Splintered Souls

Splintered Souls

by Erica Lucke Dean

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ISBN-13: 9781940215570
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2015
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180 lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.

When she's not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she's either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her first book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces.

How she's managed to survive this long is one of life's great mysteries.

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Splintered Souls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Jenthomason1109 More than 1 year ago
Have a passion for paranormal romance and soul mates? "Splintered Souls" is a fabulous story weaving a bit of the impossible in with real life. This paranormal romance is a page-turner from the first paragraph and will leave you wanting more when you’re finished. “Splintered Souls” begins in 1654 with Lady Catherine Fairchild rushing to see a witch regarding her unborn son. Lady Catherine wants a blessing upon her baby, but also wants a spell to assure that he will find his soul mate. The old woman refuses to delve into anything having to do with soul mates, but then another woman appears that is willing to do the spell. Lady Catherine is warned of the severe consequences but still insists that it is done. Fast forward to 2014, and Ava is moving to Maine with her mom and her younger brother, Josh. Ava is beginning college and had not intended to move from Virginia to Maine, but since the death of her father she feels that she should go with them and attend school at the University of Maine. As soon as they arrive at her Grandmother’s old house in Port Michael, Ava begins experiencing strange things here and there, but then she looks out the window and sees the guy of her dreams. Once she sees Maddox, she is consumed with trying to find him and find out who he is, never realizing how her life would change. I can’t really talk about the plot anymore without spoilers, which I absolutely do not want to spoil any of the surprises and twists and turns that come with reading this novel. “Splintered Souls” is a roller-coaster ride of suspense, romance, and trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t. Ava constantly wrestles with understanding things that are going on around her, doubting herself, and struggling with what she eventually learns. As the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, partly through Maddox and partly through Ava’s dreams, she then experiences a whirlwind of conflicting emotions and battles within herself to figure out what the truth is. The idea of soul mates has always fascinated me and there have been books or movies about soulmates before, but nothing like this. Erica Lucke Dean’s writing is magnetic, pulling you into the romanticism of the story, yet consistently reminding you of the dark cloud that hangs over them. “Splintered Souls” contains fantastic characters struggling with what we would think of as the impossible, yet the author’s writing makes it completely believable. This book will take you on a journey that you will be very disappointed to see come to an end. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and more from this outstanding writer! *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Splintered Souls is about a blessing, turned curse, that seems hopeless. In 1654, Lady Catherine Fairchild visited a witch to bless her unborn child. In that blessing she asked for him to find and possess his soulmate. Despite the warnings of the witch, she insisted on the blessing. That blessing turned into a curse when she had not one baby, but two. Twins who share a soul who will long for the same soulmate. Holy Moley, I'm so confused! There is so much going on in book one. There is no way to describe without spoiling the story. We've got time travel, a good twin, a bad twin or are they both good and bad? Has the curse driven Maddox and Laithe mad or just desperate in their longing for their one true soulmate? I have no idea who to root for. I'm not sure if one twin is more deserving or not and can't imagine how this can end happily. Ava is their soulmate so even if they can sever one of the ties, then that twin will not have a soulmate. It's too bad she can't have both! ARC provided by NetGalley.
elaineallen More than 1 year ago
I love a good Soul Mate story! Give me two people who have connected throughout multiple lifetimes and I am almost guaranteed to love it! But add a third person with half the soul to the mix, plus engaging writing by Erica Lucke Dean for a new twist on the soul mate story and I am hooked! I became Twitter friends with Erica years ago, when she began a serialized vampire story called Daywalkers on her blog--it's still on there, if you want to check it out. (While you are there, read The Bikini Wax Disaster, but I digress...) There was a bunch of us who looked forward to each new installment on Sunday nights, often hounding her if she was late posting. Her writing is an good mix of humor and suspense causing un-put-down-able-ness. (That's right. I made up a word, because it was the only way to describe how masterful she is!) She often left us with cliffhangers that turned us into rabid readers, begging for a hint at next week's installment. She told me this story had some elements that I liked from Daywalkers and she was totally right. Erica is excellent at hooking the reader in, then leaving them in mid air until next time, and she did it again with Splintered Souls. This book was right up my alley. It is on par with two of my other favorite series, so if you have read either The Immortals series by Alyson Noel, or the Splintered series by AG Howard, this series will hit you in all the right feels. I am so glad I read this when Book Two is already written--I don't think I could handle waiting months for the story to continue. I assure you this is a love triangle that is different from others--I keep changing my mind on who I want Ava to be with! Read it. Tell your friends to read it. You won't be disappointed. #TeamMaddox No, #TeamLaith For now, #TeamLaiddox
