Destroyed – Book 2 in the Soul-Keeper Series by L.A Starkey

Destroyed (Soul Keeper, #2)Destroyed by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Destroyed is book 2 in the Soul Keeper fantasy series, it’s a YA read but very suitable for adults too. In the first book we met Sam an adopted teenager. She’s had dreams with a couple of love interests who have recently appeared at her local school. Her best friend has just died in a traffic accident and she’s finding it really hard to come to terms with this, whilst she’s been given an interesting book about a prophecy and the Greek Gods. It all seems rather vaguely familiar to her but Sam can’t quite put her finger on it and she has a lot of questions.

In book 2 the story continues, Sam accepts Marcus and Nicholas into her life, she has been told that she is their Soul Keeper and that they are all about to live out the prophecy which looks like it may have a tragic ending unless they can find an alternative. There may just be one spark of hope as the teenagers head off on a trail to find a lost exit clause.

The author does a really good job of helping the reader get their heads around all the complicated relationships between the Greek Gods, all the sons, daughters, half sisters, cousins, nephews etc that Greek history has thrown at us. I like the pace of the book and the love triangle is intense and tantalising. This book ends on a cliff hanger which will have fans screaming NO!!! But book 3 is now available so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

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Deceived by L.A Starkey

Deceived, (Soul Keeper Series I)Deceived, by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deceived is a YA fantasy and the first book in a series. Sam and Julie are best friends and live in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are Juniors at High School. The book opens with a very vivid dream scene for Sam, she’s in a dream meeting a boy she has met in many of her life-times, yet she doesn’t remember him. He has to suffer the pain of her leaving him once more. Yet Sam hears another voice calling her too.

Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friends and stayed friends after their separate adoptions. At school Sam is very athletic, not usually one to chase the boys, she can’t help it when her hormones are attracted to Ken, although her head knows he can be a serial player, her heart wants some fun. A history project on the ancient Greeks has Sam borrowing a strange book from the library called “The Soul Keeper”.

Nick and Marcus are brothers, Grandsons of Zeus, to them Sam is their Dream-catcher and they vie for her attention in her dreams. Yet they are all destined to be players in a much larger fight. A prophecy is about to be opened by the Time Guardian, Nick and Marcus have been waiting for their destiny to unfold for hundred of years.

I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn’t want to put it down. There’s lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series, I am dying to know what happens to them all.

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The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler (Nov 6th)

The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #1)The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a YA novel which brings the world of the Greek Gods to the present day. A young girl finds she can control her actions in her dreams, and when tragedy strikes in her home life she finds she has won the heart of a God who vows to help her. Hades strikes a bargain with his son and a time limit for him to win the girl’s heart, whilst the Furies seek out the person behind the murder of Therese’s parents. The ever present conflict between the Greek God’s causes a twist in the tale and the adventures will continue in the next book.

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Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

Marked (Eternal Guardians, #1)Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Greek Gods, Greek heroes. Still fighting battles and holding grudges. Bring it forward to the modern-day and mix it up with a character bordering on a female version of Percy Jackson, but written for adult reading only.

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