Release Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy
Type: Series (The Demon Trappers #4)
Purchase: Book Depository (Free Worldwide Delivery)
It’s all or nothing in the final battle for humanity and Beck’s heart… Now that Riley’s managed to fend off Armageddon, everything has changed… Well, most things. Lucifer’s ex-right-hand man, Sartael, has proven to be more resilient than anyone thought and is about to confront the Prince of Hell once and for all, forcing Atlanta into the path of a looming storm. Even worse, Beck is back to treating Riley like a little girl again, as if their epic kiss never happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move on, Riley has vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her since her father died. When she’s drafted to help him care for his dying mother in South Georgia, that vow is put to the test. Before long, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret from Beck’s past, the one he fears could drive her away forever. As old enemies settle scores, Riley may be Beck’s only hope for redemption… and survival.
If there was anything I had to say about this series as a whole, it’d have to be just how riveting and consistent each book has been. The last and final book of the series, Foretold, was no different. Except… there was something that truly stood out in this instalment – something different that made me appreciate the characters of Riley and Beck and the others I’ve felt so connected to so much more.
Foretold was a whole new level of intensity, with the final battle finally at hand and the countless lives sure to be lost, I thought Riley and Beck had so much more to lose, on top of all the things that they’ve already lost. It was such a thrilling, suspenseful experience as a reader, trying to get through a book filled with chaos with the faintest slight of hope for the characters you’ve grown so attached to.
The most distinctive aspect about the final book was the plot. Essentially, there were two major stories taking place, and I was unsurprisingly immersed in both. The first, being Beck’s personal journey coming to terms with his past and facing his deepest, darkest secrets was… well, completely different from the ‘Demon Trapping’ atmosphere I’ve been so used to. It was lovely. Emotional. Everything I did not expect from an arrogant, tough, frustrating guy like Beck.
[MINOR SPOILER ALERT]
That whole story with Beck heading back to his small hometown with Riley felt a tad bit like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Okay maybe more than a tad. I don’t know. Let’s just say it was creepy, yet entertaining as heck.
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As always, Riley Blackthorne kicked ass. I don’t how else to properly explain her tremendous growth as a character, whilst still remaining true to herself – feisty, confident (the good kind), and completely flawed yet admirable in so many ways.
What I treasured in Oliver’s writing was how compelling and satisfying this conclusion was to the series. From the battle between Lucifer and Hell’s rebels
haha sounds like a motorcycle gang, to Beck and Riley’s forever-frustrating relationship, and even Simon’s story – I felt Oliver wrapped this series beautifully and truthfully.
Foretold was a bittersweet conclusion to such an amazing series of books, and I am glad to have read and experienced it along with the characters I’ve grown so fond of.
Bookaholic Verdict: no cure for this addiction – i will love this series forever and ever
Quotaholic: “It wasn’t until Riley returned to her seat that she looked out the window. Beck’s mouth had dropped open in shock. He blinked a few times and closed it.“