Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Forbidden - Jana Oliver

Book #21 of 50 on the Goodreads Book Challenge

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 432
PUBLISHER: Macmillan
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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.


REVIEW
This is the second book in the Demon Trappers series. If you haven't read the first you can find a review here, as this one might have a few spoilers for you.

Whenever I really enjoy a book that is part of a series I always pray that the rest will be as good. Forbidden does not let you down. This, the second book in the series has a bit of everything (apart really from much demon trapping, ironically). The plot moves quickly, changing narrators keeping it fresh and interesting, easily incorporating supernatural elements but making it simultaneously realistic.

Riley's love triangle (or square?) is completely one I would love to be a part of, except for mainly Simon, because I think he's a little boring, but in terms of message his viewpoint is necessarily incorporated. His struggle with the omniscience of God is both topical and important, in real life and in terms of the story. Ori and Beck on the other hand... they're the kinda guys I read teen books for. Both bad boys in their own ways, both unbelievably gorgeous (in my head, obviously). Ori develops as this smooth, perfect dream man, where as Beck is the damaged, straight-talking, angsty-type boy. Which would you go for? Only one will break your heart.

However, there are so many more important things that these books deal with than simply which is the hotter guy. For instance, its take on morality is so interesting. If you've ever read any of the House of Night series you'll know that its take on morality is so blindingly straight forward. Good is good, and Evil can be good if they beg and plead and promise to bring down those who tempted them to be evil in the first place. But the Demon Trappers series is brilliantly complex. Morality is so merged, so relentlessly intertwined, and so subjective. 

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