Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2)
Published: 5th August 2011
Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones
I was so excited when I got this book in the post! I couldn't wait to see what was happening with Riley and this instalment did not disappoint. There's so many mysteries going on in this, some answered and some not, and you can't help but feel that the answers are right THERE and you just need one more little piece to put the whole puzzle together. It's a highly exhilarating and toe-curlingly frustrating feeling, but one I adore as it really pulls you into the story.
Riley was as independent as ever, though I definitely winced at some of the choices she made in this book. Actually, I more than winced, I pretty much yelled at her. Whilst I can see the reasons for her choices, I definitely definitely wish she hadn't made them. But again, it pulls you into the story. I'm so invested in Riley Blackthorne, I feel like she's my little sister or something. Peter totally came into his own in this book as well which was a pleasant surprise. I have high hopes of him becoming a trapper's apprentice. Simon...omg I don't think any character has ever annoyed me as much as him...well obviously they have but man did I hate him! It's possibly partly because of my atheism but I had NO sympathy for him and I just wanted to slap him and lock him up or something. What he did to Riley was...wow. I couldn't believe it. Beck was as adorable and confused as ever. Ori...wow. I mean, I kinda saw that coming, but it still knocked me for six. And I felt so outraged on Riley's part as well, again like a protective sister. Harper I liked slightly more in this book as well.
The plot was definitely faster paced than the previous book, and like I mentioned earlier every mystery presented was added too and developed. I kinda like the way you can see how all this is going to come to a head but you don't know how or why or when or anything. It's great writing on Jana Oliver's part and I am DESPERATE for the next book. That ending, it was SO good. A cliffhanger yeah, but an anticipatory cliffhanger rather than a *groan* 'why it end there' cliffhanger. So much happened in the space of like, a second it was mind blowing.
This book was a definite improvement on what was fast becoming a totally awesome series, and for that it gets 5/5 from me.