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 Taken by Katlyn Duncan
Series: The Life After #1
Published by Carina UK on June 4th 2013
Source: the Publisher
After-life just got a lot more complicated
Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.
Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…
To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!
I found it a bit hard to get into the story at first. I felt like I was being thrown in the deep, and the whole concept of Soul Collectors seemed kind of vague to me. There is little word building, so I didn’t really understand the terms and all. It is safe to say that I started out pretty confused. However, when I got past those first chapters and everything became a bit clearer to me, I finished the book in no time.
Maggie, our main-character appears to be a bit cold at first, which is probably also why I wasn’t immediately drawn into the story. However when she gets sucked into Ally’s body that’s when she started growing on me as a character. Little by little you (and Maggie herself for that matter) get to know bits and pieces of her past, and at the same time she changes as a person and becomes less cold and I started feeling more of a connection with her. Great character development? Check!
The other characters were great as well. They where developed enough for them to be reliable characters.
The world sketched in this book, was partly what confused me in those very first chapters as well. Very little is explained about the actual After Life world, which is why I was so confused at first. However I found that I didn’t really need it -the explanations and all- because the story itself was so unique and most of the time the story takes place in the real world as we know it.
The plot was good! There were lots of twists and especially near the end the story was a bit dark. Which I honestly don’t mind at all! I like my books that way, especially the fantasy and supernatural genres.
All and all, this was a good and light read! Aside from the confusion in the beginning, and the lack of word building I would say this is a great and most importantly a fun read! I loved how unique the story was! Which makes it so much easier to say, lets just forget about my confusion in the beginning (which normally would spoil a book for me) and give it a solid four star rating!
I previously posted this review, together with the review of the second book Soul Possessed, as a part of the Soul Possessed Blog Tour.