Book Review: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter

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The Demon Trapper's Daughter The Demon Trapper's Daughter by
Series: The Demon Trappers #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 340

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

My Review:

I’m a little behind on this review – sorry! I actually finished this one a few days ago, but I’ve had other reviews scheduled and I didn’t bother with writing it up. Sorry!

First of all, can I just say “About time!” It seems like urban fantasies like this aren’t nearly as common among YA novels – obviously we have City of Bones but even that gets out of the urban fantasy eventually.  This one is Urban Fantasy all the way through. The only difference from an adult urban fantasy was the lack of racy material, and I’m ok with that.

One of the things I really liked about this book was the detail put into the hierarchy of demons. Magpies and Biblio-fiends sound so cute, though they should keep far away from my library. I’d like to learn more about all the demons, because they seem like there’s more to them than just “gotta kill them all!” I know I say this a lot about books that have new creatures in them, but I want a catalog of pictures and specs on some of these demons! What can I say, I’m that kind of person.

I also enjoyed Riley as a character. She’s tough, and she doesn’t give up. I spent a lot of time feeling bad for her, cause no matter what she did she could not catch a break. Her author was very mean! But it makes for a good story so I’m not going to complain.

In the end, I’d give this one two thumbs up – this is the perfect book for anyone who loves Urban Fantasy or YA. This is a great introduction to either genre!

Book Review: Infinite Days

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Infinite Days Infinite Days by
Series: Vampire Queen #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 336

"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you... no one."
Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face. It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste. Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.
I never expected to fall in love with someone else who wasn't Rhode. But Justin was... daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream. I never expected to be sixteen again... but then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me.

My Review:

I was so excited when I discovered this book on another book blog. This is what I have wanted to see ever since Twilight made vampires the “Next Best Thing.” I wanted someone (me, if necessary, though probably only in fanfiction) to write about how to cure vampires, not just about how they can pretend they’re not by being vegetarians and whatnot. That said, this book was slightly disappointing for me. This is probably, in part, because I had such high expectations. I’ve wanted a book like this for so long that probably nobody could have written it the way I wanted.

But first, let me discuss the many things I think Maizel did right. For one thing, I applaud her for going against the grain. Vampire novels are all the rage right now, but this isn’t quite a vampire novel, is it? Mostly it’s about a human person, albeit an ex-vampire human. I think Maizel captures that really well. It is absolutely terrifying to think of writing a 500+ year-old teenager. How do you deal with the memories that age most people, and yet keep Lenah youthful? She does a wonderful job of balancing the two, and I am impressed!

I also liked Tony. I’ll admit, I don’t generally go for the bad boy types, so it’s not really a surprise that I was rooting for Tony all along. Tony provides a good foil for Lenah’s relationship with Justin (though I was strongly reminded of Twilight’s Jacob/Edward paradox just on a human scale). I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will definitely be interested to see what she does in the second book – I don’t believe anything authors tell me in this kind of subjective novel. First person is just an excuse to fool the audience into believing something without having all the facts. Not that that’s not fun. I’ve done it myself in the occasional novel. But let’s just say I have hope.

But despite all the things I liked, I was a little disappointed. Lenah becomes human at the very beginning of the book, and then it is the story of a human teenager. My problem is, well, there are no problems. Lenah speaks 25 languages. She’s top of every single one of her classes. She gets a job in the library without even trying (in my day, pulling a job in the library required a close friendship with the librarian and showing up at 5 am on sign up day to make sure you were at the front of the line). In my school days, we had a word for these people – Nerds (or Geeks or Dorks or whatever). I don’t mean this in a derogatory way – believe me, I’ve been called every single one of these, plus more – but lets face facts shall we? The school daredevil doesn’t just happen to fall for the new really nerdy girl who has a crush on him. I kept waiting to find out Justin was in the pay of her coven, or better yet, was part of another coven (because, come on, three – quintessential number for coven, along with 5 – daredevil brothers in a novel? There’s got to be something else going on there), but it didn’t happen. Lenah’s story is distilled down to: the only problem in my life is the possibility of my former coven hunting me down.

I don’t want anyone to get the impression that this ruined the book, because it didn’t. I still might recommend the book to friends looking for YA vampire novels, because it really is a different, interesting way of looking at the trope. I most definitely will be reading the rest of the series, because like I say, I don’t believe anything an author tells me in first person, and I desperately hope some of the things I talked about will come about later. But this was not a favourite, at least not yet.

And I believe I will leave it at that, as Charlie Brown Christmas is on in 10 minutes and I missed it last year.

Have a nice day =D

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