The Demon Trapper's Daughter is the first novel in Jana Oliver's Demon Trappersa spellbinding young adult fantasy series. Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herselfand that's exactly what the demons are counting on…
Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta's local Trappers' Guild needs all the help they can geteven from a girl. When she's not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley's out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devilsGrade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life's about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley's routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers' Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heartand her life?
About the Author
Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including Soul Thief. 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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Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes.
“Libraries and demons,” she muttered. “What is the attraction?”
At the sound of her voice the fiend hissed from its perch on top of the book stack. Then it flipped Riley off .
The librarian chuckled at its antics. “It’s been doing that ever since we found it.”
They were on the second floor of the university law library, surrounded by weighty books and industrious students. Well, they’d been industrious until Riley showed up, and now most of them were watching her every move. Trapping with an audience is what her dad called it. It made her painfully aware that her work clothes—denim jacket, jeans, and pale blue T-shirt—looked totally Third World
compared to the librarian’s somber navy pantsuit.
The woman brandished a laminated sheet; librarians were into cataloging things, even Hellspawn. She scrutinized the demon and then consulted the sheet. “About three inches tall, burnt-mocha skin and
peaked ears. Definitely a Biblio-Fiend. Sometimes I get them confused with the Klepto-Fiends. We’ve had both in here before.”
Riley nodded her understanding. “Biblios are into books. Rather than stealing stuff they like to pee on things. That’s the big difference.”
As if on cue, the Offending Minion of Hell promptly sent an arc of phosphorescent green urine in their direction. Luckily, demons of this size had equally small equipment, which meant limited range, but they both took a cautious step backward.
The stench of old gym shoes bloomed around them.
“Supposed to do wonders for acne,” Riley joked as she waved a hand to clear the smell.
The librarian grinned. “That’s why your face is so clear.”
Usually the clients bitched about how young Riley was and whether she was really qualified to do the job, even after she showed them her Apprentice Demon Trapper license. She’d hoped some of that would stop when she’d turned seventeen, but no such luck. At least the librarian was taking her seriously.
“How long has it been here?” Riley asked.
“Not long. I called right away, so it hasn’t done any real damage,” the librarian reported. “Your dad has removed them for us in the past. I’m glad to see you’re following in his footsteps.”
Yeah, right. As if anyone could fill Paul Blackthorne’s shoes.
Riley shoved a stray lock of dark brown hair behind an ear. It swung
free immediately. Undoing her hair clip, she rewound her long hair and secured it so the little demon wouldn’t tie it in knots. Besides, she needed time to think.
It wasn’t as if she was a complete noob. She’d trapped Biblio-Fiends before, just not in a university law library full of professors and students, including a couple of seriously cute guys. One of them looked up at her, and she regretted being dressed for the job rather than for the scrutiny.
She nervously twisted the strap of her denim messenger bag. Her eyes flicked toward a closed door a short distance away. “Rare Book Room.”
A demon could do a lot of damage in there.
“You see our concern,” the librarian whispered.
“Sure do.” Biblio-Fiends hated books. They found immense joy rampaging through the stacks, peeing, ripping, and shredding. To be able to reduce a room full of priceless books and manuscripts to compost would be a demon’s wildest dream. Probably even get the fiend a promotion, if Hell had such a thing.
Confidence is everything. At least that’s what her dad always said. It worked a lot better when he was standing next to her.
“I can get it out of here, no problem,” she said. Another torrent of swear words came her way. The demon’s high-pitched voice mimicked a mouse being slowly squashed by an anvil. It always made her ears ache.
Ignoring the fiend, Riley cleared her suddenly dry throat and launched into a list of potential consequences of her actions. It was the standard demon trapper boilerplate. She began with the usual disclaimers required before extracting a Minion of Hell from a public location, including the clauses about unanticipated structural damage and the threat of demonic possession.
The librarian actually paid attention, unlike most clients.
“Does that demonic possession thing really happen?” she asked, her eyes widening.
