In a sleepy, little village in the west of Ireland, Claire Daly is learning how to deal with her newly discovered supernatural powers. But she isn't the only one interested in her powers. An Unholy has Claire in his sights. She has something he wants and he'll stop at nothing to get it with terrifying consequences.
In order to protect everything she loves: her family, her home, and the boy next door, Claire must turn her back on them and leave. She goes into isolation with a mentor to learn the ways of the Illuminata.
But the new ways bring with it more questions than answers and also the arrival of Ari Vasilious, to whom Claire feels a strong attraction. But he has his own secrets. Secrets that involve Claire.
On a full-blown rogue mission to Hell and armed only with her wits, Claire comes face to face with not only the demon, but her own past. And it isn't long before she realizes everything she believed was based on a lie.
If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, soulmates, demons, and angels, then this first book of the exciting Soul Saver series awaits you.
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This book's summary intrigued me and I enjoyed the story for the most part although I'm not sure I would say after reading it that I would consider it memorable to me. The pacing is decent and the action compelled me to keep reading so I found the writing well done. I did find myself skimming some of the parts with the description as I wasn't as interested in those details. I loved the idea of a book nerd gaining powers, I just think the execution didn't quite do the idea justice. I quite enjoyed the setting and location as I've never been to Ireland. It was kind of fun to be able to read the dialogue in a slight accent. It's not strong, but it's enough to change the dialect in my head. The characters were fairly likable but I feel like there were still several unknowns that weren't addressed in the book that frustrated me. I also felt that not all the characters were used to their maximum capacity and just ended up fading to the background. I liked learning more about the history of her past, the little glimpses we got, but again, I felt like it was too little for me. I wanted to know more that what was given because I was hardly satisfied with the information given. So many questions ran through my mind trying to sort it all out. Still, the things we did learn intrigued me and I wanted to know more and felt that Claire didn't ask enough questions but then again she was resistant of her path which makes sense. As a reader I had a need to know more, but maybe I'm just greedy. A warning to some readers, I didn't realize this based on the description but this book is heavily focused on faith and belief in a higher power. Namely Catholicism, which was fine for me but I didn't expect that diving into this book so it may be something other readers may or may not be interested in reading. I do feel that this book was the end of a first part story arc, which was fine but I feel like although I read a whole book, not a lot happened. It was slow paced and I kept checking my location to see how far I was in the book. Even at the end I was wondering if I was at the climax. Although once the climax hit, then everything came tumbling after which I enjoyed. Overall, this is an interesting read that one may find fun if you like reading stories about learning about being a chosen one with super powers. Those who have strong beliefs in God and the Archangel Michael might particularly love this book. 3 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
Review originally posted @ 125Pages.com I was not expecting Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver to be as good as it was. It had a good premise, but I was afraid it would life up to the synopsis. I’m glad I was wrong. Claire is a seventeen-year-old who discovers she is an Illuminate, a warrior in the battle between Heaven and Hell. Fighting against her legacy with all that she has, Claire resists all help and pushes her family away. Adding to her troubles, Claire is an atheist and is told she needs to build a strong faith to successfully wield her powers. Now I have read and come across a lot of YA paranormal with similar premises and most were so-so. Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver is an example of a good YA paranormal, along the lines of Kelley Armstrong or Rachel Vincent. A solid world was created with characters that fit, an atmosphere that created needed tension and a cast that I genuinely cared about rounded out this book. There was a strong religious undertone with the need for Claire to believe, but it was not forced or pushy. It added to the story as Claire did not instantly conform and even to the end of the book still held on to her personal beliefs. Sometimes first books in a series spend the whole first book world building with very little action, and this was built well but still had action and tension. I look forward to the second book in the Soul Savers series. I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What would you do if the world as you knew it changed in the blink of an eye? If one day, you were a regular teen doing regular teen things, and then BAM, you find out that you have supernatural powers and that basically you are destined to help God in his crusade against evil? Well, for Claire Daly, that. Just. Happened. One day, she’s helping her Gram with holy water by a well, and the next minute she’s got powerful white beams coming out of her hands. And that’s not even the half of it! It’s at this time when her Gram and her mom decide that the time has come to tell Claire what the what is all about. Apparently, Claire is destined for greatness…way before she was born. She finds out that she has always been destined to become a part of the Illuminata, and save lost souls in the deeper circles of Hell. To fight alongside Michael, the Archangel. But Claire is just not quite ready to accept this fate. But when a dark evil seems to be hunting her down, and hurting anyone who is close to her, Claire knows that she needs to learn how to harness this power she has been given. Enter Aunt Julia. A woman she thought long dead, but is actually one of the best people to teach her how to become what she was meant to be. All the while, a mysterious stranger named Ari seems to have a destiny with Claire as well. A destiny that has transcended time. (Gosh, I loved Ari and Clair and am dying to know more about their story! I’m craving it!) He’s hot, he rides a motorcycle, and all it takes is a whisper of his name from Claire’s lips for him to come to her rescue. Ehrmagherd where can I get one! With dealing with a new way of life to trying to figure out what her purpose is, Claire begins her journey and tests her faith (or lack thereof) in a game of life and death. Claire Daly is a firecracker. I loved her character. She speaks her mind, is pretty funny, and is like a typical teenager. I can’t even begin to imagine how much the news of her new life path could affect her! One day she’s heartbroken over her lifetime crush, and the next she’s learning how to control powers that are pretty impossible to believe. Her love for her little brother, Seth, is so endearing and had me loving her character all the more. And don’t get me started on Ari. In my mind, he was Greek Adonis who wants nothing more to ensure that Claire is completely safe, no matter the cost. Author, Michele Brouder, does an excellent job grasping the reader’s attention, and maintaining it for the duration of the read. I flew through the pages, and was in need of more when the last page was turned. I especially want more of Claire and Ari. Give us more! Give us more! Fans of reads involving good and evil will thoroughly enjoy Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver by Michele Brouder. I cannot wait to dig in to the next installment of this series.