Soul Ties By Lisa Swallow
Published by Limitless Publishing 2013
On an English university campus Ava is hunting Keir. She needs his Nephilim soul to trade for her freedom.
But Ava didn’t expect to find terrible secrets about the fate of the souls she takes. Or fall in love.
Soul-hunter Ava has retrieved hundreds of souls from demons but has never been assigned the dangerous mission for a Nephilim soul. When she arrives on campus and meets Keir, she discovers he has secrets more valuable than his Nephilim soul—secrets she could trade for the life she wants. She also meets Dahlia, the human girl with an inexplicable hold over Keir, and secrets of her own.
When she uncovers the true fate of the souls she takes back to her superiors, and what Keir is doing to try and prevent it, Ava’s world is turned upside down.
Forced into battle where the lines between good and evil are blurred, Ava is faced with the choice between saving herself by betraying those around her, or helping Keir and risking her life.
Ava’s ultimate choice: retrieve Keir’s soul and live, or join his battle and risk going to Hell.
This book was given to me as a gift, in the interest of paying it forward I decided to write a review about how much I loved it!
I was really excited about reading this book after hearing great things. It’s right up my alley with a paranormal plot and kick-ass heroine right in the centre. I have to say it didn’t disappoint! For me the most important part of any story is the characters, and Ava drew me in right from the first page. While she possesses some mean fighting skills and an attitude I wish I had, she also has a hidden vulnerability that makes us like her—despite some of her mean dialogue.
I found her intriguing as a character on her own but the way she interacted with Keir and Dahlia often made me laugh out loud. All the characters in this book are well developed, they are very different from each other and the author did a great job of keeping their voices distinct.
While I think love is important in a story I hate when it overwhelms the storyline, and although there is a strong romance in this book it never reached the point of overbearing for me. There is great chemistry between Ava and Keir, it never felt forced and it became a crucial part of the story rather than just being put in there for the sake of it.
Finally, the plot was well planned out, from the beginning it brought up enough questions to keep you wanting more and gradually revealed secrets as the book went on. At no point did I find it predictable and it leads nicely into the sequel Torn Souls, which will be published later this year.
Overall I gave this book 5/5.