“Oh, no, not with the little ones. Bigger demons, yeah.” It was one of the reasons Riley liked trapping the small dudes. They could scratch and bite and pee on you, but they couldn’t suck out your soul and use it as a hockey puck for eternity.
If all the demons were like these guys, no big deal. But they weren’t.
The Demon Trappers Guild graded Hellfiends according to cunning and lethality. This demon was a Grade One: nasty, but not truly dangerous.
There were Grade Threes, carnivorous eating machines with wicked claws and teeth. And at the top end was a Grade Five—a Geo-Fiend, which could create freak windstorms in the middle of shopping
malls and cause earthquakes with a fl ick of a wrist. And that didn’t include the Archdemons, which made your worst nightmares look tame.
Riley turned her mind to the job at hand. The best way to render a
Biblio- Fiend incapable of harm was to read to it. The older and more
dense the prose, the better. Romance novels just stirred them up, so it was best to pick something really boring. She dug in her messenger bag and extracted her ultimate weapon: Moby-Dick. The book fell open to a green-stained page.
The librarian peered at the text. “Melville?”
“Yeah. Dad prefers Dickens or Chaucer. For me it’s Herman Melville. He bored the . . . crap out of me in lit class. Put me to sleep every time.” She pointed upward at the demon. “It’ll do the same to this one.”
“Grant thee boon, Blackthorne’s daughter!” the demon wheedled as it cast its eyes around, looking for a place to hide.
Riley knew how this worked: If she accepted a favor she’d be obligated to set the demon free.
Accepting favors from fiends was so against the rules. Like potato chips, you couldn’t stop at just one, then you’d find yourself at Hell’s front door trying to explain why your soul had a big brand on it that said “Property of Lucifer.”
“No way,” Riley muttered. After clearing her throat, she began reading.
“ ‘Call me Ishmael.’ ” An audible groan came from the stack above her. “ ‘Some years ago— never mind how long precisely— having little or no money in my purse, and nothing par ticular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.’ ”
She continued the torture, trying hard not to snicker. There was another moan, then a cry of anguish. By now the demon would be pulling out its hair, if it had any. “ ‘It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, of regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul . . .’ ”
There was a pronounced thump as the fiend keeled over in a dead faint on the metal shelf.
“Trapper scores!” Riley crowed. After a quick glance toward a cute guy at a nearby table, Riley dropped the book and pulled a cup out of her bag. It had the picture of a dancing bear on the side of it.
“Is that a sippy cup?” the librarian asked.
“Yup. They’re great for this kind of thing. There’re holes in the top so the demons can breathe and it’s very hard for them to unscrew the lids.” She grinned. “Most of all, they really hate them.”
Riley popped up on her tiptoes and picked the demon up by a clawed foot, watching it carefully.
Sometimes they just pretended to be asleep in order to escape.
This one was out cold.
“Well done. I’ll go sign the requisition for you,” the librarian said and headed toward her desk.
Riley allowed herself a self-satisfied grin. This had gone just fine.
Her dad would be really proud of her. As she positioned the demon over the top of the cup, she heard a laugh, low and creepy. A second later a puff of air hit her face, making her blink. Papers ruffled on tables. Remembering her father’s advice, Riley kept her attention on the demon. It would revive quickly, and when it did the Biblio would go into a frenzy.
As she lowered it inside the container, the demon began to twitch.
“Oh, no, you don’t,” she said.
The breeze grew stronger. Papers no longer rustled but were caught up and spun around the room like rectangular white leaves.
“Hey, what’s going on?” a student demanded.
There was a curious shifting sound. Riley gave a quick look upward and watched as books began to dislodge themselves from the shelves one by one. They hung in the air like he li cop ters, then veered off at sharp tangents. One whizzed right over the head of a student, and he banged his chin on the table to avoid being hit.
The breeze grew, swirling through the stacks like the night wind in a forest. There were shouts and the muffled sound of running feet on carpet as students scurried for the exits.
The Biblio stirred, spewing obscenities, flailing its arms in all directions.
