Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Keeper of Lost Souls

Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls
Author: Kristy Centeno
Pages: 380
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts...

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!
“Keeper of the Lost Souls” is one of those books I can’t stop recommending to people and talking about! I already convinced numerous friends to start reading it or add it to their TBR pile. I’ve read my fair share of books about witches, and they can go either way. The author either really makes it work and draws you in, or you feel like you’re reading some cheesy magic story. Kristy Centeno knew exactly what she was doing though! “Keeper of the Lost Souls” is the first book in The Keeper Witches Series, and is about Bryn McCaskey, a witch who comes from a long history of witches that look over lost souls that are stuck in the world of the living. She lives with her mom and grandma who are also keeper witches. It makes for an interesting family dynamic, when at any given time they have a lost soul staying with them or lingering at the dinner table.
One of these souls is Marianne, a character I couldn’t help but hate at first, and then fall in love with. Although she played a small part in the book, I really liked that Kristy included this character, because I think readers (teenagers especially) can learn quite a lot from her. While she was still alive, she was a bully and picked on Bryn at school. She also took advantage of her parents, and treated them poorly. I liked the growth of her character, and how she realized her mistakes over the course of the book. You don’t have to have been a bully as a teenager in order to relate to her though. I think Marianne, like many people, realize there’s more to life than what you believed there was as a teenager. She valued her friendships and boyfriend more than anything, and spent very little time with her younger sister and parents as a result. Her death and new friendship with Bryn give Marianne a new perspective on life, and I loved that about the
Another popular theme in “Keeper of the Lost Souls” was prejudice. One of Bryn’s charges (lost soul she is assigned to watch over) is Johnny Shaw, a boy who hates her immediately, simply because she is a witch. Johnny has been predisposed to hate witches after a few bad run-ins he’s had with them. In order to work with Bryn though, he has to learn to get past this prejudice and accept her for who she is. Overcoming this hatred isn’t easy for him though, and it’s nice to finally see a male character with some faults! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Johnny Shaw (add him to the list of book boyfriends I currently have) but it was nice to know he isn’t perfect. I feel like sometimes the boys get off easy in YA and come off as being perfect. Unrealistic standards, and yet as readers, we fall in love with them anyways. But with Johnny his character was realistic and I really enjoyed the role he played in the story.
Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the fact that Bryn represented such a strong female character. Got to hand it to the ladies, they don’t always need a man to swoop in and save them! I especially loved one of the scenes when Bryn uses her powers for the first time in front of Johnny, and he is totally blown away by how powerful and tough she is.
All in all, “Keeper of the Lost Souls” was seriously great. I can’t stop saying enough good things about it, and I can’t wait to start reading “Keeper of the Innocents,” the second book in The Keeper Witches Series. EXCITING NEWS EVERYONE: “Keeper of the Lost Souls” is currently free on amazon right now for kindles! If you have one, I highly suggest you go download it now for free while you still can! And let me know what you think of it!



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