Soul Quest

Soul Quest by Amy Jones
Release Date: February 2011
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Source: Author
Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of 'those people.' You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous... and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse. I was commanded with Spirit at birth by the Great Spirit, Hala. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If you think it's difficult being a teenager, try being a teenager who was born destined to save the world from soul sucking Daevas and their mutant progeny Aengels. There are four of us. My companions of Spirit are Laith, Brayan and Meena. Melissa Small is Laith’s step sister and she is always meddling where she doesn’t belong, further complicating our lives. To make matters even worse, my best friend Jedd is apparently aware of things that are typically undetectable to ordinary humans. So, I have to lie to Jedd, the boy who has been my constant standby since the third grade, to shield him from the horrible and very dangerous truth. Did I mention that I think I’m falling in love with him? The term awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it, trust me. Welcome to the mess that is my life.
Amy Jones' writing is addicting. From the very beginning I was drawn into this book and its complex story. The synopsis doesn't do the plot justice, it's a very in depth book with a lot of plot surprises.

Liv's character was my favorite, and that's something this story is not lacking, good characters. Liv is a down to earth kind of girl, the girl in high school who was friends with everyone is how I'd describe her. But, all of them stand on their own.

I love paranormal, fantasy, and romance books and it has that, but it is much more. These teens aren't normal and that makes it so much fun.

What I Liked
  • The original story, good versus evil, and all of the elements Amy Jones brings to the table.
  • Liv
  • The use of actual events in the fictional story
  • The layout. Since it's a first person book with various narrators Amy helps the reader by changing narrators each chapter and heading each chapter with information that is useful. 
What I Wasn't Crazy About
  • There are some chapters that show the same occurrence from the various POVs. We learn the same things from the different characters, it got a little old, it could've been done better.
  • Dialogue was stiff and awkward through a lot of the story, I don't know what it was about it but it didn't feel real. 
I wanted it to be more. It began strong but in my opinion it didn't really hold up. It's definitely a starter novel and I think the rest of the series will build nicely on this introduction. I will definitely pick up the next book and continue the journey. There are so many fascinating parts of this book. I liked it and would recommend it to paranormal romance fans.

Thank you to the author for the chance to read and review this fabulous story!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I was hooked from the synopsis! It sounds like a really interesting story. I enjoy reading from different POV's, but that must have been tiresome if it kept repeating the same events. The MC sounds really fun and easy to relate to though! Great review!