Just as Riley began to recite the one Melville passage she’d memorized, the fire alarm blared to life, drowning her out. A heavy book glanced off her shoulder, ramming her into the stack. Dazed, she shook her head to clear it. The cup and the cap were on the floor at her feet.
The demon was gone.
“No! Don’t do this!”
Panic stricken, she searched for it. In a maelstrom of books, papers, and flying notebooks, she finally spied the fiend navigating its way toward a closed door, the one that led to the Rare Book Room.
Ducking to avoid a flight of reference books swooping down on her like a flock of enraged seagulls,
Riley grabbed the plastic cup and stashed it in her jacket pocket.
She had to get that fiend into the container.
To her horror, the Rare Book Room door swung open and a confused student peered outward into the melee. As if realizing nothing stood in its way, the demon took on additional speed. It leapt onto a
chair recently vacated by a terrifi ed occupant and then onto the top of the reference desk. Small feet pounding, it dove off the desk, executed a roll, and lined itself up for the final dash to the open door, a tiny football player headed for a touchdown.
Riley barreled through everyone in her way, her eyes riveted on the small figure scurrying across the floor. As she vaulted over the reference desk something slammed into her back, knocking her off balance. She went down in a sea of pencils, paper, and wire trays. There was a ripping sound: Her jeans had taken one for the team.
Scrambling on all fours, she lunged forward, stretching as far as her arms could possibly reach. The fingers of her right hand caught the fiend by the waist, and she dragged it toward her. It screamed and twisted and peed, but she didn’t loosen her grip. Riley pulled the cup from her pocket and jammed the demon inside. Ramming her palm over the top of the cup, she lay on her back staring up at the ceiling. Around her lights flashed and the alarm brayed. Her breath came in gasps and her head ached. Both
knees burned where she’d skinned them.
The alarm cut out abruptly and she sighed with relief. There was another chilling laugh. She hunted for the source but couldn’t find it. A low groaning came from the massive bookshelves to her right. On instinct, Riley rolled in the opposite direction, and kept rolling until she rammed into a table leg. With a strained cry of metal the entire bookshelf fell in a perfect arc and hit the carpeted floor where she’d been seconds before, sending books, pages, and broken spines outward in a wave. Suddenly all the debris in the room began to settle, like someone had shut off a giant wind machine.
A sharp pain in her palm caused her to shoot bolt upright, connecting her head with the side of the table.
“Dammit!” she swore, grimacing. The demon had bitten her. She shook the cup, disorienting the thing, then gingerly got to her feet. The world spun as she leaned against the table, trying to get her bearings.
Faces began to appear around her from under desks and behind stacks of books. A few of the girls were crying, and one of the hunky boys held his head and moaned. Every eye was on her.
Then she realized why they were staring: her hands were spotted with green pee, and her favorite T-shirt was splashed as well. There was blood on her blue jeans and she’d lost one of her tennis shoes.
Her hair hung in a knotted mass over one shoulder.
Heat bloomed in Riley’s cheeks. Trapper fails.
When the demon tried to bite her again, she angrily shook the cup, taking her frustration out on the fiend.
It just laughed at her.
The librarian cleared her throat. “You dropped this,” she said, offering the lid. The woman’s hair looked like it had been styled by a wind tunnel, and she had a yellow sticky note plastered to her cheek that said “Dentist, 10:00 am Monday.”
Riley took the lid in a shaking hand and sealed the demon inside the cup.
It shouted obscenities and used both hands to flip her off .
Same to you, jerk.
The librarian surveyed the chaos and sighed. “And to think we used to worry about silverfish.”
Riley grimly watched the paramedics haul two students out on stretchers: One had a neck brace and the other babbled incoherently about the end of the world. Cell phones periodically erupted in a confused chorus of ringtones as parents got wind of the disaster. Some kids were jazzed, telling Mom or Dad just how cool it had been and that they were posting videos on the Internet. Others were frightened out of their minds.
It wasn’t fair. She’d done everything right. Well, not everything, but Biblios weren’t supposed to be psychokinetic. No Grade One demon would have the power to cause a windstorm, but somehow it had. There could have been another demon in the library, but they never work as a team.
