Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver, published by Macmillan Children's Books on 5th August 2011
Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones.
The Demon Trapper's daughter is back to stop the end of the world and kick some demon butt!
This is the sequel to last year's stellar debut 'Forsaken'. It picks up straight after the events of the previous book with main character Riley dealing with the aftermath of a terrible attack which left her boyfriend Simon fighting for his life. Riley's now trying to find out who reanimated her Dad, dealing with boyfriend problems and uncovering a major conspiracy, at the same time as trying to stop the end of the world from occurring. It's all in a day's work for demon trapper Riley Blackthorne!
Set in the future, 2018, one of my favourite things about this series is the incredible world which Jana Oliver has created. Demons are an everyday occurrence and a constant danger, while demon trappers and hunters roam around trying to rid them from places they're not wanted. I love the way the demons are graded and find all the different types and their unique characteristics really interesting.
The fantastic characters are also one of the elements which really drew me into the series and as the story progresses they get even more complex and fascinating. The love/hate relationship between Riley and Beck is awesome. Beck is extremely private and quite a closed-book. He doesn't let people in but he's now beginning to see Riley as much more than just his mentor's daughter and someone to protect. He has very real feelings for her now but they never seem to get their timing right. I'm desperate for them to end up together! They're perfect for each other. I liked finding out more about Beck throughout the book and learning about some of the parts of his personality that up until now he's kept hidden.
Riley is an incredible protagonist. She's smart and sassy and brave. She never backs down from a fight and she always follows her gut even when those around her may try to get her to do otherwise. She's gradually learning more about the world around her and some questions are answered in 'Forbidden' but a whole heap more questions are raised to keep the reader continually guessing.
I also enjoyed discovering more about the mysterious Ori who I thought was a little lacking in the first book. Now he's back on the scene, a major secret about him is revealed which is seriously jaw-dropping.
'Forbidden' was gripping and enthralling. I enjoyed it even more than the opening installment to the series as I feel like Jana Oliver's cranked the story up to an even higher gear. I found this one really difficult to put down with a multi-layered plot which had so many twists and turns that I read it almost in one sitting. I can't wait to see what happens to Riley and co next.