Welcome to Day 4 of my Blogoversary Bash!
Jana Oliver is the author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter:
Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…
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.
But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?
Five books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. I find it intriguing that four out of the five books have male protagonists. Hummm…..
THE REPLACEMENT (Brenna Yovanoff) – I really enjoyed the male protagonist in this bizarre story that seems a blend of Tim Burton’s wildest nightmares and a changeling tale. Mackie Doyle is a troubled character, but I found myself rooting for him in his quest to make things right against the powers of Mayhem.
THE SHIP BREAKER (Paola Bacigalupi) This story also has a male lead (Nailer) and is set in the Gulf region of the U.S. after a series of city-killer hurricanes. New Orleans has been destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed again and now is surviving on under another name. Nailer is a scavenger working with a team of luckless teens who recycle metal out of shipwrecks. This book is gritty, unflinching and even has a hint of romance. I loved it.
The Morganville Vampire Series – I know I’m late to the party on these books, but I finally had time to read them and really enjoyed Rachel Caine’s take on the whole vampire mythos. Her snarky teens sound like young adults and the stories are entertaining and page turners. That’s always a plus for a long series.
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK (Melina Marchetta) – classic fantasy, but again from the male point of view. Finnikin’s quest to find his friend and lost heir, Balthazar, is populated with strong characters, deep emotions and twists that you don’t see coming.
THE LOST HERO: HEROES OF OLYMPUS (Rick Riordan)–A spinoff of Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson world, this story follows the adventures of Jason and his friend as they try to rescue the Goddess Hera from evil doers. There’s just something enchanting about these stories which are always filled with cliffhangers and great characters. These are my guilty pleasure when life gets too much.
I really loved the male perspective in The Replacement too, and the darkness was delicious. I've heard a lot of good things about Melina Marchetta lately, so I think I really need to read some of her books! The Lost Hero is sitting on my bookshelf just waiting for me to get to it -- I adored the Percy Jackson series =)
Thanks so much for sharing, Jana!
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