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."
My Review: This book was a very spunky and fresh take on paranormal YA books. There was no evil-yet-good demon prince and there were no swooning girls in flowing ball gowns on the cover (as you can clearly see, the girl on the cover is wearing skinny jeans and Converse!). Riley is a pretty hilarious character, when she's not busy being snarky at Beck. Speaking of Beck---what an awesome character! Young and hilarious and full of wry wit and dry sarcasm and unwilling to take authority... He was one of the most interesting characters in the book. The book also had a good appropriate mix of humor, romance, action, and sadness; when Riley's dad died, it was truly heartbreaking, because we actually got to meet her dad and get to know him. The action was interesting and I LOVED Oliver's take on demons; it was witty and fresh and new. This is definitely a series I'm going to be following.
Cover: I love this cover! The colors are cool, as is the background, and the font is also cool as well. And the image of the girl is just cool as well. Everything is just...cool.
Overall Grade: A-