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Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

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 dem
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Paperback, UK Edition, 422 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mrs. Badass
Jan 06, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
3.5/5 stars.

I'm gonna review with a Pro/Con List.
I will read the next one in the series. I did enjoy it.

Pro's first :)

1) Interesting Concept with fresh ideas. Demons! No sparkly Vamps!
2) Easy to read Voice/writing style
3) Pretty Decent Charcterization overall, they had depth, stayed true to self, and there were some touching moments.
4) Decent World Building
5) I liked the demons. I liked the Demon world buiding, descriptions and hierarchy

Cons: Not really cons about the book itself, just little
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~Tina~
(4.5Stars)

TBR Reduce Challenge #10- 2011 (Alexa)

The Demon Trapper's Daughter is a really solid book. It's fast paced, has some great world building and I loved the clever characters and crisp straightforward dialog and wicked writing style.

Riley is a great MC, I liked that she wasn't some cocky know-it-all with attitude, she makes mistakes but isn't delusional to think she's above it all. She fears but she's a fighter and wants to prove she can be one of the greats, like her dad, and survive in
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Alexa
Feb 10, 2011 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

4.5 stars

After reading some reviews, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like this book. I heard some unappealing things about the characters, especially Riley. I also heard that the romance included a love-triangle. (Actually, it was scarier than that because the reviews made it sound like a love-square.) I don’t enjoy reading a book where I dislike the main character all the way through, and it’s rare that I like a love-triangle or anything m
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Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Next time you see me in bed at 4 a.m., please force me to stop reading, i can hardly see the keys guys. Just save me from myself and the deadly books.

Me thinks 3.5 stars.

Can't really say that i hated the book. Can't say that i loved it either. You may ask why, and, frankly, i don't really have a reason for it. Well, maybe i do.

Maybe it's due to the fact that Riley Blackthorne is a bit childish/reckless/inmature at times, she never thinks of the consequences, or maybe she does and just doesn't c
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Heather
More like a 4.5 rating.

I'm usually introduced to series, after a few of the books have already been released. Sometimes, it's better that way. You don't have to wait a year for the next one. Anyway, this year I'm extremely excited about a few new series, "Nevermore" and "Hex Hall." Now I can add this book to the list, unfortunately it doesn't actually come out until next year, so that means waiting even longer for the second book. It's worth it in my opinion.

I don't usually overly boost about
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oliviasbooks
Maybe my rating might have climbed to 3 stars had I had the interest to find out what happened to Riley, Beck, Simon and Peter after Riley's future had been decided by the Demon Trappers' Guild. Who knows. As it is - I have read 160 pages and struggled for the last 20 or so with the first notions of boredom - my opinion of the book is best represented by 2 stars. The "person" I liked best about the book so far was that tiny, bling-addicted Klepto Demon in ninja garb, who miraculously returned to ...more
Eilonwy
Nov 12, 2014 Eilonwy rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-rare-dnf

After a great opening scene (a demon in a library!), this book just did not hold my interest.

BUT. Someone told me "If you want to read a good urban fantasy set in Atlanta, try the Kate Daniels series, instead." And the rest is history. :-)
Sara Grochowski
Feb 26, 2011 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I'll be honest: I picked up THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER on a whim, but I wasn't very excited about it. I'm not the biggest fan of the cover (though I like it more after reading the novel) and, while the description sounded interesting, I thought it had the potential to be cliche.

I was wrong.

I simply could not put it down. Kickass main character? Check. Detailed world with unique paranormal elements? Check. Good looking boys? Double Check. It doesn't always happen that a novel has all three of
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Original review posted by Rabid Reads: http://www.rabidreads.com/2011/06/review-demon-trappers-daughter-by-jana.html

This book was such a fun read! I enjoyed it from beginning to end; there were a few sad parts but the quirky lower grade demons always managed to put a smile on my face. I read this book while killing time on the various flights I took during my vacation. There were a few points in time where I didn't touch the book for days but it was easy to pick-up right where I left off. No re-
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Kristi
Feb 13, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic start to a series that anticipates to be an action packed and wicked ride!

Something that really stood out for me, was the narration. That's usually not something that "makes" a story for me, but I can't deny it held a certain appeal for me this time around. It's told in a duel perspective, one being Riley and the other Beck. That's not all that uncommon for ya, I love books told in duel perspectives... I think I've mentioned this several times before. But these characters couldn't be
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Theresa
Aug 19, 2011 Theresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never done a DNF (did not finish) review before-- usually I don't get far enough into a book I don't like to actually qualify it as review material. But Jana Oliver's The Demon Trapper's Daughter is unusual in that I made it most of the way before giving it up as being too irritating to be worth the effort to finish.

