Thursday, November 26, 2015

Soulshifter by Barbara Pietron

 Soulshifter by Barbara Pietron 
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication: November 24th, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Jack Ironwood knew exactly what he wanted. Until he got it. Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track-star, Natalie Segetich, until he overhears her claim that something took her friend Emma. As a soulshifter who can cross into the underworld, Jack knows the human stealing Enuuk- hell's messengers-are real and that a successful rescue mission would secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Working together, Jack and Natalie devise a plan to outwit the ruler of the underworld. Then on the eve of the quest, as Jack stands on the verge of seeing his dreams come true, he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants. But it's too late to back out. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead of a battle and barter for souls. In the end Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive. 


For fans of Alyson Nöel's Soul Seekers series, Soulshifter is the right book for you! It has spirit-walking which is totally awesome in my opinion. Barbara Pietron delivers a book that is fresh and exciting with a male lead that I absolutely adored. The lore was interesting and different, a new idea that hasn't been done to death. The characters were well developed and I liked the supernatural aspect of it a whole lot. Barbara Pietron had a set up for a really great book. Alright now moving on to what I didn't like about it... The set up was a little too drawn out, it took about 100 pages to set up the actual rescue of Emma then another 100 pages to actually save her. I would have preferred to see more of the Underworld, since it seemed to be a different type of Underworld. I mean one ruled by a king that steals innocent souls? Yes please! More info would have been great. Because of this I can only give this story 4 stars. It was good, but it could have been so much better. The ending... I mean the ending was great so I'm hoping there's a follow-up story to tie that up. One can only hope! Until next time happy thanksgiving everyone!!

About the Author

After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication. Her success encouraged her to complete a novel. She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs. In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher's Weekly. A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.
Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she's not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.
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