a girl breaking into a man's career field...Readers will delight in the novelty and eagerly await the next book in this proposed series.” ―Booklist on The Demon Trapper's Daughter
“Riley Blackthorne is all heart and no nonsense! She will no doubt join the ranks of the toughest, smartest urban fantasy heroines of all ages.” ―Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Shade and Shift, on The Demon Trapper's Daughter
“This was a really entertaining Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel with interesting characters and the kind of writing that has you wanting to read the entire book through in one setting...I recommend this to the Young Adult and Adult crowd as well.” ―Affaire de Coeur (4 stars) on The Demon Trapper's Daughter
About the Author
JANA OLIVER is also the award-winning author of the Time Rovers series. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and is happiest when she's researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories.
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Paperback : 364 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781250021847
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250021847
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.91 x 8.31 inches
- Publisher : Griffin (December 11, 2012)
- ASIN : 1250021847
- Reading level : 12 - 18 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"We'll make it through this," he insisted. "You and me, we're stronger than Hell. Love always is."
I just realized that this is only the 4th series that I have finished reading. (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer are the other 3 series I have finished) It's very hard to write a review for this book because a) This is the last book in the series and it's hard not to include spoilers from previous books and b) I'm so upset that this is the last Demon Trappers book! No more Beck and Riley! Over the past 5 years, I have started reading series and for one reason or another I don't continue with it. When I started reading The Demon Trapper's Daughter a couple of years ago, I knew right away that this was a series that would become one of my favorites. With one of the most unique settings that I have read, the world of The Demon Trappers sucks you in and keeps you hooked!
(Spoilers for the first 3 books in this next paragraph, skip to next paragraph if you haven't read the previous books in this series)
After the epic battle in the cemetery where many trappers's lost their lives, Riley had no choice but to trade her soul in order to save the world. But one good thing came out of all of that. Beck finally admitted his feelings to Riley and they shared a hot kiss that we have all been desperately waiting for. But now that the battle is over and things are back to semi-normal, Beck's ex Justine is digging up in his past. He has many skeletons in his past that he doesn't want Riley to know about. So, he goes back to treating her like a little kid and pushing her away. I was as frustrated as Riley about this but after losing so many people she loves, she is not giving up on Beck and she is fighting for him. This turns out to be her biggest battle yet. When she is sent to accompany Beck to his hometown to spend time with his dying mom, she knows that this trip will either bring them together or drive them apart for good. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, the Fallen Angel Ori, who owns Riley's soul (literally) is getting ready to go up against Hell in order to save Riley. But what will happen to her soul if he dies?
(Spoilers over, safe to continue reading)
There is so much I love about this series, Riley and Beck being the top reasons of course. Riley is such a strong character. She is the only demon trapper and she never gave up no matter how hard it was on her. Even after losing people she loves, she is determined to keep living and not let Hell have her soul. And she refuses to give up on Beck even though he pushes her away. Plus, she kicks major demon butt! Backwoods Boy has always been one of my favorite guy characters. He's a tough guy with a very hard childhood and he doesn't let people get close to him, except for Riley's dad who was his mentor. He has always had feelings for Riley but thought she would be better off without him. Plus, she is his master trapper's daughter and is a couple of years younger than him. But no matter how many times he pushes he away, he is always there for her when she needs him. In this book, we finally learn more about Beck's troubled past and why he is so afraid for Riley to find out about it. The rest of the trappers are so well written, especially Stewart and I even ended up liking Harper. I also want to say how unique, creative and well thought-out the world Jana created is. How she came up with the different demons, their abilities and the spheres to fight them is pure genius! And Ori! I was never a fan of his and I especially hated him after what he did to Riley, but he managed to redeem himself in this book.
For all you Demon Trapper fans out there, this book is so worth it and it is the perfect ending to the series! (Although I still wish it weren't over) We finally get everything we (or at least I) have been waiting for and then some! For those of you who have not yet read this series, what are you waiting for? Demons, angels, fallen angels, Lucifer, Heaven, Hell, The Vatican, demon hunters and trappers, epic fighting scenes and one heck of a love story, The Demon Trappers series has it all!
5 out of 5 super sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Foretold:
-Just when they'd grown so close, something in his past had caused him to push her away. This time Riley wasn't going quietly, not when she knew she loved the guy.
