Saturday, August 29, 2009

Review of "Soul Catcher" by Leigh Bridger

Ladies and Gentlemen, I will give you my honest reaction to this book - AHH!! I loved it. I've never read anything like it, this would be one of those books I would call "epic."

This book is so.. amazingly wonderful, and I'm still so giddy after finishing it, that I don't think I could write a proper book blurb plot thing. Instead? I'll give you what it says on the back of the book.

" Deborah Smith is the New York Times best-selling author of A PLACE TO CALL HOME, SWEET HUSH, A GENTLE RAIN and others. Now, writing as Leigh Bridger, she enters the sinister alternate reality of both good and evil, battling for their own wills as well as the will of mankind. From the gothic eccentricity of Asheville, North Carolina to the terrifying recesses of the Appalachian wilderness, from modern demonology to the ancient Cherokee mythology, SOUL CATCHER follows the tormented journey of many lives by a sadistic and vengeful demon. Livia and her loved ones, including her frontier-era soul-mate and husband, Ian, have never beaten the demon before. Now, in this life, he's found them again. "

As I mentioned, this book does seem rather epic, and I'm so thankful that I got the chance to read and review this book. The idea that the soul is eternal, that once you die, you just get reincarnated, and even more so - there is one soul mate for you, one person that you will meet again life after life. And the battle between good and evil, the spirits that help, and those that hurt. This is one of those books that really make you look at life differently, look at people differently. And the characters, gosh. I don't think I could get over Livia and Ian. Even the side characters, the boons, pogs, and spirits that help them, they were all excellently done. But Livia and Ian's lives, their love, how even through time, different lives, and a demon out to kill them, they find each other, and fight for each other.

If I had one complaint, which I could not care less about by the middle of the book, was that the author seemed to over describe some things, while under describing others. Now, I may not necessarily want to know the details of Livia being raped (I promise, no spoilers there, happens in the first few pages), I think a little more detail of that whole scene would have helped, instead of telling me that she was hurt and in bed for a month healing from the ordeal. And really, this is the only big instance of this issue that I found in the entire book. From that point on, things are described clearly enough, not too much, not too little.

So on to the rating.. would anyone really be surprised that I'm giving it a FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS? I know this is something I will recommend to absolutely everyone, I know I will re-read it, and when the sequel comes out (it's supposedly the beginning of a trilogy), I will buy it day one, if not pre-order it.

"Soul Catcher" by Leigh Bridger (aka Deborah Smith) will be released October 1, 2009. I suggest you all run out to get your copy, preorder it, anything!

Happy reading, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

My TBR pile is growing!

Just a quick update post to show you all that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and that there will be plenty of reviews coming to keep you all entertained. The books in my TBR pile, which is growing by the day, will all be reviewed, and you can expect one by tomorrow night, I promise!

Curious about what's coming up? Here we go!
"Soul Catcher" by Leigh Bridger (aka Deborah Smith)
"Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick (my first YA novel to review, yay!)
"Bad Moon Rising" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Dead Men's Boots" by Mike Carey
"Seduce Me" by Robyn DeHart
"Mr. Darcy, Vampyre" by Amanda Grange
and "Four Dukes and a Devil" by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash, and Tracy Anne Warren

There are also a few more books coming my way.. But we'll worry about the ones I have for now, right?

Happy reading, everyone