Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Soul Seekers
Author: Jake C. Wallace
Heroes: Levi Reed/Jeb Monroe
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 330 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.
When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.
Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.
This is a LONG boo, and on the one hand, it is a beautifully written, very compelling urban fantasy that has nothing comparable. It’s a totally unique story about a soul-less young man who eventually learns that his world is nothing like he was brought up to believe and it’s really “epic”.
On the other hand, after I got done reading it, I felt like I’d been run over by a truck! Just when the story leads us to believe we might have found some solid ground – BAM – something else comes along to disprove that belief and along we are swept up in the moving current that is Levi’s tale.
A fair warning – I think – though this is a romance and it has a very wonderful and romantic ending – way, way more of the story is devoted to the mystery/danger/trek Levi undertakes with his family and Jeb. It’s a very entertaining and gripping tale but it definitely overshadows the “romance”.
While I couldn’t put the story down and I really did enjoy it greatly, by the last 30% I was really hoping for things to begin to wrap up – and they do – sort of – but then another thing and another thing and another thing happen – literally right up to the end we’re left guessing (and gasping!) as to what’s really going on. Personally, I could have done with a bit shorter story that didn’t quite string out the climactic finish quite so long. But that’s my only issue with this story.
I really enjoyed Levi’s experiences as he “feels” for the first time. The slow way Jeb opens up to Levi, the tricky way the author unveils the surprises and the sweet way Levi’s family treats him are all really wonderful. I didn’t understand the original premise of why anyone would want their soul “kept” – that continued to stump me even at the end, but once that was accepted, the rest of the story was really fascinating.
I had another little “blip” in the way that Levi’s mother somehow just “adapts” to her new situation and how Art fit in to the whole scenario – again – I wasn’t sure how that happened in a way that made sense – but – the little twist we find out about Phillip sort of helped that to work out.
It’s really a remarkable, unique, exciting and yet romantic story that I think many people will enjoy. If you have a bit of time to devote to it, I recommend it.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*