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A Reader of Fictions: Last of Days - A Fine Frenzy

A Reader of Fictions

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Last of Days - A Fine Frenzy

The Demon Trapper's Daughter
The Demon Trappers, Book 1

Author: Jana Oliver
Pages: 296
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Brief Summary:
Riley Blackthorne wants to be a Demon Trapper, just like her dad. She is the first female in training to be a Demon Trapper, which is cool and all, but completely not easy. Demon Trapping involves an incredible amount of danger and is getting worse all the time. Now the demons have started to work together, something they never did before, and casualties are starting to mount. And why are all of the demons so interested in Riley?

Riley Blackthorne is one strong lady. She can take one heck of a beating and often gives back as good as she gets. She is no delicate flower. Her life is not glamorous and not one to be envied, even if there are a whole lot of really attractive guys in her vicinity expressing interest. I also like that there is no clear winner on the guy front, which is a bit rare to see in these teen paranormal series (it's more common for the heroine to have a number of choices and to not make a decision in the adult series). Not that Riley is playing them (another yay!), but I suspect her decision for now may not be her decision forever. It's also nice that, although Riley does think about boys (who wouldn't?), they are not her primary concern.

In addition to all the action and boy drama, there is a lot of religious stuff happening here. Thankfully, it all fits into the fantasy realm in such a way as to not come off too preachy. It's also really interesting that in this post-disaster of some sort world where demons and other paranormal nasties exist, the Vatican has a team of Demon Hunters that kills Lucifer's hordes. Funny how that is both very not how a church should be, but exactly what a church would do. I definitely look forward to finding out more about the way Oliver has set up this world in the sequel.

Recommended to YA, paranormal, fantasy and dystopia fans. A quick-paced exciting read with some thought-provoking themes.

" The world carries on without you
But nothing remains the same

I'll be lost without you

Until the last of days

The sun is in the east

Rising for the beasts and the beauties

I wish that I could tear it down

Plant it in the ground to warm your face"

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