Welcome to the Battle for Souls Series Review Blog Tour. Today we have my review of the three book series and a Giveaway from the author. Enjoy!
Battle for Souls is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance with a apocalyptic theme. The fate of humanity lies with the ability of Gaby and company to stop Satan from ascending from Hell and conquering humans. This is a very textured story with many layers and a few surprises. It starts with Gaby, a loner, who recently lost her mother and with an alcoholic father arriving in Kent, FL and being harassed by some local teenagers/demons. Gaby's father has a super secret job that takes him away from home a lot and brings him back usually in an alcoholic stupor. Gaby befriends a brother and sister, Alexander and Sammy. They have all the usually teenage drama, but this one is complicated by the presence of demons. It turns out that Gaby has a special role in protecting humankind from demons and the story twists and turns until the final showdown.
As I mentioned, the story is textured. There are a lot of layers and there are strong themes of redemption, courage, and loyalty. This kept me reading and the pace of the story is fast, maybe too fast. I found the writing lacked fluidity and skipped a bit. This was especially true in the first book. I kept asking myself, "who said that?" and "where did that come from?" However, the second and third books were more cohesive. Moreover, Ms. Knight shows us that she really knows how to write battle scenes. They were detailed and heart-racing.
I also found it difficult to connect with Gaby. She is a hot, teenage mess. Full of angst and a bit whiny, she tends toward silly decisions that leads to unnecessary drama. I couldn't abide how she keeps saying she loves Alexander and then does something that clearly shows she doesn't trust him. It made me question the basis of their relationship.
IN A NUTSHELL:
I enjoyed the paranormal elements of the story, if not the relationship. If you don't like "angsty" Y/A, this might not be the book for you. However, if you like an involved narrative highlighted by epic battle scenes, you may want to try this series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ciara Knight is giving away the entire series to one winner (in ebook format only)
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