Bel Reviews: Jana Oliver's - "Forsaken" and "Forbidden"

oliver_forsakenFrom Goodreads…

“In Forsaken: Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she’s already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it’s tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he’s God’s gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing’s for sure — if she doesn’t keep her wits about her there’ll be hell to pay …

In Forbidden: Riley’s beginning to think being a Demon Trapper isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her dad’s been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend’s gone all weird and she’s getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who’s seriously bad news. It’s tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that’s not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they’re not the only ones.”

There has been so much going on in my life lately that I’ve been finding the reading zone to be a little more difficult to settle into. The size of this omnibus had me quaking in my boots and I thought it would take weeks for me to get through. This is NOT the case!

oliver_forbiddenI was grumpy most mornings when I had to leave the book at home, and not take it to read on the bus, because of the weight it would add to my already loaded bag. I was able to get into the zone, stay there and even dream about what I thought would be happening in the next chapter. To be honest I don’t know how I managed to not have pasta sauce stains all through the book, because I was picking it up every chance I had.

We’ve had an influx of angel stories in the last 2 years or so. This is another one, but it holds it’s own. The blurred lines between good and evil are still driving us all mad and the characters are swept up in the rip tide of action and adventure, in turn so are you as a reader. Which is just what I needed.

I think I want a Magpie demon for my own personal needs! Ever tried to find the back of your earring when you’re running late for the walk to the bus stop? It’s such a pain in the butt.

I need to go exploring to see if book 3 and 4 are in omnibus format as well, because there is just something special about not having to close the cover to get to the next instalment of awesome in a separate book.

Jana had me confused as to whether I wanted to cry or throw the book, and I have been craving hot chocolate like nobody’s business, thanks to our main character Riley.

Romance, action, kick ass girls and strong stoic guy friends round out the impressive set list you can expect from these two glorious novels.

Start reading this in the morning of a day when you have nothing urgent to be done. You will be hooked.

Paperback, 864 pages

Published July 4th 2013 by Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781447241744

  • Jana Oliver

    Thanks so much for the great review! Alas, there is no omnibus of Books 3 and 4. Maybe someday. I’m always amused that the cover of FORBIDDEN (the one my publisher decided not to use in favor of one with cover model Elizabeth May on it) still shows up on Goodreads and elsewhere. It’s a zombie cover, obviously. LOL

    • Belinda

      You’re welcome!
      I love seeing the options of cover art on Goodreads, however, I get peeved when I pick the edition I own, and they pick a cover of their own volition when I’m updating to my facebook etc.
      Zombie covers may come to the fore eventually. I don’t think it’ll be too much longer and readers will be raising hell to get the cover art they want, as apposed to the publishers picking everything.

    • Thanks for your comment, Jana! Nice to meet you. MDP

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