Thursday, 23 January 2014

Review: Soul Possessed (The Life After #2) by Katlyn Duncan

Soul Possessed (The Life After #2)Soul Possessed

Author: Katlyn Duncan
Series: The Life After 
Pages: 256
Publisher: Carina
Release date: October 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission...she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul...

Book 2 in The Life After trilogy.

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Soul Possessed is the second book in The Life After series and follows on right where the first book left off.

Maggie is now a Guard of Souls in The After, training alongside broody smexy Jackson who she shares an interesting past with she has a lot of work ahead of her, especially with her interesting new ability to take a soul and not really being accepted by the others.

Maggie has progressed so much since the first book, I adore her witty personality, her independence and her kindness to others but there was also a sadness and vulnerability about her that you couldn’t help but sympathise with. Jackson is dark, protective, mysterious, dedicated and loyal – I found myself with my fingers firmly crossed that these two would be together but there were a number of hurdles preventing this.

All of the secondary characters were well-developed and played an important role in this book – I adored Cooper, he was such a fun, loveable guy but to be honest I don’t see him with the MC. Ally was intriguing, I enjoyed getting to know more about her and Leha was a favourite.

The plot was fascinating and action-packed as we learn more about the souls – good and evil, guards etc. and see the characters embark on a mission to investigate the shadowed (evil) hunting and recruiting in a small town and someone within their group being a traitor; just as I thought I knew what was going to happen, there would be a twist I never saw coming, it made for an interesting and fast-paced read as I was frantically turning the pages wanting to know the outcome.

The book ends on a cliff-hanger which was my biggest gripe but other than this,  I enjoyed the intense action sequences, the mystery and light romance, I wasn’t so big on the secrets and the betrayals but they were to be expected.

Katlyn Duncan’s writing flowed beautifully, the storyline was entertaining and the world-building is strong as were the well-developed likeable characters; it’s a series I am definitely invested in.

 

Katlyn DuncanAbout the author: I've been writing and reading since I can remember. My fondest memories were pushing mom out of the house to get the latest Goosebumps installment. Even though I went to school for biology and currently work in the medical field, I find time to write/read every day. Eventually my persistence turned into my debut novel, Soul Taken, the first book in The Life After trilogy published by Carina UK. 

Outside of writing, I enjoy spending time with my hubs, pup, and sometimes a good rom com.

2 comments:

  1. What a cool cover. I don't recall seeing the first book around. It sounds like a great read right up until the nasty cliffhanger. I hate those. Still I can't get over the cool cover.

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  2. Another great review. I've not read that many paranormal books in the past year, and this series sounds like a good one to consider.

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