Author: Reyna Favis
Pages: 265 (E-books)
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
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All Fia ever wanted was to have a normal life, but when you can see the souls of the dead, a normal life is no easy task. Fia has been followed by dead people since she can remember. All they want is her help, but all she ever did was fight them off. Running to the woods seemed like a good option, but apparently the dead existed there too. However, when Fia witnesses a psychopomp leading a dead boy through a portal, she decides she will do whatever it takes to get herself rid of the dead once and for all.
This was an action-packed book! I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t focus on just one ghost or one event. Sometimes the problem with books in the paranormal genre is that they focus on just that one problem, but Soul Search actually allowed us to get away from the main event for a few chapters. With this we managed to get a few more glimpses into the characters’ personalities and also acquire some valuable information that was later used to deal with the original problem.
I also enjoyed the fact that Soul Search focused on other aspects of character’s lives. Both main characters, Fia and Cam, were part of a Search and Rescue Team. This was actually something I knew very little about, so I really enjoyed learning more about what they do and how they operate by following the teams through several search cases. Plus, 50% of the profits from this book are divided equally between the Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County and Wayward Plotts, so that’s one more reason to read it :p
A lot of research went into this book. Most of the paranormal activity roamed around the Changewater Murders which actually happened! I didn’t know this until I got to the “Author’s Notes” at the end of the book, but I really enjoyed this. It added that tinge of realism of the story.
I also most admit that I feel a bit guilty for shipping Fia and Lucas so badly. Lucas’ wife was dying in a hospital bed and here I was shipping him with another woman! But well, I couldn’t help it – sorry.
The problem with Soul Search is that it was rather confusing at times, especially in the beginning. It started right in the middle of action and suddenly Fia was being chased by the ghost of a dead boy. She also had some ability to fight them of, but this was never properly explained. A few other abilities were introduced regarding other characters, but no time was ever dedicated to explain them. I never really managed to figure out what was the “look” of Fia’s power. She fought them off with some kind of energy, but was it some kind of energy ball or ray? I think that some more time should have been used to explain these paranormal abilities, especially because the whole book revolved around them.
The other issue with this book is also in the start of the story. So Fia spent her whole life thinking that she was probably crazy, and she never knew anyone who had her ability. Then, she decides to move into the woods thinking that there will be less souls to disturb her in a rural environment. However, right in the first chapter, she finds someone that can see dead people such as her. And he has a dog that’s a psychopomp! It just felt a bit rushed, especially taking into account all the other information that we are introduced to in this chapter. I just felt that maybe this encounter could have been delayed a bit, so that the reader got a feeling of the surroundings.
Another thing that left me a bit confused was when Fia placed her hand into the portal created by Zackie and a weird thing happened to her limb (I won’t tell you what it is because it would be a major spoiler :p). Didn’t Zackie know that that could happen? Maybe she didn’t care. But what’s more annoying is that Fia did all that to get a message for Cam. She does receive a piece of paper from the other side, but we never get to know what it was inside. I know it was meant to let the reader use his imagination, but I’m curious, I want to know!
Soul Search was a really interesting book. I don’t read many books in the paranormal genre, but I really enjoyed all the other aspects of the story that added a new depth to the characters such as the search teams’ cases and the situation with Lucas’ wife and her reactions to it. There’s a new book coming up in the series and I’m quite excited for it because I still have a lot of question’s unanswered. I want to know if Fia manages to get rid of that weird hand and if she and Lucas have any chance together :p