Title: Soul Thief (Demon Trappers #2)
Author: Jana Oliver
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Published By: St.Martin's griffin
Format: Paperback, 339 pages
*I purchased this book*
Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.
But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…
I adore these books, but now that there's two I've noticed a pattern, the ending causes unavoidable hair tugging frustration. They both end at such crucial moments when your all "What the hell happens now?!" And I want to bash Riley and Becks heads together...Seriously!
Now, rant aside, Soul Thief was a wicked follow-up. Picking up exactly where Demon Trapper's daughter left off (which I love), Riley is trying to hold it together while investigating her father's reanimation, the holy water scam and the Tabernacle disaster. Which inevitably just sinks her even deeper into her already huge pile of crap, even though she tries her best to make good decisions Heaven and Hell are just not co-operating with her.
Soul Thief also introduces quite the love square. Simon is confused and angry after his brush with death-by-demon, Ori takes up the position of over attentive bodyguard (whom I DO NOT trust) and Beck still stupidly lives in denial.
Now, I was going to hold back a star because beck and Riley make me bonkers, maybe that's not fair but I am being totally honest when I say my head feels like it's going to burst in every scene they share. But, after I thought about it, the things about them that drive me mad are exactly the things that make them feel so genuine and relatable. Riley though loyal and brave is very naive and when it comes to relationships totally insecure, while Beck, a rough and tough "backwoods boy" is completely conflicted in the role he should be playing in Riley's life. So I gave the star back. 5 out of 5 =D