When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva’s motives for helping him.
Maybe it’s because I’m new at this, or maybe it’s because the book didn’t instantly grab me, that I’m finding it difficult to write this review. To me, words should flow, and they come easy when I’m enthusiastic about a book…not so much with this one I guess…
The Soulkeepers introduces us to Jacob Lau- a teenager who looses his mom and is forced to move in with his uncle and family he’s never met. To make things worse, he finds out his last name isn’t even correct and that his dad was basically kicked out of the family. He discovers he has a magical power, which as we all know “with great power comes great responsibility”. We are taken on his journey of self discovery, and the path that hopefully leads him to his mom. Throw in new school, high-school jerk jock the neighbor lady next door that turns every man’s head, hormones and we’ve got ourselves a story. A bit choppy and sometimes confusing, but a story none the less.
It took me a bit to get into, but once the story got me, I enjoyed it for the most part. The story has a VERY large religious plot, which kinda conflicted with my own beliefs, but I didn’t see it as big problem. It could actually get one interested in discovering their own religious ways. It wasn’t graphic, but definitely will give male readers some “eye candy” and the author has a thing for short skirts and plunging neck lines. When Jacob discovers his power, one would think he’d be stoked and try it out all the freaking time. Nope, as a matter of fact he tries to ignore it, until bombshell neighbor next door basically drugs him, wait, she does drug him! and talks him into some training. As he comes to grips with his power he learns that his mom just didn’t disappear- she was actually watcher-napped. So naturally his goal is to find her even if it means breaking rules and bringing back big bads that shouldn’t be on earth.
There is magic, first love, scary demon angle like creatures, and a descent sense of adventure. At one point I actually hated Jacob and wanted nothing to do with him, and totally took his girlfriends side of never wanting anything to do with him again. This part of the story from a woman’s point of view was hard to read, I almost felt violated.
The end of book one, gives you a sneak peek into book two- and from how it started, I’m not sure it’s a series that I will continue to read. I have other pressing books vying for my attention!
As a mom- PG-13. High school language, suggestive material
For everyone else 3 stars. Not awesome, but not horrible either.
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