So who laughed at me? Her eyes slowly tracked over the remaining students.
No clue. One of the cute guys was stuffi ng books in his backpack.
When she caught his eye, he just shook his head in disapproval as if she were a naughty five-year-old.
Rich creep. He had to be if he was still in college.
Digging in her messenger bag, she pulled out a warm soda and took several long gulps. It didn’t cut the taste of old paper in the back of her throat. As she jammed the bottle into her bag the demon bite flared in pain. It was starting to swell and made her arm throb all the way to the elbow. She knew she should treat it with Holy Water, but the cops had told her not to move and she didn’t think the library would appreciate her getting their carpet wet.
At least the cops weren’t asking her questions anymore. One of them had tried to bully her into making a statement, but that had only made her mad. To shut him up she’d called her father. She’d told him that something had gone wrong and handed the phone to the cop.
“Mr. Blackthorne? We got a situation here,” he huffed.
Riley shut her eyes. She tried not to listen to the conversation, but that proved impossible. When the cop started with the attitude, her father responded with his you- don’t-want- to- go- there voice. He’d
perfected it as a high school teacher when facing down mouthy teens.
Apparently campus cops were also susceptible to the voice: The officer murmured an apology and handed her the phone.
“Dad? I’m so sorry. . . .” Tears began to build. No way she’d cry in front of the cop, so Riley turned her back to him. “I don’t know what happened.”
There was total silence on the other end of the phone. Why isn’t he saying anything? God, he must be furious. I’m so dead.
“Riley . . .” Her father took in a long breath. “You sure you’re not hurt?”
“Yeah.” No point in telling him about the bite; he’d see that soon enough.
“As long as you’re okay, that’s all that matters.”
Somehow Riley didn’t think the university would be so forgiving.
“I can’t get free here so I’ll send someone for you. I don’t want you taking the bus, not after this.”
More silence as the moments ticked by. She felt her heart tighten.
“Riley, no matter what happens, I love you. Remember that.”
Blinking her eyes to keep the tears in check, Riley stowed the phone in her messenger bag. She knew what her father was thinking: Her apprentice license was history.
But I didn’t do anything wrong.
The librarian knelt next to her chair. Her hair was brushed back in place and her clothes tidied. Riley envied her. The world could end and she’d always look neat. Maybe it was a librarian thing, something they taught them in school.
“Sign this, will you?” the woman said.
Riley expected a lengthy list of damages and how she’d be responsible for paying for them. Instead, it was the requisition for payment of demon removal. The one a trapper signed when the job was done.
“But—” Riley began.
“You caught him,” the librarian said, pointing toward the cup resting on the table. “Besides, I looked at the demon chart. This wasn’t just one of the little guys, was it?”
Riley shook her head and signed the form, though her fingers were numb.
“Good.” The librarian pushed back a strand of Riley’s tangled hair and gave her a tentative smile.
“Don’t worry; it’ll be okay.” Then she was gone.
Riley’s mom had said that right before she died. So had her dad after their condo burned to the ground. Adults always acted like they could fix everything.
But they can’t. And they know it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
ok so I normally wait until I finish the book to write a review, but O M GOSH!!! I could not wait. I am 37 years old and started reading this to see if my 11 year old could read this and what a pleasant surprise. I found a new and exciting author. This story line had me captavated from beginning to well um... middle. It has a few words that we couldv'e done without ( cursing and vulgarity ), but a great plot and strength in a female leading lady
I love series books. I had downloaded the free ebook "Retro-demonology" and it had a free preview of "the demon trapper's daughter". At the end of the free preview, I was mad when I remembered it was only a preview. So, naturally, I bought the ebook. And it was good. There are so many vampire and werewolf stories now trying to capitalize on the current craze that it was refreshing to read something else in the same realm that was a different story. I enjoyed it and the second book and look forward to the third.
I quickly finished this book and immediately wanted to get my hands on the sequel. The characters are likable, it's full of suspense, and the plot is very unique. My only problem was that I found the dialogue to be a little annoying and unnatural, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't focus on the story. Overall, The Demon Trapper's Daughter was an enjoyable read and I am anticipating the next book in the series!
