by Janna Oliver
Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…
It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.
Apparently I'm on an unintentional books-set-in-the-South kick lately :) Anyhow, this was another fun read, though I'll admit, it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The world building itself, however, was impeccable! Seriously, this was a great example of how to go about setting up an incredibly complex and realistic setting, near future and all. But, the pace kind of lagged for me in places, and there didn't seem to be much propelling the story forward until the last quarter of the the book. I can understand giving us a little time to settle in before hinting around at Riley's big role, but giving the book a centralized feeling earlier would have helped, imho. Other than that, though, I enjoyed the book and the crazy concept of "what if demons were real"?