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Soul Taken (The Life After trilogy)

Soul Taken (The Life After trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Katlyn Duncan

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After-life just got a lot more complicated Maggie is a Soul Collector.

It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies... To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

Praise for Katlyn Duncan

‘I really loved this book. From the first page I was totally hooked and couldn’t put it down until I was finished.’ - Dark Faerie Tales.

‘Soul Taken is a BRILLIANT read! ...I fell in love with make everything about reading Soul Taken special and unique. This is one of those books to look out for.’ - A Diary of a Book Addict

Katlyn Duncan’s YA debut, Soul Taken, is a thrilling ride that will leave you breathless for the next page, and curious to find the true soul we nurture within.’ - Jennifer Murgia, author of the ANGEL STAR series & BETWEEN THESE LINES

The Life After series:

1. Soul Taken

2. Soul Possessed

3. Soul Betrayed


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2826 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 223 Seiten
  • Verlag: Carina (4. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CWL2C10
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This was a unique story filled with great characters, an engaging plot, and sweet romance. 5. Juni 2013
Von Dark Faerie Tales - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was a unique story filled with great characters, an engaging plot, and sweet romance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes fun clean paranormal books.

Opening Sentence: "Is it ready now?" Dylan asked for the tenth time in twenty minutes.

The Review:

Bridget's Thoughts:

Maggie has been a Soul Collector for the last 100 years. There's no denying that Maggie is the best and she is hoping that she will soon be promoted to The Guard. The Guard were an elite group of souls. Soldiers that protected humans and participated in top secret missions, earning collective respect from everyone in the After. To prove that she is a fully capable of being a guard she has to help them find a missing soul, but something goes terribly wrong and Maggie gets stuck inside a human body, a place she hasn't been in a long time.

Maggie has taken over Ally's body and she is a very important descendant of the Caelestium. The Caelestium are the original creatures of the after realm and many centuries ago they mated with humans to create the Prognatum. There are only a few Prognatum's left and they are closely watched by the guard until they turn 18, at which time they go through a transformation and join the Guard as special operatives for the Caelestium. Ally's birthday is only a few days away and if they aren't able to reunite her body and her soul by that time, Ally's soul may be lost forever. Maggie doesn't have any memories of her past life so being human is a whole new thing to her. As she tries to save Ally's soul, old memories start to surface and Maggie's not sure if she is ready to remember her past. Old enemies are making an appearance as well and everyone Maggie cares about is in danger and time is running out for Ally.

I absolutely loved Maggie. She is a fun, courageous girl that is very independent. She definitely has a mind of her own and when she sets her sights on something she does everything she can to achieve it. She is a very caring person, and a very loyal friend. Throughout the book you get to see images of her past and not all of it is pretty. But the more you learn about her the more interesting she became as a character. I really enjoyed getting to know her and I connected with her so easily. I can't wait to read more of her story.

Ally is your typical mean girl. Maggie see glimpses of her memories throughout the book and you get a pretty good image of what Ally was like as a person. She is a gorgeous popular girl and she isn't really a very nice person. I have to be honest, I am not usually a fan of the whole popular mean girl image most of the time, but it really worked for me in Ally's case. Maggie is really quite the opposite of Ally and it's fun to see how Maggie deals with Ally's life. You don't get to know a lot about Ally, so I hope that we get to see more of her in the next book.

Cooper has been Ally's guard her whole life. He was specially chosen to protect and watch over her until she turned 18. He is very distraught when her soul is stolen and he does everything in his power to try and get it back, but he also has to watch over her body and subsequently Maggie as well. As Maggie gets to know Cooper well she finds that she is pretty attracted to him. Cooper has always had a soft spot for Ally and over the years he came to really care for her, but with Maggie in her body he starts to develop feeling for Maggie as well. I totally fell head over heels for Cooper. I think he is so cute and I am totally cheering for him and Maggie.

