Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Soul Reapers (Book Review)

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Title: Soul Reapers (Eli and Ava Thrillers #2)
Author:  Shay West
Publisher:  Booktrope
Published Date: 30th November 2015
Rating: 3 stars

*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*

Check out my review of book one, Organ Reapers!

Synopsis: Detectives Elliot “Eli” Robbins and Ava Aguilar are stumped by a series of seemingly unrelated kidnappings. Utilizing all possible resources, Eli and Ava struggle to find answers despite little physical evidence and few witnesses. When a strange piece of paper is found at one of the crime scenes, it sends Eli and Ava on a chase for a killer who isn’t what he seems.

Review: This book took me quite a while to read because it was fairly long. I was curious to try another book in this series after the interesting murder mystery twist of the first book. And this book continued to be just as unique, adding a religious twist to this murder mystery which puzzles all the usual detectives who wouldn't even consider something supernatural being related to the murdering at all. 

This book brings us back to the old characters although you don't really need to have read the first book to understand this one. Ava is back looking young and beautiful as ever with Eli, her work partner still wanting to be with her but not wanting their job to get in the way. Eli keeps on trying to move on from his ex-wife and has a pretty difficult time in this novel as Ava starts to seriously date someone else for the first time. Love problems do have a little tie into this. 


I wanted to be able to rate this book higher, but the middle, after getting introduced to the case, really dragged for me. It seemed to be repetitive and not really amounting to much. The writing style was alright but nothing too amazing to keep me hooked even when the plot was dwindling. It was such a shame that there were absolutely no leads until 75% of the way through the book because if more happened, I think I would have been able to enjoy the book a whole lot more. 

BUT the ending of this novel was quite the something. In fact, I loved the ending so much that once I got to that final 25% I couldn't stop reading until I knew how everything went down. I wish I could take scissors and cut out the last quarter of the book and make it it's own novel (with a little of the beginning glued to it) because then I am pretty sure it could've gotten a full 5 stars from me. There was so much suspense in those last moments! The main character had to make a really tough choice which tugged at my own morals and values as well. It was the kind of decision that a whole ethical debate could have been based around. It was a brilliant way to end the novel.

The final paragraph ended on a cliffhanger that leaves the promise of more book one characters returning to the limelight and another sequel to come in the future. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet, but it gives me some food for thought. 

Links: Amazon and Goodreads!

New Video! My book haul in video form!


Olivia's Question: Would you be able to sacrifice yourself for the sake of the whole world?

Olivia-Savannah x

22 comments:

  1. Hi, Olivia - I enjoyed your review more because I'd read the first in the series, Organ Reapers, and enjoyed it quite well. But, pacing is everything in a book -- well, after character detail, of course. :)
    @dino0726 from 
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    1. When you have read the first one I can see how it would be easier to understand the review! Pacing is really important for me... but I did like the ending!

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  2. [ Smiles ] Hmm. "Soul Reapers"; it appears to be a very good book.

    Keep reading, Olivia.

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  3. Sacrifice myself for the world? Hmm, can I think about that? I'm sorry but I want to focus on this review, but that tea set. LOVE. I'm a tea girl so I am loving that tea set! Nice review too, just don't think this one is for me.

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    1. I am glad you love the tea set! I'm a massive tea drinker as well. :3

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  4. Great review! I'm not entirely sure how to answer that question, because this world is a hot mess. So much hate going on. It'll be hard to sacrifice myself for a world that's divided and torn apart by racism, terrorism, religion, sexuality.....

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    1. I know what you mean. But what we do need to remember is just that there is so much bad in the world, there is still good out there! And that good and potential bundled away... that could very well be worth saving.

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  5. Interesting review. It looks like something I might consider reading. I love these photo tableaux of the book with tea things. It looks very comforting. :)

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    1. Gotta have a nice cup of tea while reading!

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  6. aaahh i don't quite have the patience for sluggish plot, so this might not be for me. love the tea set!

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    1. It was a shame about it getting a bit slow.

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  7. You know I'm a sucker for any kind of mystery! Shame about the middle section though.

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    1. Then you might like this one more than me!

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  8. It's too bad the middle dragged, but I like the fact that this book can stand-alone. Many series books force you to read the early books.

    As for your new reads, I read Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen years ago and it's one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great rest of the week!

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    1. And sometimes that can be a bit tiring! But yes, this one can be read alone. Ooh, I am looking forward to that one now. Maybe it will be a new favourite for me too :')

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  9. Good to hear that the ending was good even if other part wasn't

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  10. Slow plots really freaking killll meeeeee, especially when the concept sounds so cool ugh. I'm glad that the ending was strong, I just hate when books pick up at the very last second. & girlllllll that book haul, all those books lol

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    1. The concept WAS good it just dragged which bothered me a little.

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  11. Doesn't really sound like my kind of book, and that slow plot, well that would kill it for me. Thanks for the great review though!

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