Backlog Review: Soulprint – Megan Miranda

Backlog Review: Soulprint – Megan MirandaSoulprint by Megan Miranda
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: February 3rd 2015
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four-half-stars

Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island―not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next―and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she's not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she's more than the soul she inherited, or if she's fated to repeat history.

This stunning "new world" romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was really pleasantly surprised by Soulprint. I mean I loved Miranda’s other two books I’ve read, Fractured and Vengeance, and knew I wanted to read Soulprint. But I just didn’t expect to be as enthralled by it as I was. Quite honestly it was very inventive and something I have never read before. And I didn’t expect it to go down the way it did at all.

Soulprint is about Alina Chase, a 17 year old girl that has been contained because of her soul. You see, Alina lives in a world where souls are repurposed as someone else when the body dies. And unfortunately Alina has been cursed with the soul that once belonged to June Calahan, a famous criminal. She is told she isn’t being imprisoned for crimes she never committed but being kept under lock and key for her own safety. Determined to escape and be free Alina doesn’t even bat an eye when she is given the opportunity to escape with the help of 3 other teens. But now that she is out Alina realizes so much more is at stake than her freedom. Not knowing who to trust Alina begins fighting for not only herself but for June.

What I really liked about Soulprint was its unique premise. Reincarnation isn’t a new concept. It has been around for ages. But Miranda used it in a way that made it new and fresh. I liked the idea that you can trace where your soul has come from, its routes and how that is both a good thing and a dangerous thing. That is what really intrigued me about Soulprint. It was a bit like The Program and Unleashed mixed into one and I loved that.

I also really liked Alina. My heart went out to her. She was being blamed for something that she had no control over. She was ostracized for having the soul of someone that looked like a terrible person on the outside but that people never really knew. Alina paid for the sins of a crime she didn’t commit. All she wanted was freedom and she couldn’t have it. I felt for her. That is not a life I would ever want to live.

All in all I really enjoyed Soulprint. It was pretty fast paced and a readable narrative that keeps you involved in the story. It makes you really think while you read and makes you wonder. You easily get involved in the lives of these characters and want to see how things work out and if Alina can ever really be free from a crime that wasn’t hers. I would recommend checking this one out for sure.

 

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Soulprint Blog Tour – What would you want to be reincarnated as?

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Soulprint Blog Tour – What would you want to be reincarnated as?Soulprint by Megan Miranda
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: February 3rd 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.This stunning “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

questionI think about this on occasion. When there is like 4 feet of snow outside, when I don’t want to go to work, when I don’t want to pay my bills. I mean, what would I want my soul to be in another life? There are tons of possibilities. Tons of answers I could have come up with. But when it comes down to it there is only one this I could think of wanting to be.

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Cats seriously have the BEST life.

They sleep all day.

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They LOVE to snuggle.

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They get their hair brushed for them.

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They get to play for hours.

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Did I mention the sleeping all day thing???

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Basically, I would love to be a cat in another life…minus the cleaning yourself thing. 😉

About Megan Miranda

MEGAN MIRANDA is the acclaimed author of Fracture, Vengeance, and Hysteria. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.

Visit Megan online at www.meganmiranda.com and on Twitter at @MeganLMiranda.

Make sure you stop by the other stops on the Soulprint tour schedule:

SOULPRINT Blog Tour Schedule

February 2nd The Artsy Reader Girl

February 3rd Nose Graze

February 4th Effortlessly Reading

February 5th Andi ABCs

February 6th  What Sarah Read

February 9th Across the Words

February 10th Great Imaginations

February 11th The Eater of Books

February 12th Step Into Fiction

February 13th Dana Square

I’ll be posting my review for Soulprint, which I really enjoyed, soon. But now is your chance to win a copy of the book yourself. US ONLY and you must be 13 or older. Go forth and enter.

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Review – Vengeance by Megan Miranda

Review – Vengeance by Megan MirandaVengeance by Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture #2
Published by Walker Childrens
Published: February 4, 2014
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four-stars

Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can't forgive Delaney until he knows why.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A little under two years ago I read a debut book called Fracture by an author by Megan Miranda. The book was interesting and mysterious and had great characters. It was real with a hint of paranormal added to it. It was well written, and it was supposed to be standalone. Well, guess what, it wasn’t. Miranda decided to write a sequel and let me tell you, years later that sequel was a great follow-up to a book that could have honestly stood on its own. It had all the same characteristics as Fracture, but there was something more there too.

