Friday, January 4, 2013

Review - Foretold (The Demon Trappers, Book 4) by Jana Oliver (5/5 stars)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 11, 2012
ISBN: 978-1250021847
Stand Alone or Series: 4th (and final) book in the Demon Trappers series
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the fourth and final book in the Demon Trappers series by Oliver. I really, really enjoyed this book and this series. This book is pretty much Riley and Beck’s book. It also wraps up the story involving the angel Sartael.

Riley and Beck spend the first part of the book going back to Beck's hometown to deal with Beck's mother and with the dark secrets that Beck left behind. As Riley and Beck hash things out in the South, Atlanta is having more and more demon problems. When Riley returns to Atlanta she is forced to deal with the repercussions of giving her soul to Ori. Finally Sartael and Lucifer will be dealt with once and for all.

Wow, what an excellent conclusion to this series! I have loved this series right from the beginning. Riley is a wonderful character and learning more about Beck's history was fantastic. All of our favorite characters play great roles in this final novel.

This is definitely Riley and Beck's book. The first half of the story belongs solely to them and it’s pretty emotional. We learn all about Beck’s sad past and about the dark things he tried to leave behind when he moved to Atlanta. There is a bit of a murder mystery involved. Through it all Beck and Riley are struggling through their issues and finally learning to trust each other.

Riley has grown a lot as a character. She is accepting her responsibilities without much complaint and has learned to depend and trust some of the people around her. She grows a lot in power as well and is forced to undertake combat training with Ori. The biggest thing for me was that Riley finally gets some happiness in her life. She's walked such a hard road that she definitely deserves some happiness.

That’s not to say things are all roses for Riley in this book. This is an emotionally wrenching read. Sacrifices are made, people are wounded, and at times things are pretty desperate.

I enjoyed the investigative quality of the first half of the book. I also enjoyed the epic Demon Trapper versus demons battles in the second half of the book. The book was well paced, impossible to put down, and had some really excellent action scenes as well.

I would recommend to the older young adult crowd. There are sex scenes in this book (although not explicit), some swearing, and some very violent battle scenes.

Overall I just absolutely loved this final book, although I am kind of sad the series is over. I love this post-apocalyptic demon infested world that Oliver has created. I also love the engaging characters, the fast-pacing, the action scenes, and the wonderful writing. I have loved this series from the first book and this book was like the icing on the cake. Highly recommended for fans of action-packed young adult urban fantasy.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 150+ Reading Challenge
- Paranormal Reading Challenge
- Young Adult Reading Challenge

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