Friday, 9 March 2012

Review: Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Series: Demon Trappers #3
Author:  Jana Oliver
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 27th 2012
Pages: 368
Format:  ARC Paperback


Reason chosen:  

I love the series. I just can't seem to get enough.

Summary taken from Chapters/

Jana Oliver''s third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - followingThe Demon Trapper''s Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.
The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper 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. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm's way. Riley thinks she might know who's behind it all, but who's going to believe her? 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…


What if there is an internal war brewing in Hell?
What if Lucifer is not who we think he is, and is not the only one vying for people’s souls and rein?
What if every Angel, including the fallen, have a job to do, whether they like it or not?
This is by far the best book so far in the Demon Trappers series. Why? Many many reasons...all of them I will not give away because you need to read this book. But here is what I will tell you. Finally we get a tough Riley...who knows that she’s tough. Who steps up to bullies, takes a stand knowing the risks. Risks herself...multiple times for the greater good. She stands up to some pretty powerful that takes some balls. She gets down to the bottom of things instead of waiting for certain things to figure themselves out. She thinks things through in the middle of danger without denying that she’s scared.
I found Riley to be a whole new person.
Jana Oliver has opened us up to the same world on the brink of Armageddon with a whole new set of matured characters that are scared, but not afraid to stand up for themselves, get the job done, and finally...finally get what they want.
This Armageddon fantasy novel has shook my world and surprisingly has made me think long and hard about Heaven and Hell.
Jana Oliver has left me wanting more.


Riley—she knows how to kick butt and prove what side she is really on
Beck—its Beck...every time he’s mentioned in the novel I just think ‘SEXY’. Sexy southern man with a hidden past. Ouuu! Sorry a shiver just ran down my spine. He’s every girl’s dream.
Simon—Yes! You got told!
Swords—they get everyone. It’s pretty awesome.
Stewart—That old man is interesting...I think there might be more to the ‘Grand Master’ than meets the eye.
Paul Blackthorne—You crafty secretive bugger.
Demon Hunters—I sort of like them, well some of them even though they are the Yin to the Demon Trappers Yang.


Justine—She wasn’t written badly or unbelievable or anything. In fact this does not reflect on Jana Oliver or the book in anyway. I just want Riley to punch Justine in the face, or at least b**** slap her. Please?

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was well written. There were moments that took my breath away, and moments I could have sworn the grin on my face actually made it from ear to ear. I found the intimate scene (no there are no sex scenes just ones that made my heart flutter) the way I pictured they would between the characters. As a world on the brink of destruction should be Jana Oliver has provided her readers with a gripping and captivating story and world.


‘I’m home. Ya happy now?’ Beck’s gravelly voice demanded. ‘Yes, I am.’ ‘Yer’ treatin’ me like i’m some idiot kid,’ he complained. ‘Gee, I wonder where I learned that?’ He hung up on her.

‘I’m not going to faint at the sight of your butt,’ she said. ‘Ya might, and I don’t want that on my conscience,’ he said, tossing the jeans aside.

‘No more messing around with Hell. They play for keeps.’ ‘So does Heaven.’

‘Yes!’ Beck crowed, pumping his fist into the air. ‘That rocks!’ Then he charged off in search of another Three to decapitate. Riley sighed to herself. ‘I’ve created a monster.’

‘Paul sold his soul for you, didn’t he?’ Riley turned towards him, astonished, ‘How did you know?’ Beck adjusted the blanket again. ‘I just figured it out. That’s what a man should do for his daughter. Or his woman.’ He looked her straight in the eyes. ‘I’d do it for you if it kept ya safe,’ he said tenderly. He’d go to Hell for me. In that instant, Riley knew she’d do the same for him.

‘I should go. Stewart’s waitin’ for me. Says he wants to teach me how to use a sword properly.’ Riley hooted. ‘Can I watch? This should be totally hilarious.’ ‘Ya’ve got no respect woman.’ Beck retorted. After the door closed behind him she realized what he’d said. ‘Woman?’ He wasn’t calling her girl any longer.

‘Do what ya have to do to pay off yer debt with Heaven,’ he said, his concern for proper speech abandoned. ‘But ya do not die on me, ya understand? I can’t live without ya. Yer all I got, woman.’ Her breath caught in her lungs. ‘I don’t want to be here if you’re not.’

‘A soul is forged in the fires of adversity, not comfort.’

Previously in the Series:

Retro Demonology #0.50
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter A.K.A. Forsaken->Click for review
Soul Thief A.K.A. Forbidden->Click for review

Next in the Series:

Foretold ->Click for review 

Viewer Recommendation:

Paranormal, Young Adult readers. Young adult demon/magic readers. Armageddon readers.

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