Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver + Giveaway

Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver by Michele Brouder
Publication Date:  September 2015
Genre:  YA, Paranormal Romance

When seventeen year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.

Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?

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This book's summary intrigued me and I enjoyed the story for the most part although I'm not sure I would say after reading it that I would consider it memorable to me. The pacing is decent and the action compelled me to keep reading so I found the writing well done. I did find myself skimming some of the parts with the description as I wasn't as interested in those details. I loved the idea of a book nerd gaining powers, I just think the execution didn't quite do the idea justice.

I quite enjoyed the setting and location as I've never been to Ireland. It was kind of fun to be able to read the dialogue in a slight accent. It's not strong, but it's enough to change the dialect in my head.

The characters were fairly likable but I feel like there were still several unknowns that weren't addressed in the book that frustrated me. I also felt that not all the characters were used to their maximum capacity and just ended up fading to the background. I liked learning more about the history of her past, the little glimpses we got, but again, I felt like it was too little for me. I wanted to know more that what was given because I was hardly satisfied with the information given. So many questions ran through my mind trying to sort it all out. Still, the things we did learn intrigued me and I wanted to know more and felt that Claire didn't ask enough questions but then again she was resistant of her path which  makes sense. As a reader I had a need to know more, but maybe I'm just greedy.

A warning to some readers, I didn't realize this based on the description but this book is heavily focused on faith and belief in a higher power. Namely Catholicism, which was fine for me but I didn't expect that diving into this book so it may be something other readers may or may not be interested in reading.

I do feel that this book was the end of a first part story arc, which was fine but I feel like although I read a whole book, not a lot happened. It was slow paced and I kept checking my location to see how far I was in the book. Even at the end I was wondering if I was at the climax. Although once the climax hit, then everything came tumbling after which I enjoyed.

Overall, this is an interesting read that one may find fun if you like reading stories about learning about being a chosen one with super powers. Those who have strong beliefs in God and the Archangel Michael might particularly love this book.

3 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I've loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I've wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn't get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I've had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.

I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.

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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends December 4, 2015

  • One (1) winner will received a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a copy of Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver, a book mark, a coffee mug, and some other stuff for 'readers' from the author (INT)
  • Three (3) winners will receive a copy of Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver by Michele Brouder (INT)

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