A Glimpse of Her Soul
Gillian Boone Novel
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When 16-year-old Gillian Boone discovers that a secret message has been etched into her soul, her world of normal teenage life is destroyed. Now, bizarre monstrosities seek to kill her so they can read this message as her soul departs and use its information to escape back to the world they came from.
Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her. With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival – a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.
Filled with action, excitement, magic, romance, and mystery, A Glimpse of Her Soul is a pulse-pounding ride you’re sure to enjoy. And just the kind of genre bending you’ve come to expect from a writer whose motto is Fantasy Knows No Bounds!
What a fun book! You have to like dark, and alittle scary, with some creepiness thrown in, but if you do, you'll really enjoy this.
I don't talk about plot much, because I don't like to spoil anything. But briefly and without spoiling too much, the main character is a high school student (Gillian) who (unfortunately) has to escape from some strange creatures who want to kill her. On the run, she finds some new abilities, learns about her relationship with her family, and finds the stength to deal with an unwelcome and frightening situation.
At first, I was wondering if the plot would be predictable, but it's not. There are alot of mysteries here, and the plot took twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. I didn't figure out the final mystery at all - and there was real suspence - I really wasn't sure how it all was going to end.
There are some things that weren't resolved (like who to trust), setting this up for a sequel - I hope there is one, I'd like to keep reading about Gillian and what happens.
I like this author - he's got a fresh take, with his plot twists. One thing I will say that might disappoint some readers is there isn't that much romance. There is one very romantic scene and there are hints of it for future sequels. But this is really about Gillian and her journey. Honestly, I found it sort of refreshing for a paranormal book about a teen to be about HER, rather than romance, but if that's important to you (which is fine), be aware of that.
So, I recommend this book. It's fast-paced, interesting, alittle scary/creepy and surprising. All in all, a very good story.
I'm trying to read more books outside of my comfort zone, and "A Glimpse of Her Soul" certainly qualifies. I wouldn't say it's so much a genre-bender as a genre-creator: Jaffe should trademark "Coming of Age Horror," as he grabs the category firmly by the horns and makes it his own.
Drawing on elements of Japanese fantasy, Jaffe provides rich imagery and a compelling story throughout. Even though I'm not the biggest horror fan in the world, I eagerly anticipated Gillian's next move. Especially toward the end, as the elements of the story came together for one (in the truest sense of the word) awesome scene, the level of craft and care put into taking the reader to a different plane of existence is phenomenal.
There is a good amount of world-building, but it's generally balanced well with fast-paced, intense action. Additionally, though it's probably my own genre biases seeping through, I wish Jaffe would've maybe explored the "psychological thriller" aspect of the book a bit more in the first few chapters, but I understand that had to be subsumed to move the story forward.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a strong female protagonist, fantastic imagery, plenty of action, and a brave new spiritual world to explore!
What I really enjoyed about this book (and indeed it drew me to it in the first place) was the crazy creative premise. I just love the uniqueness of it all! What a fun twist on the paranormal genre! Unfortunately I felt this creativity went a little wrong with the monster descriptions. While I truly love the creative and unique, the monsters came off a bit Scooby-Doo (I'm sorry, I hate saying it, but it's the best comparison).
I did indeed gobble this book up in a few days. It's fast-paced, easy to get into, easily glues you to your Kindle. Lots of things happen quickly, but not so quickly that you're left with any confusion about what's going on.
There's good characters throughout the book. I love Jackhammer Jack! He's the best -- so much fun!!! Gillian is very likable and shows steady character growth. I did feel like the characters were all developed at 80% and was just looking for that extra something to make them feel a bit more real.
Regardless of a few hiccups for me, I gave this book four stars as the story completely carries the reader away. Yay for good books!!!