This novel launches readers straight into the thick of the action. Jana Oliver holds no punches, immediately introducing readers to the harsh realities of this grim and gritty future. Riley finds herself in one unbearable situation after another, and the men in her Guild are far from supportive (considering she's the only female trapper -- ever). Though this world is bleak, it is brilliantly constructed: descriptive, complex, complete and self-contained. The fascinating demonology ranges from the downright gruesome to the adorably gremlin-like. It is especially intriguing that the demons are not a secret, but a daily fact of life in this brutal future. The mythology Oliver has built is rich, and half the fun is learning more about its intricacies. Yet, there is an interesting contrast between this grungy world and the quippy narration. Riley is definitely a cynic, and she is strong, smart and determined to prove herself. The novel evokes the hopelessness of this future with apparent ease, and it is impossible not to feel for Riley as she endures the unimaginable. However, though Riley is a sympathetic and rounded character, it is nearly impossible to like the rest of the Guild. The male-dominant world is appallingly misogynistic and crass. While that may be the effect the author was going for, it sometimes made reading uncomfortable. Yet, it is refreshing to read a YA novel in which romance is not the primary focus. THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER does feature some teen love, but by-and-large it centers on the fur-flying, demon-trapping antics of the Guild -- full of action, danger and mystery. Jana Oliver has created a fascinating, utterly original story that will add spice to the repetitive YA fare. ~Review from thebookishtype[dot]blogspot[dot]com
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Demon Trapper's Daughter." I really liked the characters, especially Riley who is a strong, independent leading female character and I often feel a strong lack of characters like her in YA books. I also found myself torn between both boys in this book, Beck and Simon are both so likeable that I felt torn through most of the novel which makes me look forward to the next book to see if relationships will last, change, etc. My only complaint about this is that there is a real lack of backstory that I just kept waiting to have explained but that never happened. I am hoping in the next book to maybe get an explanation on a few things that were never laid out clearly. Overall, it was an excellent book that I would reccomend to any YA readers and I anticipate more from this series.
I couldn't stop reading it! Its an easy read and it really keeps you interested. Reading the 2nd book now and I cant wait for the 3rd!!
Can't wait for the 2nd book on the series. I thought the idea for the book was original and very interesting. Riley faces many challenges but stays strong! I have to admit as nice as Simon and Ori are I am rooting for Beck ! Enjoy this is a great read !
Just started and im already crying. Its so good and im not even half done
This book is amazing!!!! I LOVED THE ACTION PACKED PARTS AND THE LOVING PARTS!!!!! IM ROOTING FOR RILEY AND BECK TO GET TOGETHER BUT THEY REFUSE TO LISTEN!!!! LETS EE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT BOOK, SOUL THIEF!!!
A MUST READ!!!!! Fantastic story, amazing characters... can't wait for the next one!
Upon first starting this book, I wasn¿t sure that it was going to be all that great. A book about a demon trapper could get too religious for a paranormal read, but this one didn¿t go that route. It is an entirely entertaining read that continiously had me flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen next. That said, there were only a few action sequences within the book, but everything that linked them together was perfect at moving the story along and keeping up the pace. At no point did I feel bored or that I was just waiting to get to the next big scene.The ending is positioned to continue the story on into another book, but still managed to wrap up a bit so that it didn¿t leave you disappointed. There are a number of characters, all with very different personalities, and no wasted moments. I look forward to Oliver¿s next book as this was a great read.
This book is good at keeping wanting more. It is a good cross in a vampire and love story. For the first book from this author and in this series, it will be interesting to see how the story plays out and how much better as a writer he will become.
