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Soul Thief

(The Demon Trappers #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  10,212 ratings  ·  632 reviews
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them...

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
Paperback, US, 339 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Michelle  novelsontherun

When ‘Forbidden’, turned up on my doorstep, 10th August, I did my Team Beck happy dance. I read it immediately, and then was embargoed until 3rd September by Oz publishers, couldn't say a word. But , now I can!

I just LOVE!!!! this series. I absolutely adore Beck. Jana is making us readers work for that relationship we are hanging for, and rightly so.

For some daft reason I thought it was going to be kind of smooth sailing for Beck and Riley in ‘Forbidden’. I thought t
Jennifer Armentrout
Loved this book. But honestly, waiting to March 2012 is going to be a killer. Seriously considering dialing up the big "Prince L" and bartering my soul for an early copy of Forgiven to appear on my door stop. That's how good this was, minus the parts where I wanted to drop kick Riley in the face, but then again, that what's I sort of love about her. ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was not very impressed with the first one. In fact, I found that it had a lot of the same elements of other books of the same genre. A love triangle, no square of a girl who is in a lot of trouble, with a bestfriend who's secretly in love with her; then a dog-cat relationship with another, only not really. And of course the really good guy. Old hat, I thought. But this second book comes as a great surprise because as it addressed some of those concerns but also brought a whole lot more to
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it. Whats not to love about these books!!! One word - Beck (sigh). I love Rileys character, shes feisty but sweet. Forbidden does not disappoint, its got everything, romance, action and demons. I want a magpie!!!
As with the first book, I absolutely detest the synopsis. Seriously, it doesn't do the book justice at all and just makes it sound cheap. The only accurate thing in there is probably calling Beck a grouchy granddad.

Bad synopsis and less-than-impressive cover aside, this is a solid continuation of the story Jana Oliver began telling in Forsaken and makes for an enjoyable, quick read.

Not quite as strong as the first novel, I still found myself intrigued by Oliver's world and her characters even th
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm probably breaking Goodreads protocol here, but I'm actually reviewing this book before I get around to reviewing its preceding book, The Demon Trapper's Daughter, because I think this book gives the reader a lot to chew on, and I wanted to get it down before real life gets in the way.

I consider myself a feminist, though I know the label can be a loaded one. And God help me if the Beck-Riley angle didn't set off some feminist alarm bells for me in the first book. By the end of this novel, tho
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Riley is in the thick of things. The Tabernacle attack has taken lives and has injured Simon. With all this going on she is scared out of her mind that Simon is going to die. At least Beck is okay and alive that she can live with.

When Riley goes to the hospital to visit Simon she is approached by an angel who says Simon can live if she makes a deal with heaven. Riley wants to know what exactly she is getting herself into so she asks what the deal is. Once she learns of the deal she takes it. Wha
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, arc
Looooooved this book. This series is probably my favorite example of YA urban fantasy out there, and this follow-up to The Demon Trapper's Daughter is as gripping and original as the first installment. Beck continues to be one of my favorite YA guys ever, and I can't believe I have to wait until next spring to read the next one. *sigh* ...more
Ryan Buckby
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this book!
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Better then the last one.

Things I liked:

1. The expanded explanations on plot points.
2. The general flow felt better -- less her just getting batter by the winds of fate and reacting.

Things I didn't like:

1. Fairies ... er, I mean ANGELS. I hate this trope and Angels are basically fairies these days, with different names. There's a light and dark court, they're dead sexy, they try to smexy up humans (for some reason), have magical powers, etc.
2. The witch hunt thing -- we have reasonable adults b
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Forbidden was fast-paced, thrilling and a great follow up to Forsaken, and possibly my favourite “second-in-a-series” of the year. In this book, Riley has to deal with a lot; after the demon attack that takes the lives of several of her fellow trappers and hospitalises her boyfriend Simon, Riley doesn’t think things can get much worse. How very wrong she is. First Simon starts acting all weird, then she’s accused of working with Hell, her guardian-slash-friend-slash-eternal-bane-of-her-exis
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
I love this series. It is an interesting easy read and I love the characters. I never know what's going to happen and it manages to be tense and also light hearted.
Rae T

Read this book in one day! I know I clicked the "started reading" thing a day before, but really I fell asleep right after doing so lol...

Okay, so on the last 60 pages I was like hmmmm I guess I'll rate this around 4.5 stars.
On the last 20 pages, however, I was surprised at the turn of events.

This book was way better than the first one. I have to admit - I didn't like what happened between Riley and Ori. I mean, with Beck and Justine I thought it was okay since Ril
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own, reviews
Riley and her guild are back and dealing with the aftermath of the attack on the Tabernacle. Picking up where The Demon Trapper's Daughter left off, Soul Thief utilizes the world building it did in the first novel to plunge Riley and the reader further into the gritty underground of Atlanta with the same cast of real characters, a few new additions and a plot full of jaw dropping twists.

What I loved about Riley in the first novel was her strength but also her vulnerability. She was brave when sh
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's actually about 3,5 stars for me.

So, the story picks up the day after Forsaken ends. There are lots of casualties, Riley is trying to deal both with the shock of seeing her father and a lot of members of the Guild not exactly trusting her. The entire book mostly focuses on Riley trying to figure out who has raised her father's corpse, the prime suspect always being the creepy Ozymandias. Changes in Peter's life result in his being more involved in Riley's life.

