Tuesday 29 May 2012

Review: Forgiven - Jana Oliver

Title: Forgiven
Author: Jana Oliver
Series: The Demon Trappers
Format: Kindle
Pages: 407
Genre: YA, Supernatural
Published (UK): 1st March 2012 (Macmillan)
Previous Books in Series: Forsaken, Forbidden

Riley Blackthorne. Kicking hell’s ass one demon at a time...

Riley has made a bargain with Heaven, and now they've come to collect.

Lucifer's finest are ruling the streets and it seems that Armageddon might be even closer than Riley imagined. But with her soul and her heart in play it's all she can do to keep herself alive, let alone save the world. Riley's not afraid of kicking some major demon butt, but when it comes to a battle between Heaven and Hell, she might need a little help...

As the youngest member of the Demon Trappers guild, and the only girl, life isn't easy for Riley Blackthorne. She's lost her father, her ex-boyfriend believes she's in league with Lucifer (and he's doing his best to convince the other Trapper's) and she fell for a fallen angel - which didn't turn out too good.

With her father being reanimated and her being handed into the care of one of the Master Trappers, Riley is starting to try and get as back to normal as possible. If only things were that simple. Someone's tampering with the holy water supply and the demons are just refusing to die.

The Demon Trappers series is one of my current favourites and this third book lived completely up to my expectations. I love Riley's character as while she's tough and independent, she's also scared and vulnerable. She'll never admit being scared, or that she may not be quite as capable (yet) as some of the more experienced trappers but there's also a little part of her that's relieved if she's told to stay behind.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the relationship between Riley and Beck. Riley spends most of her time frustrated with Beck because he's treating her like a little kid. She's starting to know another side of him though - the real Beck which he doesn't usually let anyone see. Beck's also coming to realise that he doesn't just see Riley as a substitute little sister and that his reaction to finding out about her and Sori wasn't just him being over-protective.

 For me the Demon Trappers series is a bunch of realistic, well written characters set in an exciting, if a little scary, world.

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