Next we have the mysterious Jackson. Maggie first meets him when she is still just a Soul and she feels an immediate connection with him. She doesn't know how she knows him but he seems very familiar to her. Jackson also happens to be a Shadowed -- the enemy to the Souls. The Shadowed are clans made up of souls who were influenced by the Caeleste that crossed over many years ago. Since they are unable to return to the After, they gain their strength by feeding from the life force of human souls. Maggie knows that she should fear Jackson, but she can't seem to be able to stay away from him. You don't get to learn a lot about Jackson and his life in this book, but I am pretty sure he is going to be in the next one a lot more and I am really excited about that. I like Jackson, he is mysterious and a total hottie. He also really seems to care about Maggie and I can't wait to get to know him better.

I really loved this book. From the first page I was totally hooked and couldn't put it down until I was finished. I loved all the characters, they were really well developed and fun to get to know. The plot was very engaging and had some twists and surprises that I definitely wasn't expecting. There isn't a lot of romance in this book, but the little there was, was very cute and promising for future books. The idea for this story was unique and different from anything else I have ever read. I enjoyed Katlyn's writing and I am really surprised that this is her debut novel. While there isn't a cliffhanger at the end of this book, which I appreciated, I still can't wait to see what happens next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys clean fun YA Paranormal books, it will not disappoint.

Angela's Thoughts:

Full Disclosure - Katlyn is my friend. I'm thrilled to include her debut book on Dark Faerie Tales. I sent a copy of her book to Bridget because I wanted our readers to have another opinion. I didn't want anyone to think that my impressions about Soul Taken were biased.

Soul Taken was a complete surprise for me to read. In fact, I knew nothing about it until Katlyn told me that she had landed a book deal with Harlequin/Carina. I was captivated from the first few pages. The first thing that really stood out to me was the writing. Duncan delivered on show vs. tell, which isn't an easy thing to do. It was so easy for me to picture the events as they unfolded. The reader is instantly thrown into Maggie's engaging world as a Soul Collector and her latest mission to find a missing soul. I don't want to give too much away since Bridget goes into a fair bit of character and story plot-points, but I will say that you are in for a bit of originality with this story.

I really enjoyed Maggie as a character. She is relatable in so many ways. Her progression and character development throughout the story is believable and I found myself sympathizing with her situation. If I had to pick a boy that I like the most for Maggie, I'm going with Jackson hands down. He's a guy that I would want to get to know. I'm hoping that the readers will be treated to a sort of slow burn intensity that unfolds between him and Maggie. Intensity that reveals more and more about him, The Shadowed and if he's the "right" amount of bad for Maggie. I really enjoy swoony boys and breathless romance in my YA reads, so I hope Duncan delivers more on that front.

Overall, I'm pleased to say that Duncan successfully pens a captivating debut with Soul Taken. The story manages to entertain the reader with a unique concept and strong characters. I loved the feeling that I got when an element of surprise or a twist was thrown from one corner and I was looking around the next corner for the answer. All of the important elements that I needed to enjoy the story are present. The characters are entertaining and fun, the plot intrigued me with some twists and turns, and the pacing of the story was spot on.

Looking forward to more of Duncan's work.

FTC Advisory: Carina UK provided me with a copy of Soul Taken. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it!!!!!!! 1. Januar 2014
Von Karl - Veröffentlicht auf
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In this wonderfully imaginative book, you follow the story of Maggie; A 17year old soul collector who has been dead for over one hundred human years. Her job, would you believe is to collect souls, and she also trains the new soul collectors that have recently shifted off the mortal coil. She becomes trapped in a teenager’s body during a mission to find a stolen soul; this is where the story really begins. This really is an original book about the afterlife and I have to say; impressed isn’t even the word! Katlyn Duncan welcomes you to her amazing ‘After’ where things are not as you thought they should be. Her incredible imagination really creates something new and fresh about the afterlife and I have to say that I am genuinely excited to read the rest in ‘the life after’ trilogy. I think you will be too. This is a great book which anyone can read, regardless of age. *****
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic story cant wait 4 the movie! 29. November 2013
Von Francis Renie - Veröffentlicht auf
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A great read. on the edge of my seat wondering about Maggie/Alley and the transformation. Would
make a great Sci-Fi movie.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Loved this paranormal young adult book! Stalking book #2! 19. Juli 2013
Von preppea - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
What an amazingly pleasant surprise SOUL TAKEN was! Lately I've gone into reading paranormal books from new authors with a certain amount of trepidation; perhaps because past authors have set the bar so high, or maybe because there's such a wide range between the epically great paranormal books and the disastrously awful attempts. I can say with absolute certainty that SOUL TAKEN was a phenomenal example of the former. Wow! Talk about a completely unique concept with tons of new ideas, roles, and characters that took me on an exhilarating adventure.

