Soul Thief

Soul Thief

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Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them...

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father's been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that's not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who's made himself Riley's unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective "friend" who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley's almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.

But as Atlanta's demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city's "little" problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell's attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever...

Soul Thief is Book Two in Jana Oliver's bestselling young adult series, Demon Trappers.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 25mm | 408g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312614799
  • 9780312614799
  • 187,930

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"The rock 'em-sock 'em, cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that there will be a third installment of this series.... A strong female protagonist and equally strong male characters will make this title popular with young adults of both genders." --VOYA

"The second Demon Trappers book is even better than the first. The demons are more wicked, the love is more epic, and there's even a twist ending that has me clamoring for the next book." --RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
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About Jana Oliver

Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including The Demon Trapper's Daughter. She is also the author of the Time Rovers series. She's happiest when she's researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories. An Iowa native, she lives in Atlanta, GA.
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Rating details

9,443 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 45% (4,228)
4 35% (3,267)
3 16% (1,520)
2 4% (331)
1 1% (97)

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SOUL THIEF aka FORBIDDEN starts right where THE DEMON TRAPPERS DAUGHTER left off. Riley is trying to find out why her deader dad is up and about and who raised him from the grave. While trying to solve the mystery of the Holy water while dealing with her mentor. Let me just say the title has to deal with the whole book, and I am glad it goes with the theme of the book along with the cover, taking and giving away is all you see throughout the book its like taking a banana from a monkey and waving it in their faces waiting for them to fight to get it back. At a lot of times I was feeling so sorry for Riley I want her to have a happy ending and not ever get ruined by anything, but then again we want the author to be realistic. When reading I discovered that you can tell if your really paying attention how hard the author was trying to be on staying at the genera of YA and not turning it into an adult book, Which shocked me because a lot of times when reading books you don't see it when YA authors are struggling with keeping it YA but in SOUL THIEF you do, which I have to say thanks to the author for staying with the genera of Young adult even though it is tough to keep it that way. The romance was so complicated throughout the whole book yet so simple, but so many things got in the way I wanted to scream at the author for doing that to poor Riley when will she get her happily ever after? Without interruptions? Never? I hope not. There was one flaw and that was the frustration. There was a lot of frustration through the book, I am not going to lie I wanted to put it down for awhile because it got more intense and a lot more action for me, then there were the times I wanted to yell, scream, and throw the book because of what Riley was going through you feel just so sad for her, as well as the other characters you see them poor their hearts out and then it gets stepped on like garbage on the street. Overall I enjoyed SOUL THIEF better then the first book more. There is more romance, more darkness seeping out of the pages, more suspense, more action, and a lot more fighting for what you want and how to get their. Once again the author has taken us into a world where demons and angels are real and the demon trappers are on the move to get them. Rating: 8/10 Cover Love: 5/5 Recommendation: Read in order otherwise it will not make any sense at all. WARNING: Cussing, Sexual Content, Dark themes.show more
by Gothical
