Sunday, July 8, 2012

Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!
The Demon Trapper's Daughter
By Jana Oliver
Series: Demon Trappers #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy Young Adult
Release: February 1st, 2011
Paperback: 340 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Copy: BEA 2011
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:

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

Shannon's Thoughts: 
I’m torn on this one.  Because I like Demon Trapper's Daughter.  I really do.  BUT, there is something holding me back from saying I love it.  I think the story is fun.  Demons on the loose and all that.  I like that there are different levels of demons ranging from “fairly harmless” to “bad news bears”.  There is some great demon characterization!  And I like how the author plays with the idea of how a tanked economy in the very near future looks.  It is close enough to how we live now, without going full blown dystopian/post-apocalyptic.  I also like how demons, magic, etc is all out in the open.  At times I felt like I was reading a demon version of Ghostbusters.  And trust me, this isn’t a bad thing.

So here is what I have problems with.  First of all, I felt very little connection with the characters, with the exception of Riley.  Everyone else seems to be a caricature.  I especially felt this with love interest Simon and friend/protector Beck.  And speaking of Beck - I find his dialogue grating.  I know the author is trying to make him come across as a “country boy” but it is distracting...”ya” instead of “you” and “yer” instead of “your”.  A little bit of that kind of stuff goes a long way to get the point across without having to have it in every sentence he speaks.  I'm also not super keen on the love triangle - square? - that starts to develop.  It feels a little forced to me.  

And lastly, I also don’t like how the other trappers look down on Riley because she is a girl.  I could understand if it is her youth, but really, her gender?  It’s 2018 and we’re having this discussion?  I get that there are still professions out there that have that Good Ole Boy Club attitude, but I feel it is a little unrealistic.  I would have a hard time believing Riley is the only girl in all of Atlanta that would want to be a demon trapper.  Just sayin'. 

So while I found Demon Trapper's Daughter on a whole interesting, fun, exciting.... I just wanted to feel more for the characters.  The story just doesn’t grab me as much as I hoped it would.  But, I do want to read the next in the series.  I am intrigued by a late edition demon hunter.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Demon Trapper's Daughter 
2. Soul Thief
3. Forgiven

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