Katlyn Duncan created a world of the After - souls with jobs ranging from soul collecting to guarding/guiding certain members of the living. Besides learning about all of the different jobs one might hold in the After, there were also a ton of characters to meet and get to know. But you know what? Even though SOUL TAKEN had to set an entire stage of new people and concepts, I never once felt like I was getting a history lesson, never felt lost, and I was completely enthralled every step of the way!

I LOVED the characters in SOUL TAKEN - from Maggie who I rooted for even when I found out things that made her motives questionable, Jackson who I wanted even when I worried he might be one of the bad guys, and Cooper who I didn't know whether to love or hope he'd get out of the way so I could keep my eyes on Jackson... I loved them all. And then there was the action and the story - I am a paranormal romance fan all the way - and though this first book in the series only hinted at romance - I never felt like I was missing out - the action and storyline were just THAT GOOD!

SOUL TAKEN was a solid 4.5 star read and though the book wrapped up nicely without a cliffhanger - it also left plenty of promise for the remainder of the series and me scrambling to find out how long I'd have to wait to get my hands on SOUL POSSESSED! I can guarantee I will be stalking Goodreads and Ms. Duncan's website for word of when the second book will be out!

**Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great YA Paranormal with a bit of romance and a great mystery, lots of dark twists. 11. Juli 2013
Von Heather - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a paranormal romance thankfully in the YA genre. I've seen some reviews refer to the beings in the afterlife in this book as angels, but the author is fairly careful of not calling them angels. I liked that about this book as I'm not a huge fan of angels. (Except Patch). So I really had no idea what this book was about when I started reading except from what the synopsis says which is a bit vague.

The characters- Maggie is the one we see the story through and she's a bit cold at first. She's been a soul collector for at least 100 years so most of her humanity is gone. It's only natural that she seems detached as she goes about her job. But in a somewhat contradictory move, she is training the youngest of the soul collectors, children, despite her lack of humanity. Of course, that's what makes her the best soul collector. Still it doesn't seem that she'd be exactly nurturing with kids that have to collect souls and match them with their True Souls, a frightening task I would think for a child. But when Maggie is sucked into Ally's body she has to pretend to be her and has a crash course in being human again. She has feelings and memories that she's lacked for 100 years. And she has a complicated relationship with one of the guards, Cooper, who had been watching over Ally since she was born.

There are other characters but even naming them will give too much away.

The world- This is my one problem with the novel. I felt lost in the After Life world. There is very little world building and while I don't like to waste a lot of time with that, I do need some of it for some understanding. I did not get the concept of the True Soul. (It's explained in my interview with the author). I didn't understand what Maggie and Cooper's world looked like. How were they chosen? Did they do anything for fun? If they did have relationships, what did they do? Is there marriage in the after life? Some things though were explained really well. I knew they didn't have to eat and how the guards could transport anywhere anytime while Soul Collectors were more limited in their travel. So it just wasn't completely fleshed out for me. I felt like there were a lot of holes or just skimmed over.

The plot- I think the plot was really interesting and though not really deep, it had some great surprises and some really dark twists to it at the end. I figured who the villain was pretty early on but the other surprises were not expected at all. Maggie's past was a huge shock and something that will definitely compel me to read the next novel in the series. Plus, there were some really interesting characters that I want to follow and see where the story goes.

What I thought- I guess I kind of said it all in the plot up there. I think it was a little lacking in the world building but the plot was good with twists and a darkness I didn't expect. The characters ran the gamut from being well developed to just well enough fleshed out to make you want to know more. There was a good mix of humans and after life people that it didn't feel too supernatural. The romance was light and I'd actually say this would be a great beach read. It's fast and light enough you can read it in an afternoon. And that cover kind of screams BEACH READ!

I received a copy of this novel from the author for review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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