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Grave Matters (Demon Trappers) by [Oliver, Jana]
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A Demon Trappers Novella

A legendary Demon Trapper, Riley Blackthorne frequently battles with Hell’s minions. So when she travels to Scotland to meet up with her hunky boyfriend, and celebrate her eighteenth birthday, she’s thrilled at the chance to leave Atlanta and its troubles behind.

Denver Beck, who has been studying for months to become a Grand Master – a rare and highly dangerous job -- is just as eager to see his girl. He’s anticipating a romantic reunion, keen to take their relationship to the next level.

But Riley’s twisted history with Hell has garnered unwelcome interest by people willing to use her for their own purposes. Trouble is brewing in the land of the heather, the kind that will drive a wedge between her and Beck, and prove the ultimate test of their love . . . and their survival skills.

Bonus content includes demon illustrations and two Demon Trappers short stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1621 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nevermore Books (22 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H0O1AOY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I love the Demon Trappers series and this instalment was no exception. Riley and Beck are amazing and I hope we get more of their story
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Jana out did herself again! I love these characters and the story was magical! I can not wait for more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Addition to The Demon Trappers Series 10 March 2014
By Sapphyria - Published on Amazon.com
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**Please read Books 1-4 before reading Grave Matters**
**There may be Grave Matters spoilers in my review. It's not intentional but necessary to the quality of my review**

I've really missed Riley and Beck, so when Jana Oliver announced a novella I jumped all over it. I started by reading excerpts of Grave Matters on her website [...]. Then when the novella was available in print, I purchased it right away. I own all 4 of the full length novels in the series and it's nice to be able to add Grave Matters to the collection. The novella also contains 2 short stories, including Retro Demonology, which has only been available previously as a free eBook.

Riley and Beck get a lot of face time in the novella and not all of it is good. Treachery occurs as soon as Riley lands in Scotland and it's up to Riley, Beck, and the occupants of the home where Beck is completing his training, to figure out who's after Riley this time. The finally realized relationship between Riley and Beck is in jeopardy, Riley's life is in danger, and Beck will have to come to terms with what being a Grand Master will actually entail. All of this is squeezed into the 142 pages of Grave Matters.

I loved the concept of the novella and, really, you can't ever go wrong with Riley and Beck. The friction that develops between Riley and Beck is unexpected and played out quite well. The cause and effects of the trouble certainly plays upon the reader's emotions. After working so hard to get their relationship to where it was at the end of Foretold, I was distraught when the relationship began to crumble. Well played, Jana Oliver, well played! The dissolution of Riley and Beck is fully dependent upon the other actions within the book. There is action, adventure, misunderstandings, and of course, the attempt to use Riley for, and by, the forces of evil.

I must admit that Grave Matters wasn't nearly as dynamic as the four full length novels in the series. There just didn't seem to be as much suspense and nail biting build up in the novella. The ultimate reason for all of the happenings in Grave Matter were written cleanly and cohesively, however, and the entire novella was still very good. I'm glad I purchased the novella for my bookshelf.

I certainly hope this isn't the last we hear about Riley and Beck. They are one of my absolute favorite power couples. I'd almost like to see them cross over from the young adult genre into the adult genre and see where that takes them; especially now that Riley is eighteen.

Review Copy Courtesy Of: My Bookshelf
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gratifying continuation of the Demon Trappers series 1 September 2014
By Alice in Vunderland - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 stars. The thing I like best about self-publishing is that authors are able to continue their stories when their publishers have obviously gone insane and discontinued a fantastic series. What I love about Grave Matters is that we see Riley and Denver moving on to a new life. Of course, the past comes back to haunt Riley as every nutcase in the world now wants to challenge her based on her reputation. The best part is that they know only the barest of what she has been through, and so the comeuppance is exceptionally gratifying. One thing that is great about this series is that even though there is religious symbolism, the characters don't act out of their standard, boring religious archetypes. The concept of demons, as expressed by Jana Oliver, is far more interesting and fluid than religion could ever express.

