Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Soul Thief by Jana Oliver [Review]
Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: December 10, 2013

The Demon Trappers
1. The Demon Trapper's Daughter
2. Soul Thief - Paperback | Kindle
3. Forgiven
4. Foretold

Jana Oliver
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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…
Thoughts on Soul Thief: I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to pick up the rest of this series somewhat soon because... hello, shenanigans! That's right... THINGS HAPPEN! And I want to know how they play out.

It's been a while since I read book 1 *cough*2 years*cough*, so it took a bit for me to fall back into Riley's world. But I did and I got caught up in the crazy and then I was forced to engage in a full-on WTF?BBQ!PIZZA! *flail*.

Some of the things you could see coming. And some of them were decidedly unexpected. Riley's world is dark and dangerous and it's hard figuring out who to trust. Throwing the Demon Hunters into the mix -- a recipe for disaster for the citizens of Atlanta, if you ask me -- puts pressure on Riley as she gets put on the hot seat both as a female trapper and because of the events in book 1.

The love polyhedron gets resolved and then complicated again and then blown up like an unsanctified church when demons are on the prowl. Beck clearly has feelings for Riley, yet he keeps telling himself it's because she's his mentor's daughter and he's given his word to look out for her. Ha. Right, man. You just keep thinking that. I'm sure you've got it figured out.

Wait. I take it back. There was no resolution to any of the lovey-dovey stuff. Except a few contenders were knocked out of the running for Riley's affections after they took the epic douche-bag route with what they did to her. Jerks.

With how things ended in this book, I'm looking forward to the next. Riley's in a bad place right now and she's learning things she probably wishes she could unlearn. Come to think, that's kinda what growing up is like, isn't it? Except without the demons and slime and deals for a person's soul.

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