My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What an amazingly pleasant surprise SOUL TAKEN was! Lately I’ve gone into reading paranormal books from new authors with a certain amount of trepidation; perhaps because past authors have set the bar so high, or maybe because there’s such a wide range between the epically great paranormal books and the disastrously awful attempts. I can say with absolute certainty that SOUL TAKEN was a phenomenal example of the former. Wow! Talk about a completely unique concept with tons of new ideas, roles, and characters that took me on an exhilarating adventure.
Katlyn Duncan created a world of the After – souls with jobs ranging from soul collecting to guarding/guiding certain members of the living. Besides learning about all of the different jobs one might hold in the After, there were also a ton of characters to meet and get to know. But you know what? Even though SOUL TAKEN had to set an entire stage of new people and concepts, I never once felt like I was getting a history lesson, never felt lost, and I was completely enthralled every step of the way!
I LOVED the characters in SOUL TAKEN – from Maggie who I rooted for even when I found out things that made her motives questionable, Jackson who I wanted even when I worried he might be one of the bad guys, and Cooper who I didn’t know whether to love or hope he’d get out of the way so I could keep my eyes on Jackson… I loved them all. And then there was the action and the story – I am a paranormal romance fan all the way – and though this first book in the series only hinted at romance – I never felt like I was missing out – the action and storyline were just THAT GOOD!
SOUL TAKEN was a solid 4.5 star read and though the book wrapped up nicely without a cliffhanger – it also left plenty of promise for the remainder of the series and me scrambling to find out how long I’d have to wait to get my hands on SOUL POSSESSED! I can guarantee I will be stalking Goodreads and Ms. Duncan’s website for word of when the second book will be out!
**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.
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