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Soul Sucker (Soul Justice Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00APEXMKG
- Publisher : Carina Press (8 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 710 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 730,632 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So when Ella's next case turns out to be the death of a 27 year old Empath, the initial assumption about cause of death is suicide, but when Ella tries to read the Empath's last moments Ella finds nothing - no memories, just traces of a evil Otherworld male and soon Ella is on the trail of a serial killer, the Siren, who is targeting Empaths who are close to their 'use by date' and Ella's own 27th birthday is only weeks away...
First of all, I loved the cover:) and I liked what was under the cover of Soul Sucker, which was a decent balance of Urban Fantasy (sans the first person POV) and Paranormal romance. I liked Ella, she is basically a decent person whose powers made for a crappy life - torn from her family as small child and forced into Empath training, and living her adult life without forming personal connections since she feels it's not fair to allow someone to fall in love with her when she's going to leave them by dying young.
There is also good sensual tension and a good conflict between Ella and Vadim - an SBLE agent from Russia who is in disgrace for falling to stop the Siren from taking out Empaths in his adopted country. Vadim blames the Empath on his team for his fall, though he ended up with the blame for her death, when she succumbed to the end of life madness. I also liked Vadim, though if I had one nit with the story it is that we never find out exactly why he is trying to avoid the Otherworld and what his powers are, though we do finally get a pretty big hint of just exactly what he is - a nit which I will withdraw if it turns out that this is the start of a series and not a standalone story.
When I read Soul Sucker I didn't realize that Pearce is known more for her erotica - and I wouldn't have guessed from the sensuality level here, which was on the level of main stream PNR for spiciness - which is my preference but might disappoint some fans who were looking for 'more'.
So, I enjoyed Soul Sucker, like the leads, and the hunter for the killer, I thought that the world held potential for more stories, which I'd happily read if Pearce decides to write more.
4 out of 5 Licks
I love Kate Pearce. The world building in this book was amazing! I love the cross between the "normal" world and the Otherworld. With the market so saturated with contemporary and BDSM books, I tend to forget just how much I love paranormal. I bought this as an eBook and then got the Audiobook so I could start listening at work and once I did I couldn't stop until I finished. I couldn't read it fast enough and I hated when I had to focus on work or do silly things like sleep! There was a lot going on in this book and at times I felt like there was a book before this one that I might have missed but that is not the case. There are also some times where things were left unresolved, but overall I really enjoyed this one. Ella and Vadim have some awesome banter and while there is some heavy stuff happening and there are several sad moments Mrs. Pearce was able to keep the pace going and keep us guessing as to what will happen next. Ella was just spunky enough to make you both love and hate her all at once and Vadim sounds like sex on a stick and he has plenty of sarcasm to keep Ella on her toes. I was sad to see the ending of this one was a bit of a cliffhanger but thankfully I was prepared with the second book in the series (Death Bringer). I really hope Mrs. Pearce is going to write more in this series. I will grab them up and devour them without question! Also as a side note: While Mrs. Pearce has this series listed as non-erotic romance on her website don't worry there is plenty of steamy sex between these two-enough to make me wonder what she requires in a book to be called erotic! ;)
Now I'm waiting anxiously for the next story...
That ability makes her invaluable to both the earth and Fae authorities - but it comes with a heavy price tag: all the psychic crap they have to absorb in the line of duty will cause an empath to go insane and self-destruct by age 27.
The Fae believe that this fate can be avoided by bonding with a partner assigned to the empath by their agency.
Ella suspects this as the Fae's attempt stave of the madness by controlling the empaths through the bond in order to prolong their usefulness - making her wonder what would be a worse fate: being bonded or going mad.
As her 27th birthday approaches, Ella struggles to cope with the ever increasing psychic burden of her job and the stress of family and co-workers watching her for the first signs of the impending madness, on top of trying to track down a serial killer targeting aging empaths.
Enter Vadim Morosov, a part-fae from Russia, suspended from duty for failing to stop that same killer, and given this job as a last chance to save himself from getting deported back to fae.
I found the concept intriguing and liked the way Ella handled herself in the face of her less than stellar future.
I enjoyed the interaction between Ella and Vadim as they try to come to terms with each other in order to track down the killer.
If this story had a weakness it was the final confrontation between the now bonded pair and the killer - which - imho - fell short of the danger and tension leading up to it.
In spite of that small disappointment I found the story an enjoyable and entertaining read.