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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaways: Altered Souls by Karice Bolton

Altered Souls by Karice Bolton
Series: Witch Avenue Series
Publication Date: October 28, 2012
Publisher: Bulldog Press
Young Adult
Pages: 303
Genre: Paranromal Romance

*Lonely Souls has been made free for he duration of the tour so please go and read it, you won't regret the decision and who doesn't love free books? Click Here*
The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past. 
Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities. 
With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.
*Review Copy provided by Karice Bolton for participation in the blog tour and for an honest review*

Altered Souls packs one hell of a punch all into one book. In comparison to Lonely Souls, there is much more at stake for Triss in her attempts to bring her mother back from the talons her nefarious father, Nicholas, has sunk into her, but to also stop her father's wicked plans upon the souls of good people. I found that Altered Souls did a wonderful job in keeping up pace, the reader entertained and wanted more during the end of every chapter.

There is much for Triss to handle in the second installment of the Witch Avenue Series, but as a female character caught in the web of love with her childhood friend Logan, she does well for herself in character arcing. As a reader, I am always relieved to find that a female main character can stand and fight for herself and believe in her own ideas, following her own path and straying away from the damsel-in-distress cliche that can be present in YA fiction. But Triss fights hard, never straying from her goals. There are times when Logan becomes a huge influence in her thoughts and her actions, but other than that Triss is spot on in going for the goal with nothing getting in her way.

Logan is a wonderfully drawn character, sort of the conscience for Triss when her actions get too out of hand. Their relationship definitely strives from the balance between the two. One could not really survive on their own without the other, they pick at each other's faults in order to prevent disaster from arising because of it. Both would go to any length to save the other no matter what the stake or the cost. It really does show the strength of the bond that the two of them have for one another and that is what makes their relationship is so heartwarming.

The good vs. evil element does push the book along. The struggle between Triss against all of these people from her past and the progression of beginning to understand why her father, the man who we only knew was just truly evil in the first novel, is doing what he's doing. Now it's only the beginning of an understanding for it's not all really explained because there happens to be more than meets the eye. And by that I mean there is someone else pulling the strings in this evil operation. Always thrown with twists right around the corner, Altered Souls really did a thorough job of keeping me wanting to know more and more, turning the pages faster than I ever thought I could. I can only thank the book gods for not giving me a thousand paper cuts.

Final Summation: Besides a few grammatical errors and some minor misspellings  Altered Souls did a fantastic job as a second installment in progressing Triss's story. I felt strongly about her getting her mother back and taking down her father. There was also some sympathy towards the situation that she was in. If I had to stop by evil father . . . I don't even know what I would do actually. I should count my lucky stars that my dad isn't an evil man wielding dark magic. Anyway, with a love by her side, anther trying to steal her heart for good, a mother missing, a father truly evil, another pulling the dark strings of this whole evil operation, Triss has her work cut out for her yet fights hard for the people she loves.

First Line: "Alienam Imagines ex Anima," I whispered, as I hovered over the concoction of herbs I was grinding with my wand. 

Four targets slayed

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