Title: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter
Author: Jana Oliver
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Bought for Kindle
Series: The Demon Trappers (#1)
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge (hosted by The Story Siren)
Summary (goodreads.com): 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.
I really liked this book! It’s really different from all the other books I’ve read this year. From the summary I got the impression that this book would be told from Riley’s point of view seeing as she is the Demon Trapper’s daughter, so I was (pleasantly) surprised to find that it’s a dual narration between Riley and her father’s trapping partner, Beck. I think this narration technique is what made me like it so much. Yes, the action and plot and all the other characters are brilliantly written as well, but it’s the stark contrast and the surprising similarities between the narrators that make this book stand out. I just really like Riley and Beck together (I ship them, I really do. I will go down with this ship). I also loved how Oliver handled the setting of the story. It’s 2018 and the world is literally going to Hell because of the economy of the last decade (which would be what we’re living in right now). She presented it in a way that is totally believable even with all the demons running amok. I could see this happening the way she puts it forth. Riley, too, is totally believable because you can tell that at times it’s hard for her to be the only female trapper in her neighborhood and that she has to live up to what her father has done and that even though it is hard and the pressure is overwhelming she remains strong. Riley is a character that it’s almost hard not to immediately love her due to her sarcastic and heroic nature! Overall, a splendid debut that has everything one could possibly be looking for in a book: love, laughter, life, death and demons!