Saturday 11 January 2014

A Review for Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain

Posted by Melanie
Release Date: December 6th, 2013
Finished Date: December 10th, 2013
Publishers: Muse It Up Publishing
Genre: YA, Horror
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US

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.

The Review: Soul Cutter was great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it… the synopsis is very accurate and I don’t feel I can add anything so straight onto my thoughts about the book. I’m a very character driven reader, if I gel with the character then half the battle is won and it was easy to gel with our main character Elan, I love what she does by exposing the psychic scams, her viewpoint of it and how she goes about doing it and was very surprised when we found out about her mother considering how much of a cynic she is, She is focussed & determined but we also see a vulnerability to her which unfolds throughout the book and it gives her character a softer, more emotional feel after what she had gone through. It was great when she met Ramsey, someone on the opposite side of her beliefs but someone that she connects to and the connection even felt supernatural. They complemented each-others character so well and I liked how he brought a bit of romance to her, how she let him in and trusted again but I also liked that she did the same for him…. both trusting each other with the most precious of secrets and I loved Ramsey’s tie in to the story because he isn’t just the love interest. The story was so good, the palace backdrop was a great setting, very atmospheric with a spooky, haunted house feel and you could actually ‘feel’ the eeriness in each situation our characters are in which is always a plus in my mind. I loved the ‘Soul Cutter’ legend & its origins that tie into the palace, like a modern ghost story but believable because of how recent it was and the fact that the locals believed it without doubt, so much so that they even put runes on their homes for protection, reinforcing the validity of their superstitions. I loved how as the story unfolded with Elan, that the history of the palace was also unfolding giving us a really spooky insight into the former residents and setting up a plot thread that runs alongside Elan’s. The main threat in the book was awesome and created some really intense moments, in fact he was like a Scooby doo baddie who always appeared at the most inopportune moments forcing Elan to stop what she was meant to be doing to go run and hide making my heart pound like crazy. Ramsey’s tie in (as I mentioned before) was really good and I liked what it brought to the story, I don’t want to say too much about it but it brings in even more troubles & more danger to an already volatile situation and also intrigue. I seriously have no criticism because this book is excellent from the opening scam exposing set up, right up to the epic ending that would look amazing visually and is filled with super scary situations in a horror movie style that will have your heart pounding right until the very end.


Lexa Cain said...

Thank you so much for reading my book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Melanie Hall said...

you're welcome! It was great read ;)

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