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! (goodreads.com)
SOUL TAKEN was an interesting story but I wasn’t floored by it. It was entertaining enough to get through, but it’s one of those books that doesn’t really leave a mark. It’s just kind of so-so.
Maggie ends up stuck between a rock and a hard place when she gets sucked into the body of Ally while Ally’s soul piece is stolen. The notion that Ally is a mean girl is pretty irrelevant. You don’t see it at all while Ally is still intact; you only see it in a couple memories that Maggie accesses once she’s in Ally’s body.
And the human world doesn’t seem to have as large of an impact on the story as I think the blurb would like it to have. Maggie loves to eat and the feel of things and while she does make a friend with Jamie her work appears to be consumed with things that exist beyond the human world. And rightly so but it refocuses the story a little bit beyond what the blurb intoned.
It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing either. I enjoyed the story enough. I wasn’t attached to the characters, though. They were engaging enough to read about but I was reading a story I was only mildly interested in. The best parts, I think, were Maggie’s memories from her human life. Those were the most interesting of the lot. The whole soul collecting business came off as more corporate, less supernatural than I would have liked and I’m not the biggest fan of the trope that denies someone information “for their own good.” That was done here and it was used as part character development for Maggie and part suspense for the story, but it didn’t lend enough to either of those.
I did like how the Seth issue was linked to Maggie and not just Ally and how Jamie came to play a role on all of these shenanigans. But ultimately I was nonplussed about SOUL TAKEN. It didn’t grab me the way I wanted it to. Plus it had a lot of odd punctuation, mainly commas that didn’t belong or were missing entirely. Made for a kind of jerky reading experience.
The book’s okay, just nothing to write home about.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.