Book Review: Forsaken. The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver

Forsaken is the first book in The Demon Trappers series (set to be a trilogy at the minute) by Jana Oliver. It was published by Macmillan on 7th January and it is 448 pages long. Thanks to for the competition to win this.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Riley is training to be a Demon Trapper. Don’t get that mistaken with Demon Hunter though, they are two completely different things! Riley is not like her father though, who is one of the best in the business. She’s still in training and she is the only girl, which makes life extremely hard on her. People’s expectations of her and extremely high and as she struggles to just keep up, things take a turn for the worst.

Riley doesn’t need any more complications in her life but then she ends up with three and they are all super hot. Beck is one of her father’s best friends who Riley used to have a major crush on. Simon is another trainee Demon Trapper. Ori is…well, Ori is a bit of a mystery and Riley has no idea who he really is. Any normal teenager would love to be surrounded by these guys but not Riley. She also has the entire Demon world after her…and they know her name!

What I thought
Just before I won this book, I already had it in my Amazon basket because I was dying to read it. Once I had picked it up, I couldn’t put it down, reading it at every spare minute I got. In the morning before work, on the bus to work and even at work. Forsaken is one of those books that has you from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the very end…or in my case, even after putting the book down. I ended up speaking about my love for this book all night on Twitter and was telling anyone who would listen about it!

Riley kicked ass. She has a strong personality, knows what she wants in life and is a demon trapper. She also doesn’t let anyone walk all over her and will do whatever she has to in order to get what she wants. She is confident as well as beautiful and has a lot going for her, even if a lot of people don’t think she does. It’s about time we got more female MCs in YA books because I am bored of whiney and annoying ones. If I was to pick one YA female character that I wanted to be friends with, Riley is it. I’m sure being her friend would be a lot of fun, though dangerous, but I know she would always have my back. Just the kind of girl she is. The poor girl has been through a lot though. Both of her parents are dead and she is pretty much on her own, apart from Beck but I will get to him later. Considering everything that happens, I think she deals with it all pretty well, especially when she tried to look stronger than she actually is.

I instantly fell in love with Denver Beck aka Beck. Even before the other guys appeared, there was no doubt in my mind which team I was on. Even when the others did show up, my view on Beck never changed. It would take a hell of a lot to change my mind on this and unless Jana Oliver has something insane up her sleeve, I don’t see that happening throughout the series. You see, the thing about Beck is that he isn’t very nice to Riley. Regular readers of my reviews know how much I love the bad boy and the guy who is the hardest to get. This was one of the biggest things that drew me towards Beck. Other things about him: Demon Trapper, blonde, has a Georgia drawl and a series attitude. Sounds yummy right?! Beck also has some major problems. He drinks a lot and doesn’t ever seem to let anyone in, apart from Riley’s Dad. There was so much about Beck that made me want to give him a hug, even though I know he would be the kind of guy to just shrug it off. Anyway, I think you all get the point that I think he’s hot but he is also more than that. When things are going badly for Riley, Beck is there for her, even though he doesn’t want to be. Well, he keeps trying to tell himself that anyway! I can’t wait for the next book to see what Beck will get up to.

Simon was far too nice for me but I can see why Riley liked him so much. Considering all of the insane things going on in the world and in her life, Riley definitely needed some stability and Simon was it for her. He is a sweet, religious guy who obviously cares a lot for Riley but I didn’t sense one little bit of bad boy in him. Definitely not my kind of guy. Even though I didn’t totally like him, I did like seeing him with Riley and I thought that he did her a lot of good, knowing that he would always be there if she needed him and now I am curious to know what will happen with their relationship, especially after the way the book ended.

The blurb on the back of the book is a little misleading when it comes to Ori. He is described as ‘the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her life’ but doesn’t really turn up until way over half way through. Because of this, I was waiting and waiting for guy #3 to appear but it took so long that I wasn’t really that bothered about him by that point. Even so, he was very mysterious and I didn’t get to find out an awful lot about him, which I would say is a big advantage. I want to know more about him and what he is doing always saving Riley. Surely he has some ulterior motives?

Jana Oliver has a fantastic imagination. Not only did she create a whole new world, but a range of insane (and one very cute sounding) demons. Her world is one in which I would probably sit in a corner and cry. You wouldn’t see me going to mess with the demons on my own. Maybe if both Riley AND Beck were with me and even then, I’d be hiding in the back. The demons aren’t the only scary things though. The world is in a pretty sorry state with the economy not being what it used to and dead people being made into slaves. With all of this going on, Forsaken is an adrenaline rush. It’s exciting, fast paced, mysterious and original. It also made me giggle from the very first page. This is a book that has everything I could possibly want and I really didn’t want it to end.

In the past, I have had US copies of a book first (without even knowing that’s what they were) and have eventually bought the UK copies. With this book, the day after reading it, I bought the US version because I loved it that much. I have never done that after already having to UK copy so that is one way of telling you just how much I loved this book. The US version does have some small differences so it was interesting to see what had been altered.

Forsaken is easily my favourite book of the year so far. A must read!


  1. Riley sounds like a great character and I can see me liking Beck too. I am really looking forward to reading this one. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I really like this one too. It was so fast-pace and you cannot help but feel for Riley. I will be anxiously awaiting book 2. Thanks for a great review

  3. Glad to hear this is good. I just bought it. Squee!

  4. only skimmed your review because I haven't read it myself yet but soo looking forward to it

  5. AWESOME review!! This book sounds sooo good! And Beck sounds like just my type of boy! Gotta love bad boys, right? ;)
    I HAVE to order this one right now!

  6. I waited until after I wrote my review to read yours - yours still puts mine to shame :D
    Yep Beck is right up your street - I kept picturing Josh Lucas as Beck ;D
    Cute demon the one sorting the glitter :D


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