Friday, July 13, 2012


Forgiven by Jana Oliver
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 354
Book Source: ARC from publisher for review
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following
The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control:  something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

Scoot’s Review:
I love this series. Forgiven has been on my wish-list since I closed the final pages on Soul Thief.  So needless to say I was thrilled to receive a copy for review from the publisher.  Sadly I was a little disappointed with this novel in comparison to the first two, but overall I still enjoyed it.  I found myself simultaneously loving this book and being extremely frustrated with it.  I was frustrated because some characters just keep falling into the same patterns of behavior over and over. Argh.  However, I loved it because the plot continued to move forward and a lot of big things happen in this novel. We are brought straight into the action, with the novel starting right where Soul Thief left off.  We learn a lot of things in this novel, almost all of our questions are answered.  In fact there was so much going on that the story did seem a little choppy at times and I would find myself occasionally lost in the plot. The pace of the story was great – it was fast moving and never stagnant.  I don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers but there was progress in the romance area of the novel; both exhilarating and devastating!  Of course I am really looking forward to the fourth novel and I can’t wait to find out what will happen now.  If you have read the first two books in the series you will definitely want to continue with this one and then join me in the waiting game for the last novel, Foretold! 

Notable Quotable:
“Don't start,” he warned.
“What?” she said, grinning. “I'm sure all the big, bad trappers have a bun-bun in their houses.”
                        ― Jana Oliver, Forgiven



Winners! ... Better late than never, right?!

Ok - Seriously.  I AM SUCH A SLACKER RIGHT NOW.  Time to get out the broom and sweep up the dust-bunnies around this blog! I realized that I have had TWO giveaways without ever picking/posting winners.

So here they are... FINALLY!

The Winner of The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is:
Erin K.!

The Winner of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney, The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, or Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney is 
 Kimberly L.!

Congrats to the belated winners! 

Also, I have not posted an actual book review in over a month. SLACKER-PANTS much? I think yes.  I will be posting a book review later today. I know, shocking right?!  


Monday, July 2, 2012

In My Mailbox (29)

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly Meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Yay for new reads! Below are a handful of the books I have received in the last couple of weeks. 

For Review

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness


 Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
by Marie Lu

From the Library

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman



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