Friday, April 22, 2011

BR: The Demon Trapper's Daughter

by Jana Oliver
The Demon Trappers series; book I

*UK Title: Forsaken

So one day I was in the mood for a paranormal (one of those rare moods) and this one seemed like just what I was looking for. I've also heard some pretty good things about it.

Summary (goodreads):

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...

My Expectations: I hoped it would impress me, but there hasn't really been much hype. I loved the summary though.
Delivery: It didn't really disappoint me because I liked it while I was reading, and that's all I wanted.
Put-down-ability: 4/10

My Thoughts

So.. this book was overwhelmingly average. It’s one of those books that is an enjoyable reading experience (as in I never got annoyed, things flowed well, there was enough action, mystery, romance, etc) but when I turned the last page, I go… “ehh, alrighty”.

Personally, I found The Demon Trapper’s Daughter unmemorable. I’d like to say that the premise of the world and the history of the demons were interesting, but honestly, thinking back, I can’t remember much about them apart from the fact that demons are classified in levels. I did really like the idea of demon trappers vs. hunters, and all those cool gadgets they use.

Our protagonist, Riley, is a likable enough, she had the typical qualities of a kick-butt heroine: bravery, smarts, and actiony-goodness. I remember the scenes after her father died and me wishing the grief thing was more… elegantly done (from a writing perspective, not in the ‘she should be more sophisticated’ perspective). I think I've read a lot of those grief novels (The Sky is Everywhere, Hold Still) that I just expected a bit more. Also, I should mention that there is, I swear, a potential love SQUARE. I mean.. really?

I wasn't rabidly flipping the pages mostly because I couldn't find Riley's motivations particularly inspiring. The plot was shaky as well, for example, there was the whole part about the circle and the necromancers which just… went away halfway through. There is some switching third person POVs, which is a personal pet peeve although it is done pretty well. While I could have survived without knowing Beck’s thoughts, it was nice, I guess.

This novel is a solid paranormal that was an enjoyable read throughout.

Rating: Acceptable
Recommended for: paranormal YA fans
Acknowledgements: 3.5/5

7/10 – because it was a good book. There’s a difference between dislike and indifference, and this is the latter. Not much I can say about it, if you want a fun paranormal read, I’d say go for it, there really isn’t anything wrong with it (though I will dock points for a love SQUARE). I was in the mood for a paranormal read and this one did the trick just fine.

source: won in contest from Steph Su (thank you!)
author website / blog
series website


  1. Totally agree with you. This book was lots of meh followed by me saying "Stop driving your car around so you can pay your rent stupid!"

  2. I have this is my reading stack. I am still interested in reading it as sometimes like you I am just looking for a fun paranormal. Something to sit back and enjoy. Although I am very nervous about the love square.....

    Great review again :)

  3. I get you. It was a pretty fast read for me which was a plus, and fun to read, but nothing spectacular. I didn't have exactly high expectations of it so I didn't mind too much xD

  4. Aggg, a love square?! Now that's complicated! And hmmm, sounds ordinary. I think I would borrow this from the library and such.


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