09 August 2012

Blog Tour : Foretold (The Demon Trappers #4) by Jana Oliver (Interview + Giveaway + Review + Excerpt)


I'm going to go all fan girl today. I absolutely LOVE The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver and it's pretty much an honour to host her on my blog today. I've tons of awesome stuff for you guys, thanks to Dark Mind Book Tours and Jana, including an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY! Okay, sorry about the caps, I'm just really excited.
Sooo, check it out!

Foretold (The Demon Trappers #4) by Jana Oliver.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : August 2nd 2012 by Macmillan Children's Books (UK), December, 2012 (US).
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...


The Demon Trappers has got to be one of the best young adult paranormal series out there and the word 'sad' isn't enough to describe how I felt when I was done with Foretold.

Before I go on with my review, you guys should know that I'm going to be biased because as I said, according to me, this series is seriously one of the best out there! The book started off a little slow, with the early chapters focusing mainly on Beck and his past, but watching his relationship with Riley grow totally made up for the initial (lack of) pace . Beck's one of the hottest (realistic too) guys in YA fiction and personally, I loved getting to know him better,especially his vulnerable side.

Anyway, that's just the beginning; Jana Oliver has written yet another awesome book in the series with a kick-ass plot, making Foretold impossible to put down.
For those of you who love this series for the fantastic world building and a storyline that gives you an adrenaline rush - you won't be disappointed. There's a lot of action, twists and awesomeness in Foretold, just as with all the other books in The Demon Trappers series. Jana wrapped everything up perfectly, despite the tiny details that were left unexplained. I'm not sure if I've said this before but Jana's version of Lucifer is really one of the coolest I've come across.

I'm the type of reader who lives the story through the characters so I hope you get me when I say that I kind of don't want this to be the end because I just can't get enough.

Foretold is a wonderful and amazing conclusion to a phenomenal series. If you haven't read it yet, you really shouldn't wait any longer!


Excerpt.


After the events in South Georgia, Riley returns to Atlanta and the classroom.


FORETOLD
Jana Oliver.


The old Starbucks’ parking lot was nearly full up by the time Riley pulled in and, to her relief, she was a few minutes early despite all her fretting about being late. Harper had been right – finding a Klepto-Fiend in the middle of a peach producers’ convention had been anything but a slam dunk. Three hours in she’d finally caught the little fiend as it’d slowed down long enough to collect some glittering peach pins at one of the producer’s booths. On the plus side she’d scored four jars of peach preserves. Those would be yummy on Mrs Ayers’s homemade scones.

Peter sauntered over the moment she exited her car.

‘The wandering Riley returns,’ he said. ‘And look, no gator bites, either.’
A magnificent bruise encircled his left eye, shading from brown to green.

‘Peter! What happened?’ she demanded.

‘Your stalkery ex said something I didn’t like and I told him to jam his head up his butt. It didn’t end well.’

‘Alan? I warned you he’d get even,’ she said. ‘Why didn’t you tell me about this?’
‘You had enough going on down south – you didn’t need to know about my problems.’

Getting in Alan’s face felt like a plan right now. He couldn’t hit her best friend and not incur her wrath. Riley’s eyes swept the various knots of students as they clustered around talking or texting before class began.

‘So where is the jerk?’ she asked.

‘He’s suspended until Thursday. I only got a warning.’

There was only one reason Peter might receive that.

‘You hit him back?’

‘Sure did,’ he said, holding up his skinned knuckles as evidence. ‘My dad gave me props once he heard what happened. He said he was proud of me, but it had to be top secret so Mom doesn’t come unstuck.’ He waggled an eyebrow. ‘Simi thinks I’m cool because of it.’

‘She’s just jealous of your hair,’ Riley replied, pleased her barista friend had finally begun to take Peter’s interest seriously.

‘Maybe, but she thinks I’m so cool we’re going to the dance together.’
That works. Simi would encourage his wilder side while he mellowed her out. Then the other part of his statement registered.

‘What dance?’ Riley asked, hefting her backpack on a sore shoulder. Her muscles still felt as if someone had stomped them into a pulp.

‘It’s the annual citywide “dress like an adult” thing. It’s this Saturday.’ Peter fell in step next to her as they walked towards the building.

