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Soul Thief: A Demon Trappers Novel Paperback – August 30, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Demon Trappers Series

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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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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Demon Trappers (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312614799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312614799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We find ourselves at a crossroads by the end of Soul Thief. Our beloved characters need to deal with some rash and very tough decisions they've made. While Soul Thief feels more like connective tissue for Books One and Three there is so much that is yet to be explained, and huge new questions are introduced- it is still essential reading.

Soul Thief- and Demon Trappers Daughter- read more adult than YA. If Riley weren't seventeen, this book would be found in a different section of your bookstore or library. It's mature, it's brutal, it's raw- and that's just the language and the emotional drama. Layering in a stupendously fantastic urban fantasy steeped in demons, angels, necromancers, witches... and who knows what else. All of that set against a near futuristic crumbling dystopian south.

The series, and its unique mythology, is incredibly well thought out and all the details are intricately constructed. Atlanta, a bankrupt city of five million souls, where even death cannot save you or your family from your debts. If you die before having settled with your creditors, they can have a necromancer raise you as a zombie and then sell you as a slave to the rich.

And while Riley and Beck- the two narrators of the series- don't get much face time together, their scenes are the most intense and turbulent. These two characters are at their best and their worst all in the same conversation. They go from defensive, to emotionally naked, to reaching DEF CON 4 levels of confusion, hurt, and anger.

Beck and Riley have had the harshest of wake up calls as the Soul Thief draws to a close. Riley can no longer avoid dealing, consequences are upon her on a biblical scale. Beck will have to realize that his treatment of her has NEVER done any good!
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to pick up the rest of this series somewhat soon because... hello, shenanigans! That's right... THINGS HAPPEN! And I want to know how they play out.

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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Soul Thief begins right after the attack on the Tabernacle, Riley has just made a deal with Heaven to spare the life of her boyfriend, Simon, and is struggling with the changes that occur following the attack.

One of my favorite things about the last book was that the end was so fast paced and action packed. I expected this book so start out the same way. Unfortunately, the story begins slow and remains slow until the last third of the book when things finally pick up. That is one of the reasons I couldn't give this book a higher rating I felt like I was always waiting for the action to come. When the action finally did come though it was worth the wait and I have to say the last third of the book was 5 star worthy.

Riley in this book has so much to deal with and still manages to remain just as strong as she was in the first book. Riley was able to get her job done while hunting down leads about her fathers re-animation, the bogus holy-water, and dealing with her unlucky love life. The fact that she can juggle all of these things and still remain a total badass show what a great heroine she is.

From the outset it is obvious something is not right about Simon. After his near-death experience he has a crisis of faith and Riley ends up being the one he blames. Ori is there waiting in the wings when Riley's relationship with Simon begins to head south and I actually came to trust him and hope for a relationship between him and Riley (I think that is why the ending came as such a surprise to me).

That brings us to Beck. Oh Beck....he really pissed me off in this book. It is apparent to everyone but Riley how much he cares for her and yet still the two of them are constantly fighting over the stupidest things!
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