Saturday, July 21, 2012

Souled by Diana Murdock - A YA Romance Thriller

SouledSouled by Diana Murdock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the book synopsis, I was interested. The idea behind the book was appealing because it didn't seem like an overdone rehashed story - something that I've been encountering a little more lately with some of the books I've been reading. So I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this one up. The story was genuinely what it appeared to be and the book synopsis really is an accurate description of it. So another summary here isn't necessary. After all, how many ways can you say... Boy buys soul. Boy discovers soul is not what he thinks it is. Trouble and danger ensue...?

Although the idea is simple and straight forward, there is more to the story than that. It is very much about the characters and their relationships. In fact, the characters are the real focus of the story - the plot, not so much.

The one thing I wasn't immediately crazy about when I started to read was the writing style - a little more common in the YA genre these days is the first person perspective. However, the author shakes that up when she starts changing whom the perspective belongs to. It worked well here, particularly with building the characters. For the most part it was a good thing, but I did find it a little annoying when some of the characters were repetitive in their thinking. And it did bother me that the main character Seth was so slow to figure out what was going on. With regard to his character, it was a little too stereotypical dumb jock I thought. But each reader will have their own opinion on that.

Overall, I think it was an enjoyable read that would appeal to many YA readers - particularly those craving an angsty, burdened with danger romance. Four stars.

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  1. Pretty good review and the book title draws readers in.

    1. Hi Cynthia! Thank you for your comment. I hope you get a chance to read Souled. I'd love to hear what you think. There will be a sequel as well as a novella offshoot of this in the coming months. Thanks again!