Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BLOG TOUR Review & GIVEAWAY: Soul Catcher (Soulkeepers #4) by G.P. Ching

Soul Catcher (The Soulkeepers, #4)


Dane Michaels has been to Hell and back and isn't interested in repeating the experience. But as a human caught up in the Soulkeeper's world, his life isn't exactly his own. No one can explain why Dane was allowed through the gates of Eden, but it's changed everything. Now, the only one who can make him feel safe is Ethan, the telekinetic Soulkeeper with a dark past and a heart of gold.

When Malini asks Dane to be part of a mission to find the last Soulkeeper, Cheveyo, more than one team member thinks she's tempting Fate. But Malini suspects Fate has had a hand in Dane's life for some time and that he could be the key to unraveling Lucifer's latest plan of attack.

Author Bio:
G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, The Grounded Trilogy, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig. Learn more about G.P. at http://www.gpching.com and more about The Soulkeepers Series at http://www.thesoulkeepersseries.com.



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MY TAKE

Since I haven't reviewed the first three books in this series on my blog I think that I should give a quick summary of them here.  The series revolves around a teenage boy named Jacob who discovers that he is a Soulkeeper - meant to protect mankind against the fallen angels who threaten to destroy the world as he knows it.  Along the way, he finds other Soulkeepers who join with him in the fight against evil.

Now, I have to say that the first two books had their issues and that I wouldn't rate them as highly as books three and four.  I felt that the first book lacked suffcharacter development and I also thought that the book could have used better editing (not necessarily for grammatical errors, but just to help the author tighten up the story and characterization a bit).  That being said, I want to point out that the series has gotten better and better with each progressive book.  I feel that this Indie author has really grown and I love to support that on my blog!  So, I hope that readers will check out the series with this in mind.

Now, on to my review of Soul Catcher.  This book focuses on Dane Michaels, a human who has been thrown in with the Soulkeepers and doesn't quite know how he fits in.  But, Malini (the Healer - and therefore leader of the Soulkeepers) senses that Dane is actually key to their latest mission and sends him out, prepared or not.  Meanwhile, Dane is also struggling with his feelings for Ethan, the only person who makes him feel safe in his unimaginable circumstances.  Is Ethan just a friend or does he feel something more for him?  And if he does feel something more, can he accept this revelation about himself?

I felt that the love story in Soul Catcher was actually the most developed relationship in any of the books so far.  Perhaps this was because there was actually a realistic barrier between Ethan and Dane -  Dane's uneasiness with and indecision about his sexuality rang true and made sense (unlike many relationships in fiction today where the barriers feel manufactured).  I also felt that the story was fast-paced and action packed, so I give the book 4/5 stars.

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30 comments:

  1. Dana Woodbridge's comment was accidentally deleted - she did leave a comment for the giveaway.

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  2. When will the next Soulkeepers book be out?

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    1. Book 5 is slated for release at the end of the year. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. How did you get interested in writing?

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    1. I've always found writing to be a soothing pastime but didn't attempt to have anything published until 2010. After having a few freelance articles and flash fiction pieces published, I was hooked.

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  4. Who is your favorite author? Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
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    1. Good question! Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Sara Gruen, Matthew Quick, Arthur Golden, and Diane Setterfield.

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  5. I am really looking foward to reading this :)

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  6. Thank you for the hosting today!

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm happy to support an author whose work I've enjoyed!

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  7. How long did it take you to finish your first book?

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Vikki. It took me about a year to write the first book, but I was a full-time nursing student at the time.

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  8. You seem to write mostly young adult paranormal novels, what is it about that genre that you like about it?

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    1. There is a Taoist principle called the uncarved block, basically that the original nature of a thing is powerful because it has unlimited potential. I love YA paranormal because it couples people who can become anything with unexpected abilities. The possibilities are endless.

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  9. What book do you remember reading as a child that inspired you?

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    1. Different books at different ages: The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss, Are you There God it's me, Margaret by Judy Blume, and Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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  11. What is your biggest list inspiration?

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  12. Sorry..somehow messed that up, what is your biggest inspiration? :)

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    1. Hi Katie, Probably my family life and personal experiences. For example, I worked in a flower shop as a HS student and a flower shop plays a role in the books.

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  13. What was your inspiration to write? Did you always know you wanted to be an author?

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    1. Yes, I always wrote for the fun of it. However, if publishing hadn't become more accessible, I probably wouldn't have pursued publication for the series. I am lucky to have had this opportunity.

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  14. How do you come up with ideas on what characters and story to write about?

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    1. I'm not sure exactly. I have a prolific muse and draw on my personal experiences for a steady stream of ideas.

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  15. Is writing what you have always wanted to do

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  16. What would you be if you weren't an author?

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  17. Where do you like to do your writing?

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