Reading The Demon Trapper’s Daughter was so much fun. While it wasn’t my favorite book of the year, it was extremely enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down. That’s why when I read the second book in the series, Soul Thief, I was left so confused.
I just don’t get it. Where is the adventurous, take no prisoners trapper in training we came to love in the first book? In this book, it felt like Riley was simply whining over Simon not being affectionate enough with her. And when he finally tells her to leave, she claims she’s not giving up on him.
What was that? Not giving up on him? Because I distinctly remember a Riley who had been burned by not one boyfriend but two—well, one plus Beck—who had certainly learned not to waste her time with boys who do not treat her right. And okay, so Simon was hurt; she did give up her entire freedom to make a deal with Heaven to save his life, after all. Why not tell him that? Why go all noble on a boy who is so religious that he’ll probably worship you like a saint if you told him your angelic experience firsthand? Nope, instead we’ll help make him even more suspicious. There wasn’t nearly as much action to be had in two, either, which I missed.
Then, by the end of book two, Riley has been made a fool yet again, this time by a fallen angel! And to make matters worse, this ultimate betrayal was followed by plenty of criticism and double standards from Beck, who sleeps around with every girl under the sun. The first book was so filled with Riley’s badassery that I honestly did not see this “How could you do this!” crap from Beck coming. Where’s Riley’s independence? Where’s the acknowledgement that it’s highly ironic for Beck the Tramp to be condemning Riley’s single sexual experience?
After reading book three, it becomes apparent enough—but Riley’s guilt in the situation still remains, despite knowing of Beck’s own exploits. And book three also nearly makes up for these situations in book two, but Soul Thief remains a mystery, particularly when sorting out the storyline. I’ll continue reading the series for sure—I definitely want to know where it’s going and what will become of Riley and Beck—but this second installment seriously felt out of place in regards to the first.