Book Review: Soul Thief

Jana Oliver

Kindle Edition, 339 Pages

St. Martin’s Press

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From Goodreads: 

Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them… 

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there’s Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad.  With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. 
But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can’t last forever… 

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Read: May 3-4, 2012

Now this book goes by a different name in the US, Soul Thief, but it’s the same story. I wish they didn’t play with the titles so much, it was very confusing trying to sort everything out. I actually prefer the UK covers and titles to the US titles, especially for the 2nd, 34d and 4th books in the series.

Enough of that. This book, as many other reviewers will tell you, fell short of expectations for a lot of reasons. It definitely dropped the ball from the first book but it wasn’t a total waste. I did enjoy the continuing of the story, building up to Forgiven, if nothing else it was a bridge between the two as it filled the readers in on various plot twists and built on them.

I think the biggest problem with this book is that it dragged on unnecessarily. What Forbidden said in 300 pages could have been condensed significantly.

With this being said, you need to read this one so you can be up to speed for Forgiven, which completely makes up for this one.

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