Goodreads description: 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…
To make up for my absence (due to an overload of uni work, and approaching deadlines and exams!) I'm posting two book reviews today! Here's the first- of the second in the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.
It’s time for me to return to the world of the Demon Trappers- and the second book is even better than the first! Forbidden is the second in the Demon Trappers series following Riley, a seventeen-year-old demon trapper who, after making a deal with angels in a desperate bid to save her boyfriend’s life after the Guild is attacked, now finds herself a pawn in the war between Heaven and Hell.
Urban fantasy once again blends with paranormal romance, in a demon-infested future Atlanta. As independent as ever, Riley is still struggling to make ends meet, accepting help (albeit reluctantly) from fellow demon trapper Beck, whose overprotectiveness continues to annoy her. But she has bigger problems: her dad’s corpse has been stolen by a necromancer, and whoever stole him isn’t ready to relinquish his prize in a hurry. To make things worse, in the aftermath of the attack, her boyfriend, Simon, is convinced that she’s in league with Satan; and she finds herself attracted to someone who is clearly bad news. And the demons seem to be plotting something which may have devastating consequences not only for the Guild, but for the entire world.
The plot races along, and as before, the twists are unexpected. We learn more about the central characters, some of whom are developing in interesting ways. Olivier expertly plays around with stereotypes- at the risk of spoilers, let’s just say that the ‘mysterious, stupidly good-looking boy’ might have a secret or two far from the ‘harmless’ Twilight-esque ‘I’m in love with you but I’m dangerous’ we’ve come to expect from the genre. Riley makes mistakes- some with potentially deadly repercussions- but ultimately she is a sympathetic protagonist, far from the ‘helpless victim’ mode.
All I can say is: bring on the next instalment! The next book promises solutions to the deepening mysteries (especially concerning what Riley’s father knew and why the necromancers targeted him), and the consequences of Riley’s decisions in Forbidden. At the same time, the lines between Heaven and Hell are more complicated than it seems. The series is shaping up to be something totally unique, and I can’t wait to see how this works out!