‘You mean the prom?’ Of course he did.

With the school system bankrupt, the dances were sponsored by local businesses. To accommodate all the kids in the city, there were a series of proms and it appeared theirs was going to be way early this year.

A pang of envy shot through her. She would have loved to go, but . . .
‘You guys have fun.’ She would probably be trapping smelly demons in a MARTA station or in the bowels of Demon Central.

‘You can come, you know,’ Peter suggested. ‘I’m sure I could spare a dance for you.’

‘No. It’s . . . It wouldn’t feel right.’

‘So ask Beck to the dance.’

‘What?’ she sputtered. ‘No. Not happening.’

‘Ah, I got it. You’re chicken. You’ll take on a horde of demons, but when it comes to the one guy you’re really hot for—’

Riley glowered at him. ‘Don’t. Go. There. The subject is closed, Mr King.’

Peter raised his hands in surrender. ‘Whoa, you are grouchy. I was looking forward to seeing you . . . why?’

‘You don’t understand. It’s complicated with me and Beck.’

‘Buzzz!’ he said. ‘It’s totally simple: You guys have to stop being idiots. You’re driving each other crazy along with the rest of us.’



FORETOLD © 2012 – Jana Oliver (Macmillan Children’s Books)





Interview With Jana Oliver...


I’m THRILLED to have Jana Oliver on the blog today. I’m a huge, HUGE fan of her Demon Trappers series and I can’t thank her or Dark Mind Book Tours enough for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Thank you, Jana, for taking the time out to answer my questions!

This probably isn’t a question I should ask for the final book in the series but I have to know – how did the idea for The Demon Trappers world even come about?

The concept came from a number of sources, beginning with Good Omens (Pratchett and Gaiman), a curious tale of an angel and a demon trying to prevent the end of the world. I’d wanted to write a classic urban fantasy for some time, having fallen in love with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels Series. As the ideas kept tumbling around in my mind, I found that Riley Blackthorne had a tale to tell so I stuck the poor girl in the middle of Heaven and Hell and the result was the Demon Trappers Series.


How do you decide on your characters’ personalities? Take Riley, for example, is she based on someone you know in real life?

The majority of the characters aren’t based on anyone in the real world. Riley and Beck are their own folks, though I’m sure I’m woven in bits of other people I know without realizing it. The only two characters that have something in common with the real world are Ayden (the witch) and Chris Jackson (the demon trapper). Even then, I had to be careful what I wrote as I didn’t want to 1) annoy them or 2) find myself in court for libel. Which is why I prefer to dream up characters rather than basing them on real folks.


If you had to describe Riley in 3 words, what would they be?

Tenacious, brave and smart.


Could you name a few of your favorite paranormal books/authors?

I’m a huge fan of Jim Butcher, Terry Pratchett, Ilona Andrews, Kevin Hearne, Ben Aaronovitch, to name a few. In the young adult world, Suzanne Collins rocks, but then I doubt many readers will argue with me about that.


If you could live in any city in the world, which one would it be?

That’s a toughie. I like Atlanta a lot. I think Chicago is wonderful, but they have real winters there. I’ve very fond of London, but for limited periods of time. After about a week I feel the desire to take off into the countryside to get away from the noise and bustle. So if I had a chance, I’d probably opt for living an hour or so outside of London and then I could commute in whenever the need arose.


How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?

I read a lot, watch murder mysteries (I’m seriously hooked on those) and if I get a chance, I do some photography.


Who’s your favorite character from The Demon Trappers series and why?

It’s a close tie between Riley and Beck. I really like Riley’s steel backbone, how she doesn’t back down from a challenge. She is an awesome young lady. Beck I love because he is so wounded and yet he’s out trying to make things better for himself. That sheer strength of character always awes me, even when it’s in a fictional character.


Could you tell us one of your favorite quotes from a book?

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. –Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky.


I’m insanely sad that this is the last book in The Demon Trapper series. Do you have any plans for another book/series?

I have plans for a few standalone novels in the near future and if my publisher gives me a thumbs up on the plots, I’ll be writing those. I figured it would be nice to take some time off from the heavy lifting a series requires.



