07 April 2011

{Book Review} The Soul Keepers

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 April 2011 at 10:23 AM | | | | | | |
Author: G.P. Ching
Format: eBook
Pages: 341
Published: 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, Jacob's life feels out of control.

A beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, the biologically gifted warrior she swears he is.

He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the
mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva's motives for helping him

Let me start this review off with a little disclaimer. Do not read this book unless you want to be thoroughly immersed in the story. I do not say this lightly, because this book is not a light read. Aside from the obvious size being almost 20,000 words or so larger then the average YA novel, it is story rich with unbelievable imagery, and history and back story, and even drops in some religion and very dark forces.

Believe me when I tell you, that you will not fly trough this book. You might not even possibly have that itch when you set it aside to go to work, or school to run back and read it, dying for the next words. What you will have, in some cases will be much worse. For someone like me for instance, it was much, much, much worse. What you have is a constant inner dialog going on as you break down concepts, and plots in the book. You are almost always thinking of one character or another. Who or what are they, how come this can happen...all things you will think about.
You will be caught up imagining the creatures and gardens brought to life by Ching. Scrutinizing the religious aspects brought in to explain certain people. In fact, you know; I think that this may be why I took so long to read it, I wanted to absorb it and not miss anything.

Like everyone I suppose, I have often found books to take me away on a quick escape. And much like a shot 2 day vacation would, when I'm done I tend to come back a little more in need of a vacation then when I left. This book is like an all week stay on a secluded island. You will not feel exhausted and in desperate need for another "book hit" grabbing for something off your shelf to get back to the escapism that is reading. Instead, I am relaxed. Pondering. Thinking. And I think that you will be too.

If you are looking for a break from the typical YA Fantasy books then The Soulkeeper's is the book you need. And even if you're not, add it to your TBR list. It's just one of those books everyone should read. Ching is a master at imagry which many of you noted on Tuesday when I used this novel for my Teaser Tuesday meme. She's got a gift for it, of which I am very jealous. And of which you will miss out on if you don't pick up this book.

The Soulkeeper's is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, for $2.99.


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this one! Great review and blog!! I have added your button to my blog!


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