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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Witches, and Magic
REVIEW:This is my first introduction to Centeno’s writing and I’m definitely going to be looking up her other titles. This has everything I enjoy about paranormal stories, with magic, mystery, evil magical villains and a female lead that is probably the nicest and most forgiving character I have ever read about.
Keeper of the Lost Souls follows recent high school graduate Bryn, who is also a witch and can see ghost. Bryn is no ordinary witch but one known as a Keeper Witch that helps souls and protects them from evil. When she is assigned her first batch of souls (Charges) there is one in particular who is about to make Bryn’s life very difficult and dangerous.
Bryn is what many would define as an outsider or loner in high school. The students often thought she was strange or talking to herself and made her life difficult. What I liked about her character was that she was so forgiving, putting aside her anger towards those who treated her bad and helped them instead. Even though she doesn’t have friends, she has the strong love of her mother and grandmother, along with her ghostly former classmate and popular girl in school Marianne. Though Marianne is quite annoying for Bryn, she helps her along the way with her Charges. Her one problem is a magical charge named Johnny Shaw who lost his soul and doesn’t like witches one bit. He brings a lot of trouble for Bryn and her family, but his enemy he finds out is her enemy.
Johnny is a complicated guy, he is angered with is passing as well as beging the last in his family. He had the burden of protecting something very powerful against a witch who wants to release a bigger evil. He ends of trusting a witch, which is against everything he ever believed. The banter and connection between Johnny and Bryn was classic, they had a lot to learn from each other about each of their families and magic. The readers get more in depth information about his past and family history, it was actually really interesting to find out how he was connected to the evil witch.
Overall I enjoyed the strong writing by Centeno, I could tell by the development and back-story she really loved creating these characters and their world. The magic was my favorite along with the characters; I loved the differences between each Witch, Elemental, and Demons. There is romance and its sweetly done and not rushed. The secondary characters are strong and added to some humor, suspense and hectic moments for Bryn. I look forward to reading more from Centeno and hopefully get to continue to follow Bryn and Johnny on their next adventure.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a paranormal story meant for reader Young Adult to Adult, who are looking for magic and love. Fans of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will love Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno.
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As a child, I used to lose myself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that I’m all grown up, I get to create my own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.
I’ve always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options I realized that writing was what I loved the most so when I found myself with some free time on my hands, I decided to give it a shot. As it turned out, my very active imagination helped me achieve my goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.
As I keep moving along in achieving my dreams of becoming a published author, I divide my time in between my four children and my very understanding husband.
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