Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2)
Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…
This book picks up right where the first book left off, after the attack at the Tabernacle. Riley finds out her dad has been reanimated, her boyfriend barely survived the attack and Beck is, well Beck.
I know this is a type of fantasy book, but it's so believable in a way. The battle between good and evil, except in this case good may not be that good and evil might not be that evil, there's a huge gray area.
I love the tension between Riley and Beck. To make things even more complicated between the two of them, Simon is acting like a jerk and who is this guy, Ori, who is following Riley around everywhere?! This is not your typical love triangle.
With quick wit, fast paced demon hunting and guy wrenching sadness, this book is sure to please readers of the trilogy. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it. I cannot wait until the third book, *waits patiently*....
What I love about this series is Riley. She's tough yet vulnerable. She can kick demon butt big time but craves a cup of hot chocolate with whip cream. She's a smart mouth but still falls apart thinking of her dead father.
The details in this story are great too from the scene setting to the interactions between Riley and Beck, her father's apprentice, who isn't sure what he thinks of Riley. I couldn't help but hope they'd both realize they really care about each other.
This a fast paced paranormal filled with demons, romance, betrayal, and hope. There's also twists and turns throughout. The one at the end totally surprised me. Let's just say I want to know more. I know readers will agree with me.
I also liked the twist on the whole evil vs. good theme. Let's just say this one doesn't follow the usual rules. There's more gray than black or white. Just like real life.
The romance is believable too. As is the bitter betrayals.
The Soul Thief doesn't follow the usual stereotypes or is a Buffy wannabe novel. No, this one is much more. Riley is a strong heroine with weaknesses and strengths in one thrill seeking tale.
This reader wants more!
Love the father/daughter relationship too. Ok, so he's dead. Still the love shared between these two is still shown in very believable detail.
Unfortunately, Soul Thief did not live up to the first book. At all. I found myself quite bored with it from the very beginning. It was missing the excitement that made The Demon Trapper’s Daughter so engaging. Riley just goes about her every day tasks for the most part while the threat is very much in the background. Even what should have been the big showdown with the level 5 demon was pretty lame. It was over in about a page and that was that.
Another thing that dragged my rating down for Soul Thief was the romance. It’s now a love rhombus (or square, if you prefer), but not a very well thought out one. I was quite enjoying the Simon-Riley-Beck love triangle, but throwing in Ori was just a bit much. Simon has changed a lot after the demon battle, and he blames Riley. Riley all of a sudden rebounds with Ori, and their relationship develops quite rapidly. She says she’s not ready and that they’re moving too fast, but a paragraph later it’s a whole other story. There’s a twist with Ori, but I don’t think their super speedy romance was necessary for it.
What I did like about Soul Thief was that we got a little bit more world building. I’m loving this run down, demon infested Georgia. As Riley is going about her everyday life, we get glimpses of some of the problems in the city. There’s nothing essential, but it was interesting especially when Riley goes to the “deader” auction. We also get to know Beck a lot better. There’s a lot more too him than we get in the first book, but I just wish Ori hadn’t stolen some of the focus away from him.
In the end, Soul Thief was a majorly disappointing sequel. While there was some great world building involving the city and the necromancers, not much else happened. I don’t feel like the plot moved forward much. Sure we got a couple of complications, but basically nothing happens. Will I continue the series? Yes, but I’m not really in a rush to now. I do hope the next book is more interesting.
In its weak spots, Soul Thief reminds me of the House of Night series by the Cast mother-daughter team. This is definitely a bad thing. What saves the book from the horrors of that series is Riley. Although she's not the brightest, she does truly believe in her actions and she does what she can to help others. Unlike Zoey Redbird, she does not screw others over intentionally.
One really good thing that happened here was Simon going crazy. I really don't like Simon. Even at his sweetest, he kind of creeped me out and I never thought he and Riley made sense. I felt so justified when he acted like such a jerk after she saved his life. Beck is my favorite of the guys in her life, I guess, although I don't necessarily approve of his decisions (or his annoying accent). The whole protecting her by telling her what to do business is rather irritating; besides, he ought to know her well enough to know that ordering her around is going to have the reverse effect. Plus, if he really wanted to stop her, why not spend more time with her and less belly up to the bar?
Like the first book, The Demon Trapper's Daughter, this one is a definite thrill ride, filled with romance, betrayal and action sequences. This is a fun ride.