Now let's get to the 3 dudes
Jessica Hansen
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Struggling to wrap her head around what has happened, Riley also has to try to move forward and figure out who was behind ambushing the trappers. Everyone wants to point the finger at her and her dad, but she just won't stand for it. She knows she didn't do it, she knows Simon laid the Holy Water correctly and that it wasn't the fake stuff. So what happened?

With Riley's mind going in 15 different directions, she knows a few things are on top of her list of "To-Dos". Find her dad, kill the demon
Jade Walker
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Firstly, I have to say that Forsaken, the first book in this series, was one of those books that despite the flaws, I loved completely, so when I receive Forbidden in the post, I think I may have squeed. A lot. Then I worried a little, wondering whether this book would be one that I would be adding to my 'Sequels that suck' pile.

Nope, I'm so adding this to my 'Sequels That Totally Improve The Whole Series' pile. Forbidden had the same action a
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked The Demon Trapper's Daughter a lot, and Soul Thief is just the sequel that I was hoping for. The plot thickens, tensions grow, relationships evolve and devolve, demons attack.

Riley and Beck might be two of my favorite main characters in urban fantasy. Riley is everything that a great YA heroine should be - she is smart, determined, and strong, yet isn't without her vulnerability. She struggles to succeed in a man's profession, which makes her feisty and stubborn to a fault. All of this m
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2014-reads
WOW!!! Just wow!!! This was better than the first one. Though I gave it the same rating as the first one (due to Riley's occasional stupidness) other than that it was really good. There were more revelations who are the good guys and the bad guys...... and yes, you would be surprised. And yes, I'm all #TeamBeck that's for sure. So Riley, better get your head right!!! Or else.... ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book? Amazing.!! The plot is getting really interesting. Im really happy for Riley, at least she has her dad now. Which is really good. Beck,is just pissing me off. He should be helping Riley, and not being against her.!!! Simon, is just playing on my nerves. He turned into such a dork..!! And Ori. OMG.!! How could he? Seriously, I thought he was better than that.!!! But, I still want her to be with Beck..:D
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng, reread
I don't have a lot to say, mainly because I feel like the nostalgia of the reread makes me biased.

Overall I'm a little frustrated with the plot in general, even though more or less I remembered some things.

So far, either I liked it a bit more back when I first read it, or I don't remember so well.

 Soph - Lock&Key
4.5 stars...

This book was pretty amazing :)

Team Beck....even though he was a bit of a butthead in this book, i still love him! <3
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Things in Atlanta are a mess. The Guild can’t get a handle on their local demon population and it looks like the Hunters from Rome will have to step in and help. But their kind of help always comes at a price.

No one is sure what happened at the Guild meeting that landed several trappers in the morgue and others severely injured. But whatever it was, someone is to blame and it looks like everyone wants to point the finger at Riley and Paul Blackthorne.

On top of all of this, Riley is still trying
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Genre: YA Paranormal
Rating: 3.5-4 stars


17-year old apprentice demon trapper Riley Blackthorne's world is about to abruptly change and dive rapidly into the abyss thanks to several factors that are all working against her. Most of these factors have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Riley or her actions which are intended to be brave in nature, but silly once they are made.

Her father's body has been raised from the dead by an unknown force and nobody is talking about it. The necrom
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**SPOILERS FOR FORSAKEN, THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES (which you should definitely read first!)**

It’s a bit difficult to give a brief summary of Forbidden without revealing too much, as there are a heck of a lot of amazing plot twists which I really don’t want to spoil, but I’ll try my best: Forbidden starts where Forsaken left us – with the entire city of Atlanta recovering from the demon attack that occurred at the Demon Trapper meeting; Trappers are mourning the loss of some of their greatest
The Demon Trappers: Forbidden is the second book in Jana Oliver's series. It continues the story of seventeen year old Riley Blackthorne, the only female trapper in the Atlanta guild if Demon Trappers. Her father has been lifted from his grave and as the trappers try to come to terms with the death of so many trappers in the tabernacle debacle it creates more and more times for this poor girl to be taken advantage of and manipulated.

Ugh ugh guh RILEY!

Riley, baby, why?!

I finished this book last n
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
"Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones." <--That is the synopsis on the back of the book. It pretty much does sum up the entire story!

Forbidden is definit
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I adored the fast paced, distinctive storyline of The Demon Trapper's Daughter which made Soul Thief an automatic add to my must-read pile. Jana Oliver's second installment is good but the change in the plot's direction does have me concerned. I was really hoping for some romance this time around, instead we get something else entirely and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Beck, Simon and Ori all had the potential of being sexy alpha males except they act like compl
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
OMG! This book was AMAZING! “Forbidden” is the second book in the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver and I have to say that it was even better than the first one! I don’t really know from where to start this review! This world-building is the most interesting in a YA fantasy book. While I was reading the story I thought that I was a part of this world. Although there is enough misery and the whole atmosphere is very dark, the writing style of the author is so good that I wanted to live there a ...more
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Jana Oliver is an international and Amazon bestselling author who lives in Portugal.

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 books include The Demon Trappers Series and Briar Rose (Young Adult), time travel/historical mystery (The Time Rovers Series) and paran

Other books in the series

The Demon Trappers (6 books)
  • Forsaken (The Demon Trappers, #1)
  • Forgiven (The Demon Trappers, #3)
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“The End is Nigh!" the man shouted.
"Is there still time for hot chocolate?" Riley asked.
The-End-is-Nigh guy blinked. "Ah, maybe, I don’t know.”
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