All Riley Blackthorne wants to do is follow in her father's footsteps to become a demon trapper. Unfortunately a girl trapper, no matter who her father is, is unheard of and the guild isn't thrilled to change that. Despite the odds Riley is determined to do her best, even when it leads her to creepy necromancers, dangerous fiends and a conspiracy with the potential to destroy the guild she desperately wishes to join.There is some great young adult lit out there that possesses full adult appeal and I will say that this is another that falls into that category. Without the standard vampire (at least no real ones) it is pleasingly fresh to get the paranormal elements without the usual suspects. I found the story to be fast paced and interesting, particularly with the various relationships. Riley managed to act her age and seem rather mature at the same time, a combination that is rarely seen in young adult literature. Overall I felt this to be a great start to a new paranormal/urban fantasy series and I look forward to reading more in the future.
So I've been in a reading slump lately. Seems like that's been going around. I keep seeing all these books I want to read, so I sign up on every book tour I'm interested in. Then I get slammed with book and it becomes a chore to read three books in one week. By then I don't even want to read any of them, and then I have a really hard time trying to get into them.Lately that's been turning into a huge pile of DNFs (did not finish). I hate DNFs. I feel like I wasted the authors time, or the publishers money because I couldn't even bring myself to finish it, let alone write a "real" review.So when I got four books on Monday, guess what I did? I started reading the ONE book that didn't have a time limit on it. I'm so glad I did.I ended up staying up all night to finish The Demon Trapper's Daughter in one sitting. I'm thinking it totally helped get me out of my reading slump.I've been really sick of the "Heaven vs. Hell" love stories. YA themes tend to come in waves, so one month it's ALL Vampires, then Werewolves and lately it's been Angels and/or Demons. So, while The Demon Trapper's Daughter had both, they were done correctly in my mind.Bad Demons. Good Angels (kinda). The protagonist was a NORMAL teenage girl, so it was really believable. Throw in some kinda, sorta zombie-raising necromancers and then add the dystopian-esque world that it's set in and it was an all around win/win situation.Then, of course, there's the TONS of potential boy-toys. I loved that there wasn't a black or white love triangle. There's the best friend, Peter, who might really like Riley more than friends. The sweet and all around good Catholic Demon Trapper, Simon, who's real boyfriend material. The hot and mysterious Ori, who we know nothing about, and last, but oh certainly not least, Beck. The older guy, who feels the need to step in and take care of Riley when her world falls apart. Turns out though, they start to help each other through the devastating turns that life throws at them. What's a girl to do?That's one of many questions answered, or left unanswered for book 2 to pick up with. I'm so excited for this new series. It's really fresh and inventive, and I'm loving the characters already. I can't wait to see what's going to happen to Riley and co. What do the Demon's really want with her. Where the heck did the Angels popped in from and is she ever going to make journeyman? There's alot going on, but I loved every minute of it. And just an FYI, I totally cried in some parts, it was intense.If you've been looking for just the right Demon/Angel/end of the world type of book, look no further than The Demon Trapper's Daughter, it has it all.5/5 Stars!
The Demon Trapper's Daughter is about a teenage girl following her father's footsteps in the trapping demon business. It was a mix of heartache, romance and action. It was a very interesting book to read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
This is one of the better ARCs I've read in a while, and one of the better YA books as well.I really enjoyed the world, Oliver created a setting that was both unique and familiar. I liked that it was dystopian, but not bleak. I thought it was interesting that the rules of the world were changing, and in a very believable way.I also found the characters compelling. They really grew on me over the course of the book.It did have a tendency to get overly "YA speak." I often found her use of slang to be jarring - Oliver's created a great story, but she seems overly worried about relating to teens. I wish she had more confidence in her writing, it's very relatable and doesn't need translation.
It¿s the year 2018 in Atlanta, the economy has tanked and Lucifer has been unleashing more demons in major cities. Some types are merely annoying, but higher level demons will eat you if they get the chance. Seventeen year-old Riley Blackthorne is an apprentice demon trapper, being trained by her master-level father. She¿s the first female demon trapper and some of the older trappers in the Guild don¿t believe she belongs. When her father is killed by demons working together¿something they¿ve never done before¿she¿s left with huge challenges on a number of fronts. Some include: being assigned to a master trapper that is looking for an excuse to kick her out of the Trapper¿s Guild, keeping necromancers from summoning her father¿s body, and making money to pay the rent while training and going to school.This is an exciting start to a new young adult urban fantasy that will easily be enjoyed by more mature readers. The story contains a lot of action and Riley will grab you as she pushes forward to prove things to herself and others as demons appear to be targeting her and a conspiracy seems to be in place. The author does a good job giving voice to a teenage girl facing so many challenges.If you are a fan of urban fantasy, you aren¿t going to want to miss this one.Read as an ARC through Library Thing.
