12 August 2011

Book Review: Forsaken by Jana Oliver

Forsaken by Jana Oliver
MacMillan Children's Books
Release Date: February 7th, 2011 (UK)
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommended? For fans of demons, yes!
Buy the Book: Amazon USAmazon UK

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? - Goodreads Page
Forsaken sounded like a fantastic read. I love demons, demon hunters *points at the demon-fighting Winchester in the banner* and all things supernatural, and so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book. Unfortunately, I finished it feeling a bit let down.

Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the novel, but I found myself getting frustrated with the main character so many times. And if you’ve read my reviews in the past, you will know that an annoying main character could easily mean the death of a book for me.

I’ll get the negative stuff out of the way. I found the main character, Riley, to be very immature and annoying. The girl was supposed to be a demon trapper (meaning, she catches and sells demons rather than killing them) in training, and I just assumed that would mean she was as badass as Rose Hathaway. Instead, Riley turned out to be a bit of a whiner and this became very annoying very fast. She also seemed to get over a certain event far too quickly. If the same thing had happened to me I would be curled up in bed for weeks, but then again I guess that would make for a boring novel. Plus, Riley was raised in a world very different to ours.

On to the better stuff!

The other main character is Beck, who is good friends with Riley’s dad, and someone Riley used to have a crush on. Beck started off annoying, but he became a lot better towards the end of the novel. I liked reading things from his point of view, and I definitely wasn’t expecting that. He’s actually kind of sweet, under that hard shell of his.

Simon, the love interest, was very average. I don’t have much to say about him. He was nice. Yeah.

Which leads me onto Ori. Oh my GOSH, Ori! He was only in a couple of scenes in this novel, but I fell in love. What more can I say? He’s amazing, badass and totally hot.

Anyway, I found the demons in this novel fascinating. There were so many different types – another thing I wasn’t expecting – and I loved reading about the differences, and discovering which demons were more evil than others. There were a couple that were just plain cute!

The pacing of this novel started of very slow. It was an average read at the beginning. That said, the book majorly picked up in the final few chapters. I am so happy I continued reading, otherwise I would never have met Ori, and I would never have read that awesome climax!

I’ve given this book an average rating, because Riley and Simon just weren’t doing it for me, and it took a while to get into. However, I still definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of demons and the paranormal. I’m about to pick up the second book in the series, Forbidden, after I’ve posted this review. Fingers crossed for more Ori, eh?  


  1. I've had this on my TBR list for awhile. It sounds good, but I like badass characters. Probably won't get to it any time soon.

    *siiigh* Dean......

  2. Haha, this banner is only temporary. Wait until you see the one my friend is working on for me :D *swoon*

  3. But Dean READING is so yummy. lol

  4. I actually liked Riley, I thought she was pretty tough! I agree about Simon though - he went from okay to just plain annoying in my opinion. Glad you're gonna read the second book though - there's definitely more Ori in it! Great review :).

  5. I really like this cover! To bad the book wasn't as great. It's disappointing that you found the love interest, Simon, not very interesting. Bummer!

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :) http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

  6. I was struck by something in your review, how you really liked a side character. Don't you hate when these really awesome characters are there and you have to deal with annoying main characters?

    Hmm, definitely sounds like a library try-out if I do decide to look into this book.

  7. I enjoyed this book a lot! It had good things & bad things! I didn't like Simon & their relationship, but I fell in love with Beck! He's such a great character! As for Ori, I still haven't read Forbidden, but I know there's a lot more of him in it ;) Also, I loved the demons, too & I'm definitely planning to read Forbidden!


Thank you for commenting!