Review: Foretold by Jana Oliver
In the fourth Demon Trappers novel, Riley faces the final battle for humanity and Beck's heart—and Hell is the least of her problems.
Now that Riley’s managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything’s changed. Well . . . most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if nothing ever happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her since her father’s death—but she’s about to get a whole lot more than she bargained for. When she’s commissioned to go with Beck to his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption... and survival.
Meanwhile, up in Atlanta, it’s quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle, but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for.
I don't know if I should be immensely happy because I read it or cry my eyes out because I finished it. Finishing it meant I've now seen the last of Riley and Beck. I don't wanna! I want more, so much more. I want Ori's story, Simon's story, hell I'd read Harper's story just so I can be back in Atlanta. I've finished this entire four book series in just two months, that alone should tell you something about how much I loved it.
This final installment of the series is high paced with a lot of adrenaline filled action. The story is set around two major events, one in Beck's hometown and one back in Atlanta. The first one doesn't have much to do with Rileys whole Heaven vs. Hell battle but is more for the sake of character development. I am SO happy with that part! We get a lot more up and personal with Beck and oh boy, I love that man. Throughout the series Jana's hinted about his softer, caring side but as soon as someone got to close he's pushed them away and acted like a royal bitch. In Foretold we get to see why and what makes him tick. That man is awesome, stubborn as a mule but awesome.
The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, it was satisfactory enough but I wanted something more. I wanted that grand finale that left me completely happy with how everything went. The book and series ended but Jana left a crack in the door open instead of closing it all the way. Not enough so that there might be another book but enough to be frustrating.
This really is Backwoods Boy's book and Riley takes a step back, but it works. I think that's why, in part, the end didn't fully do it for me. Riley's end isn't as spectacular as I wanted it to be.
We do get to see more of Riley enormously determined side when she tries to hold on to Beck when he does everything he can to keep her at a distance. This is why I love this girl and fell in love with this series in the first place. She doesn't let anyone run her over, at least not in the long run. She knows that it's okay to lose a battle once in a while if you want to win the war. But she WILL win the war, failure is not an option! Riley has really made an impression on me and is without a doubt one of my favorite heroines.
If you are a fan of dystopians and paranormals in general but haven't picked up the Demon Trappers series yet I suggest you do it ASAP!
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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