Forbidden is the second book in The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver. It was published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 5th August and the book is 432 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.
All her life, Riley Blackthorn knew she would be following in her father’s footsteps…as a Demon Trapper. While that initially excited her, she’s beginning to think it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. When demons seem to be after you personally, you start to rethink your choice of career. Not only that but Riley’s dad has been stolen from a necromancer no where to be found and no one is talking about his whereabouts. Surely that is enough for one teenage girl right?
Riley also has to deal with the near death of her wonderful boyfriend Simon and the warm and fuzzies she has for someone else who is keeping a hell of a lot of secrets from her. All Riley really wants is to be a normal teenage girl for a while and to chill out but it looks like people have other plans in store for her. Will she live to see them though?
What I thought
I utterly loved the first book in this series, Forsaken, so much so that I would put it as one of my favourite books of the year. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel so when I got home from holiday and saw it sat there waiting for me, I was extremely excited.
I loved Riley in the first book but I loved her even more in Forbidden. While she was kick ass in Forsaken, there was a lot more to her character this time around. Although she had already been through quite a lot, her coping mechanism seemed to be to lash out and for her confidence to shine through but this time, we get to see a lot more of the real Riley. I could feel everything that she was feeling and felt like I was there with her going through a personal hell. It was good to see a change in the main character and to realise that she wasn’t all about putting on a front and there was a real person hiding underneath a tough exterior.
So much happens for Riley in this book and it made the story extremely exciting.
This is a trilogy with some serious hot guys. A trilogy of guys to be exact.
Ori wasn’t around half as much as I wanted him to be in the first book but that was quickly changed in Forbidden. Ori plays quite a large role in this book and I was glad to see him around a lot more. While he is still extremely mysterious for the most part, we do get to learn a lot more about him this time around and I was extremely thankful for that. It’s all good someone being mysterious but there has to be a lot more to them to keep me really interested and this was the case with Ori. Little bits about him were revealed at a good pace and nothing at all about him was rushed or felt out of place in this story.
Beck is still by far my favourite guy in this series. He had Riley have somewhat of a past and are now bound together after her father’s death. Beck sees himself as a kind of guardian for Riley now that her dad is gone and he wants to do what is best for her but there are some complications. For anyone who has read the first book, you know that there is something more to Beck than he is letting on about when it comes to Riley and slowly, Forbidden shows just what those hidden things are. I can’t wait to see where to story goes next for Beck and whether or not that serious hunk of a man will get what he wants.
As for Simon, I loved where this story took his character. I wasn’t expecting this twist at all considering what happened at the end of Forsaken. I was a bit speechless as I saw his character develop and for changes to appear within him. I really didn’t think that he would be capable of some of the things he does in this book and although I didn’t want things to end up that way, I think it made for some great twists and turns in the story. Simon certainly kept things interesting and he kept me guessing throughout as I was never sure what he would do next.
The pace of Forbidden was perfect for me. Although there is a lot going on all of the time, every single little thing was done so well that you never got confused as to what was happening or who things were happening to. The mystery of this book was by far the best thing (next to the hot guys of course) for me and I loved not being able to figure out what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I had something figured out, a massive twist would be thrown in and I was caught off guard yet again.
The lead up to the end of this book was exciting, thrilling and pretty intense for the most part so I was hoping for the book to go out with a massive bang. Forbidden didn’t disappoint here at all! The ending was actually a complete shocker than I never saw coming. I was sat there with the book open at the last page with my jaw on the floor. Jana Oliver certainly knows how to deliver some fantastic cliff-hangers and ones which leave you wanting the next book immediately. I couldn’t quite believe what I had just read and it took me a while to get over it.
Forbidden is an amazing sequel for this trilogy and I just know that the third and final book, Forgiven, will be the best out of them all!