Monday, July 16, 2012

Soul Thief by Jana Oliver [Review]

3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
Series: Trappers #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Release: August 30, 2011
Hardcover: 339 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad.  With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. 

But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…
 (Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was really hoping to enjoy the second book, Soul Theif, more than the first, Demon Trapper’s Daughter.  I felt there was some real potential here.  Things were heating up and getting exciting. Riley had just survived a massive attack on the Trapper headquarters and saved her boyfriend’s life by making a deal with Heaven.  Despite Riley’s best efforts, her dead father was reanimated and had shown up at the headquarters just moments before the attack to warn her.  A mysterious demon hunter, named Ori, had shown up in Atlanta as well and was taking an interest in Riley.  And she had just stumbled upon a Holy Water forgery ring.

Whew!  All the chess pieces were lined up and I was ready to see where it was all going.  But, unfortunately, the problems that bothered me in the first book were even more glaring in the second. And despite all the “action”, I never really felt like there was any!  I felt most of the time we are just following Riley around town while she picks fights with everyone and continuously makes bad decisions and drinks hot chocolate.  

The fighting between her and Beck (her father’s protege) is super obnoxious to me.  After two books of them going back and forth, I am ready to see more development in their “friendship”.  You can only have the same argument so many times.  I also have problems with the outdated notion that trappers should only be men.  I know there are still professions where this is true.  But it just rubbed me the wrong way.  There are two more books in the series, but I think I am done.  

If you really liked the first one and think Beck is awesome, then you will like Soul Theif.  I just don’t connect with the characters and with so many other things bothering me, I had a hard time keeping interest.

Books in this series in the order they should be read:
.5. Retro Demonology
1. Demon Trapper's Daughter
2. Soul Thief
3. Forgiven
4. Forsaken (expected publication August 2012)

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