I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Soul Possessed by Katlyn Duncan
Series: The Life After #2
Published by Carina UK on October 2013
Source: the Publisher
Life after Life
Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?
When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission...she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul...
This was such a strong sequel to the first book. Whatever I found lacking in the first book, you can find in the second book. All aspects I found lacking in the first book, where to find in Sould Possessed. Every unanswered question I found and answer to in the second book (although that one left me with enough questions as well!!).
Maggie, as a character, develops even more in Soul Possessed, she becomes the kind of character that I just love in books. She is strong, independent, has a big heart and genuinely cares and fights for her friends. She has these new powers that she doesn’t understand and that scare the daylight out of her. It doesn’t really help that most Guards are scared of her, and therefore ignore and avoid her. Where I had trouble connecting with Maggie in the beginning of the first book, I reconnected with her right away in the sequel.
Aside from Maggie, Cooper and Jackson’s characters really grew on me too. You get to know both of them better in Soul Possessed and it is hard not to like them.
Jackson is gorgeous and mysterious and obviously head over heels with Maggie. He has this darker side to him that I referred to in my review of Soul Taken. The chemistry between Jackson and Maggie is great and the romance between them was not too much all at once. Their romance is defined in a beautiful way and grows throughout their story (which makes what happens at the end even more horrible than it already is!).
Then there is Cooper, and really what’s not to like about that guy! He plays a smaller part, but you get to know him better throughout this books which made him one of my favourite characters. You’ll learn his personal story, how he died and became a guard. He is such an honest and lovable character. There is some chemistry between Cooper and Maggie, though they don’t really know it their selves, so I am secretly hoping that the subtle romance between them will grow into much more in the last instalment.
Soul Possessed is a great sequel! Interesting and good plot, lots of action, great characters and a great pacing. The world Katlyn Duncan created and that I grew to love in the first instalment became even more captivating. A great read, that once again ended with a cliff-hanger that had me perplexed. During the course of the story I thought I’d figured out how it was going to end, but Katlyn Duncan knows how to throw a reader off and when I did come to the end of the story it wasn’t what I expected at all! I can’t wait to read the third book, I just have to know how this is going to end!