Review: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver


Posted June 12, 2011 by Carmel in / 11 Comments

Title: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter
Series: The Demon Trappers #1
Author: Jana Oliver
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: February 2011
My Copy: Won from Tynga’s Reviews

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and 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 get – even 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 devils – Grade 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 heart – and her life?

This book was such a fun read! I enjoyed it from beginning to end; there were a few sad parts but the quirky lower grade demons always managed to put a smile on my face. I read this book while killing time on the various flights I took during my vacation. There were a few points in time where I didn’t touch the book for days but it was easy to pick-up right where I left off. No re-reading required. Although, backtracking a bit wouldn’t have been a bad thing in this case because this novel is just so good!

Oddly enough I think the demons were my favorite part about this book. They’re ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 (I think 5 is the max because nothing higher was mentioned). Riley only “officially” deals with the lower grades as she’s just starting out in the world of trapping. I adored the Klepto-Fiends with their little bags and how they’re attracted to shinny baubles. You have one guess as to what this hell spawn’s main attribute is! I totally want one! The fact that Riley uses sippy-cups to contain them is hilarious. Don’t be fooled though, the lower grade demons can still do a lot of damage and the five’s are downright scary.

Riley is a fantastic character whom Jana Oliver developed extremely well. She doesn’t take no for an answer and knows from the very beginning what she wants to be when she grows up: a trapper. Miss Blackthorne is the first female in the business and I really admired her determination to make it in a “man’s world”. Tragedy strikes at every turn but Riley keeps at it. Her young age was comically illustrated a few times such as when she was worried about having to go to school with green demon pee all over. Blackthorne is forced to grow up really quickly in this book but she handles it extremely well. Jana Oliver couldn’t have come up with a better character for this story’s heroine.

My crush on Beck was almost instantaneous. He’s rough around the edges, sarcastic and sexy; the perfect ying to Riley’s yang. Nothing romantic happens between these two protagonists but a few hints are dropped and I really hope that sparks fly in the second installment of this series. Overall, Beck still remains a mystery to readers. There’s definitely more to him than meets the eye but I guess only time will tell what sort of secrets he keeps! His actions show that he has a softer side beneath his tough guy exterior. There were a few instances where I thought to myself aaaww, he’s so thoughtful and sweet!

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter absolutely blew me away. This book is a must read! Thankfully the next book in this series is out in August. I’m so happy to have been lucky enough to have won a signed copy. Before anyone asks, no I will not be giving it away; this one is a keeper! Get your own. Now!


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11 responses to “Review: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver

  1. Hey Carmel, Thanks for following, I’m following back now. I love your blog header. The Demon Trappers Daughter was such a good book, ans I’m a huge Beck fan! Hope you had a good weekend =)

  2. @Grace Fonseca Thanks for the compliment and the follow!

    @Jessica Thanks for stopping by!

    @kaye (paper reader) It is well-worth the read! Even her short novella is good!

    @Tiffany Please do! Sooner rather than later! 😉

    @Tristan Beck! Yay! Thanks for the follow.

  3. Kat

    I recently reviewed this one and liked it pretty well– it’s a fun read, as you said. I also loved Beck– poor Simon really could not compare. 🙂