Friday, May 22, 2015

Soul Slam by Allie Burton

Title:  Soul Slam
Series:  Soul Force #1
Author:  Allie Burton
Published:  November 13/15
Length:  322pgs
Genre:  YA paranormal
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

A sixteen-year-old on her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian amulet inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut...and the deadly curse that comes with it. And Olivia is not alone at the museum. A member of a secret society, Xander believes it is his place to inherit King Tut's soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society's evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female imposter who stole the amulet. Xander convinces Olivia they must form a temporary partnership. The two teens develop a connection, and together they must figure out how to end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run, unable to touch because of the curse, and managing the male soul inside her female body, Olivia must learn to trust Xander. As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander start to fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world from destruction?

My Review:

Burton combines the raw, grittiness of life on the street with all of the intrigue of Egyptian mythology to create a YA treat that is fun for all ages. She develops her world well, allowing readers a big insight into what’s going on. The mix of mythology and history created a fantastic backdrop for this fast paced and creative story. I did find that the first bit of the story flew by and I found myself trying to catch up, but once I did it was a great tale.

Both major and minor characters in this novel were a joy to get to know. The main character was a real treat. The multifaceted character development made her real on so many levels. The contrast between what she’s been through and what she’s going through was shocking, but really shows how strong of an individual she is. I also appreciate the fact that she’s age appropriate for a YA novel. The characters surrounding her were quite fun to get to know as well, and everyone was not only real, but important to the story.

This was a quick yet quite enjoyable read for me. I found that the pages flew by. It was a fantastic start to Burton’s series.

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