Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Soul Search by Amber Scott - Review: Bestseller for a Day Feature Indie Book Collective

Three years ago, one horrific night changed his life forever. And now the wolf soul that was invoked to save him is taking over his body, day by day.

Can he master his animal instincts in time to discover who is stealing children's souls before the delicate balance we all depend upon is shattered?

Or will he reject the one woman who can help heal his body and his soul?

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4 Stars

Amber Scott excels at creating flawed characters and then surrounding them with emotional landmines. Grant carries a burden of guilt that he feels powerless to escape; his life was torn asunder three years ago when his young nephew was abducted while he was almost beaten to death, helpless to protect the boy.  On that night, Grant was given a dual spirit; bequeathed by an unlikely benefactress to help him search for and rescue his nephew. His efforts thus far have been fruitless.

When Grant’s sister, Beatrice, hires yet another psychic, he is skeptical to say the least. Soon, however, he realizes that Leigh is the real McCoy. She also confuses him because she awakens something in him that has been buried deep inside.

Broke and alone, Leigh is homesick. After having used most of her savings to reach him, Leigh has just been unceremoniously dumped by the man whom she thought would become her husband. Leigh is not looking for any emotional entanglements after that embarrassing fiasco.  Helping Beatrice find her son, Tristan, gives Leigh exactly the opportunity she needs to return home.  Regardless, Leigh feels drawn to Bea’s enigmatic and volatile brother even as he tries to shield her from the darkness that is his nature.

Amber Scott capably gives voice to her characters with tersely written short sentences and phrases deliberately intended to convey the essence of what each character is feeling, thinking about, or reacting to.  While normally I prefer reading books that are written using a more flowing sentence structure, in this case, the shorter, sometimes choppy flow, works well.  The story moves along quickly as the tension escalates.  The dynamics between the characters is particularly engaging, though I do feel like Shelton could have benefitted from some additional fleshing out.  I enjoyed reading this book and stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning so I could find out how it would all end.  The ending was satisfying while leaving just enough room to set up for the next installment in this uniquely conceptualized series.

Reviewed by Laurie

This Months' Bonus Buys:

Tsunami Blue  In a future world where the US has been reduced to a series of island chains, Kathryn “Blue” O’Malley has to work with an enigmatic, arrogant man to predict when the next killer wave will hit, while on the run from the ruthless Runner pirates.

Fated  Everyone thinks that they know the story of Caesar's demise, however in "Fated," we discover the truth.
Told from Brutus' perspective, critics are heaping praise upon "Fated"...

What the Heart Wants  Do dreams foretell the future? Are there soul connections that go deeper than love? He can sense her emotions at any place and time. Their bond is powerful but a mystery. One thing he does know: She's plagued his dreams for months. Maybe even longer.  Being involved with acelebrity is the last things she imagined...or wanted. Can she forget the pain from the past? Can he let go of his fears?

Gifts of the Blood   A dying brother. A young man with golden planes of light on his back. A blind chess wizard. An insane angelic kidnapper in flamboyant red leather. A town with more secrets than stoplights. A cat that talks to spirits. Waking up with eyes the color of moonlight. 

Before her world tilts towards impossible, Caspia Chastain thinks the only strange thing about her is that she sometimes draws the future. Only her brother Logan, fighting his cancer diagnosis, knows what she can do. When she draws a man surrounded by brilliant light, dark wings, and frightening symbols, she can only hope the vision won't come true.

But when a stranger named Ethan appears, determined to protect Caspia and her brother from dangers he won't explain, she's not sure what to think. Strangers almost never come to Whitfield. They certainly don't follow her around, frightening her one moment and treating her like glass the next. And they certainly don't look exactly like the subject of her most violent drawing.

Ethan'i'el  can't deny the pull he feels towards this mortal with untapped gifts. Although he has come to guard her dying brother's soul from the Dark forces that would claim it, he realizes Logan's death will shatter her. Even worse, Ethan'i'el knows that choosing life with a mortal means eternal banishment from the Light and eventual descent into the Dark and madness.

Soon Caspia finds herself in the middle of a war between Dark and Light forces, where both Chastain siblings are targets. When she turns to her self-appointed guardian for help, Ethan must choose between devotion to the Light and an attraction that has already altered his world forever.
Awesome Buy at just $.99
Bonus Buys for this month - each priced at just $.99 for a limited time but YOU can get these books FREE.

Amber's book, Soul Search is available for 99 cents. 
Vicki Keire, Carolyn McCray, Ann Williams and Kelli McCracken's books are all available this week on Amazon for 99 cents each, also.

Anyone who buys one or more of these books can enter the draw to win a kindle AND have their purchase price for the bonus buys rebated.  To do this, the purchaser simply goes to the Bestseller for a Day website : http://www.bestsellerforaday.com/Bestseller_for_a_Day/Home.html and fills out the form found on the right hand side.  Just enter the confirmation code from your receipt for Soul Search and enter the first 5 words from a paragraph in the other books.  To stress again – up to 5 books for at total cost of just 99 cents PLUS you are automatically entered to possibly win a Kindle!  It's a sweet deal!



Laurie said...

I just bought all 5 books...I'm looking forward to reading the bonus buys over the holidays. :)

Jackie Chanel said...

I have all the books now...read Soul Search and loved it! Can't wait to read the other 4. Thanks for your support of Amber and Team BSFAD!