Monday, 29 July 2013

Caragh Reviews - Foretold by Jana Oliver

Published - 6th August 2012
Publisher - Macmillan
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - In the fourth Demon Trappers novel, 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.

Forbidden (#2) Review is here
Forgiven   (#3) Review is here

I was a little anxious to start reading this as it's the last book in the Demon Trappers series and I completely adore them. The last book came to a climax with the not-quite-apocalypse happening and I wasn't sure what was in store for Foretold as there didn't seem to be much left to the story.

Foretold focuses on Riley's beau and fellow trapper Denver Beck and the sketchy history that was uncovered in Forgiven. The book seemed to me to be split into two parts and so that's how i'll review it.

The first half of the book sees Riley and Beck in Georgia for reasons I wont disclose and it feels a million miles away from the Demon Trapper books that came before. Firstly I should say that the book is excellent, as always, but very different. Riley & Beck's time in Georgia feels more like a mystery book. It would have made a great side book to the series but i'm not sure how well it works as part of the series by itself. It was really interesting not just learning about Beck's history but about him as a person and not just as Riley's sometimes-love interest. There were moments when I felt real concern for certain characters and that the dangers they faced were serious. Despite the lull of Demons in the first half, the book was still fast paced and exciting and kept me reading right until the end.

The second half of the book definitely picked up and though not necessarily more enjoyable, it felt more true to the series. As mentioned previously, I was concerned about Foretold being anti-climactic after the events of the last book but it was justified and pretty damn crazy! "The Scene" (as you'll understand when reading) was very cinematic and was a big thing to take on. Again, the danger was very real and i'm not (too) ashamed to admit that I cried SO MUCH out of fear and intrigue. I wasn't sure where Oliver was heading and I was so overwhelmed by the possibilities that my emotions were everywhere! I have devoured every single one of these books and have carried Riley's story with me for a year now. I'm sad that the series has ended but these are definitely books that I will read again in the future.

If anyone has any recommendations for similar books/styles then please let me know!

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