Review: Forbidden by Jana Oliver
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…
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…
What I thought:
Oh. My. God.
Everything I thought I knew about heaven and hell and demons just got turned up-side down. It went from the usual Heaven equals good and Hell equals bad and to now I don't know what's up and what's down. I don't.. I can't.. Oh god... I can't think straight anymore, let along form coherent sentences, if you haven't notices already.
The plot just blew me away. It constantly keeps you on your toes and there's always something going on. It has a high pace but never rushes. There's a love triangle but at the same time it isn't. It's more of a love rectangle that no one's really aware of but that turns to ashes and I just.. Wow.
Riley keeps going strong eve when fate seems to go out of her way just to mess up Riley's life even more. Riley makes honest mistakes and is far from perfect. She's not your usual YA heroine who just figures it out and saves the world all in one day. She probably will in the end of the series unless Jana's got something special up her sleeve. But Riley has probably made more mistakes in just this book than YA heroins usually do in a whole series. And I love her for that, makes her more real and easier to relate to.
And the boys. Simon, Beck, Ori and Peter all get new roles in this second book compared to the ones they had in the first. Well, Beck's pretty much the same he just stepped up a bit. The other three, oh my. Serious drama. And not just on the love front but more in regular life. Why do boys always cause so much trouble? Why can't they just be... sane, is that too much to ask?
Despite the fact that there are a lot of different trails that walk hand in hand in this book it's never too much or confusing. There's Riley's annoyance, anger and confusion with Beck, the Holey Water mystery, the issue with her dad walking the earth again, the fact that a Geo-fiend is after her and then there's the whole romance thing thrown in the mix. I'm just waiting for it to be tied up and I can't wait for this series to end. Not because I want it to end because it's awesome but because I need to know how it all turns out and who's behind all this crap. I want answers and there's still two book left. TWO books. I want answers now!
About the author:
Jana Oliver is an American author. Her books cross many genres, including romance/fantasy and historical mystery. An Iowa native, she currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her Time Rovers Series is published by Dragon Moon Press, a Canadian speculative fiction publisher, and in e-book form by Nevermore Press. The series has been nominated for fifteen awards and has won twelve, including ForeWord Magazine's Editor's Choice Book of the Year, the first time a science fiction novel has received that honor.
Her latest young adult series (The Demon Trappers) is published in the US by St. Martin's Press (THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER, SOUL THIEF and FORGIVEN).The series is also published in the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Brazil.
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