Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Olivier

The demon trappers daughter is an incredibly detailed YA urban fantasy. I came across this book in a goodreads group that I joined and it piqued by curiosity so I picked up a copy on Amazon. Here’s the description from Amazon.com:

The year is 2018, and Riley is no ordinary Atlanta teen. She is training to be a demon trapper like her father. The economy has gone to hell, and so it makes perfect sense that hell would send forth demons to wreak havoc on Earth. The opening scene has Riley trapping a lower level Biblio-fiend that lives in a university library and storing him in a sippy cup until turning him in. This sounds like it is a tongue-in-cheek novel, but it is not. Riley's father is killed by demons, and there is some mysterious link to Riley, placing her life in danger. Her father's hot bad-boy former apprentice, Beck, has a crush on Riley, as does the kinder, wholesome, and religious trapper Simon, creating the romantic angle. There is a mystery involving the potency of the Holy Water used to fight demons and treat the wounds they inflict, and the fact that demons seem to know Riley's name.

The Demon Trappers series is my new favorite urban fantasy series. For those that loved the Immortal Instruments series and world this book will be a part of your favorites. 

Riley is a strong lead character. Some people have cited her to be immature in reviews but I found her to be perfect for a 17 year old girl that has lost those she was closest to. She is loyal, caring and stubborn. A lot of the interesting interactions between Riley and Beck come from both of them being so stubborn.

I love the alternating points of view in this book. Beck puts up a very tough front but is vulnerable on the inside. I think that Olivier does a great job alternating between the leading characters. I really enjoy that style of writing so you can get a glimpse into the more intimate aspects of each leading character.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the love triangle with Simon and Beck. I suspect that Beck would be better suited to Riley since Simon brings up wanting a family several times. In addition, there is another male character that I am unsure what is going to happen. I am hoping his mysterious appearances and comments are explained in the next book. I may even reread this book soon to get some more clues into what is going on.

On a side note: The cover is absolutely AMAZING! It is the first thing that drew me into the book.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment which is supposed to be released August 30. I give this book a 5/5 and have really high hopes that it is longer than three books because the world Olivier has created is so unique and interesting.


  1. Lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I've been meaning to get my hands on this book, and your enthusiasm makes me want it even more :)

  2. Thanks Lily! You really should check it out. I was really surprised I didn't hear more buzz about this one prior to its release. It just happened to be the pick for feb in my group.

  3. This one sounds interesting too!