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) Wow! That's all I keep saying in my head when I think about this book. I thought I loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter, and I do, but it's sequel definitely knocked it out of the ball park. A lot of people debate whether or not sequels are better than the first, in some cases they aren't, but in this one it is! If you haven't read the first book, you should definitely go do it now. I can't stress that enough. You don't want to miss out on this series. It's unique, has a kick ass female protagonist, and just so fun to read. The writing is awesome, Jana Oliver definitely knows how to write. She pulls you in on the first page and doesn't let you off the ride until the last page. But then you're still hooked! You can't get it out of your head. It's embedded into your mind and you have to get your hands on the next book or you suffer the consequences. Withdrawels! I just finished this book last night, and boy am I suffering from withdrawels. They planned this! Have the first two awesome books come out in the same year, and then wait until Winter 2012 for the third to come out. Torture! But anyway, on to the characters. Amazing! They are very well developed. Real. They have problems, they aren't perfect. Just the way I like them! And Riley, poor girl just can't get a break! I'm not going to go further into that because I don't want to give away any spoilers. But god, I feel for her. And hmm, Beck. I'm so team Beck. I realllyyy hope to see some Beck and Riley action in the third book. If I don't, I think I'm going to cry. Please?! The other guys can just go to hell. Literally. Overall, if you haven't figured it out now, this book was amazing. Definitely on my top favorite series list and Jana is definitely on my author watch list. The cover is so pretty. I thought I loved the first book's cover, but this one is my favorite so far. Love the blue and the cemetery background. The model on the cover makes the perfect Riley!show more
by Amanda
I tried to make myself like Soul Thief. I swear, it was an honest attempt. But it fell flat and dull, and I just couldn't bring myself to continue turning its pages. My Summary for the first quarter of the book (because that's where I stopped): Riley Blackthorne goes in search for her father. End of first quarter of Soul Thief. Can you believe that? With an average rating of 4.30 (which is uncommonly high), you'd think that it'd be a phenomenal page-turner, a mindblowing novel that'll leave you thirsting for more, right? Well, I didn't enjoy THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER all that much, but decided to forego my better senses cause I thought that there would be more interesting characters that would come under the spotlight - mainly Ori and Beck:D. And need I say? I was sorely, greatly, and downright freaking disappointed. Similar to its prequel, Soul Thief delved to much into the periphery. Too much side details that bored the bejeezus outta me. Not only that, nothing's ever happening! Riley just keeps going around, looking for witches and necromancers (ppl who raise the dead and in so doing, binding the newly reanimated's will to their own) and enquiring about her father's whereabouts and who the hell reanimated him. That's practically it! The only bright point of interest for me is the mysterious Ori. Riley's romantic relationship with him was only just a subtle hint. Which, by the way, started from the previous book. Ori is stalking her, tho no perverted ulterior motives other than to protect her from the Grade 5 demon which seemed to have developed an unhealthy level of interest in our dear Miss Blackthorne. He only got three-liners at max and has dialogues lesser than Hello Kitty. Beck is still looking out for her, and she's still acting like the world's greatest and brat-tiest ingrate to him. I hate - not dislike, it's just too mild a word to use with Riley - and absolutely loath the way she treats Beck. He can be a jerk and bitch at times, yeah, but she's forgetting that he is putting his life on the line for her time and time again, constantly looking out for her, protecting her, supporting her, and just. Arh. But everytime he asks something of her to protect her, which she bloody hell knows, she just yells some rude crap at him and then brushes him off. Hate the hater attitude. It was uneventful, the pace was impossibly slow, the protagonist had a hater attitude which pissed me off, and I didn't like the excessive scenic descriptions which had no relations whatsoever to what Riley was doing. (Now I know why my English teacher hates it when we insist on writing every bloody detail). Bored me senseless. Did not finish.show more
by Cyp
OHmy-pocalypse where do I begin! Another amazing and articulately written follow-up to The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver. Like the first novel, The Demon Trapper's Daughter, Soul Thief had me engaged and glued from page to page to page. I can't get enough of Riley, the Demon Trappers, hunky boy troubles, and by the ending I just can't help but to beg for MORE! Riley has made a deal with Heaven and every since she made that compromise to save her "boyfriend", Simon, everything started to snowball downhill. Her priorities are filling up her to-do list, and cleaning the house and doing the laundry is at the bottom. Probably she won't even have the chance to get to. Simon becomes nuts after the incident at the Tabernacle. He has a conspiracy theory that Riley is in league with hell, and went to the lengths of even dousing her with Holy Water in assumption she's become a hell fiend. Holy crow right!? Her Asshat Master Trapper, Harper, is badly injured and can't help much to what she needs to do, she's still on the search for who reanimated her father, backwoods boy Beck is still on her case, and a new hunky eye candy has come into the picture and has Riley stirring mixed feelings that she shouldn't have. And to make matters worst, the Vatican has sent the Demon Hunters who thinks "casualties" is just a number and the Grade 5 Demon is still out there ready to kill her! Is it time to leave the city yet? Soul Thief is AMAZING and the climax was like ice water on your back. I never saw it coming! But LOVED every minute! A definite MUST READ... NOW!!show more