Giveaway Terms and Conditions :

  • Giveaway is International.
  • The Author/Publisher is responsible for ensuring that the winner gets the book.
  • Winner has 36 hours to respond (if you want a print copy) or a new one will be picked.
  • Giveaway ends on August 20th, 2012.
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Dark Mind Book Tours is running a massive giveaway on their blog of the entire Demon Trappers series and swag. It's open international so enter! =)

Jana Oliver is an American author. Her books cross many genres, including romance/fantasy and historical mystery. An Iowa native, she currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her Time Rovers Series is published by Dragon Moon Press, a Canadian speculative fiction publisher, and in e-book form by Nevermore Press. The series has been nominated for fifteen awards and has won twelve, including ForeWord Magazine's Editor's Choice Book of the Year, the first time a science fiction novel has received that honor. Her latest young adult series (The Demon Trappers) is published in the US by St. Martin's Press (THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER, SOUL THIEF and FORGIVEN).The series is also published in the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Brazil.

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43 comments:

  1. i'm excited because i don't like cliffhangers at all so i would like to be able to read all books one after the others. I've read so many excerpt and good review that i want to discover it

    My favorite kiss ass heroine... i have several: cat from the night huntress serie ( by jeanie frose); kate daniels by ilona andrews, kitty katt from gini koch

    ^^ thank you a lot for the giveaway and i really liked the interview because i learned new things about the author and series

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  2. Fun interview! Riley sounds like a kickass heroine indeed! :) I can't wait to read this one! And my fave kickass heroine is Rose Hathaway! :D

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  3. I LOVED the interview. I'm such a great fan of this series, which only gets better the more you read it. I love Beck and Riley and I know I'm going to miss them all

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  4. I'm VERY excited about this book!!I'm dying to read it actually!

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  5. Seeing that you gave it 5 stars, I'm very excited to read it. Great interview too! I'm glad it was spoiler free, haven't read any of the Demon Trapper books. x)

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  6. I love the excerpt! I have read only the first book but I really want to read the rest of the books in this series.
    Very beautiful interview, and my favourite kick-ass fictional heroine is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. She doesn’t shift between masculinity and femininity but she inhabits both, which makes her very cool indeed.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  7. Super excited to read this book. The interview is awesome! My favorite Kick-ass character is Riley!! Thanks for the chance to win

    -Dannielle

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  8. Thank you for inviting me to your blog! Where I am clearly very fond of dear Riley, who is seriously kick ass, my fave heroine is Kate Daniels from the Ilona Andrews' series (adult urban fantasy). Kate inspired me to write a cool teen heroine and Riley B. was the result.

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  9. I am so sad that this is the last book.

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  10. Thanks for this cool blog, the interview with Jana (who seriously rocks, btw), and the "FORETOLD" excerpt. I have to say I absolutely adore Riley, she'd be my favorite kick-ass heroine. I also love Aura from Jeri Smith-ready's "SHADE" series. I haven't read "The Hunger Games" yet (I know, shock horror!), so I can't judge Katniss. I'm seriously going to have to check out the Ilona Andrews series now, I've not ever heard of it...

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  11. OMG I want & need to read this so bad, and your review made me even more excited, I need to get my hands on a copy. I love Beck so much, and yeah, I love the series, too :) And the excerpt is awesome, they should start listen to Peter :D

    And great interview. I had no idea she got partly inspired by Good Omens, a book that I love :) I haven't even read Foretold, but I'm already looking forward to reading more from her, even if they're stand alone, I'll read anything :)

    As for favourite fictional heroine, I love Riley, but my most favourite heroines are actually Cat from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series & Kitty from Gini Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Thanks so much for the chance. I cant wait to read more about Riley and Beck!! (Entered as Natalie Cleary)

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  13. I am so excited to read this, because I've been waiting for it do I can read the third book in te series as well! My favourite kick ass heroine - that's a tough question that I haven't really considered before. Riley is definitely a contender, but I also like Claire Danvers from the morganville vampires series for the title: she didn't start off so kick ass but I think she's there now. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  14. I love this series, one of my favorites. Can't wait to know how it ends. Thanks for the international giveaway, fingers crossed.
    I like the way she describe Beck, that's exactly what I think of him and why he is my favorite character. :)

