Published March 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.
The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.
But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…
It seems I've been reading a lot of 4 star books lately. I have no problems with this.
I can honestly admit that Beck is the reason for about 80% of that rating. Riley herself is an amazing character - she's strong and fierce, but at the same time she behaves like an actual teenage girl sometimes. She's everything I think a female heroine should be - realistic even in a world of fantasy. However, while I have no problems with Riley at all, Beck just . . . shines, I guess you could say. Beck says and does frustrating things all the time, but he has a heart of gold. He's not your typical teenage boy found in YA - especially considering he's not even a teenager. I love the way he's constantly watching out for Riley. I love how stubborn he is.
And I love how the relationship between Beck and Riley has grown and matured over three books and still isn't done yet. Their relationship is so realistic. They're the kind of "couple" that you'll never stop rooting for. (I use quotes since they're not actually a couple yet. *sadface*)
This book - the entire series - isn't just about romance, though. The demons are just as present and dangerous as they have been in the previous books. The first three fourths of the book are full of suspense. The last fourth of the book, however, is probably why I didn't give this book 5 stars. Forgiven was just about to hit its climax - the war between Heaven and Hell, basically - and then it's resolved after a few words from Riley in like, three pages. I have to admit I was disappointed.
I love all the little subplots that are all part of the bigger story. Riley's father. The fake holy-water. The way the demons aren't acting the way they're supposed to. Jana Oliver does an amazing job at keeping it all connected.
She also does an amazing job with the secondary characters. They're all so different from each other and they each add something to the story - usually something entertaining for me.
Overall: This is definitely a series I think people should read if they haven't started. Full of fun characters, danger and suspense, and battles of good versus evil, they're all amazing books. Forgiven leads you even deeper into the mysteries, and while I felt it wasn't as exciting as it could have been, I'd definitely say this is the best book in the series so far. 4 stars.