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Who you gonna call? Demon Trappers!

Because Atlanta is about to be toasted by Hell’s fiery ire. (More) No spoilers!
------------------------- CLICKSummary: In FORETOLD, the fourth Demon Trappers novel by Jana Oliver, Riley faces the final battle for humanity and Beck's heart—and Hell is the least of her problems...

Now that Riley’s managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything’s changed. Well . . . most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if nothing ever happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her since her father’s death—but she’s about to get a whole lot more than she bargained for. When she’s commissioned to go with Beck to his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption . . . and survival.

Meanwhile, up in Atlanta, it’s quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle, but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for.
Since St. Martin’s had sent me the previous two sequels in the Demon Trappers series, I, as patiently as possible, awaited the arrival of the fourth book.

And that patience was ALL FOR NOTHING because I was never sent a copy. So when I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, guess what I spent some of it on? Because ya’ll have to understand: I’ve about had it with patience. Patience is NOT a virtue, because it gets you NOTHING (as St. Martin’s has proven). I NEEDED TO KNOW what would happen to two of the most stubborn characters in recent history and whether or not my hopes for them would be heartlessly dashed. Foretold by Jana Oliver gave me everything I wanted, maybe a little too easily, but I’m NOT complaining. Not really.

Ok, So What Had Happened Was: The redhead reporter that had been bouncing around in Beck’s bed has unearthed something disturbing about his past and he won’t let Riley help. At least, not willingly. Meanwhile, Hell’s politics are taking a turn for the DETRIMENTAL TO THE ENTIRE WORLD and everyone is warily preparing for a supernatural battle for the souls of all that is, essentially, inevitable. Will Beck and Riley FINALLY have their turn? And will they both be able to survive Hell’s bloody conflict literally rising to the surface?

Reading this series has been a tumultuous, though nonetheless awesome, experience. Mainly because a lot of it feels fresh from Jana’s, and only Jana’s, brain. We have a devastating picture of Atlanta now five years in the future as it stands on the rickety brink of an apocalyptic meltdown. The economy has been doing poorly, as have people in their lives, reflecting the turmoil both in the heaven and hell overseeing the slow decline of earth’s inhabitants. With magic arising in very unexpected places, and developing into varied professions, people are worse for wear, to say the least. Including Riley Anora Blackthorne.

All in all, I love the pants off this chick. Despite all the darkness, heartbreak, and plain evil she’s experienced and had to work through, Riley never quite loses her grip on her own strength. She consistently prevails, no matter what fate, heaven, or hell throws at her. Things got so darn bad for her that I started to feel a little feisty toward all her enemies.

You just want to reach in and protect her, because no matter who’s in her corner, somehow she gets letdown, shoved around, or brutally rebuffed. Her heart has taken hit after hit, and she stubbornly remains standing. I LOVE HER FOR THAT. Don’t get me wrong, she’s prone to errors in judgment and she has her share of flaws, but I love that about her as well. I completely accept her as a fictional person, and it’s been so long since I’ve been able to say that.

‘Sides all that noise, the dark, dilapidating world-building combined with the concept of demon trapping has been a source of COMPLETE FASCINATION. It never ceases to amaze me how freaking cool the demon trappers are, the range of them and their abilities, as well as visualizing them in action. And of course, I can’t suppress the complimentary *fist-pump* that comes with Riley being the only girl ever admitted into the Demon Trappers Guild. Her dedication to the profession, and determination to do right by her father’s legacy, makes her worthy of anything.

INCLUDING DENVER FLIPPING BECK. The guy who stubbornly doesn’t want to admit he’s been waiting in the wings. This is a series of four books, and for every inch of progress between them, someone drops the metaphorical ruler and we have to start all over. There have been so many setbacks, and I’ve been so darn tired of waiting, but I am RIDICULOUSLY PLEASED.

Was this conclusion a successful end to the series? Yes, yes, yes. There was action, character development, mystery, and a happy surplus of emotion and romance. There’s no ambiguous ‘everything will pan out eventually’ send-off, but a definitive wrap-up that stays true to Riley, Beck, and all the rest. Will I read more written by Jana Oliver? JUST YOU TRY TO STOP ME.

I bought a paperback copy hot off of Amazon.


Liz @ Planet Print said...

I loved this book though I have to admit, it was probably my least favourite of the series (but I still loved it, because you know, the series is freaking awesome). And Riley is definitely one awesome heroine. You can't help but like her! Great review - kinda sad this series is over but the reading must go on, so... :P

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Riley was just awesome, wasn't she? I completely agree with your points about her! While her flaws have been frustrating at times, it's testament to Oliver's skills that I still loved Riley throughout despite all of that. And BECK. Don't get me started on that beautiful man...

Also, did you hear about Briar Rose, Oliver's new book? I cannot WAIT.

Cait said...

I love how you title your review posts now, so interesting. I really enjoyed this series but like Liz said it was probably my least favourite. That said I was glad to get some resolutions in terms of the characters etc. I'm glad you loved it :)

Cait x

Alexandra said...

I completely agree - everything feel together a leetle bit easy, but my goodness it was SATISFYING. The whole series I was like, "Riley, you and Beck would make such an awesome team. Riley, make it so. Riley, why you no listen to my wisdom?" which was very exhausting, and then they FINALLY did and it was all wonderful and *wipes tear from eye*
Also, that scene when they're coming out of the swamp, and Beck's like, "What a beautiful swamp! It's tried to kill me three times, but boy, it sure is lovely!" made me cackle with laughter in a very inelegant way. Heheheh.

VeganYANerds said...

I have had little to no interest in this series but then I started seeing a few people read them and figured I should take notice. I am going to find the books here now!

Princess Ash said...

This holds more favor with me than Soul Thief BUT I will admit to loving books three and one more. EVEN WITH ALL THAT TASTY RESOLUTION in this one. I'm sort of sad to sad good bye to it too, the whole concept was just so darn cool! Not to mention all the characters.... And LIZ! <3

Princess Ash said...

I mean, IMAGINE THAT. A flawed character that still had SO MUCH GOOD in her to balance it out so that we looooved her. She's def. one of my fave heroines. BECK, BECK, BECK. I so so imagine that Southern accent whispering to me in my unabashedly prurient dreams.


Princess Ash said...

Good, 'cause it takes me a good little bit to conjure those bad boys up. RESOLUTIONS ROCK in this book. I'm so so happy with it. :D

Princess Ash said...

Oh, this series is just too awesome, fun, and different to pass up! It's super easy to get invested in the characters and world-building and did I mention that it was SO COOL? Try them and LET ME KNOW.

Ashley said...

Okay I REALLY need to read these books, especially since there is a conclusion out now.