Sep 19, 2012

{Early Review} Foretold by Jana Oliver

Foretold by Jana Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Demon/Romance
AUTHORS BLOG: Jana Oliver's Site
*NOTE: if you haven't read the series or the previous book, then dont read my review it may spoil you*

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.

I’m so sad when a series ends but happy that I finally find out where the future leads for all my favorite characters. The whole gangs back and a lot has changed, Beck and Riley kissed, but then he closes off again, Tara gave her sole to a fallen and hell isn’t done with her yet. This was one heck of a ride and I will truly always have a soft spot for this great series.

Riley and Beck have always had an up and down relationship. Falling for him at such a young age and being turned down wasn’t the best start. But over the years and the loss of her family they have needed each other and know to survive the demons and Lucifer they must work together. But when Becks past comes back to haunt him, Riley goes with him to fight the demons that destroyed his life a long time ago.

What I like about Riley is that she’s never really changed since the beginning of the series. She wants to be like her father, she determined to be a good trapper and she’s always there for her friends no matter what. Even her ex-boyfriend who did a total one eighty and treated her horribly, she was still there for him. Same goes for Beck, she has loved him forever and he has always cared for her as well but has a hard way of showing it. I loved that this book focused on them and what they needed to work on in their hearts and what they have lost. Riley showed Beck that she was here and not going anywhere and no one not even his past will scare her away.

Beck, I love this backwoods boy. Even though he was portrayed as a womanizer in the beginning he never let anyone in besides Riley. This book not only opens up all the skeletons in his closet but final breaks down that wall that he’s had up for way too long. It was interesting to see where he came from and the harshness of his upbringing. In the end, when the demon apocalypse comes he’s ready to fight for himself and Riley.

Overall this was exactly how I wanted this series to end. Each character has to fight the demons within themselves and the real ones trying to take over. Lucifer shows face again along with Oli because they both have something up their sleeves. Even Simon who I was so angry with comes back to redeem himself. Riley has to prepare for the ultimate fight in the end with the demons and its on heck of a showdown. All the favorites are back, Stewart, Harper, Peter and the necromancers as they try to stop Sartael from starting a war in Atlanta with Lucifer.

In the end I feel like Oliver can come back to this series, I would love to see what they deal with in the future. If you haven’t read this series or just starting out, you wont be disappointed this was a fantastic ending to such a wonderful story and characters.

This is a young adult novel with that paranormal fans should get their hands on a.s.a.p! Fans of Jennifer Esteps’ Mythos Academy series and Lesley Livingston’s Starling will love Jana Oliver’s Foretold aka The Demon Trappers series.
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