This story is set in the future where evil has been unleashed upon the world in the form of demons. There is a guild of trappers that capture these demons and then sell them to the Church where it is a bit unclear what then gets done with them. The story is told from the viewpoint of two main characters -- Riley and Beck. Riley is 17 years old and is the daughter of a demon trapper. She is also an apprentice trapper and is hoping to make it her life's work. Beck is 5 years older than Riley and is Riley's father's demon-trapper partner. Beck has had a very rough childhood, was virtually orphaned and really sees Paul (Riley's dad) as the only father-figure he has ever known. The only person to ever believe in him. When Riley was 15 she developed a crush on Beck and he rejected her. This, in combination with the fact that Paul spends alot of time with Beck, causes her to resent Beck. When Paul is murdered, Beck feels a strong responsibility to take care of Riley but is often met with angry resistance from her.The most interesting aspect of the story for me was the relationship between Riley and Beck. They have alot of chemistry, bent up aggression toward the other and are being less than honest about what they think of each other. Despite their constant struggle in dealing with each other, you can tell there is an underlying loyalty and respect for one another (and possibly something more). I really felt for Riley's struggles -- being so poor, wanting to prove herself a capable trapper, losing her father, having to deal with bullies at school, being left practically all alone in the world. Riley does get into a relationship with another apprentice, Simon. Not sure what to think of him. He is very religious and I have my doubts about his motives. The world-building was a bit weak. This is going to be a series so I hope that we learn more about how the world became this way. There is definitely a sense that recently the world was entirely different than it is now and that something significant happened to change all of that. We are just not sure what that was. Also, it was a bit unclear how these demons interact with the general population. We didn't quite see that -- just the trappers trying to capture them.There is alot going on in this story -- something/someone is trying to destroy the demon-trappers and we are left with lots of questions at the end. But, what sticks with me most is Riley, herself. She destined for something big and I am excited to continue to follow her journey.
Demons come in multiple levels of evil, but usually they don't know your name. For Riley Blackthorne, apprentice demon trapper, they seem to be making an exception. Riley's just getting used to that oddity when the unthinkable happens: her father is killed, and suddenly she's on her own with only her father's former apprentice for support. Awful, right? And that's before things really go downhill. Riley appears to be a modern-day Joan of Arc in the making, but we'll have to wait for the next installment to find out how one half-trained teenager and what's left of the demon trappers of Atlanta are going to save the world - it may be rough going, even with a few angels and an identity yet-to-be-revealed mysterious stranger lurking in the wings.The ARC has a few typos which will hopefully be cleaned up by the time it's published, but other than that and the semi-annoying dialect Beck and a few others are saddled with, I liked it. With demons from cute to run away screaming, and the choice of at least two hot guys as potential romantic interests, not to mention a kick-butt heroine, this one definitely makes my must-read-the-sequel list.