-If he truly loved her, he'd be there for her. If he couldn't deal...
Hell might as well take me now.
-She wasn't in hell yet. She still had time to live.
-The angel may own your soul, but he doesn't own your heart. I will not let him hurt you ever again. I will kill him first or I'll die trying.
-She cut off his final words with a kiss, one nearly as possessive and needy as the one she'd given him at the bus station. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her tightly against him.
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Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed
I absolutely love Riley and Beck. The many levels of their relationship just continue to intensify throughout the series. Riley and Beck are also very strong survivors. Both have lost so much, in different ways, and yet they are fiercely engaged in keeping themselves, Atlanta, and each other, in check as best they can.
Riley has definitely been put through the ringer in this series. Heaven and Hell still own her, as the marks on her hands prove. One hand bears the brand of Heaven and the other hand bears the mark of Hell. What is it going to take to keep her soul out of Hell, where it clearly doesn't belong?
Beck has been living with his past haunting him and a reporter threatening to expose it to the world. He won't confide in Riley, so as not to chase her away. Then the time comes to travel to his hometown to take care of Sadie, his dying mother, as well as face the people who know him the best....Or do they?
We spend a good deal of time in Beck's hometown but we learn a lot while we're there. We see relationships strained, tested, and destroyed. Lies and deceit are revealed and some blood is shed. And of course, the demons. Beck and Riley can't get away from them, even outside of Atlanta. Some of them aren't the spawns of Hell, either.
Back in Atlanta, things are really heating up. Sartael is about to break free of his prison, and confront Lucifer, in hopes of taking over as ruler in Hell. Will anyone be able to stop the war that is threatening to destroy everyone?
Riley continues to prove her strength, ability, and worth to the trappers of Atlanta. She's a very strong heroine in book 4 just as in the previous 3 books. Beck discovers that surviving without Riley would be impossible. The chemistry they share is phenomenal and very evident from Book 1.
As I've said before - Ms. Oliver's writing style is unique and fresh. Her ability to write with passion and such in-depth detail makes reading her tales very enjoyable. The consistency in the plot is there, the characters are well developed,.... and the storyline??? Fabulous!!! Everything came full circle and I got to read the ending I craved right from the start of the series.
The final book in the series is just as strong, if not stronger, that the previous 3. What wasn't wrapped up in "Forgiven," Book 3, was neatly wrapped with a ribbon and bow in "Foretold." I am sad that this is the end of the series, since it's so spectacular, but I wouldn't have wanted to keep dragging things out to the point that I wouldn't want to read it anymore.
Thank you Jana Oliver, for writing a series that will stay with me forever!!
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This is the final book - the bloody FINAL book - in the Demon Trappers series and I usually know that before I read a book and gear myself up to it, especially with one of my favourite series so the revelation that this is the end was a HUGE shocker to me. I really don't get how I missed that this was the final book.
Well at least everything was all tied off nicely - Riley and Beck are finally together, things with Riley and Ori are sorted out as well as things with Lucifer. Again I feel I'm at a stand still with the review because I don't want to give too much away for the book but there's not a lot to say without revealing my favourite parts.
I will say this though: anyone who hasn't read this series - get it done. Seriously this is one of my favourite YA series out there, the lead is a strong woman who deal with sexism and all the problems that come with demon trapping - what more could a reader ask for.
Start with Forsaken, then Forbidden and Forgiven before ending this fab series with Foretold.
For the Series 10**********
This is the fourth and final book in The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.
Riley Blackthorne is a fantastic character. She has made a few mistakes, but that just makes her human. Being the only female demon trapper is not an easy job, but Riley has a stubborn streak. She can definitely kick Hell's ass one demon at a time! Trying to figure out fellow demon trapper, Denver Beck is another matter altogether!
Denver Beck is yummy! Not only is he handsome, he's the most loving and caring character, even though he's not had an easy life. I really admire his courage and strength. Even when things were at the blackest, he steadfastly held on and came through with flying colours!
When I received my book in the post, I was excited but saddened at the same time. I was excited because I got to follow the Demon Trappers as they fought demons in Atlanta in 2018. I was also sad, because this was the final book in the series. I fell in love with this series when I read the first book, Forsaken (The Demon Trappers Daughter).
