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Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer ...
Though she has the aid of her father and some new friends, there is only one who has the real power to help. A rogue monster named Jackhammer Jack. But he might want her secret, too, even as he helps her evade the clutches of those pursuing her.
With threats surrounding her, Gillian will have to lead her allies in a struggle for survival - a struggle all the more treacherous when her allies are just as dangerous as her enemies.
Filled with action, excitement, magic, romance, and mystery, A Glimpse of Her Soul is a pulse-pounding ride you're sure to enjoy. And just the kind of genre bending you've come to expect from a writer whose motto is Fantasy Knows No Bounds!
Posted March 4, 2014
Posted February 22, 2014
Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
A Glimpse of her Soul (Gillian Boone) by Stuart Jaffe features young protagonist, Gillian Boone, a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers she is one of the Marked. Creatures named Callers from a place called Spirit are killing the Marked in a bid to read their souls and find a way home. After an attack at her school, Gillian learns the truth about her heritage and must learn to fight if she is going to survive. Along with her father, another Marked called Kyle and her very own Caller Jackhammer Jack, Gillian prepares to do battle for her very soul, armed with the only weapon that can kill a Caller - infant bones.
Stuart Jaffe has created a well constructed and detailed universe in A Glimpse of her Soul. Gillian is a typical teenage girl, dealing with bullies and the popular boy not knowing she exists, when she is plunged into another world she never knew was there. She handles herself well as she learns about the Callers and how to defeat them. The relationship between Gillian and her father is believable and well written. Pops, as her father is called, struggles between protecting his daughter and learning to look at her as an adult who can stand on her own two feet. The Callers are unique and effective monsters. Jackhammer Jack walks the line between good guy and bad guy and had me guessing until the end as to which side he was on. A great start to a new series.
Posted April 30, 2013
I’m an avid reader so I love when I’m introduced to new Authors. Even though I don’t read a lot of Young Adult Fantasy books – I was eager to start on this Review book. The cover caught my attention. I admit it!! I’m a sucker for a great cover. That’s the first thing that catches a reader’s attention, but what keeps a reader reading are the words they discover once they open the book.
A Glimpse of Her Soul is a very fast paced, unpredictable, exciting, and spine-tingling read. I did wish the Author was more in-depth with some of the characters, but as the title suggests this is only Volume One. I can’t wait to see what the Author gives us in Volume 2.
Even if you don’t read Young Adult Fantasy – I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and give this book a try.
Posted April 29, 2013
Right out of the gates it's obvious that Stuart Jaffe is no first timer. His writing is concise with a flow that had me stopping to think, 'wow, did I just read 50 pages?' The novel is go-go-go with hardly a minute to catch your breath.
Gillian Boone is a strong, young woman but also a teenager. The two worlds smack together and showed a realism that I rarely see in teen books. The novel started out mysteriously enough, snagging the reader in the opening page. Gillian goes from a normal life to running from strange creatures called Callers whose main purpose is to kill her, read the message on her soul and reach their home. Having to think up so many varieties of Callers takes a massive stroke of imagination. Though if you look at his list of pets, it's easy to see where some of the influence came from. :)
Jaffe has created an entertaining new world in Fantasy that I have never seen before and I will certainly be buying the next book in this series.
Posted April 20, 2013
If you are looking for a book that has everything then this is the book for you- i found myself wondering what came next and i kept going back to it until I finished it- n excellent plot filled with intrique, fast paced excitement and characters you will remember- kudos to the author for his ability to make me believe every word of this fantasy book, loved it!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2013
First of all I just want to add that my reviews lack spoilers. If I like a book I will only reveal my reasons for liking it and vice versa.
Within the first few pages of this book I knew I was going to like it and boy was I right about that. For one thing, Gillian is definitely my kind of character. She’s strong and quick-witted, which makes her interesting and more credible as a young female. I especially enjoyed her ability to stand strong even when the world around her seems to be crumbling down.
The plot was a refreshing new twist I definitely was not expecting, but I found that this uniqueness worked well for me. So far, I’ve never read anything like this before, but I really got into the story and its characters. The author did an amazing job at creating a fantasy world that not was completely believable but kept me wanting to learn more about.
The only thing I didn’t like about the entire story was…well, the loss of a certain character. Man was I bummed about that. Yes, I did pout a little bit at that. But overall, I honestly enjoyed this story. So much so that I’m anxiously waiting for the next installment.
Posted April 15, 2013
Stuart pens "A Glimpse of Her Soul" in an original plot filled with twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle. A dark thriller with well developed and extremely interesting characters that was a bit scary even to me, someone who thrives on thrills and horror. Highly recommended for all horror, fantasy fans.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted April 9, 2013
What I really enjoyed about this book (and indeed it drew me to it in the first place) was the crazy creative premise. I just love the uniqueness of it all! What a fun twist on the paranormal genre! Unfortunately I felt this creativity went a little wrong with the monster descriptions. While I truly love the creative and unique, the monsters came off a bit Scooby-Doo (I'm sorry, I hate saying it, but it's the best comparison).
I did indeed gobble this book up in a few days. It's fast-paced, easy to get into, easily glues you to your Kindle. Lots of things happen quickly, but not so quickly that you're left with any confusion about what's going on.
There's good characters throughout the book. I love Jackhammer Jack! He's the best -- so much fun!!! Gillian is very likable and shows steady character growth. I did feel like the characters were all developed at 80% and was just looking for that extra something to make them feel a bit more real.
Regardless of a few hiccups for me, I gave this book four stars as the story completely carries the reader away. Yay for good books!!!
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Posted April 8, 2013
Original but rushed
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour for this novel. I was not obligated
to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to think going into this novel. I thought the initial premise sounded good.
This novel had great potential. The plot sounded really intriguing and original. Basically, I couldn't wait to see what Jaffe did in this novel.
The book was really interesting and quite original. I thought the plot was well-developed and that the characters were intriguing.
The characters did annoy me during several parts of the book and at times I found myself feeling infuriated with them.
I did wish that the pacing would have been slower. The plot seemed really rushed at parts and I felt like I was being jerked from
scene to scene at times. However, the book was enjoyable. I'd be interested to see what happens in the sequel.
This wasn't my favorite fantasy book, but it was still really good and I'd recommend it to fantasy fans.
So why 3 stars? I enjoyed the novel, but at times it felt rushed and it wasn't my favorite in the genre. However, it was very original
In Summary: Stuart Jaffe's novel was intriguing and original and I enjoyed reading it. However, I felt like the novel could have
been better developed.
Warnings/Side-notes: There were some instances of language, but on the whole this novel was very clean.
The Wrap-up: I enjoyed the novel and am glad I read it. The plot really was intriguing and original. However, I do wish the novel
had been better developed. Like I mentioned earlier, I thought the novel's pacing was a little bit rushed in certain places. I'd be
interested in seeing what Jaffe does in the sequel though.