Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Review: Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Forgiven by Jana Oliver
Published by Macmillan




Riley Blackthorne. Kicking hell’s ass one demon at a time...

Riley has made a bargain with Heaven, and now they've come to collect.

Lucifer's finest are ruling the streets and it seems that Armageddon might be even closer than Riley imagined. But with her soul and her heart in play it's all she can do to keep herself alive, let alone save the world. Riley's not afraid of kicking some major demon butt, but when it comes to a battle between Heaven and Hell, she might need a little help...



Forgiven is the third book in the demon trappers series. It lived up to my expectations and has left me desperate for book 4. Forgiven kicks off directly after where book 2 left ff so I would recommend maybe rereading a chapter or two from it before you start this one.

Riley is one of those characters who really want to root for. She's kick-ass yet vulnerable at the same time and that combination makes you love her all the more. In the past few books the girl has been through hell and back and in this book I wanted to see her start to get something good going on in her life rather than just all the rubbish she's been dealing with lately.

One of riley's biggest problem is the one surrounding her recently undead dad. I loved the storyline involving him in this book and thought it was really heartfelt and touching.

After the deal Riley made in the last book much of this book sees her standing inbetween heaven and hell stuck with the choice of deciding which side she falls to in the end. Quite literally having the mark on Heaven on one hand and Hell on the other means there is a lot riding on this not at the very least her reputation as a trapper. I loved how throughout the entire book you were never quite sure which way she was going to go in the end.

I loved Riley and Beck in this story. Finally they start to give into each other with Beck dropping his macho front to let her in. I loved seeing this changing relationship and the general gorgeousness that was Beck. (I stand by my review of book 2 - give the boy an Indiana Jones style outfit and send him adventuring). I actually think the thing I love most about him is the 'older man' thing his has going on because I know for a fact in Riley's shoes I wouldn't be able to resist his charm despite the age gap.

I hated Simon in the last book. He wasn't in this one much but I loved seeing him finally get the dawning realisation that he had been wrong and treaty Riley badly. Admittedly had I been Riley I would have liked to stab him with something to prove a point but clearly she is more restrained than me!

As I've come to expect from this series there was plenty of action of a demon ass-kicking variety which I enjoyed and kept me hooked page after page as I needed to know how things played out.

The last chapter killed me. I'm not saying much on that one but I was not happy.

bring on book four. I need to know how the whole story plays out.

3 comments:

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

Last chapter :(
She could have easily ended the series with this book but I do want to find out more about Beck! * dilemma*


Krazyyme @ Young Readers

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

Great review- I love the look of these books and I am DEFINITELY reading this series soon!

Twitch said...

Great review! I really want to read this series, it looks amazing!