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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...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 422 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published December 13th 2010)
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Mrs. Badass
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...more
~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...more
Alexa

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...more
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...more
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
Kristi
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...more
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-...more
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...more
Sara Grochowski
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...more
Theresa
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...more
Kiki
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...more
Kelly
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...more
marlene
** 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...more
Chichipio
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...more
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...more
Yan
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FashionDayDreamer
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...more
Mimi Valentine
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...more
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...more
Rachel
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...more
Victoria
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...more
Maria Snyder
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...more
Miriam Mathew
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...more
Kim
'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
Bird
I won this as part of the Goodreads First Reads program, hoping to love it. Instead, I'm left feeling pretty ambivalent.

The good...

1. Demons! The paranormal market (both YA and adult) is flooded with vampires/shapeshifters/fairies, so it was a nice change of pace to see demons staring in this new series. Most of them are decidedly creepy, but the Magpies seem almost cute to me, with their little thieving antics and bags full of shiny goodies.

2. Lots of mysterious happenings, most of which I won'...more
Maria
Mar 25, 2012 Maria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maria by: Nikoleta
Shelves: 2011, favorites
I would like to give a huge thank you to my friend Nikoleta for borrow to me her own paperback.

One of the reason i really like this book is because the paranormal word that Jana Oliver created.In a way it remind me a lot of a tv show called Supernatural. In Supernatural there is Dean and Sam Winchester who all their lives are hunters.They hunt supernatural creatures that cause death and problems to most humans in the society. Their dad John Winchester raise them this way after the death of his l...more
Chelle (crazytrinket)
Wow! Definitely this is one of my favorite 2011 debut novel. Forsaken ( aka The Demon Trapper’s Daughter ) surprises me a lot, in a good way. I never thought that I am going to love another YA urban fantasy novel as much as I love Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments series”. But boy! I was so wrong. They may be some similarities in the story, fighting demons and stuff, but they are very different, Big Time!

Riley is a demon trapper, same as her father. And in the trapper’s guild she is...more
Melissa
Riley Blackthorne is the daughter of Paul Blackthorne, a legendary demon trapper. Seventeen year old Riley longs to follow in her father's footsteps, but sexism, old grudges, and the demon's themselves all seem to want to prevent her from doing that. When the unthinkable happens, Riley must learn how to stand alone and find her inner strength to combat those who would rather see her fail.


Jana Oliver's character development is spot on. I loved Riley. She was tough, realistic, and yes, she still...more
Jacob Proffitt
We all know that bad stuff happens to people, right? Some preventable, some earned, we've all seen (or been victim to) the hand of fate squashing someone flat. Jana Oliver's heroine, Riley, is fate's very own bit... whipping boy... er... whipping girl. I don't generally have much patience with that kind of thing in stories, so it’s a tribute to the author that she kept me interested even as the tragedies piled up a bit.

Certainly, the book isn't unrelieved horribleness. Riley has friends and peop...more
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Liebes Die Dämonenfängerin,
du bist ein bisschen wie ein überfüllter Bus. Wenn man deinen Passagieren im Alleingang begegnet, könnten sie sich als sympathische Mitfahrer entpuppen, aber alle gemeinsam auf den engsten Raum gequetscht, das macht nur schlechte Laune und selbst den nettesten Fahrgast griesgrämig.

Du hast wirklich ein paar Höhepunkte. Du warst viel ernster als ich erwartet hatte. Es ist heftig mit wie vielen Schicksalsschlägen du Riley bombardiert hast. Am Anfang kamen die ziemlich ers...more
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Jana Oliver is an international 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 Time Rovers S...more
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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?” 99 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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