Sara’s Review of Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton
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Publisher: Bulldog Press
Date of Release: June 29th, 2012
It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order… that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.
When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.
With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.
As much as I liked this book, I had a difficult time getting into the story. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t connecting with the characters, the plot, or the writing style itself, but I must admit that it took me a while to warm up to the book and finish it. Having said that, I still think it’s got a lot going for it. Bolton’s characters are interesting and the plot is rather dark but compelling at the same time. It’s definitely a book that’s worth checking out, even if it takes awhile to get into. =^.^=
Triss is one of those characters that is hard to nail down at first. When I first met her I found myself getting frustrated with her because just when she would start to open up, she’d close herself off completely and tell herself that she shouldn’t be feeling or thinking any of the things that she is at that particular moment. However, the more I got to know her the more I liked her. She’s stubborn, a bit bossy, but her heart’s in the right place and she’s got the sort of disposition that draws you in. It’s safe to say that she’s truly a complex character. Logan, on the other paw, was perfect. Perhaps a bit too perfect because I initially harbored suspicions about him and his intentions towards Triss. He was too good to be true for me, I guess you could say. But I will admit that those feelings changed and he eventually became one of my favorite characters in the book. He actually took on a tortured soul persona the more I read and I quickly found myself wanting to chase away his pain and shield him from the darkness he has faced.
Plot wise, I liked it even if I wasn’t feeling connected to it. I enjoyed Bolton’s depiction of witchcraft and really liked that she takes the time to describe the magical properties of various plants, oils, and such. I also found her definition of what a Lonely Soul was to be intriguing. It’s not a concept that I was overly familiar with prior to reading this book, but I did research the term once I finished. Aside from this, I enjoyed the mystery behind Triss’ mother’s disappearance. Truth be told, this part is what kept me reading more than any thing else. I wanted to find out what happened to her. Was she alive? Was she dead? Was there something more to her disappearance than was originally shared? I wanted/needed to learn the answers to those questions. Naturally I’m not going to share with you any of what I discovered, but I will say that I was satisfied with Bolton’s answers.
Since this is the start of a brand new series, I have to say that I’m curious to see what Bolton has in store for the next book. Murr!
Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, released June 2012.
Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can’t get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.