Vengeance picked up right where Fracture left off with Delaney and Decker a couple and all trying to move on from the events of the year before. Since being trapped under the ice for 11 minutes Delaney has developed the ability to tell when a person is dying. She sensed Carson dying, knew Troy would die and has been pulled to countless others. Decker has known about this ability to a long time and doesn’t look at her as a freak or as a crazy person. She is just the girl he loves, the girl next door. But when Delaney senses something that changes Decker’s life and doesn’t tell him, everything is blown apart. Now separated from the one he loves and trying to pick up the pieces of his life, other things start to happen to Decker and his friends and Delaney showing that maybe the curse of Fallon Lake is real and it is after anyone that helped saved Delaney’s life that winter day.

Vengeance is 100% a character-driven story because this book, series, would have been nothing without these core group. Decker and Delaney were favorites of mine in Fracture and they were favorites of mine in this book. It was fascinating to get to see inside each of their heads and a smart choice by Miranda to back Vengeance be told from Decker’s POV. I think it was important for this story to be mainly about him as it was his story more than Delaney’s. Decker felt a lot of guilt and fear after he nearly lost his best friend and with the tragedy that falls on him in Vengeance it was away from the guilt and anger and fear to be released. Was it always released at the right people? No, but that is what grief can do and I think Miranda wrote that perfectly. I also really liked what we got of Delaney in this book too. Even not being prominent, she was prominent because she was always with Decker no matter what he was doing because she was his everything.

I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story. I’m not going to say it was unpredictable because I pretty much had it figured out pretty early in the story, but I will say I wasn’t a 100% certain I was right until the end so I will give credit for that. The pieces of the mystery fell together and they fell together at a good pace that didn’t overwhelm the reader with information and was a nice break from the heartbreaking romance part of this book. Miranda seemed to really think out the outcome of this mystery and I applaud her for that because, for me, it worked.

I’m sure you are wondering why not 5 stars then if I seem to love it so much? It was close, not gonna lie. It was a book I didn’t want to put down once I got going and I loved the characters like I mentioned. But I do feel like some of it was unfinished. There were some side stories that there was no finality. It left me wanting more, maybe a 3rd book from Delaney and Decker’s POV.

But really Vengeance is a great follow-up that has equal parts romance and mystery with a touch of paranormal. I personally am glad that Miranda decided to continue the story of Decker and Delaney. It was the right call and only enhanced what was already a great foundation. Bravo Ms. Miranda. Bravo!

 

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Second Chance Sunday – Fracture by Megan Miranda

 

Second Chance Sunday – Fracture by Megan MirandaFracture by Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: January 29th 2013
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four-stars

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

I’m not sure what compelled me to move this up on my to read list. There wasn’t anything that stood out about the book in my memory. It may have been because it was a debut author book that fit into my challenges for the year, or it could have been dumb luck. Whatever the case, I thought it was completely fantastic. I mean there wasn’t anything over the top amazing about the plot that bowled me over or some shocking twist that brought me to my knees. It was simply a great character book.

I flipping loved Delaney and Decker. Simple as that. The two of them brought life to this story that felt real. I could actually feel the push and pull of their relationship and I wanted more. The way things went from being completely easy between them to awkward and strained and then to a thick sexual tension is what had me riveted. They both knew what they wanted but had so much outside stuff getting in the way so it was virtually impossible for them to grab what was just out of reach. Even Troy, who I found insane, and Tara, who was annoying, added to the story of Decker and Delaney and I found myself grateful for them.

There were two things I didn’t like though. The first was Delaney’s mother. She was over the top overbearing and mean. Everything she said she did was out of love, but I thought she was wrong with every decision she made. She was trying to be this amazing parent and really she sucked. She has harsh and abrasive and borderline abusive and that was never really dealt with. I also didn’t like the part towards the end with Janna. I understood her reaction, but that was it, just a reaction with again no follow up. I just didn’t understand the point of including it if there was no plan of a revisit. Just seemed out of place,

Other than those two things I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I actually found myself wishing it were a series. 😀 Can’t wait for more from this author.

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