Foretold is an amazing conclusion to the series, and it holds some answers left over from Forgiven. There are new battles to be fought, and secrets to be unravelled in this exciting finale. I was completely drawn in to the world created by Jana Oliver, who's descriptions and attention to detail made me feel like I was actually there. I struggled to put it down long enough to sleep! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jana Oliver for writing this most excellent YA adventure! I will certainly be on the look out for more of her books in the future, no matter what the subject matter is!
I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, and series, to everyone who loves to read YA, or books with demons and angels. My 15 year old nephew has already been bugging me to let him read it!
This does have a fair amount of exposition, but it wouldn't make much sense to start reading a series with the final book. So new readers should go to The Demon Trappers: Forsaken instead.
This volume runs for just under four hundred and forty pages, and is divided into thirty eight chapters.
And it's the end of the series, and thus it does bring the whole thing to a close.
The major storyline left hanging at the end of book three was Riley's relationship with Beck, which was being denied the chance to progress by a secret from his past. Beck now has to return to his Georgia home since his mother is at death's door. Riley comes along. Will this return to his home give Beck a chance to find things he's always been looking for? Will old secrets come out?
And what will be the consequences of a deal that Riley had to make?
Can the two of them get past all this and live happily ever after?
This is a long book but it's very well written, and as a result the pages fairly fly by. This remains totally character focused, but at the same time the Georgia setting is an interesting from the Atlanta one, and it's very vividly described. There are some decent new supporting characters. The rather astute local sheriff being a particular highlight.
Some excellent character drama follows.
The book doesn't stay in this locale for all of it's run though. It does switch back to Atlanta for the final third. It may seem at first that it's just wrapping up loose ends in various character stories when it does that, but there is more to this final section than meets the eye. And it provides a very satisfying wrap up to the various supernatural based storylines.
The character based ones then go the same way. All ending in a very satisfying finale.
This is the end of the story so whilst it's a slightly open ended finale there won't be any more for these characters. You'll be sorry to see them go, but you will be glad to have come this far with them. A very good and worthwhile finale to an excellent series of books.
The story quickly changes though to pay more attention to Beck and his secretive past. I loved this part of the book as it made it possible to understand Beck and his actions so much more. Everything that I had questions about in regards to Beck over the course of the whole series are answered in this book and that is one of the main reasons why I wasn't disappointed. So much is revealed about Beck's past and I thought it was so interesting and exciting to read about. Because of this, Beck's personality changes in Foretold as he is finally able to be himself and I loved the new him!
Riley will always be one of my favourite female characters in YA. She holds her own as a demon trapper, is tough as nails and full of witty comments. Riley also has a much more sensitive side though due to all of the bad things which have happened to her but she uses these things to fuel her drive and determination which I admired so much. In Foretold, Riley is the same amazing girl but so much better in every way... if that was even possible. The things that she experiences in this book make her a well-rounded character who people can relate to.
Although the characters are amazing, this wouldn't have been so good without a solid plot to go with it. As I said before, quite a large amount of Foretold is spend on Beck's past and this means him going back home. It was nice to have a location outside of Atlanta for a change, especially as it brought with it so many new and interesting characters. Back in Atlanta, the plot was just as good. The whole book is quite exciting and fast paced although things do slow down in places to let the reader catch their breath. These two different plot lines are very separate in the book and my only wish would be that they were intertwined a bit better as it made it feel like I was reading two different books at times.
Jana Oliver doesn't leave any unanswered questions whatsoever so it was really nice for everything to be wrapped up for all characters involved. I enjoyed finding out what everyone ended up doing or what they were thinking and I think that this made a great end to the series. I was extremely pleased with the ending of Foretold and although I will really miss this series, I cannot wait to see what Jana Oliver comes up with next.
It's been one hell of a journey from Forsaken to this one and I've loved every roller coasting minute of it, though sometimes I have to admit I wanted to bang Beck and Riley's heads together in the hopes of knocking some sense into them where the other was concerned but hey, it all worked out in the end!
I'm sad it's come to an end but happy that the end of the world was averted by this pair :P
Due to this series, I am now a big fan of the author and I'm looking forward to reading others by her including Briar Rose when it arrives in the post :D