Monday, April 2, 2012

Soul Thief by Jana Oliver

Riley Blackthorne is still reeling from what happened with her father’s body. Some necromancer has raised him and stolen him, against her wishes. Now, still healing from a big fight in book one, THE DEMON TRAPPER’S DAUGHTER, Riley wants answers and she wants her dad back.

Her boyfriend, Simon, was gravely hurt in the fight but unknown to anyone else, Riley made a deal with an angel to save his life. She visits him daily,  but things aren’t the same between them. Riley also makes friends with Ori, a hunter who is new in town but seems to always be hovering about when Riley finds herself in trouble.

Denver Beck, Riley’s father’s partner, considers himself Riley’s guardian and worries about her.
Not only does the demon that killed Riley’s father seem to be gunning for her, but so are the hunters. They seem to believe that Riley made a deal with the devil and is working against them. Her life is in danger and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t get her to listen to him.

When the stakes heat up, not only are Riley’s emotions all over the place, but Beck’s seem to bottom out. The war of good versus evil is only getting started,  and Riley is smack dab in the middle. All she wants is her dad back, but how far is she willing to go to achieve her goal? What or who is she willing to sacrifice?

SOUL THIEF is a compelling, young adult paranormal fantasy set into the future that will keep you on the edge-of-your seat through-out. Riley really matures in this installment, not having anyone to take care of her now, except herself. She also has to bear the cost of her choices. Romance takes a backseat to the struggles that Riley goes through, and other support characters make a huge step forward into the limelight. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one, FORGIVE. I recommend reading THE DEMON TRAPPER’S DAUGHTER before reading SOUL THIEF.

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