Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Jana Oliver's "Forgiven" (A Demon Trapper's Novel, Book #3)

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312614802
ISBN-13: 978-0312614805
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Bookshelf

Synopsis Via The Back Cover:



The days are growing darker for seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne. With her father's reanimated body
back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky fallen angel, and a freshly made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend, Simon, has told the Vatican's Demon Hunters that she's working with Hell. So now she's in hiding at the top of everyone's most-wanted list.

But it's becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: Something sinister is happening in Atlanta...or someone. Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming---and it may be closer than anyone thinks....

Saph's Review (Contains potential spoilers--you have been warned!):

Links to reviews for Books 1 & 2:  The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief.

"Forgiven" is the third installment of excellence penned by Jana Oliver.  

Book 3 starts up where Soul Thief ended and has Riley in hiding from the demon trappers, the Vatican Demon Hunters, Beck, and pretty much everyone else as she tries to figure out what her next steps should be.

Her ex-boyfriend, Simon, insists Riley is aligned with Hell and has spread the word to the Vatican and throughout the Atlanta trappers.  Beck found about her tryst with the Fallen angel, Ori.  Riley also owes Heaven and Lucifer.  And to top it all off, she still hasn't been able to lay her father's reanimated corpse to rest.  What ever is a girl to do?

Riley has been through so much more than an average seventeen-year-old should ever have to endure.  But then again, Riley isn't your average teenager.  She's a demon trapper, the first and only girl in the Guild.  And she's done quite a few questionable things, not out of selfishness, but in order to protect the ones she loves.

Riley is a very mature seventeen-year-old heroine. She still makes mistakes but all-in-all she does her best to stand behind her Guild and protect them and her friends. Her relationship with Beck turns a corner but it doubles back on itself, much to my dismay.
We get to see more of the Beck that is completely and totally head-over-heels for Riley.  He unfairly judges her, however, for her "mistake" with Ori.  It's the classic case of guys can sleep with whomever and however many girls they want and it's okay, but the second a girl does it, she gets labeled or harassed for it.  Beck was very selfish in his reasons for being mad at Riley's decision.  Riley does set Beck straight, however, and doesn't allow him to punish her for a one time deal when he's shared his bed with many women. Beck and Riley both finally do drop a lot of the stubbornness and meet in the middle.  The kiss they share before the "big battle" made me weak in the knees.  But just as I stated above in Riley's paragraph--the relationship stops before it even has a chance to blossom....damn that Justine!

Justine, stick girl reporter, is a very good antagonist to Beck.  Beck has secrets from his past that, if revealed, could change his life forever.  And Justine is just the user/good reporter/scorned ex-lover to bring Beck to his knees.

"Forgiven" is an action-packed novel that is just as good, if not better, than The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief.  Ms. Oliver's writing style is unique and fresh.  Her ability to write with passion and such in-
depth detail makes reading her tales very enjoyable. For example: On page 108 Ms. Oliver writes: "As the truck headed toward East Point, the silence felt so sharp it would have drawn blood if given physical form."

The storylines are easy to follow but the twists and turns are not easily figured out. I would have liked to see the "epic battle" scene be a little more epic but I'm satisfied with the outcome and had I been in Paul Blackthorne's reanimated shoes, I would have done exactly what he did.  His love for Riley is evident even in death and for that I salute him and his methods of attempting to keep Riley safe.

I love the emotional feel to these books.  The tension between Riley and Beck is monumental and while they made strides in this book, we definitely need the next book to come out quickly (hint,  There were parts of Forgiven that made me laugh out loud, weep internally, angered me, and made me shed a tear or two.  The ability to pull emotions out of a reader is one of the main goals that an author has and Ms. Oliver does it in all 3 books.

While many of the story arcs were wrapped up in "Forgiven," there are still some that need to be dealt with and I, for one, can't wait to ride the rollercoaster with Riley, Beck, and the rest of the gang as we conclude The Demon Trappers series with Book 4.

A Couple Of My Favorite Quotes:

He handed her the juice.  "Drink. You look awful."  "It wasn't a good sign when a dead guy said you looked bad." (J. Oliver, 2012, pg. 2).

When she reached the last step, Beck glowered at her like a constipated gargoyle." (J. Oliver, 2012, pg. 107).


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Forgiven (Demon Trappers)

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