Series: The Soulkeepers #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. But there is more to Haven Hurst than meets the eye: it’s home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia soon realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible yet volatile Guardian who seems drawn to her too.
As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the beautiful young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Handsome and charismatic, Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death—unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.
I really am a fan of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I used to have an entire website devoted to the genre, honestly it was the genre that renewed my love for reading in a way I hadn’t had in years. So every time I pick up a UF or PR book, I want to adore it, I want it to bring me back to that moment when I fell in love with reading again. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t work for me. I think the main reason why this book didn’t work for me is because it felt a whole lot more like young adult then new adult, and I am really hit or miss with young adult.
The problem with the fact that this book read more YA is that I feel like a lot of YA books are intentionally written in a manner that makes the characters in them feel superficial or dumbed down, like that lack complexity. I understand that when you marketing to younger audience, writing style is inherently going to be different, but at the same time I think I have aged too far out of this demographic for that to work for me in some cases.
Another problem I had with this book was that I felt a lot of the characters really started wondering into the too stupid to live category. There is nothing more that I hate in books when the main characters are TSTL, especially when they are female characters. It very well may be just a personal preference for me, but ultimately I like my female characters strong, flawed, but strong and intelligent.
Also this book is really big on insta-love. I kind of hate insta-love. I don’t mind instant lust, I mean come on everyone can identify with that happening to them at one time or another, but instant love is just so not believable, I liked the build up between characters, the getting to know each other because they fall in love, it makes the payoff so much better in the end. When you start off in instant love land, there is no payoff, and I can’t help but drifting into the whats the point territory.
I realize this book without a doubt has a target audience, it just isn’t me. I can easily see how it would appeal to the younger YA audience, and I think those readers should give this book a try. But if you are like me and have kind of aged out of that group, or have an unnatural aversion to YA, then this is not the book for you.