by SpadesHigh
**SPOILERS FOR FORSAKEN, THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES (which you should definitely read first!)** It's a bit difficult to give a brief summary of Forbidden without revealing too much, as there are a heck of a lot of amazing plot twists which I really don't want to spoil, but I'll try my best: Forbidden starts where Forsaken left us - with the entire city of Atlanta recovering from the demon attack that occurred at the Demon Trapper meeting; Trappers are mourning the loss of some of their greatest as well as attempting to work out how they were attacked in the first place and the citizens of Atlanta are worried that they're not being protected efficiently enough from the demons, which leads to the ruthlessly efficient Demon Hunters being called in - something the Trappers aren't best pleased about. Meanwhile, Riley's relationship with Simon is most definitely on the rocks, which leads to a growing attraction to the mysterious Ori, who vows to protect her from the deadly demon that is determined to kill her. Aside from all of this, she's trying to figure out who brought her dad back from the dead and why someone is selling counterfeit Holy Water, as well as trying to earn enough to pay the rent. In case you haven't read Forsaken and are completely confused, the series is set in an alternate world where demons roam freely, and are graded from very harmless (Grade One a.k.a. klepto-fiends) to extremely dangerous (Grade Five a.k.a. Geo-Fiends). Trappers and Hunters do as they say on the tin with regards to the getting rid of the demonic presences, and there's quite a bit of a rivalry between the two. Witches and Necromancers (people who reanimate the dead to sell as slaves) also exist and trade freely in this alternate future of 2018. The series is set in Atlanta, which is desperately poor, and doing anything it can to save or increase money, including closing schools and housing classes in abandoned buildings or coffee shops. Riley is a Demon Trapper - one of the youngest, and the only female - whose father was recently killed by a demon, who is now after her. The events of Forsaken were recapped very well without seeming patronising or spelling things out as obviously as possible (which many books annoyingly do), and are much needed as I, for one, had forgotten several things having read the first book of this amazing series over six months ago. I can't describe why I like Oliver's writing and characterisation so much - you'll just have to grab a copy yourself to see how captivating, insightful and creative it truly is! I also love the subtle but extremely funny humour laced throughout this brilliant book as it makes Forbidden an even more enjoyable read. It is, much like its predecessor, very creative - I especially liked the creepy reanimated-body auction and the idea of parking spaces as mini shops. I also adored the klepto-fiends-micro-sized demons with a penance for shiny things-along with Mort, the necromancer, who is such a nice and kind person, despite his job of bringing back the dead to work as slaves, but we get a very good insight into his back-story, which makes you extremely sympathetic towards him. I've come to love Riley so much - she's likeable, funny and down-to-earth, as well as being a really strong character, especially now she's orphaned. Every single character in Forbidden is utterly unique, the vast majority realistic and most are surprisingly complex. The cover is stunningly striking, and I love the gorgeous blue flames that perfectly match the eyes of 'Riley' (and how drastically pale she has become), along with the fact that the style of Forsaken has been kept - it'll be a lovely series to collect. However, I really didn't like Simon, Riley's saintly boyfriend who is barely recovering from the tragic demon attack at the Tabernacle, especially when he gets snappy with Riley, and I'm surprised that she still wanted to be with him for some time. I'm not sure if I like the accents showing up in the character's (namely Beck and his Southern drawl and Stewart's Scottish tongue) speech, though it does make for more realistic, if annoying, reading. Also, I was a bit confused by the whole Holy Water scam and didn't properly understand how it worked, but it was probably just me. I was so glad to get an explanation as to how demons infiltrated earth, which was my only complaint about the first book, and the explanation was very surprising and revealing. Forbidden is full of suspense as to who stole Riley's father's body, how the demons managed to break in at the Trapper Meeting and what exactly Ori is up to; combine that with brilliant writing and fantastic characters and you have yourself a real page-turner of a spectacular novel.show more
by Alicia
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