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Soul Thief: A Demon Trappers Novel Paperback – August 30, 2011
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“The rock ‘em-sock ‘em, cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that there will be a third installment of this series.... A strong female protagonist and equally strong male characters will make this title popular with young adults of both genders.” ―VOYA
“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)
About the Author
Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including The Demon Trapper's Daughter. She is also the author of the Time Rovers series. She's happiest when she's researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories. An Iowa native, she lives in Atlanta, GA.
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Again, I loved the setting and how it was described. The bankrupt city of Atlanta is sinking more and more into the old times. We get to see people using carriages, and even this is a battle to see who has the best one. I liked the witches and necromancer's street, it sounded really cool. Something like Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.
Not surprising Riley is back to hating Beck, even after the night they spent at the mausoleum. Their love/hate relationship really drives me crazy sometimes. I just wish one of them stopped being so stubborn and kiss and make up already. But no. After everything he does for her, she still doesn't trust him. Riley is back to being single since Simon is going through a faith crisis, that is only turning him into more of a zealot. He doesn't want to believe the Holy Water failed, because that would mean the power of God is not all powerful. And so he needs someone to blame, and he blames Riley.
Poor Beck is no better in life. He keeps trying to convince himself that all he feels for Riley is affection for his dead master's daughter, but he knows that's not all of it. Even when he finds someone else to occupy his... mind with, he still goes running to Riley when she calls. I completely hated Justine. I knew she'd be trouble from the moment her evil red head was mentioned. When she went to Riley almost gloating about what was going on with Beck, I knew that completed my evil-bitch-from-hell assumptions.
I didn't have the same reaction to Ori, though I should've known better. After all, there are a couple of scenes from mysterious Ori's point of view, and he keeps meeting up with this other mystery dude. And Riley already feels too much for him and that's never good. Never good at all.
Gah! Riley and Beck are such blockheads. They're both with the wrong people, and they know it, yet they won't change their minds out of stubbornness! And after what happens in the end, I don't even know how they'll ever fix that in the next book. But they better!
Bigger than their love problems are The Demon Hunters that have come to town to solve Atlanta's demon problems and capture anyone believed to be on the side of the demons. Their first suspect is, of course, Riley. But is getting rid of all evil really the answer? Heaven and Hell must keep a balance, and if the balance is not kept then Armagedon will rain down on humanity. So if God and Lucifer know this and keep to the rules, who keeps messing with the balance and pushing for war?
Riley seems to be in the middle of it all, and the things that she thought were pure and simple, might be darker than she imagined. When all goes to Hell (literally) Riley has only one person to turn to...Beck. But in the face of what she has done, he doesn't turn out to be the most reasonable person. Betrayal hurts.
It's a middle book - middle books aren't really my favorite (I know they have to happen to bridge events from book 1 to 3, but they always feel so unfinished). You get some answers, but that just leads to more questions. I still like book 1 best so far. That isn't to say I dislike it - this is a good continuation of the series and many necessary things happen.
I like the world, the characters, the magic (we get to see more of the necro and witch world here). Loved Peter in this one, wanted to punch Simon (and alternately punch or hug Beck), shake and hug Riley (how much does this kid have to take!), and Ori, well, I'm just not going there yet. And the end is a non-stop ride of "Holy crap! What just happened?"
I got how Riley wanted to have things to do, was looking for anything and anyone who could be a distraction. If she stops moving, she has to think about everything that's happened and the upcoming Armageddon. The book starts the day after all of the events in book 1, so she's had zero time to adjust to anything.
I was reminded a lot of the episode of Buffy where she and Angel sleep together then he turns evil. Consequences. Everything has consequences. And everything is a grey area too.
I do like that balance was a constant theme here. We get to see more of the Divine, but that doesn't necessarily mean what you think it does. I do like the direction this is going, even though it is also gut-wrenching. Will be interesting to see how things come together in book 3.
It's been a while since I read book 1 *cough*2 years*cough*, so it took a bit for me to fall back into Riley's world. But I did and I got caught up in the crazy and then I was forced to engage in a full-on WTF?BBQ!PIZZA! *flail*.
Some of the things you could see coming. And some of them were decidedly unexpected. Riley's world is dark and dangerous and it's hard figuring out who to trust. Throwing the Demon Hunters into the mix -- a recipe for disaster for the citizens of Atlanta, if you ask me -- puts pressure on Riley as she gets put on the hot seat both as a female trapper and because of the events in book 1.
The love polyhedron gets resolved and then complicated again and then blown up like an unsanctified church when demons are on the prowl. Beck clearly has feelings for Riley, yet he keeps telling himself it's because she's his mentor's daughter and he's given his word to look out for her. Ha. Right, man. You just keep thinking that. I'm sure you've got it figured out.
Wait. I take it back. There was no resolution to any of the lovey-dovey stuff. Except a few contenders were knocked out of the running for Riley's affections after they took the epic douche-bag route with what they did to her. Jerks.
With how things ended in this book, I'm looking forward to the next. Riley's in a bad place right now and she's learning things she probably wishes she could unlearn. Come to think, that's kinda what growing up is like, isn't it? Except without the demons and slime and deals for a person's soul.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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