Forgiven (The Demon Trappers #3)

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Forgiven (The Demon Trappers #3)
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12+
Release Date
March 27, 2012
ISBN
978-0312614805
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Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following The 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…

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Third Installment to great series!
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
I fell in love with Riley's world in the first book of this series, The Demon Trapper's Daughter. In this third installment, we find Riley literally stuck between Heaven and Hell's angels and she has to perform a favor for each side.

I really enjoy the unique world that Jana Oliver has created. Not only is there the battle between good and evil, but it's not as black and white as some think. I think her take on demons, Hell, and Heaven is very interesting and makes for a fun read.

I think Riley is a unique character. She has lost her father, but now finds himself reanimated, meaning he is back from the dead, but far from being alive. He is under the control of whomever purchases him and Riley can't do anything about it. She is still struggling with bills that need to be paid, an interesting love life, and oh yeah, that above mentioned favors she has to complete for Heaven and Hell.

I adore Beck's character. I have a soft spot for boys who are lost and need redeeming. Beck was Riley's father's trapping partner and looks after Riley now that her father is gone. Riley has also had a huge crush on him for years, but Beck treats her like a little kid (she is only 17 after all and he is 22). However, you can tell that Beck cares for Riley, even though he makes some mistakes and ends up hurting her feelings sometimes. I really like where Jana Oliver takes their relationship and with every book she has left me begging for more interaction between the two.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending to this book but only because it wasn't a true ending! That leads me to believe there will be a 4th book (there better be!) and that only means I'll have to wait longer for a true end to this story. If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you'll enjoy this one as well. If you haven't read the series yet, but you want a unique take on the paranormal, give the series a try!
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Watch out Buffy! Here comes Riley!
(Updated: April 02, 2012)
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4.7
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5.0
I loved Jana Oliver's first book THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER and couldn't wait to read more. FORGIVEN is the third book in this series. The book grabs you right at the beginning and doesn't let you go. Riley finds her dead father, Master Trapper Paul Blackthorne has been reanimated. This means he is basically a zombie and a slave to whoever purchases him. And to make matters worse she has to confess to her father that she was very close to Ori, a Fallen angel. Yeah, her life is pretty sucky right about now.

I love Riley. She's not the typical seventeen-year-old but rather a girl that has learned to live on her own wits. It's the future and the world has gone to hell...literally. Demons run wild through the streets. School is held in empty Starbucks coffee houses. Riley happens to be the only girl demon trapper in Atlanta and is blamed for all the troubles facing the trappers. She's lost so much since readers have first read this series. Her father died, her boyfriend turned on her, and she finds out she's supposed to save the Earth from Armageddon. She could very well be hard core and tough but Oliver shows us there's much more to this character. Riley struggles with what she did with Ori and also her feelings for Beck. I also love Beck. He comes off as being arrogant and a womanizer but there's much more to him. He cares deeply for Riley but still sees her as the twelve-year-old kid daughter of his master trapper. Boy, is he wrong on that!

Fast-paced action, with interesting characters in a not-too distant future takes you on a thrilling ride. Punchy dialogue adds to the strong chemistry between Riley and Beck. This isn't the usual Buffy wannabe paranormal. There's tons to recommend about this series: a strong protagonist who fights for what she believes in, multi-dimensional characters, and an ending that doesn't leave you hanging but rather hoping. I know I am. Plus, the author told me there will be a book four in this series as she couldn't leave us hanging! Yay!

Highly recommended for fans of strong protagonists.
Good Points
1. Great voice
2. Love the whole premise of a teen protagonist who happens to be a demon trapper
3. Punchy dialogue
4. Great chemistry between Riley and Beck
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Jana Oliver must be a determined woman—dragging me back into this series...
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
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4.0
There are many reasons why Jana Oliver was, cleverly, able to draw me back after my disastrous feelings toward Soul Thief. Forgiven by Jana Oliver subtly re-introduces a world created to mirror our hellish fears for a future ailing in a rapid downward spiral, though including a literal hellish twist, and two main characters who never fail to brandish their courage, their strengths, are unable to hide their weaknesses, their flaws from our all-seeing eyes, and are nearly as stubborn as the person attempting to force the same sides of two magnets together. Like the magnets, it would seem Beck and Riley are constantly letting situations, themselves, or each other drive a large wedge between them, when they each hold the power to turn their magnets, so to speak, in a way that would allow them to fuse smoothly, peacefully and with no harm involved. Despite this dilemma, it's sometimes their stubbornness we admire, as it propels them to stand strong, to hold on and fight back when necessary. And a supernatural war with the capacity to incapacitate the existence of humans indefinitely looming in a shadowed horizon of torment and despair brings a sense of urgency, and, with it, a world of potent thrills!

Riley Blackthorne has been unmercifully beaten down, torn apart, and sown up sloppily yet she still manages to rise to the occasion, even when the sacrifices are high and sometimes dire, when the people she cares about seem to isolate her, when everything fate backhands her with poisons her strong will, and instead serves up this awesome picture of an often underestimated female demon trapper capable of so much more than most imagined. Respect is easy to give when its aimed at such a haunted, compassionate, kick-butt person, fighting for her own survival nearly as much as everyone else's. Knowing loss intimately, shoved into making very difficult choices, her scars make it easy to forgive her fresh, and occasionally self-inflicted, wounds shrouding the goodness so many have a hard time unearthing. Her choices are often genuine, perhaps misguided depending, and the consequences are realistic and painful and indicative of a world and characters as imperfect as our own, and, therefore, entirely relatable.

One can only take but so many romantic missteps, and it's easy to grow impatient with all the avoiding and misunderstanding done by each party. Forgiven, however, is a bit more bearable, mostly because the tension is scrumptious and we carry the knowledge that what we await between the two main characters is fast-approaching. Untwisted into their true forms, revelations are made and memories recalled and reevaluated to brighten their already morbid backdrop at a tortuously unhurried pace. Forgiven allows us to shout in triumph over our precious, keen instincts about these things and yet still manages to rip away some of the pleasure out of the exactness of our suspicions with an ending that we can nearly weep for, for pain and bittersweet almost-joy, as these two don't quite make it out of the woods.

Regardless, the satisfaction that springs in our calming hearts is wide and absolute. All the action, all the anticipation is still leading up to an unforeseeable outcome but allows us to enjoy the fast-paced journey in Forgiven, which definitely refrains from acting as a filler in between books. Our sincerest hope is pressing onward, hoping for the best, but mostly has to do with canceling the wait and owning the final chapter of Riley Blackthorne and Denver Beck's story to enjoy as thoroughly as Forgiven, if not more.
Good Points
When Forgiven arrived on my doorstep, I resolved to never read it. Slowly, the curiosity arisen by its sudden presence in my life developed an effect akin to an obnoxious acquaintance poking me between the shoulder blades incessantly. Has that ever happened to you? It's quite unpleasant. Eventually, I crumbled and began to read. Imagine my surprise, and eventual pulse-spiking excitement, when the third book served up a reminder as to why I enjoyed the first one so much. Oh, joy! The demon-battling, the perfect collision of the paranormal, and the romance I've been carrying a jumbo-sized, blazing torch for gives Forgiven the addictive edge lacking in its predecessor.
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