Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Pages: 340.
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?
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is entertaining and action-packed, making for an intense novel that will keep you on edge of your seat as you‘re reading. I really love how demons are normalized and thrown into modern life as if they’re nothing more than common vermin. Simple things like Demonland, an over exaggerated television show about demon trapping (which I think is supposed to resemble shows such as Billy The Exterminator) give it a realistic touch that adds charm to the story.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the girl power. Riley is one of the only female demon trapper’s, and is only accepted to do so because her father is somewhat of a celebrity trapper himself. But throughout the novel, Riley continues to prove that she’s not a weak pushover who falls at the feet of the Guild. She’s definitely one of best characters I’ve read in awhile.

Speaking of characters, we can also add Beck to that list. If we didn’t get a taste of his POV at times, I don’t think I’d love him as much as I do, but I’m so glad that we got that glimpse into his head. His whole “tough drunk guy” demeanor (he's such a softy at heart) and the witty banter during fight scenes was hilarious. I’m hoping for a lot more of him in book two. There were some characters I didn’t care for, mainly Simon. I really disliked him. There wasn't really anything to him. As a matter of fact, I spent the entire book thinking he was a bad guy with an ulterior motive. I didn’t understand the chemistry between him and Riley, so needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of that pairing at all.

Overall, The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is a kick-ass, wonderfully written adventure with monsters and fight scenes and funny banter and all around awesomeness. I think it was a great beginning to the series and I can’t wait for more! I definitely recommend you give it a chance, especially if you're a fan of the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow!

Other reviews for The Demon Trapper's Daughter:
What's Your Story?
Cry Havoc! Reviews.
That Bookish Girl.
Black And Blue Ink.


  1. Thanks for a great review. I'm looking forward to reading this. It sounds like a great story.

  2. The synopsis sounds really interesting, though I'm a bit disappointed at the outset that Simon isn't much of a character. I'll look for it the next time I'm in the library, though. Nice review!

  3. Ooh, I'm excited! I saw this and thought it looked like an original take on the whole demon/angel/paranormal phenomenon. Glad to hear you liked it!


  4. I'm in the middle of this now. I totally agree Beck is friggin awesome! I haven't gotten to see much of Simon yet, but I totally agree. I feel like he has an ulterior motive as well and he's barely even made an appearance. I'm glad you liked it! Now I just have to finish it. Haha. XD

  5. I was not a fan of Simon either. Something is not right with that boy. I think his"righteous" behavior is going to cause some friction between him & Riley. My vote goes to Beck :)

    That Bookish Girl