The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Definitely an interesting take on Angels and Demons.
I'd say that this book is pretty complex and refreshing. Oliver really did well in the world-building department. It's 2018 and the world is all going to hell. Literally. It seems that there are so many little details, I'm surprised that she got all of them in there. Or at least, so many of them.
It's hard to go back and recall each and every thing that I liked about this one. There were a lot of good points. Riley's a tough character and I really loved that she could hold her own in a fight, but at the same time be a totally normal girl. She was very grown up also, which was refreshing. She had to deal with so much loss and at the same time had to worry about bills. Beck is also one of my favorites now. He was very complex and I feel like there's so much more we have to learn from him. I'm interested to see how things develop between him and Riley. They're more like family right now, but I have a feeling that's going to change.
The only few things that I disliked about this book were the pace, the easy fix ups, and the small stereotypes. The pacing seemed a bit off. It was slow in parts that should have been more meaningul, but left you wondering when you moved on. And then when action DID hit, it would all be over in a flash. The final battle was so fixed and quickly done, I'm not quite sure what happened or why. It really annoyed me that one moment Riley's in this life or death battle with a freaking Geo-fiend and the next she's all safe in the cemetery. I mean... what. just. happened? And the stereotypical way that the demons looked was a little annoying. Big furry monsters, not very intelligent, horns, claws, red eyes, fire, etc. I didn't see a lot of originality there.
Over all, I really liked this book. I thought it was an interesting new take on the angels and demons genre that seems so popular lately. I will read the next book simply for the characters that I enjoyed so much, but I hope that some of these pacing issues and short conflicts will be better in the next go-around. On to the next one, folks!
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