Interview with Jana Oliver and Review of Forbidden The Demon Trappers

Forbidden (The Demon Trappers, #2)

Hell has a plan for Riley Blackthorne . . .

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.

About The Book:
Paperback, UK Edition, 416 pages
Published August 5th 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN 0330519484 (ISBN13: 9780330519489)
I recieved my copy of Forbidden from the publisher.
Read my review of Forsaken The Demon Trappers #1 (Click Here)
First things first. Jana Oliver has again wrote an amazing book in The Demon Trappers Series. In Forsaken she had me hooked with Riley's story and now in Fobidden I'm obsessed with it. So here's the list Riley made at the end of Forsaken on a crisp white napkin.
Find Dad
Bust Holy Water Scam
Save the World
Do Laundry
Buy Groceries
At the end of  Forbidden Riley is able to stroke out 3 things on the list! 1. . . 2. . . 3. . . YAY! Loads of Cheers!! Okay  but now we have the other two things on the list. . . Bust the Holy Water Scam. .  well she's nearly there so *Fingers Crossed* and save the world. . . Yep Crossing everything for that!!

So to a less nicer topic Ori you asshat! (Stole the saying from Riley) I mean why oh why did you have to turnout to be bad? I didn't particularly want him to be with Riley cause there's a guy perfect for her which everyone knows not thinking about anyone in particular. . . *CoughBeckCough* Bit of a sore throat!

Simon . . . Harpers apprentice, Riley's sweet, caring, nice, boyfriend. . . turned psyso!! He really know's how to make a Demon Trapper feel special. . . by pouring a bottle of Holy Water over her. . . Like what was he thinking? Well clearly he wasn't due to the Ori being a jerk!

Beck. . .  Can I just say his name again? Beck! Caring . . . loving . . . Protective . . . Strong. . . Beck! He really is perfect. . .  for Riley!! At the end of Forbidden were meant to think that he dobbed out Riley to The Demon Hunters but I don't think that's the case as he when Riley answered the phonecall he was about to apologise! So Riley and Beck are so gona get together in Forgiven. . . which is out in 2012. . . Que tears! If they don't end up together . . . they will in my head.

We saw a different side to Harper in Forbidden he opened up a bit to Riley after Ori had killed the Garde Five that killed her father. It was nice seeing a bit of his story. I was interested to know more.

Stewart. . . I love him! That's all I can say really! I like the relationship between him and Beck as he's knows about Becks feelings towards Riley. .  as he says 'push your personal feelings aside' when Beck goes to see him at his house when Harpers there as his wee place has gone to ruins cause of Grade Five.

I'm a massive fan of Witches so I loved seeing Ayden casting the speel to summing Rileys Father.

Lucifer. . . was staring at us and Riley right in the face!!! I mean the wee hints through the book made it so obvious at the end.

One last thing Justine, the reporter that Beck has. . .  relations with there's something not right about her that's obvious but I'm not sure if she's working for The Demon Hunters. . . and for the press. . . I was even thinking what if Ori did what he did with Simon as a way of distracting Beck so he could get with Riley. .  .OR even if she'll be in Forgiven

I can't wait for Forgiven to read more about Riley Anora Blackthorne. . .  and Beck. . . <3 And the rest of The Demon Trapper family :)

All in All: Forbidden The Demon Trappers is another unique brilliant story told by magnificent author Jana Oliver. You will not be disappointed when reading this as Jana keeps you on the edge of your seat begging for more.

Interview with Jana Oliver

How did you come with the idea for The Demon Trappers?I have been fascinated with the idea of Heaven and Hell being rivals in a cosmic game of chess ever since I read GOOD OMENS (Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman). When the opportunity arose to write a young adult novel about that very subject featuring a teen heroine, I was all over it.

Are you a Night Owl or an Early Bird Writer?I’m an afternoon sort of bird. I get up about eight in the morning, but the bulk of my writing occurs sometime after noon. I go to bed at a decent hour (about eleven) because I’m SO NOT A NIGHT OWL. I have author buds who write until three or four in the morning. I’d be typing gibberish if I tried that.

ATM everyone is wanting to read about Vampires, Werewolves, Angels and of course Demons, Why do you think many readers are drawn to fantasy based books?
The neat thing about fantasy stories is that you can transport yourself to another world, into someone else’s life and forget about your own life for a time. Since circumstances aren’t that great for a lot of folks at the moment, “escaping” inside a book is a good thing. I think that’s why dystopian stories are so popular now––they’re a way of saying “hey, life isn’t as bad as that”.

Riley has three guys in her life, Ori, Simon and Beck. Everyone who has read the book have their favoruite guys for Riley. Who's yours?
I love them all. Each has their own charm, their own strengths and their own reasons for wanting to be with Riley. Some of those reasons aren’t exactly as they appear. My favorite is Beck, but Ori comes in a strong second. Simon is so sweet, but he’s got some serious issues (not that the others don’t) that he has to address.

I love the thought of Riley and Beck ending up together and I know many others do to. Why do you think fans of the book want her with Beck instead of Ori or Simon?
Probably because of the chemistry between Backwoods Boy and Princess, as they call each other. You can just see the sparks flying. That tension was there from the first scene they had together. Beck is a very complex guy reminds me of an onion (or an ogre ala Shrek) with all those layers. Riley has to keep peeling those away to see what’s underneath. We all know he’s a really cool dude who has some nasty personal demons. It’ll take Riley time to come to grips with what that means in relation to her, and the other two gents in her life.

Do you have any favourite authors or books?I read a lot of different types of books. In the YA genre I’m fond of Jeri Smith-Reader’s books (SHADE and SHIFT). In the urban fantasy section I heart me some Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden Series) and Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels Series). I recently fell in love with Ben Aaronovitch who writes a series that could be described as the love child of Harry Dresden and a London Met. Cop police procedural. 

Is there any advice you can give to aspiring authors out there? 
It’s a rough and tumble business and there are a ton of folks out there who want to be published. The best advice I can give is to work on your craft every day. Write (and finish) your first story, be it short or long. Then write another. With each subsequent novel/short story you’ll get better at shaping those words into something someone might want to read. Network with pro authors, join writers’ groups and have other folks’ critique your work. If you have “committed persistence” you’ll get published one day.

I would like to thank Jana for taking the time out and answering some questions.
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To american fans Soul Thief is released this month!! Ahhh I know!! (Aug. 30 2011)

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  1. Wonderful interview! I absolutely love that Jana got some of the inspiration for this series from Good Omens which is one of my all-time favorite reads. I haven't read any of these yet but they are definitely on my TBR and I want to get to them SOON.

  2. I adored GOOD OMENS. Who else but Pratchett and Gaiman dare take on religion, Heaven, Hell, Freddy Mercury and the Antichrist? And pull it off, too.

  3. Ack! An author typo for a friend's name. The ultimate sin! That should be Jeri Smith-Ready as the author of SHADE & SHIFT. Geez.....

  4. I love this cover! It's so beautiful and intimidating, all at the same time. I'm adding it to my TBR list!

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  5. @TheHappyBooker thank you so much :) Oh you defo should there amazing.

    @Jana Omg thank you so much for commenting on my post. It really means alot. :)

    @Rachel Brooks Oh yay another person adding it to their TBR list! This is awesome! I agree it is a beautiful cover. Aw Thanks for following. Was just on your blog I love your layout. Followed you :)

    Thanks you all for commenting :) xx

  6. @Kerry-Ann - thanks for all your hard work!