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The Soulkeepers (Soulkeepers 1)

The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching


When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.

Third Edition: January 16, 2012

Don’t miss WEAVING DESTINY, Book 2 in The Soulkeepers Series, available now!

The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers Series) is an amazing novel that I sorry it took me so long to read but I’m happy than it did. It believably blends religion, mystic, and faith into a hero’s origin story that is engrossing. I put it down once when nature called and I really didn’t want to stop then.

You root for the lead that is fallible in character, yet is redeemable. This character struggles with his destiny and faith, which I think most people struggle with at some point in their lives. This struggle is what made these characters believable in this young adult novel. It’s part of the issues that young adults face as they move into adulthood.

At the end of the eBook version there were questions for Book Club Discussion: “Are the prejudices of past generations more forgivable or understandable than those of today? For example, do you find it easier to gloss over a racial slur said by a grandparent than a peer? For me the racial slur in the book hurt me as much as the one my family calls me: An Oreo. I have a hard time forgiving grandparents than my peers.

My grandparents have been on this planet longer than me and have seen more than me. If I can follow a tenement of openness they should too. I don’t consider people my peer that would display such ignorance and bigotry.

Faith in something more than yourself that is a powerful message, wrapped in a young adult novel. It is universal and not just for young adults but for anyone that reads this novel. I can wait to read what G.P. Ching has in store in the next one in the series Weaving Destiny (Soulkeeprs 2).

Already out is the third novel in this series Return to Eden (Soulkeepers 3) found where books are sold.
I give The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers Series) 5 out 5 Gs.

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Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 10

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 10 by Chautona Havig


Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, the hijinks around Willow’s house escalate into a surprising climax. Cheri introduces Willow to the all-American female sport of Shop-till-you-drop, and a late-night call sends Willow out into the freezing cold… on foot.

Warning: Here We Come spoilers in this episode.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.


Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 10 is another perfect episode. This one goes by so fast because the drama is so engrossing. Solari plan comes to an abrupt ending. It made me laugh.

This episode illustrates just how unique Willow is. Things that would shake most people give Willow strength and resole. Solari machination are quickly turning him into a twirling mustachian villain; backfiring at every turn and he doesn’t even realize it.

Length wise it’s on par with previous episodes but it doesn’t read that way. At sixty-seven pages I blazed through this novel. This ends the most upbeat and hopeful of any previous episode. With Willow saying yes, I’m guessing the story will be heading toward the wedding.

It will be interesting to see how the Solari situation will play out. If anyone will find out that everything happening to Willow is Solari’s fault?

I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 10 5 out 5 Gs.

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What a Boy Wants

What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn.




Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. And then he falls in love… With the last girl he would expect… Totally not in his game plan. Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.



What a Boy Wants, I found this in my daily email from Pixel of Ink. It was an interesting premise. In the beginning it was smart, witty, and funny. Sebastian, Aspen, Jaden, and Pris are interesting character, which is surprisingly pleasant.

It’s a nod to those young adult dramas, like Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s Creek. Any one that watched those shows will know what I’m talking about. The book is like one entire season of those dramas. Its light and an uncomplicated read, perfect for young adult readers.

Nyrae Dawn’s What a Boy Wants seems to take major influence from Dawson’s Creek, which it references in a comedic way. Toward the end of the novel it becomes a formulaic young adult romantic comedy. This is the one fact that keeps me from saying it was a five.

But I like how it left it open-end. Hopefully she continues with more in the series. Although she only hinted at Jaden, the Pacey character, he seems to have a more troubled home life; which could make for the perfect second season book.




I give What a Boy Wants 4 out 5.



Addendum: Nyrae Dawn, did write a second novel, What a Boy Needs.

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