A Glimpse of Her Soul by Stuart Jaffe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Paranomral/ Action / Horror
Book Description: When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul, her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities seek to kill her so they can read this message as her soul departs and use its information to escape back to the world they came from.
Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her. With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.
Filled with action, excitement, magic, romance, and mystery, A Glimpse of Her Soul is a pulse-pounding ride you're sure to enjoy. And just the kind of genre bending you've come to expect from a writer whose motto is Fantasy Knows No Bounds!
My thoughts: Gillian's life is turned upside down when she discovers she bears a mark on her soul that attracts "callers", aka demons, monsters, etc. Callers are trying to find their way back to "Spirit" (heaven?) and want to look at her soul as she dies to find their way back.
Gillian has many opportunities to fight the callers and keep her soul and life intact. She has an unexpected ally, who is a caller himself, to help her survive and achieve her potential.
At first glance, the plot seems a little off the wall. It doesn't take long for the thought to diminish and the story becomes enjoyable. This book has twists and turns that keep interest and the plot moving in an interesting direction.
I would really have liked to see the characters develop a little more. From the get go, Gillian is exposed to danger and action scenes. She doesn't have much time to let us get to know her.
There is some swearing, with the use of the "f" bomb once.
Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, The
Bluesman series, and much more. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and
anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review - a weekly podcast about science, art, and
well, everything. For those who keep count, the latest animal listing is as follows: one dog, four
cats, one albino corn snake, one Brazilian black tarantula, three aquatic turtles, one lop-eared
rabbit, twenty chickens, and a horse. Thankfully, the chickens and the horse do not live inside
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