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“Soren” Book One: The Angel and the Prize Fighter by Louise Nicks
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Length: 248 pages (ARC copy)
The world has never been an easy place for impoverished teen Beau Tolson, but from the moment her sick mother is given months to live, Beau’s life takes an extraordinary turn.
In order to buy the only drug that can now keep her beloved mother alive, 16-year-old martial arts champion Beau resorts to illegal prize fighting at East London’s most notorious underworld lair.
But that’s only the beginning of her troubles.
When some of her closest friends start acting weird, and a mystifying new boy turns up outside the school gates, Beau is told a life changing secret… That not only are some of her friends angels, but that she is going to become an angel too.
It isn’t long before she finds herself torn between the divine and this world; between her responsibilities and the colossal destiny that awaits.
Little do any of them know that a sect of ex-angels have also come to Earth, planning on kidnapping Beau for the very same reasons the angels want her: to fulfill a prophecy that involves this world and theirs, and who will rule it all until the end of time. (Goodreads)
Soren was a really nice YA fantasy novel. It was a good break away novel from the usual paranormal vampire/werewolves novels that I read on a regular basis. Initially coming into the novel, I had a hard time getting into the plot line. It was a little slow, but after getting to know and recognize the main characters and as well as fully understand where the story was going, I was hooked.
Our main protagonist, Beau, is hot-headed and jumps headfirst into situations and fights, which is really frustrating. After a while, she meets the angels and with the help of these new friends she learns to mellow out and think, before acting. The most redeeming quality about Beau that readers will enjoy is that she is confident and fierce, but that she is also vulnerable. She shows us that she doesn’t always have the answers to everything, but she always tries her best. Beau always puts her friends and family first and that’s another quality that makes her so likable.
Another great addition to the story was the angels. The crew of angels featured in your book are not your typical ones. They are funny, lovable characters, and they seem almost human in their ways. From playing Nerf ball to fighting over pie, they definitely had me entertained.
The end of the book will surprise and hit you hard with a giant cliffhanger that had me shouting “Nooo! What happens next?!” I’m definitely looking forward to see how the Soren Saga series will continue in the next book.
Recommend for fans of fantasy! An action packed plot and cool cast of characters! 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