Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: Souls by Ednah Walters

Souls (Grimnirs #2)
by Ednah Walters
Mythology, NA, Romance
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WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.
Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.
Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.
Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?


**Review copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
So, I was introduced to and began the Runes series through Grimnirs, the sub-story to the former one. I know nothing of the Runes series but after reading this, I'd definitely read it. This one shows Cora's story as she herself was brought into the possible upcoming war between Valkyries, Norns, Grimnirs as well as the gods.

Cora is feisty, mouthy, compassionate to others and yet irritably vulnerable towards Echo. Still, what I like about her is that she tries to live her life and do her part in aiding her mythological friends by using the very curse (or gift depending on how you see it) in order to help souls.

Yes, souls.

How does she help? Well, she lets these souls possess her one-by-one, temporarily be able to write their final will so that Cora would be able to give it to their families. By all means, she gives them the resolution they need before Echo reaps them.

And because all souls see Cora as a beacon, she attracts all kinds of souls. And where there are the healthy and sick ones, there are also the dark souls. These souls have been switching from one body to another, whether it may be an animal or human body. Because they crave what a corporeal body can provide (to feel, love and be loved), they become addicted to possessing, leading them to lose the very core of who they are, making them shapeless, wandering souls.

And Cora decided to help one.

Like any NA out there, this one also focuses A LOT on Cora and Echo. On their alone time that composes about 40% of the book. And yet, that's less compared to the first book that I had to stop and read something else first before diving back to the book. I get that Echo's interesting and hot but seriously, not every chapter should tell just how much Cora misses Echo. Just, no.

Dev is seriously that one character that made this book more interesting for me. His character is a new element for me as I have rarely encountered nor read about the concept of dark souls. And yet, even if he is a dark soul, he has a heart of gold. He helped Cora out a lot and at times, he reminds me of Echo because of how he behaves.

Story-wise, this is a good continuation to the first book as we get to learn a teeny little bit more of what the runes etched on Cora truly do. Also, having Dev here and the story of dark souls worked. How Cora is possessed reminds me so much of Insidious wherein the host's soul could be taken over by another soul. Also, I like how this series can stand alone from the Souls series because you can either read this one first or Souls and vice versa. Although, there are certain stories of key characters not told in this book.

Being a side-story to the Runes series, Grimnirs sub-series raises some questions where the answers can be found in the former one. That is why, I highly recommend you read the Runes series before starting this one so you get a clearer picture of the story behind the Valkyries, the Grimnirs and the Norns.

Who are interested in books with a hint of mythology, this one's for you. Also, if you're totally romance with the undertones of I-can't-live-without-you-you-are-my-life-my-soul, then this book would be a must in your bookshelf.

I SAY...

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes YA/NA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. 

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