REVIEW - The Demon Trapper's Daughter - Jana Oliver

Paperback, US Edition, 340 pages

Published February 1st 2011
by St. Martin's Griffin

Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…

It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night.
Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen.
When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.
4/5 Stars!

I just finished this one. I couldn’t put it down.

The author has created a world I was able to just get lost in. It’s the future, and society has more or less fallen. And there are DEMONS.

Yeah, that’s right. And the demons aren’t really helping society get back on its feet. That’s where Riley and her dad come in. They’re Demon Trappers. Well…her dad is. Riley’s in training...and it shows!

I loved the worldbuilding in this book. The setting was perfect. From the schools in the old grocery stores and coffee shops, to the rough and tumble streets. It's almost post-apocalyptic in scope, and I loved it!

And I adored Riley. She's a great character--tough but still vulnerable, but still trying to be tough even when she knows she's weak. She's not perfect, and I love that.

I also loved her interactions with the other characters--from her loving relationship with her father, to her attitude towards her father's protege Beck, who'd she'd had a crush on once upon a time, only to be rejected by him. Also, sweet Simon, best friend Peter, and super-mean head-honcho Harper were unique and such great characters.

Even the demons had character... read the book, and you'll see what I mean!

The only problem I had with it was her relationship with Simon. It felt a little rushed. But I could be biased. Team Beck begins its line right over here!

All in all, a great start to the series! I can't believe it took me so long to read this one!

Great read!



  1. Thank you so much for the great review! Riley does fall for Simon really quickly. She's feeling really vulnerable after her dad's death. As the series progresses, that need to be loved and the consequences of her decisions will play out in ways Riley never expected.


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