Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Soul Control by C. Elizabeth

About the Book:
“Lead us not into temptation, deliver us from evil.”

Words that ring true for seventeen-year-old Saydi Gardiner upon discovering her ancestry. But if she has doubts, further confirmation is forthcoming and it comes in the form of a wickedly gorgeous Nathanael Braxton, when he steals her heart and cuddles into her sole – the last place the boy should be.

Nineteen-year-old Nathanael’s unrelenting good looks aren’t the only thing that make him dangerous – and he knows it! However, his caring human side struggles with a loyalty – a loyalty that binds him to the hunt for the soul that will give his family the power they seek. There’s only one problem: When he finds her, Nathanael falls in love with his prey – Saydi.

“SOUL CONTROL pulled me in from the first sentence and had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end. Everything you could want is there…wit, banter, romance (appropriate for the young adult reader) danger, suspense, mystery…and the list goes on. C. Elizabeth’s writing is flawless and relatable.5 stars all the way!”
- – Laura Burks, author of Altered


My Review:
I was excited to be be part of the tour for Soul Control because the story line sounded like something fresh and different.  It is paranormal but not the usual vampire, werewolf, or even fallen angel variety.  The main characters are on opposing sides of good and evil.  Saydi our herione is inherently good, while Nathaniel and his whole family are on the dark side.  Nathaniel and Saydi fall in love and we realize that not everything is black and white.  Saydi learns that she is the key in an upcoming battle between the light and dark.  She learns that she will have to face down Nathaniel's family in this battle, but what side does Nathaniel's loyalties lie - to his family or to the girl he loves?
The two main characters are Saydi and Nathaniel, and they receive a lot of developement.  Saydi's friends play a large part in the story too, but there are things that happen that leave me not liking them so much.  Their actions are supposably not their fault, but still...they're so easily swayed.  Nathaniel's brothers Job and Josh play a big part in the book as well, and despite the fact that they're bad, and they're kind of dirtballs sometimes, I liked them...probably more than other characters.  I found them to be funny.  The book is almost 450 pages long, and most of it is either Saydi's training, or the back and forth drama in Saydi and Nathaniel's relationship.  I really wish that there was more character development on Saydi's friends, and especially Nathaniel's brothers. 
As I mentioned, the book is long, but it is an interesting read.  I enjoyed learning about Saydi's powers.  I think the pue is interesting.  Saydi has a lot of self discovery on her powers which I think is cool.  I wish that we had scene a little more of the Tov donums in action during training.  I am also curious about a few of their backgrounds.  I like how Saydi and Nathaniel work the water together.  There are a lot of twists in the book.  I won't say what they are because I don't want to give them away.  I enjoyed the battle scene, but wish that it had been longer.  It was interesting to see the powers that both sides use.  I especially enjoyed Joshua and Job's powers and would have liked to find out more of their donums.
Overall, the book is an interesting read.  I think it would be appropriate for tweens and younger teens to read as the story is pretty PG rated.  The plot line is something different than everything else I've read so far, so check it out if you're looking for something different.
About the Author:
C. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and during her short writing career she’s learned a lot about herself, sometimes to the point that she wonders how the heck she got this far in life and know so little about herself.

For the majority of her life she dabbled in many things, such as drawing, photography, sewing, only to find that after a while, she would lose interest, but writing is a different story — it found her and continues to be an addiction, as well as a most wonderful, incredible passion.

Not only does she write novels, but she does whatever she can to hone her craft. Such as attending the New York Pitch Conference, seminars and the like, as well, she writes for online magazines on the topic of… you guessed it, writing.

Her latest book is the YA paranormal romance, Soul Control.


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