Title: Unnatural Souls by Linda Foster
Length: 125 pages
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Glass House Press
Rating: 4/5 – I liked it alot!
It’s been almost a year since the night of the accident that should have killed Grace. Nearly a year since her brother, Ash, sold his soul to save her. She survived, but that wasn’t the end of their story.
Not even close.
In the months since, Grace’s life has turned upside down. She can move objects with her mind, teleport in a blink of an eye, see dead people … and that’s just the tip of the crazy train.
And that would be fine, really … if she had any idea how to control it.
Instead, she’s stuck in a body that does things she doesn’t understand. And now, the contract her brother made for her life is drawing to a close. Which means he’s running out of time before the demon comes to collect his soul.
Unless Grace can find a way to save him.
When an angel named Michael shows up with answers and an offer to help her, she jumps at the chance—and agrees to help him with his own mission as the price.
Then she finds out that Michael is working with another demon. That the deal she’s made … is no better than the one from which she’s trying to save Ash. And she’s faced with a choice: turn and walk away, or try to save her brother—by working with the very monsters who have nearly destroyed them both.
It’s Friday!! Friday’s are always great and today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my review of Unnatural Souls by Linda Foster. I received a copy of Unnatural Souls from the publisher Glass House Press in exchange for an honest review of it so I’d like to send a thank you to the publisher and the author for including me in the blog tour.
Unnatural Souls is a paranormal novella about a high school aged girl named Grace who is in an unfortunate accident in which she dies for eight minutes. Within those eight minutes her younger brother makes a deal with a demon to exchange his soul for his sisters, the due date being a year after the date of the accident. When Grace wakes up she soon realizes that after her death she is not quite the same person and finds herself right in the middle of the battle between heaven and hell.
I am always up for reading some paranormal so I was really interested in reading this novella from the start. The premise caught my attention, as did the beginning of the story. Being a novella it is a very light read and since it was pretty fast paced, it kept me engaged in the story. It never fell flat for me although I definitely wish that there was more. I don’t read too many novellas so I’m not really used to their brevity but I do find that when I do read them I tend to want more, which is a good thing because that means I did enjoy the story.
I would have loved a little more detail about some of the character’s backgrounds but I am guessing that some of that will come into play in the series which makes sense to me. I liked our main character but I didn’t really connect with her too much at the beginning of the story however I did like to see her evolve a bit and find things out about herself towards the end, I think the part of the story that has to do with who/what she is becoming is going to get super interesting and I would happily read more of this world. I want to know what happens in the battle for souls in general, what happens to Ash and what the deal is with Michael. I get good guy vibes from him but I also get some bad guy vibes as well so that will be interesting to see developed. At this point I feel like the story could go in a few different directions and it left me wondering, which I think is the sign of a good story. So far there isn’t any romance in it so I thought that was great. I was left wondering though about a few characters she encounters like the ghost boy she notices at the school and Adrian, but again, I am sure my questions with those characters will be addressed in the books. I read on Goodreads that this is a prequel so I definitely think that this was a good introduction to the world and the characters that we are going to spending some time with in the series.
I recommend to YA paranomal fans, or fans of YA fiction involving angels and demons. It was a very light read in terms of size. Unnatural Souls was entertaining and fast paced, definitely something to read at night while in bed with the lights out! Looking forward to reading more!
Also can I just say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous?!
About the Author
Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband, two (very spoiled) ferrets and (equally spoiled) dog. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was fifteen years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later.
The Realm of the Claimed novellas are her first published work.