Obviously you don't need to read this whole review to know what my final verdict will be.

"The Demon Trapper's Daughter" is the story of Riley Blackthorn, the daughter of a wel
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE DEMON TRAPPER’S DAUGHTER does a number of things so amazingly well in this debut paranormal YA series that it’s setting a whole new bar for the books that follow, but that only makes it that much harder to overlook the rather significant missteps it makes too. I’ll break it down into the good, the bad, and the confusing.

First off the good. The worldbuilding is one of the best, most fully developed, creative, and thoroughly cool that I have ever read
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Victoria ʜᴇʀᴏɴᴅᴀʟᴇ♡
This book wasn't great.

What I liked:

- The demon trapper idea is pretty cool, sort of like shadow hunters (TMI).
- LOL, is that it? Wow, I thought I'd have more.

What I didn't like:

- On the back cover, they mention "sexy, mysterious, Ori".
UH. ORI ONLY HAD LIKE FIVE LINES AND POPPED UP THE LAST HUNDRED PAGES..
Like, seriously? Just don't mention him at all in the back! He only saved her once?
- I didn't like that "ya daddy" and "ya" for you for Beck. It detracted the hotness I imagined in my mind.
I me
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Maria Snyder
Dec 20, 2012 Maria Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different - very different and I liked that! Instead of hunting and killing demons the main characters is an apprentice demon trapper. The book has just the right amount of world building and action. I also liked Riley and cared about her - she's my type of heroine - smart, stubborn and tends to act first and think later :)

I'll admit, I guessed a few of the plot twists, however, I was surprised by a few things that happened at the start of the climax and during the ending. The ending is just a l
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Kim
Jul 19, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
'Forsaken' is one of my favourite reads for 2011. It is a refreshing change to YA books which are full of vampires and shape shifters. Jana Oliver has created a fantastic world where demons run wild and it is up to trappers like Riley and Beck to help rid to world of their evil. A mix of religion, magic and reanimation; 'Forsaken' is an amazing story with so many unknown areas to be explored, especially when it comes to trapping and hunting. But it's not just demons that are causing trouble; que ...more
Kiki
Mar 13, 2011 Kiki rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book...angels, demons, humans...trappers, hunters, incredible! Jana Oliver's spin on angels and demons is enjoyably unique and refreshingly creative. I loved every word...never read a character's POV from 3rd and 1st person before. How cool was that?!

My heartfelt sorrow still bleeds for Riley Blackthorne, a demon trapper, whose will and determination seems to be put to the test, time and time again. She is strong and courageous--admirable characteristics in a 17-year-old te
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Kelly
Feb 17, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (titled Forsaken in the UK) is set in Atlanta, 2018. It’s not precisely a post-apocalyptic setting, but it’s a depressed one, with economic woes plaguing much of the population and demons living openly among humans. These aren’t angsty, misunderstood demons either, but fiends from Hell; the small ones are nuisances and the big ones are deadly.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne is an apprentice demon trapper. Her father is himself a prominent trapper, which causes t
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marlene  (bokhjerte)
Jul 26, 2014 marlene (bokhjerte) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
** 3.5 stars **

Okay. So, it took me a while to finish this book. Why? Because it was kind of slow paced. You would have thought a book about demon trapping would be actionpacked to the maximum, right? Well, it wasn't. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book.

The setting is really cool! Welcome to Atlanta, year 2018. Demons are out in the open.
Riley Blackthorn is the daughter of a master trapper, and she wants to be a trapper too. Problem is; she's a girl. And the demons are up to something bi
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Chichipio
Jul 22, 2011 Chichipio rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I think this is one of the first books this year that I'm giving 3 stars thinking that it deserves exactly that. Mostly, my 3's are either 2.5 or 3.5 that I round up or down depending on my mood.

The first half of the book reads too much like bad paranormal YA. Whiny protagonist drooling over every guy in sight, but completely oblivious to the fact that they all think she's hot. Extremely high levels of angst leading to incredibly stupid decisions. And, of course, let's not forget things like a p
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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I guess they changed the title? I have the other cover...

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I didn't really like Riley. She was whiny and very, very self-centered. Her world revolved around her and that was that. And we had to read her thoughts a lot. Really, we did I didn't find her grief period very believable. Oh, and remember how she treated Tim? That was so wrong. Though, in Riley's defense, it was a dumb question. How could you not know what a Biblio demon was? Or, at least have an idea!