Grave Matters reveals some interesting things about both Riley and Denver, that they are more than they were both raised to be. The discovery of that, however, takes them on a hard and painful path. Riley has niggling doubts that bring out Denver's insecurities. My only complaint here is that Denver has gained confidence in recent months, yet he is rehashing the same old self doubt of just being a simple man. The sentiment fell a bit flat for me as I would have expected more conflict between his new confidence and his old lack. Riley's constant one-liner inner monologues were a bit redundant sometimes as well.

The two short stories at the end were great. Set before the first book of the series, they are action packed and funny, and far better than the average bonus short story. I have to say that Jana Oliver has found the best use of Melville's "Moby Dick." Ever. I also got a kick out of Riley's reference to an Ilona Andrews book -- very funny! Read the first books of this series, then buy this one. You'll be happy you did!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Demon Trappers series! 21 November 2016
By Karissa Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been one of my absolutely favorite YA urban fantasy series. I really enjoyed going back to revisit this world. I didn't realize a 5th book had been released in this series and am so excited to pick that up as well. I love these characters and this demon infested world!

This is a great novella for fans of the series. I wouldn't necessarily recommend as an intro to the series since there is a lot of backstory for these characters that you don't see in this novella. However, it should read okay as a stand alone.

I loved how this story showed our characters moving on. Riley is working on training apprentices and Beck is studying to become a Grand Master. Their reunion is sweet and amazing and plagued with all the complications that plague Demon Trappers.

Oliver does an amazing job all around with this story (and the whole series). The action scenes are breathtaking, the characters intriguing, and the world is well developed and engaging. The writing flows beautifully and the dialogue is snappy and fun. This was such a fun and easy story to read.

Overall I adored this addition to the Demon Trappers series. I would recommend this whole series to urban fantasy fans. I was beyond ecstatic to hear that a fifth book, Mind Games, came out in this series...last year...HOW DID I MISS THAT! Anyway, highly recommend to urban fantasy fans I love it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are plenty of demons and evil deeds to keep the pages turning! 5 August 2014
By emily morris - Published on Amazon.com
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This novella is set at the end of the demon trappers series, and continues Riley and Beck's adventures. Unlike the series, it is set in Scotland and centers around Riley visiting Beck who is undertaking his grand masters training. But as we all can guess it won't be the peaceful holiday they imagined, someone wants to use Riley for their own nefarious purposes and it could prove the biggest test Riley and Beck's love has ever seen.

This was a great addition to the series and was a decent length so you get something for your money. I loved finding out where both their lives went after the end of the series, and more importantly where their relationship is at. But don't worry it's not all romance and roses, there is plenty of demons and evil deeds to keep the pages turning, plus a few unexpected surprises...

Also as a bonus the author has included a scene each from Riley and Beck's points of view set before the events of book One which are short but still enjoyable. Overall this was a nice little read and tied up a few questions I had after finishing the series. If you haven't read the demon trappers I recommend reading them before this novella.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay for More Riley & Beck! 1 March 2014
By Jessica S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Grave Matters is Jana Oliver's novella that takes place after her Demon Trappers series ended. One more look at the life of Riley and Beck and I was on so happy to have read it!

Beck is in Scotland training to be a Grand Master and Riley is paying him a visit. But things go horribly wrong the minute she steps off the plane and gets kidnapped by people who want to use her to raise "an angel" to heal a dying child. Naturally, that didn't pan out the way the people thought and Riley is lucky to have escaped with only a few cuts and bruises.

Safe in Beck's arms, she can finally begin the vacation she was looking forward to. But something's different. She feels more afraid than she ever has before. And soon that fear starts to build a wall between her and Beck. One she isn't sure will break.

Again, I sooo loved this novella! Riley and Beck are just amazing. Imagine my surprise to have to read trouble brewing between them when I had thought those days long past. But Jana doesn't disappoint! Short as the novella is at 134 pages, this is still a pretty lengthy story and I mean that in a good way! Packed with lots of action battling demons, sprinkled with bits of romance, and a growing mystery as to who our bad guy is--the one who had plans for Riley and set things into motion--this makes for one intense and exciting read!

Not sure if this will be the last of Riley and Beck. I certainly hope not! But I will continue to look forward to Jana's books, because they are always exciting and filled with engaging characters!

As a bonus, I now have Personal Demons and Retro Demonlogy in print! Plus there are illustrations of a few of the demons Riley's come across and those were incredible to see as well!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars