Review: Foretold By Jana Oliver

Written by: Jana Oliver

Source: My Own Copy/ 416 Pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK Release)

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From Goodreads:

Stand by as Riley prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to The Demon Trappers series.

Riley’s always known that Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come…”

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Read: August 13-15, 2012

My Review:

The time has finally come. The fourth book in the Demon Trapper’s series was released and I have myself two copies. If you are wondering how I came into having two of the same book in my possession, the explanation is quite simple. I didn’t triple check before ordering months after I thought I ordered the book the first go-around.

Being that the US is not scheduled for their release of the same novel until December, I read the UK version. I can’t imagine there are too many differences except perhaps in the spelling of various words. It is a little weird at first, but you get used to it.

One of the things I have loved about this Urban Fantasy series from day one is that the story takes place in Atlanta, where I currently reside. So for me, personally, the story was exponentially cooler because I have driven by Oakland Cemetery many times and I have been to Centennial Park more times than I can count and I go to Five Points every few months.

Okay enough of that. Let me talk about Foretold, the fourth and final installment to Jana Oliver’s Demon Trapper series.

First off, YAY! Second off, double YAY!

My favorite part of this book had to be the Beck and Riley storyline, followed closely by Beck’s backstory finally revealed, the mystery solved and everyone living happily ever after. Well, almost.

There were at least three storylines that were never fully wrapped up, but for the most part Foretold was an excellent conclusion to a magnificent story.

Riley is an entirely different person in Foretold, in a good way. She is strong, independent and full of resolve. Up until now, the readers were privy to a conflicted and confused teenager. Despite only months having passed since the first novel, Riley matures to a young adult in the short span and has really come into herself, she is confident in who she is and what she wants out of her life.

In Foretold, Riley is confronted with many more obstacles and never once does she waiver. Her constitution is the strongest it has ever been and she is a formidable character by the story’s end.

For Beck there is a lot of resolution in this story. Jana jumps right into Beck’s backstory almost right from the beginning of Foretold. In fact, the entire South Georgia storyline takes up half of Foretold, not that I am complaining. I would have been happy if Jana decided to make Beck’s backstory a novel all on its own. (Side note: Jana needs to seriously consider branching into mysteries. It was that good, y’all!)

Needless to say, I was left a very happy reader by the end of the story.

If I could ask for one thing, it would be for the Hunters to have had some face time and for more Mort and Ayden. Foretold really revolved around Riley, Beck, Ori and Stewart and I felt like the other characters’ stories were a little shafted. They were there, but they all had very little presence in this installment.

Now I have read somewhere that Jana did not have much time to write Foretold, so with that in mind I can forgive these transgressions. They weren’t so big that they affected the overall story. If you are a fan of the series you will still be pleased with how the series ends, regardless.

It’s time for me to answer my WHY for this novel. For Foretold, my big WHY is focused on “WHY this story was so good and yet still left me needing more?”

Well there could be many reasons for why I needed more after reading the conclusion, but in an effort to not make this review any longer than it already is—I feel as though Jana could have said so much more with Foretold. I realize this is what many readers say at the end of a beloved series, but I feel in the case of Foretold it is truer than at other times. Characters like Harper and Simon, characters, that up until Foretold, played much larger roles, were suddenly barely around. Mort and Ayden? Forget about it.

All of these transgressions aside, Foretold is awesome and I recommend not only the final installment but the entire series to Urban Fantasy and YA enthusiasts alike.

My rating: .5/5

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