I have a
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Yan
Dec 07, 2010 Yan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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FashionDayDreamer
Feb 06, 2011 FashionDayDreamer rated it it was ok
Hands up who wants to slap Riley to get her to stop complaining on every page?

Why does she hate Beck so much? What the hell has he done? She is so pathetic with her little talking in her head on every other page. Shut up Riley. God, if I was a girl in there, I'd give her a good old fashioned kick up the butt. Again, she has all the boys after her - what a shocker for today's teen fiction/fantasy. To be honest, like with all the other love triangles and squares and stuff - she really has nothing
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Mimi Valentine
Sep 23, 2013 Mimi Valentine rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Rating: 3.5 stars

When a book is called The Demon Trapper's Daughter, you know you're in for one heck of a ride — and that's exactly what this novel delivered! It was a roller coaster with its ups and downs and pros and cons, but I still enjoyed reading it a lot! :)

The thing I loved most about this book (besides its super-cool cover, of course!) would be the world. Jana Oliver created such an original world of demons, trappers, hunters, and magic. It was gritty and dark, intense and different, an
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Becca
Is this book on your TBR list??? If not, stop reading and add it....

2011 has brought some really fantastic new series into my little corner of the reading world. I've gotten a taste of Nightshade, Stork, Wither, Iron Thorn - with many still on the too read list - I can't say this new series by Jana Oliver is the best of the year. But it's going to be up there!!! Set in 2018, the beautiful shinning city of Atlanta, many of us love, is unrecognizable. Hell has released scores of demons and 17yo R
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Rachel
Dec 16, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, arc
You would think that being a Demon Trapper would be enough to earn you a little respect. It may sound glamorous, but trapping demons is not as easy-peasy as the popular TV show Demonland might lead you to believe.

One: It’s extremely dangerous. Even a level one demon can wreak havoc. A level three demon would like nothing more than to have you as its next meal. And forget about the risk in facing a level five. It would almost be less risky to sell your soul to Lucifer than to battle one of them.

T
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book was great! I loved this book. There is good vs evil and lot's of love to go around. Ripley and her father are demon trappers. Then something happens to Riley that makes her have to chose between good and evil. I will not spoil but here is what the description says on good reads.

Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she's already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it's tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, es
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Veronica Story Island
Oct 14, 2015 Veronica Story Island rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Veronica by: cityofyabooks
4.5* I really loved it! I didn't give it a full five stars, because it took me a short while to really get into it. I really enjoyed the back and forth between the characters, especially Riley and Beck. I definitely felt the feels, crying while I wasn't even that far into the story yet. Surely going to continue this series!
Ryan  Buckby
Oct 06, 2015 Ryan Buckby rated it really liked it
i really really enjoyed this book and it was a really good first book for the series i cannot wait to get stuck into the next one.

So this is one series that is definitly going out of my comfort zone in terms of book genres because i tend to stay clear of these types of books because i usually don't like them, but this book proved me wrong on that!

Miriam
Mar 24, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it
I am an official fangirl. This series has absolutely everything: hot guys, action, bad-ass heroines, demons and much more. Cudos for originality as well.

Riley Blackthorne is my new rolemodel; she's not one of those people who sit on the sidelines and watch. She doesn't conform to the rest of her peers just to sound smart. She carries around tricky little demons daily. She has a claw pendant (an authentic one) from which she got a battle scar.

This was an amazing read and I'm honestly looking for
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Maddy
Feb 13, 2015 Maddy rated it liked it
*Spoilery*

3 stars overall

I got this in a bind up with the second book. It started off great but I found a good portion of the book annoying and boring. Like when she starts "dating" Simon? He just declares that they're dating and tbh, it's practically insta-love. The back of the book says that is basically a love triangle between her Simon, Beck and this Ori guy that's appeared literally 4 times in the 2nd half of the book. Ori is said to be "the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to
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Jana Oliver is an international and Amazon bestselling author who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her novels have won numerous awards, including the Prism Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Supense as well as the National Readers' Choice Award.

Her novels cross many genres, including Young Adult (the Demon Trappers Series, Briar Rose), time travel/historical mystery (The Ti
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The Demon Trappers (5 books)
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“Here I am with a seriously hunky guy and I'm covered in demon pee. Why does the universe hate me?” 101 likes
“What did ya learn from this dumbass stunt?”
Here's where she was supposed to apologize, promise to be a good little girl and never do anything like this again.
Screw that.
Riley locked eyes with him. “I learned that the Holy Water better be fresh, that I need practice throwing the spheres, and that someone has to watch my back so asshats don't steal my demons.”
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