Book: Soul Seekers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: June 22, 2016
Length: 321 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.
When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.
Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.
One sign of good book is when the world around me disappears so much that someone could probably come in and steal my TV and I wouldn’t notice! This book did that for me!
I cannot imagine living in such a state of fear, a fear you can’t control and one that comes from nothing, every day of my life. Levi Reed does though, every day for the last 19 years he has lived with fear inside of him but nothing else. He doesn’t feel, no anger, or sadness, or guilt only darkness. He knows he should. He knows he’s broken and is just a drain on his family; especially his older brother Logan who has stood by him and rescued him from the fear more times that he should have too. One day things start to change because all of a sudden he feels pain, such excruciating pain that he feels like he’s going to die; but also real emotions for the first time! Will he accept what he is told of why he has lived with the fear and hollowness or will just accept this life as his fate?
Jeb Monroe is not who Levi thinks his is. He is arrogant and closed-off but he is there to do a job and that job is all about helping Levi get his soul back. Jeb has had a rough life one that keeps him focused on his job in hopes that one day he will find what he lost. But instead he gets Levi who he struggles to stay away from.
Soul Seekers is an urban fantasy books much different than any I have read. There are Seers and Keepers, Guardians and the Council, and The Righteous all who make up this fantastic story of people who can manipulate souls and the conflict born from that ability. The world that the author is able to build within a world we are already familiar with is truly amazing. There are so many details that this story required and he was able to put them across is such an easy to understand way that I was able to become enveloped by this story.
Levi and Jeb had this almost explosive love-hate chemistry right from the start. Which made their coming together even hotter, and even though this was a slow build heat; once they came together it was magnetic! What I found ironic about these two was that although they lead very different lives they were, on the inside, the same. Each had this innate shyness and lack of self-worth when it came to this relationship.
You never knew who you could truly trust because Jake was able to make me doubt so many of the secondary characters that the evil was hard to find and man that was excellent! Not many authors have I found with the ability to totally keep you off the trail of the actual bad person. Truly a very complex read but one that I super glad I was able to experience!
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