The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1) 
Jana Oliver
340 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
Source: Finished copy for review
Rating:  LOVED

Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…

It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.

    When you throw a glance at this book, it screams “pick me up”. I mean, just look at the gorgeous, urban-city cover and the title. Yup, a definite “pick me up” for me.

   Looking at it on my bookshelf, I was a little intmidated by its length. Not only is it long, but the font is small too. But when I was about 50 or so pages in, things changed. I liked that it was long and the font small – I didn’t want it to end.

   I liked how Riley’s horrible attitude changed as I continued through the story. And I liked how Denver Beck tried his best to take care of her, like the big brother she never had, even if they fought most of the time. By the time I finished the book, I actually felt a surge of hope for the characters in the future, rundown city of Atlanta.

   I found the storyline very intriguing – the blurb in the back of the book didn’t say much, but it was enough to tune my interest.

   While most girls are busy worrying about prom and college, Riley’s worrying about how she’ll pay the monthly rent and when the next demon will claim her soul. Riley Blackthorne is the daughter of the legendary Paul Blackthorne, master demon trapper. All she wants is to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a master trapper just like him. But no female has ever accomplished that feat, and some of the trappers will stop at nothing to keep it that way.

   Keeping her apprentice trapper liscense is the least of Riley’s worries, however, when a tragedy strikes her life. And now, the demon’s are getting smarter – teaming up and working together, something they shouldn’t be capable of.

   And they know her by her name. Riley Blackthorne. Something’s up, and Riley is just as clueless as the reader.

   So… what are you waiting for? Open a new browser and buy yourself a copy, I know I can’t wait for the second book ;). The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is stunning, unputdownable, and a riveting must read.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

March 6, 2011



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    March 7, 2011

    I totally agree with your review. This novel was a knock out! I most certainly wasn't ready for it to end and like you, I will be anxiously awaiting the second one. Thanks for the great review!

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    March 7, 2011

    Great review. You've just bumped this on up my tbr pile. I think I will make it my March Debut Author Challenge book.

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    The Slowest Bookworm

    March 7, 2011

    Wow and more wow! I want to go and grab my copy of the shelf like NOW.

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    March 7, 2011

    Awesome! I'm sold! I'll be adding this to my list when or if I run out of stuff to read! But will still likely buy it!

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    Jana Oliver

    March 7, 2011

    Thanks so much for the awesome review. I really enjoy writing Riley and Beck's adventures. The next book is out in late August (SOUL THIEF). Let's just say that Riley's life doesn't get any easier ;)

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    Book Sp(l)ot

    March 7, 2011

    I'm glad you reviewed this–I thought it looked interesting but haven't seen many reviews yet :)

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    Lauren M

    March 7, 2011

    I completely agree-I loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter! Can't wait for book two!

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    YA Reader

    March 7, 2011

    Can't wait to read this!

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    March 8, 2011

    This book reminds me of the TV show Supernatural with a female lead. And since I love the show, I'm thinking I will LOVE the book too!!

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    March 8, 2011

    agree with you…
    the cover and the title does interest me to read..
    waiting for this to come to Malaysia…

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    March 8, 2011

    Thanks for the great review! The cover does seem to scream pick me up, which is definitely what I will try to do!

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    Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info

    March 9, 2011

    Great review! I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to find out what happens next!

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    March 13, 2011

    Loved your review! This sounds like such a great book, can't wait to read!

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    as always ♥ Carol

    March 15, 2011

    This sounds like an awesome read. I love that her crush's name is Simon and the fact you said its long. I tend to read too fast so having longer books is always appreciated that way they last longer lol. Your right the cover looks amazing
    as always ♥, Carol

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    Kimmie, Nola

    March 21, 2011

    All your comments & the review make me want this book….BAD! I LOVE THAT IT IS SO LONG!

    It sounds like. Great read!

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    March 24, 2011

    This one sounds so good, love your review! I seriously can't wait to read it! Riley sounds like an awesome MC.

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    September 6, 2011

    Brilliant review, Hafsah! I love, love this cover. It looks stunning and I cannot wait to read this one. Thanks for your review =).

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    November 11, 2011

    This book totally says Pike me up and read me. I loved it and I was actually glad it was a long story because the whole story line was amazing and not rushed. Riley was awesome she kicked serious demon butt and I'm glad she became a demon trapper and stuck with it even after her dad died. I loved Beck right from the start. Even though he goofed off most of the time Beck was very reliable especially to Riley. They are such a perfect couple they just have to figure that out themselves. I can't wait to read Soul Thief.

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    November 12, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm totally Team Beck. I seriously can't wait for this sequel. Oliver has me hooked!

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    November 21, 2011

    I so want to read this book. I like how it's long but not drawn out and that you wished it didn't end. That gives me hope that this will be a really interesting book to read. Thanks for the review.

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    January 27, 2012

    Glad you reviewed this book…I've heard some great things about it. I really want to read it…sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for the review!

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    Bonnie Regan

    March 29, 2012

    I picked up a copy of this book for a couple bucks – it looks like a lot of fun! Great review. :)

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    November 15, 2012

    This series has been great so far. I really enjoy it. Thanks for reviewing.