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  15. The demon trapper's series is one of my favorite YA series ever! My favorite kick ass YA heroine is Katsa from graceling, followed closely by Riley, I just love that Riley can be so tough and so vulnerable an the same time <3

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  16. I can't wait to read this! Great interview :) Rose Hathaway is my favorite kick-ass heroine :)

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  17. I'm looking forward to adding this to my collection. The new book is so exciting. I love than Jana likes to watch murder mysteries in her down time - a little scary, lol. There are some really amazing heroines out there - Saba from Blood Red Road is one of my favorites.

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  18. I'm very excited for this book. A kick-ass heroine that comes into my mind right now is Karou from daughter of smoke and bone.
    Thank you for the int giveaway!

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  19. I am very excited to read this series. I tend to wait until most or all of the books are out to get the series, I am impatient. Rose Hathaway is my favorite kick butt heroine.

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  20. I am on the Soul Thief now and loving Riley and Beck!

    My favorite heroine has to be Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  21. I actually have the first book in this series, but have yet to start it... I don't know what I am waiting for since this series sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I LOVE this series! Riley and Beck are so great:)

    THe interview is so interesting, and the characters are so real, they feel like real people even though Jana dreams them up:)

    Riley's the prefect kick-ass heroine, but so is Alex from Half Blood:)

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  23. I love this review and the excerpt, make me curious to read this book. I hope not to long for me to read this book. My favourite kick ass heroine was Eve Dallas from In Death Series by JD Robb. She was my favorite since i read her in Naked in Death.
    Thanks for giveaway :)

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  24. Im super excited and I loved the interview! A couple of my favorite heroines are Saba from Blood Red Road by Moira Young and Yelena from the Poison series by Maria V. Snyder.

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  25. Love the series!!! Thanks Ms. Oliver!!! And thank you, Anjana, for the interview!!

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  26. I love this series, I have been impatiently waiting for it to come out!! Great interview, I can't wait to see what those stand alones that she has in the works are about and I love way she describes Riley. Favorite Heroine(s) I really like Kaylee from Soul Screamers and Tris from Divergent. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway and for the awesome interview!!

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  28. I have not read this series yet but looks like an interesting stories and has awesome characters so I'm looking forward to read this one. thanks for the interview it's absolutely fun.
    my favorite kick-ass heroine is Tayla a demon-slayer from Pleasure Unbound from Demonica Series by Larissa Ione

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  29. I really enjoyed the interview this is a new writer to me and I look forward to reading her work.

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  30. I LOVE this series and am super excited to read the final book!! Thanks so much for the great interview and giveaway!!

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  31. I can't wait to read this book, the interview was great!! My favorite female heroine would have to be Katniss from the Hunger Games. She just simply ROCKS!

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  32. I absolutely adore Jana Oliver. I cannot wait for Foretold, but I am mighty sad to see it go. Riley is an amazing character. She reminds me of myself in a lot of ways, minus the whole demon trapper thing! Seriously, Jana is amazing! Thanks so much for this chance to win!

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  33. I'm excited to read the book that I want to crane my neck even though i have a sever stiff neck right now(hehe). No seriously, I don't read the first book yet but I think this book's interesting :))

    And my fave kick-ass heroine as of now is Rose of Vampire Academy or Katniss .

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win this copy!<3

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  34. Wow, folks, thanks for all the love. It makes this author blush, a lot.

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  35. I'm so excited to read this! Have to admit I'm really gonna miss Beck :(

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  36. I am excited to read this, it's different from anything I have read before...

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  37. Hermonie Granger and Rose Hathaway!!

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  38. I can't wait to read this! I'm so excited!

    And my favorite would be Clara Gardner from Unearthly

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  39. I love his series!!! I can't wait to see what happens between riley and Beck!

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  40. I'm going to like Riley. A smart and tenacious character is one I'd want to cheer on!

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  41. I'm really looking forward to read the series, I've read a lot of awesome reviews about this last book! My favorite kick ass heroine are Eve Dallas and Rose Hathaway! (Ileana-Rafflecopter)

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