Thursday, 29 March 2012

Review: Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Forgiven (The Demon Trappers #3) by Jana Oliver
Published by Macmillan Children's Books 2012

Riley Blackthorne. Kicking hell’s ass one demon at a time...

Riley has made a bargain with Heaven, and now they've come to collect.

Lucifer's finest are ruling the streets and it seems that Armageddon might be even closer than Riley imagined. But with her soul and her heart in play it's all she can do to keep herself alive, let alone save the world. Riley's not afraid of kicking some major demon butt, but when it comes to a battle between Heaven and Hell, she might need a little help...

This was an excellent read. It's possibly the best book yet from The Demon Trappers, one of my most favourite series. The beautiful covers are also a welcome bonus.

Forgiven picks up not long after where Forbidden left off. Riley is now faced with her debt to both Heaven and Hell, and what that means for her: she's the one chosen to prevent Armageddon. She's also trying to pick herself back up again after her mistake with Ori, but now things get even more complicated when the demon hunters from Rome come after her.

Despite all that's happened to her, Riley has continued to be a strong character, and that's what I like about her most. She doesn't really mope around after what she did with Ori and she tries to put it all behind her, focusing on trying to prevent Armageddon. At the same time, Riley was relatable because she was coming to terms with her first real heartbreak and acted the way any girl would have (well, the normal ones anyway, not the overly-dramatic ones). I liked seeing how Riley coped with her dad being reanimated, but it was also very sad because he shouldn't be walking around and it made it all the harder for Riley to let go and accept her dad's death. 

Now for the demon hunters. I enjoyed having them around. At first, I was very wary of them because the hunters and trappers hated each other and to be honest, some of them were very arrogant and not likeable. However, the demon hunters and trappers united in a bid to prevent Armageddon and solve the mystery of a new and exciting threat, which was a very nice touch. I loved seeing how that panned out. This new twist also managed to make things terrifying but also amusing with a little help from Peter and Riley actually taking his advice. Peter remains ever the supportive and loyal friend; he is awesome. However, Simon still remains poisoned in his thoughts, and continues to believe that Riley works for Hell. Simon does eventually find out the truth and I liked seeing how that unfolded; now I'm just waiting to see what he does in order to redeem himself.

However, the one thing that completely sold me about this book was the development of Riley and Beck's relationship. The will-they-won't-they nature of their relationship has been very frustrating throughout the series, but in a good way. We finally get to see them open up to each other, and we see a softer side to Beck, which I absolutely adored. They finally see how blind they were and how they shouldn't hold back, especially given the situation they're in. 

The ending was really something. I can't wait to read the next book because it's an explosion waiting to happen, and it could affect everyone, Beck in particular. I felt that the book ended on a very strong note, and I can't wait to see where Riley takes us next.

5 stars

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