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Splintered Souls, (Flames of Time Book 1), Erica Lucke Dean  Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, fantasy and paranormal   I’ve enjoyed several of Erica’s novels now, and this was another fun read. It does feel a bit YA in style, maybe because the characters are all college friends, and its the connecting point for them? Thats not a crit though, I loved twilight, Vampire Academy etc and others like them classed as YA. Its always kind of odd as a UK reader thinking of the US school system where our college seems to be their School, and our University seems to be along the lines of their college, and sometimes is called school in US. US teens and early twenties seem to be very young for their age so often, when here in UK 18 is adult and carries all the choices and consequences its hard reading about a US 20 yr old who still has to obey curfews etc. Bearing that in mind there were times when I was thinking “grow up kids” but that normal in this kind of read. I loved Ava, loved the idea of soul mates, and the way Erica has brought in the blessing-turned-curse idea, and introduced the time travel element. Working out the Maddox conundrum and how he affects her, and her life choices was a great read. I was pulled along with them, loved the way school and friends integrated with her family and brought in different perspectives. I expected Abercrombie to come in a bit more – maybe in the next book? He was quite a strong starter so I feel there’s more to come from him. Paige, she’s a puzzle, which one is the real Paige, the b itch or the smiler, which face is the real one, and what impact is she going to have on the story especially with the revelations in the later part. Its one of those reads where I can’t say too much what I liked or didn’t because of spoiling the story, but its a fun and easy read, an interesting slant on an often used plot, and I’m looking forward to more ASAP as I do not like these Cliff hanger endings!! Gah...a real pet hate of mine ;-(   Stars: Four, a terrific start and roll on book two. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Flames of time 1: Splintered Souls Every woman, at some point in her life, dreams of finding her soulmate and living happily ever after. It's been said that the physical draw between you and your "other half" is something that you cannot deny... and cannot break. In life, though, nothing is ever perfect, and so often things do not go the way you dream them. Ava had her life planned out, but after her father's death, she chose to move to Maine with her family and start her life over. She enrolled in a small college and they moved into her grandmother's summer home. Her family seemed to be getting better and she made some friends, even met the man of her dreams (that was a bit of craziness right there), but because of events from the past, Ava's life begins a crazy spiral that she never expected... one she has no idea how to handle. Anyone who has discussed books with me in any way KNOWS that I am not a fan of romance. I'm not completely opposed to there being romance IN a story, but the novel has to have a compelling storyline that will keep me hooked, something unusual, with a nice balance between romance and the rest of the story. Not long ago, I had the pleasure (and I say that sincerely) of reading another book by Erica (Ashes of Life), so when I was asked to read this one, and having read the book description, I decided it was one I was willing to give a try to. I knew halfway through that I had made the right decision. It was almost impossible for me to put this down, and I only did so because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. This story had so much of what I love in a book, including adventure, and the romance, though a major part of the story, was the conflict, which actually made it even more interesting to me. There's a lot to take in - every bit important. She manages to tell a story that takes place in two different times (the present, which is affected by the past) and does so smoothly. Her use of flashbacks is perfect, and the research that she has done on so many things throughout the book (including Tudor history, Lady Catherine, witches, curses, and spells) is spot on. She has a way with characters that I find absolutely amazing, and anyone who is looking to improve their characters should take a look at the way she does it. Each one is so real, which is quite refreshing. Her characters have both a good and a bad side, sometimes making it hard to decide whether you like or dislike them... and sometimes you both hate and love them at the same time, but can't figure out why. I get gut feelings about her characters, as if they were real people, which says a lot about her writing ability. My absolute favorite character is Josh. He is Ava's little brother, and is the perfect representation of an eleven-year-old. He can be such a jerk, and yet turn around and be completely loving, and I was so happy with the fact that he was willing to stand up to his sister when he knew she was wrong, defending the choice he made along with his friend. My least favorite character was Ava. I just get SO tired of the "perfect female" character. I'm not saying that she was all bad. I just have a hard time relating to the whole "perfect" thing - she's so pretty and has a great body, the popular girls want to hang out with her, she easily fits in, and the guys are all chasing her. Despite her father's death and the grief they are feeling, her life is still pretty perfect, even though there are things going
