Released: January 7th 2011
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she’s already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it’s tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he’s God’s gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing’s for sure - if she doesn’t keep her wits about her there’ll be hell to pay.
The beginning of the book throws you right into the action with Riley, and the pace never slows down. She’s hunting a demon in a college library, and everyone is so chill about it. This begins to give the reader a view of the world that we’re just getting into, how demons are an everyday occurrence, and being a Demon Trapper is actually a paying profession.
Jana Oliver’s character development is spot on. I loved Riley. She was tough, realistic, and yes, she still had some uncertainties. And the best part? She was anything but the stereotypical, airheaded, helpless twit that usually taints the pages of YA novels. Her flaws were realistic as were her actions. I especially loved the fact that she could hold her own against the boys, especially in a profession where girls are taboo and unaccepted. Denver Beck (Who I seriously fell in love with) was also a well rounded and interesting character with a past that continues to taint his present and his perspectives. Simon the other apprentice demon trapper, loves Riley and has plans of his own and his own faith. Even Harper, the Master Demon Trapper, has a multifaceted personality and I found I wanted to know more about all of them.
Final verdict? 5/5. Yea, that damn good.