I have mixed feelings about this book.
1. It’s never a good sign when you can pick up another book in the middle reading one–both of about the same length–and finish that book in two sittings.
2. None of the characters had exceptional “wow” factor. In fact, every character in the book, save the father who dies almost immediately, pushed my buttons on numerous occasions.
1. Oliver did an exceptional job creating a 2018, demon infested Atlanta. I grew up outside Atlanta, and spent many an evening downtown as a teenager and a twenty something, so I was looking forward to reading her vision of the city. Her rich scenes not only took me back to Atlanta, but also oozed the crumbling despair of the books setting.
2. This book has some of the best one-liners I’ve ever read. Here’s my favorite from page 301 of the ARC:
“Let’s test it,” Morton said. “Anybody got a demon in their pocket?”
I didn’t even have to mark the page for that one, the line stuck with me.
I gave The Demon Trapper’s Daughter three stars on Goodreads; which means I liked it but I didn’t love it. There were instances when the story slowed too much and the characters needed to get their acts together–they are demon trappers after all. However, I would like to see where the story is going. The last 100 pages made it all worthwhile! Lastly, this is a YA novel, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 16 years of age.
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver goes on sale tomorrow, February 1, 2011.
A Demon Trapper’s bonus story.
Before Riley Blackthorne can take on Grade Five demons, she has to trap her very first. Her debut solo trapping experience should be a breeze, just a harmless Grade One after all. But throw in some dippy hippies (whose peace signs and Patchouli really aren’t driving any demons away), one mischievous demon, and a run-in with the police, and Riley might not be able to pull it off…
**I received this ARC from Library Thing for review.