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: Splintered Souls Author: Erica Lucke Dean Genre: Sci-fi/Paranormal Romance Format: Ebook Pages: 250 Rating: 5 Heat: 4 Thoughts: This was such a pleasure to read! Erica's ability to suck you into a book is uncanny. I couldn't put it down but I wanted to just so the story would last. At first I was rooting for Maddox but then I got a taste of Laith and now I'm not sure who to root for. This is a love triangle with a twist (that I will try not to give away). Ava is a soul mate to both of them (how does that work? I know but I won't tell you!). Feelings of guilt, confusion, and anger overwhelm Ava, along with love and lust. FYI.... CLIFFHANGER!!!! Not surprising though, and it was the perfect spot to do it (even though I yelled at the author for it lol). I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Ava gives up going to Georgetown college after her dad passes away. Instead she moves to Maine with her mother and brother. There she notices a stranger watching her everywhere she goes. I don’t really like love triangles for the most part, especially not brothers. I also don’t really like stories dealing with time travel. This book just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t make myself finish it. **I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
caronleigh More than 1 year ago
Splintered Souls is the first book I have read by Erica Lucke Dean and I am certain it will not be the last. The book initially draws you in with a glimpse from the past, a small taste of something you know is vital to the story. You can feel the desperation in Lady Catherine, however, the author only gives you enough to make you want to understand what is driving her before whisking you to present day. I am not usually a fan of instant love or love triangles but the author managed to take both concepts and make them not only acceptable but believable. The idea of "Soul Mates" is a theme which is often explored in romantically themed novels, however, the take on it in this book is refreshingly new and different. While it is impossible to expand on this without spoilers, suffice to say that the author delivers the theme in a way that will leave you feeling devastated and heartbroken in an amazingly beautiful way. The only warning I have is that the book ends with a cliffhanger. While necessary to the story line, waiting for the next part of the story is sheer torture!
wazi More than 1 year ago
Splintered Souls by Erica Lucke Dean I am totally beside myself after finishing this book. I have to admit I moved Splintered Souls to the top of my TBR list as soon as I received it. This story is different from any of the other stories Ms. Dean has written before. This is a star-crossed lovers story with a twist and right now I am torn. The story began with elegant, crisp prose that paints the picture of desperation Lady Catherine was feeling as she tried to outrace a coming storm. Here the blessing-turned-curse was laid out for the story to continue in present time. After her husband’s untimely death Ava’s mom decides to move the family to their grandmother’s empty summer house in Port Michael, Maine. Ava has decided to go to a small local college—a branch campus of U-Maine—so she could stay close to mom and her eleven-year-old brother, Josh, after everything that has happened. Ava is an academically smart but naïve heroine who is a little vulnerable right now. She feels drawn to a guy who seems to be stalking her. Maddox appears to be a nice guy, he’s courteous and friendly with her classmates. However, she knows very little about him or his family. Ava’s school friends are a diverse crowd, they are each well-developed and unique. Their conversations at lunch are typical for young college students. There were off campus parties and beach parties at the lighthouse that needed to be rehashed. Ms. Dean always does a nice job with her secondary characters, they are great friends and I liked them all, even Paige. After Ava has a wild, vivid dream with who she thinks is Maddox but he says his name is Laith, she starts questioning her sanity. Not long after that Maddox starts acting possessive and jealous. Then an unexpected twist happens when Josh disappears. Maddox has to confess certain truths. Ava doesn’t know what to think now or who is who. Is her boyfriend, Maddox, being completely honest with her? She is caught up in all the sexual tension between them and she can’t think straight. The plot moves fast, I had trouble putting the book down to sleep. I was completely thrown at the ending. But don’t despair… I would describe it as a soft-core cliffhanger. I am chomping at the bit for book two. FYI: Only one F-bomb. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** October 24, 2015
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Unique paranormal romance that kept me guessing. Twin brothers vie for the love of their soul mate in a tale that kept me guessing and trying to predict what would happen next. Because of the struggle between the brothers, this is a much darker novel than the author's other works. I am a fan of her work and loved this book, but because of the darker nature of the story, it didn't have some of the charm of her other books. However, if you are looking for a story that will draw you right in and keep you hooked until the very last page, you have found it. This is the first book in a new series and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast, fun read. Great character descriptions and interactions. Hope the next book comes out soon. I'm dying to see what happens next! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in an exchange of an honest review.