Series: The Soulkeepers #2
Publisher: Self Published on July 15, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
Amazon • B&N • Goodreads
The thrills continue in Lori Adams’s addictive New Adult series of paranormal romance—the Soulkeepers—featuring the hottest love triangle in this life . . . or the next.
Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the seductive Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. But her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is far too dangerous, and he won’t be able to protect her.
Then Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Terrified of losing everything she has worked for, Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring him into a deception that may get them both killed. The stakes climb even higher when Dante’s ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia’s saving grace or will the Awakening give her the power she needs to save herself?
Check out my review of Forbidden (The Soulkeepers #1)
I enjoyed the first novel, Forbidden, and I wanted to see what happened with the characters.
Awaken picks up where Forbidden left off after Dante has been sent back to Hell and Sophia has been united with her body. Unfortunately, I had high expectations for this novel and Awaken did not quite meet them. The pacing in this novel wasn’t nearly as great as that of the first. I often found myself skipping parts and having to go back to reread them. The plot didn’t get really interesting until the end, and even then it was easy to predict what was going to happen. I was able to predict the cliffhanger with 10% left in the book. It was a pretty uneventful read for me which was disappointing because I loved the plot of the first novel so much.
Sophia was different in this novel. I’m not sure if it is just that I’ve come to judge main characters more as I read and review more books, but she was a bit whinier to me as a character. For the first half of the novel she was acting like she was hyped up on crack hoping to become a spirit walker, completely disregarding her normal life. She was also a complete pushover when it came to not wanting to let people down. She was nothing like the strong character that she was in the previous novel for the first three-quarters of this novel. She was not confident. Then all of the sudden she was. It was a stark change that didn’t flow for me very well.
“‘I thought so. But, Michael, you know what I really want to know. I have to know why you didn’t stop kissing me. Why you—‘ Why you put my life in danger. I can’t say it aloud but he knows what I’m asking. It encompasses a lot of questions: Why is he changing? Why is he so demanding? Why is he risking my life?”
One of the first things that I noticed in this novel was that there was something wrong with Michael. In the previous novel he had been volatile and moody, but in this one he started acting like what could be an abusive boyfriend and I couldn’t stand it. We didn’t see nearly as much of him in this novel as we did in the previous one because he was preoccupied with Halo training. However, what we did see of him really pissed me off, especially because we as readers got no reason as to why he was acting the way he was. Such a large change in a character needed to be addressed, even if not completely to keep up the suspense.
Dante also finds his way back to earth in this novel. I was more Team Dante in this novel than the last but I still didn’t quite like him. He had good, albeit selfish, intentions regarding Sophia. We saw a lot more of him after the halfway mark in this novel. He helped Sophia in this novel more than Michael. However, he did some unforgivable things at the end of this novel that prevented me from being Team Dante. I am, however, curious to see what happens after what he did at the end of the novel.
The romance in this novel was on the rocks. For one, I hated the relationship between Michael and Sophia. He was manipulative and bossy and I hated the way he treated her. He put her life at risk for reasons we aren’t privy to, successfully pissing me off. Then you had Dante who was still convinced that Sophia had the soul of his old lover. We still didn’t get too much on that past even though it was hinted at. I am curious as to which boy that Sophia will pick in the series, especially since I now have no bias towards either of them.
For me, Awaken was not what I was expecting nor hoping. With a significantly weaker plot than its predecessor novel, it left me feeling slightly disappointing.