The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter is entertaining and action-packed, making for an intense novel that will keep you on edge of your seat as you`re reading. I really love how demons are normalized and thrown into modern life as if they¿re nothing more than common vermin. Simple things like Demonland, an over exaggerated television show about demon trapping (which I think is supposed to resemble shows such as Billy The Exterminator) give it a realistic touch that adds charm to the story.I think my favorite thing about this book was the girl power. Riley is one of the only female demon trapper¿s, and is only accepted to do so because her father is somewhat of a celebrity trapper himself. But throughout the novel, Riley continues to prove that she¿s not a weak pushover who falls at the feet of the Guild. She¿s definitely one of best characters I¿ve read in awhile.Speaking of characters, we can also add Beck to that list. If we didn¿t get a taste of his POV at times, I don¿t think I¿d love him as much as I do, but I¿m so glad that we got that glimpse into his head. His whole ¿tough drunk guy¿ demeanor (he's such a softy at heart) and the witty banter during fight scenes was hilarious. I¿m hoping for a lot more of him in book two. There were some characters I didn¿t care for, mainly Simon. I really disliked him. There wasn't really anything to him. As a matter of fact, I spent the entire book thinking he was a bad guy with an ulterior motive. I didn¿t understand the chemistry between him and Riley, so needless to say, I¿m not a huge fan of that pairing at all.Overall, The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter is a kick-ass, wonderfully written adventure with monsters and fight scenes and funny banter and all around awesomeness. I think it was a great beginning to the series and I can¿t wait for more! I definitely recommend you give it a chance, especially if you're a fan of the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow!
This book is great! I enjoyed the plot and story line. It's a nice change from vampires, faeries, wolves, and immortals. The story moves at an excellent pace and we actually get to know the characters. The writing is smooth and easy to follow. The characters are fun and enjoyable. Riley the only female trapper and she makes me proud of her strength and sense of self. Ms. Oliver some how managed to give her readers just the right amount of information to satisfy us, and enough for us question what's next for Riley. This is a new series that you don't want to miss.
OMD! (Oh-My-Demon)My ARC copy already has a wish list going on at my work alone. I was reading it during my lunch time and two co-workers asked what I was reading¿ I let them know that this book was a YA book that is about an 18 year old girl who lives in Georgia in 2018. Due to their insistence to get a feel for the book, I read them the first chapter out loud. And we were laughing our butts off. The writing was so vivid that it was very easy to imagine the little demon¿s daring escape. Riley lives in a world where demons live out and about causing havoc in the streets. She has it hard both in school and at home. She has to live up to her dad¿s reputation of being a great demon trapper. She is a demon trapper apprentice who is under age and yeah a GIRL. Woman demon trappers are practically unheard of in the trapper¿s guild that is run by old-fashioned men.I didn¿t know what to expect from the demon¿s and was really surprised by the variety of demon types. Some were down right obnoxious in a funny way then others are really powerful and scary. I am hooked and impatiently waiting for the second book of this series.
I recieved this book as an early reviewers copy. I LOVED IT. It is a fun read, & a great story. I loved that there is a sensible female role in it. She is smart, capable, knows how to kick some butt. I will be looking forward to the author writing more and will read those also I hope.
From page one Jana Oliver managed to hook me right inot the story of Riley, who is a Demon Trapper's Daughter and a rising Demon Trapper in her own right. The one difference between her and other Demon Trappers, she's the only female one. Beck is her father's apprentice and they don't always get along. So when things go wrong one evening and Riley is left on her own she remains suspicious of Beck and his reasons for helping her.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.
Riley Blackthorn is an apprentice demon trapper. She's allowed to capture level one demons, the least violent and dangerous variety. When things go horribly wrong during what should have been a standard trapping, Riley discovers the demon's not only know her name, but are working together (which has never happened before in all of trapper history). While recovering from the strange encounter, a much higher level demon murders her father and leaves Riley alone in the world. Riley is more determined than ever to become a Master demon trapper so she can track down the demon that murdered her father and remove him from the world.Riley is a spunky teenager that has a lot to deal with. She lives with her father in near poverty, in a society that doesn't seem to value it's youth anymore. As Riley struggles to make ends meet after her father's death and still continue to her trapping studies, she meets many people. Some that are determined to help, and some that are determined to see her fail.The world is supposed to be set a few years in the future (2018 according to the book description), but this is never really mentioned in the story. There are several other things that are not necessarily explained that I hope will unfold as the series progresses. For example, why the demons are suddenly more plentiful. Even without this knowledge readily apparent in the story, I loved following Riley as she uncovers where her future is heading.If you are an urban fantasy fan, and enjoy demons, necromancers, good guys and bad guys, with a bit of mystery thrown in, then this is a great start for what could be a new top series.4/5