I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Soul Cutter Published by Independent, Muse it Up Genres: Adolescence, Fantasy
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The Soul Cutter is hunting again.
Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.
In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.
When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.
Élan is fighting for her very soul.
Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain
The book starts with Elan hunting and exposing fake psychics. It’s clear that this a passion or obsession for her. It’s also clear that Elan is not a normal teenage girl. She seems to be a bit closed off, and fears a ghost is coming to hunt her. But when her mother goes missing in Eygpt she flies halfway around the world to find her, she meets a young man named Ramsey. He works on the film crew with her mother, a famous TV psychic. Ramsey is the only person who seems willing to help Elan search an abandoned Palace for her mother. While there they learn the legend of the Soul Cutter. The story is full of twists, turns and the supernatural. It really is a fantastic book.
What I loved about this book:
Everything. From the characters to the horror, it was all great. Elan, is a funny girl, she’s tough, brave, and smart. She uses her brains. Sure she has her moments, but she’s a teenager. They have moments. Lots of them.
The writing was really good. There were a few editing mistakes in the book, but wasn’t anything you wouldn’t find in any book. The pacing was stellar. I was on the edge of my seat. I could NOT wait to see what was coming on the next page. There were scares, and laughs throughout. Some awe moments from the sweet romance. Some moments of rage when the bad guys do seriously evil things. Everything was just spot on. The story itself is so interesting and different. I love Egyptian history, so when I read the blurb I was excited about reading this book. When I finally dug in I was surprised it wasn’t necessarily the Egypt that we think of when we read books about the supernatural elements in the country. I LOVED that. It was so, so fresh.
If I had to pick one thing that I didn’t particularly like about the book, I would say that the beginning was a little slow to me, but once I got into the book, that was quickly forgotten as I was swept away into that far off sandy world.
Thank you so much Lexa for providing me with a copy of the book for review.