The Soul Thief (The Angel of Death Series #1)
by Majanka Verstraete
Published: November 11, 2014
Genre: YA, ParanormalWhen sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death. Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.
This was an on the edge of your seat story. The action starts on the very first page. You think you know someone only to find out that they were not who you thought they were and things were not the way you perceived them to be. Told from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl, this book is sure to grab the attention of those who love YA books. Anyone who has loved reading angel and demon book series will definitely love this one. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best out there. Riley is one of those characters with plenty of flaws. Yet it is this flaw that lets us identify with her. She is motivated into action by her love for her friends, and her determination to protect them. This is what will lead her in all of her endeavors. The characters are so well drawn that I actually felt like I was sitting in the room eavesdropping on their conversations. There was no over the top voodoo type things that gave it an out of the world, hard to believe fantasy feel. Even the mention of vampires was explained in a realistic way, based on the context of the story. I have some students at school that I know would love reading this book. I will definitely need to buy it for my shelves at school and a copy to give away to those students I know would want something like this in their own personal library. I have a love hate relationship with series like this. As much as I love the book, I hate having to wait for the next book in the series to come out. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this one. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this book tour.
Excerpt“Let’s vote,” the man who’d touched me proposed. “Who is in favor of executing the Halfling?” That was the moment when it actually fully hit me. They might execute me. Kill me. My knees gave way and if Diane hadn’t grabbed my arm just then, I would’ve fallen. “Stand up straight,” she hissed at me. “You’re an Angel, not a coward.” So I did, even though exhaustion swept over me as if I’d worked for seven days in a row without any sleep. Sweat dripped down my forehead and a fever wrapped itself around me. A lot of Council members raised their hands at the giant’s question. I started hyperventilating. “That’s more than half.” I gripped Diane’s arm with all my strength. If I hurt her, she didn’t let it show. A light blush rose on her cheeks though and she bit her lip as if she felt guilty but wanted to act tough. “It has been decided,” the leader-guy said. “She shall be executed.” Before I had time to faint, scream, or do something else dramatic, the silver-haired woman rose from her seat. Her hood slipped off, and my breath got stuck in my throat. She had the kind of face painters would dream to eternalize on canvas. From the color of her hair, I’d anticipated her being old, but she appeared in her twenties. Large, silver eyes stared at me. Her skin was the color of porcelain, without any blemish, as if she was made of wax. “I, Seraphyn,” she said, “call in my veto.”
About the Author
Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
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