Destroyed

Destroyed

Destroyed (The Soul Keeper #2) by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 2 of 3 stars

Didn’t think I’d fly through this as fast as I did, but it is quite nice to fly through books (even if they’re just okay). So, in this we continue the story of Sam and how she’s mixed up in the games of the Greek gods. The story takes such an unbelievable turn and I cannot forget about it. If we weren’t reminded of the prophecy’s power on every second page this story would make no sense at this point. Not sure how I feel about that fact.

It is fun to be introduced to more of the gods and see their different relationships, and I like how Starkey has managed to make them feel like some other beings, and not like humans. Too often the gods just feel like humans with superpowers, so great work on making them different!

I will finish this series, but it probably won’t be one to last for me.


“Now I lay me down to sleep,
Whom shall I trust my soul to keep?
If I should die before I wake,
I leave to fate my soul to take.

The seal has been broken and the Soul Keeper Prophecy set in motion. Marcus and Nicolas are battling for the heart of one woman, Pandora’s only daughter; however, not everyone is playing by the rules. With interference from both sides of the lines and too many deities with hidden agendas, the trio must take matters into their own hands and look for another ending, one that removes control from fate.

Can they find the missing page from the prophecy that has the ability to change everything?

Will the new stranger they’ve been given as a guide assist or mislead them?

Will Samantha make a decision on who it is that she truly loves, saving one and destroying the other?

What if her choice is no choice at all?”

– Goodreads

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Deceived

DeceivedDeceived (The Soul Keeper #1) by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was part of the Book Blitz for the Soul Keeper Series a year ago, and it was on sale during that time. Finally I’ve started reading it and I have to say I am impressed.

Greek mythology, a prophecy you cannot escape, a very likeable main character. Samantha is strong and independent, and I can definitely identify with her. (I was also one of the sporty ones in High School, however, I was never one of the popular ones.)

There are bits and pieces of the mystery spread out through this book, and if you are a good puzzle solver you probably will see a lot of the twists and turns coming. I didn’t see a single one until I was like half a page away from it being reviled, so I don’t consider it a problem.

It is easy, light and has enough of a mystery. There is also romance mixed in, but there is a big price on it. Basically the prophecy rules everything in this world and the characters question it and ask why they are forced by destiny to love someone. Where is their free will?


“They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.”

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.k. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so much better than I remembered. Of course all of the Harry Potter Books are amazing! But this one has long been the one that I’ve found the least amazing. This read through though, oh my it was good!

I think everyone knows the story, so prepare for mild spoilers if you somehow don’t know it. Something mysterious and dangerous is happening at Hogwarts. And of course the Golden Trio will get mixed up right in it. We also get to meet some new and wonderful characters, Gilderoy Lockheart, Arthur Weasley and Dobby to name a few. Who can forget Lockheart’s complete lack of teaching ability? And I have to admit I didn’t remember him being THAT in you face with him being a celebrity. Oh my. The Weasley family is now close to complete, and their interactions are wonderful. They definitely are my book family. I would probably be very good friends with Arthur^^ Dobby is so annoying in this book! But he is still lovable. And so annoying. Jeez! Love him!

Now I am going to jump into the third book as soon as possible! Prisoner of Azkaban, here I come!


“The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?”

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Chosen of Trees and of Talons

Chosen of Trees and of TalonsChosen of Trees and of Talons (The Eagles of Eldara #1) by Jeff Pryor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very different read. I am not sure about what to think about it but what I can say with absolute certainty is that I really enjoyed it.

The story is told through the eyes of a whole bunch of characters, and you never spend a lot of time with just one of them. This makes for an interesting read and you get to know all of them on a deeper level, but it also makes it a bit confusing. However, I did get used to it after a while and you always place the character after at least a few paragraphs. I should note that I am bad with names in real life as well, for me it is a lot easier to remember what happens to a character than their name.

In the story we mainly follow a group of Arneisian boys who are chosen by the Ones in a very Hunger Games inspired moment (they are not chosen on random though, and you cannot volunteer). Those chosen are taken from the village and never seen again. Keeping up with them is a bit confusing, since we get to see the story play out from the point of view of all the characters, but I loved getting to know all of them.

We also follow a family living in a forest. There’s a lot of secrets and things that has to be told at the right time surrounding them that will keep you intrigued. The forest itself probably sits on a lot of secrets that you only get a glimpse of in this book. It is very Fangorn (Lord of the Rings) inspired, but I like that there are differences.

The final big story we follow is Twilla and her husband’s. Living outside of the control of the Ones they know the Truth and have heard the prophesies of what’s to come. Through them we also get a glimpse of what is going on and how much is on the line.

This first book creates a good starting point for a story that will just become more and more epic throughout the series. It has a very different writing style, jumping between characters all the time, and moves forward quickly. Definitely good if you want to mix up the classical fantasy writing style and go for something that tells you what’s going on and doesn’t dwell on things.


“Hope is a fragile thread. 

Imprisoned for over four-hundred years, the Arneisian people tenuously held onto that thread. Generations were born and generations died. Sons were Chosen and given to the sorcerers who imposed the chains of slavery on their people, hoping the one foretold would Return to lead them from their prison. The thread of hope is tested as a new group of boys is Chosen. Their secrets will free the Arneisians or break that thread forever. 

The survival of a magical forest is in the hands of a young brother and sister. A father refuses to accept their destiny, and fights to protect them from the dark creatures who hunt them. A husband and wife only hope to reunite as he leads an army while she attempts to uncover spies for her king. Their futures, as well as the fate of kingdoms, hang in the balance as a boy fights to fulfill his destiny amid the gathering storms of war. “

– Goodreads

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The Inquisition

the inquisition summoner

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very similar style to the first one. Good story, interesting characters, easy to read, but not a masterpiece. I will however continue this story (it ended on a cliffhanger!).

So this book picks up some time after the first book ended. Not much has happened for our main character, Fletcher, but a lot has happened that he isn’t aware about. Trying to pick up on everything and being thrown into circumstances he cannot control pushed the beginning of this story.

The best thing however is his humanity and empathy. There are quite a few humans in this story with serious lack of those qualities. His trust in everyone, no matter species, is something to learn from.

One of the things that stood out to me was the use of vials (red for health and blue for mana). I just wonder if the author has played a little too many video games while writing this book 😅


“A year has passed since the Tournament.

Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face a trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction…or die trying.”

– Goodreads

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