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Jana Oliver
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7 Jan 2011 Demon Trappers
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 . . .

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (7 Jan 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330519476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330519472
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jana Oliver’s imagination has always had the upper hand despite her attempts to house-train it. When she’s not on the road tromping around old cemeteries, she can be found in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and far too many books.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YA urban fantasy with a dystopian twist 7 Jan 2011
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
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It's 2018 and 17 year old Riley Blackthorne splits school with working as the only female apprentice Demon Hunter to her dad, Paul, so they can pay off the exorbitant medical bills run up treating Riley's late mother. However some Demon Hunters - notably Harper, who has a grudge with Riley's father - object to her apprenticeship, seeking any excuse to throw her out.

Riley though has more important things to worry about when her father is killed by a Grade 5 demon. Even as she tries to come to terms with his death, she finds herself having to deal with the fact that necromancers want to raise his body to turn him into a Deader (a slave to the rich). Her only ally is Beck (her dad's former apprentice), but their relationship has been tense ever since he shot down her crush on him 2 years earlier and his high handed attitude combined with his reaction to her growing attention to Harper's apprentice, Simon, a religiously devout hottie, make things more difficult. Soon Riley finds herself at the centre of a hellstorm and everyone seems to want a piece of her.

Jana Oliver's novel, the first in a YA trilogy, is a mix of urban fantasy and future dystopia. Her depiction of an Atlanta where the government is too broke to even maintain school buildings is credible and at times feels strangely prescient. She's also clearly put a lot of thought into her world building, drawing distinctions between trappers and hunters, establishing different grades of demon and their relative powers, hinting at the involvement of the Catholic church and throwing in other supernatural elements e.g. necromancy in a way that makes for an entertaining mix.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW. 28 Dec 2010
Riley Blackthorne
Kicking hell's ass one demon at a time...

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, expecially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated:

Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heavon on his side, Beck, the rough trapper who thinks he's God's gift and Ori, the strikinly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her life.

One things for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay...

This was the most refreshing book I've read in a long time. I am (of course) a fan of all the paranormal romance novels like Twilight and The House of Night Series but this is different, on so many levels. Because it's about a girl, a girl who TRAPS demons. She doesn't suck blood, or fly around as an angel saving the guys she loves. She is a human girl, in the world in 2018. It was refreshing to read about a human girl and her kicking ass without 'superpowers' just using training and her own wit. As a charactor Riley is lovable and you can relate to her through the tragedies her life has and the feelings she has. She is a real charactor because she has flaws and issues just like real people.

I cannot wait for the next two books of this trilogy, I couldn't put this book down and really recommend it.
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Riley is an apprentice demon trapper. She's good at it too, just like her dad, and wants to follow in his footsteps, despite the misgivings of the demon trapper council. When her dad is killed by a demon, it makes sense that she should carry on, with the small matter of needing to keep vigil over his body to prevent it being stolen and used for menial labour. And then there's the matter of her apprenticeship, and a dark plot to keep the trappers from doing their work..

This is gripping, fast-moving, adventuring of the highest order, Riley is a great kick-ass teen and full of the usual teen angst and worries, although despite a few problems at the makeshift schools she has to attend, most of her worries are demonic in origin. Riley has to grow up fast and meet some adult situations (death, destruction, paying the rent) as best she can, but has good friends and a strong self-confidence instilled by her father.

Demons make a nice change from vampires, and there's plenty of action here, quite a few dramatic moments and heart-in-your-mouth set pieces, making this a great read for teens and adults alike. I loved this and am eagerly waiting for the sequel, as there's more fun here than just one book could contain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant surprise! 24 May 2012
By Laura
I didn't have any great hopes for this book, mostly because I wasn't that keen on the cover. However, the blurb was interesting so I figured I'd give it a shot.

To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I was, as we say here in Wales, gobsmacked! This book was so astoundingly good that when I finished it I went straight on to the kindle app on my iPhone and purchased the sequel. Then I finished that and had to by part three! I read all three in a day, even though I had to stay up into the wee hours to finish. Two words: worth it!

Riley Blackthorne is the only female Demon Trapper, so she has a lot to prove. Furthermore, her dad is a legend in the business so she's got some pretty big boots to fill, too. And she rocks. She was strong, funny and determined and I loved her.

The third person narrative is split between her perspective and that of Beck, Riley's father's demon trapping partner. Beck is a country-boy-made-good who has a streak of arrogant stubbornness to him which hides some deep vulnerabilities. He wants to protect Riley, but tends to express himself in such ways that annoy her. Their banter is at once infuriating and hilarious.

As the narrative progresses, Riley has to face some grim challenges. I was hit-for-six by the inciting incident of the book and then completely charmed by Riley as she tried to cope with all of the darkness in her life.

One of the glimmers of light in her world is Simon, a fellow apprentice. Jana Oliver writes their scenes with tender sweetness and I'm sure I was meant to love him, but I just didn't. Maybe it was his piousness which made me feel a bit "meh" about him, (I'm sorry but I can't imagine I'd ever go for a guy who wore a big wooden cross around his neck...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
After reading the first chapter of this book I was totally hooked. It only took me a little under 4days to read it in my spare time. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Toni
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Published 5 months ago by Orbie D
5.0 out of 5 stars A completely unputdownable dystopian
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the demons.
Action from the start this book forks off from the usual fantasy novel. A steady stream of enjoyable writing.

Engaging story line and interesting characters.
Published 5 months ago by M. Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Forsaken series
Very exciting books, holds me so I cannot put them down, and cannot wait for the next book to arrive
Published 7 months ago by Gillian
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks depth and interesting characters.
Interesting enough to read to the end but the characters have very little interesting about them and the writing is poor. Much prefer the Mortal Instruments series.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Diane Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars good job
I thought this was an amazing service as I got my books quickly and it is good condition , I couldn't of asked for better
Published 11 months ago by malachy skeath
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed reading this book
I was bought this book and the next in the series for Christmas and have thoroughly enjoyed reading both books; so much so, I've downloaded the next two onto my Kindle. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Spiritwolf
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Urban fantasy with kick ass heroine
The main protagonist Riley is a very independent and feisty young girl. Despite the fact that so many people don't think she can or should be a Demon Trapper, Riley is determined... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hannah @ My Book Journey
4.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing!
This series is a refreshing change from the usual "run of the mill" books in this genre. I really enjoyed the original world created by Oliver. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Holly Lodge
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