Author: Jana Oliver
Published: St. Martin's Griffin
From the Back of the Book ~
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 demons in all major cities, Atlanta's local Trappers Guild needs all the help it can get - even from a girl. When she's not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice Simon, Riley's out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils - Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life's about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley's routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And as if that wasn't bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart - and her life?
My Thoughts ~
First off, a huge kudos for Jana Oliver, a Georgia girl! I love the fact that this book takes place in Atlanta, GA. It makes it feel believable and helps my imagination envision a city I am familiar with in a time of desperation. The interesting part is that it takes place in 2018, which, hello!, isn't far away. What an experience!
The main character, Riley Blackthorne is one bad chic. Instead of working at the local coffee shop, she pays rent by capturing demons who like to destroy. What I like most about Riley, it that she isn't portrayed as this ninja fighting trapper, but a cunning and witty trapper with a few weak spots. Her life is rough and she isn't afraid to take life by the throat and conquer it. However, being brave seems to be what constantly keeps her in trouble.
If you like a book for the romance, this one will have you biting your nails and asking yourself "who should she choose?" I liked both of the romantic interests in this book and I can't make up my mind about who I think is better. Simon, the sweet, thoughtful, handsome guy or Beck the hot, rebellious guy with a huge heart. I guess we will know more about who Riley falls for in the next book.