Hello readers! Welcome to another book review. I’ve been on a roll lately! Today, we’re talking about Abbie Gladden’s debut release, Soulless. Abbie is one of my friends, one of my clients, and now one of my author friends! Let’s welcome her warmly into the wild, wonderful world of book publishing.
Rating: 4 Stars
One girl can change the outcome of a war that has been fought for millennia. Ryder must keep his identity a secret and discover who that girl is at the same time. This means working with the enemy he loathes for destroying his family. But when he gets to a small town called Lorna and meets a girl named Ava, he unexpectedly falls in love.
Ava is a small-town girl who is perplexed by strange dreams and the mystery of Ryder. When she is asked to leave her family, friends, and the life she’s known forever, will she have the courage to do the right thing?
What I Enjoyed
The majority of the book involves Ava and Ryder living their lives until they meet and become intertwined. I really liked the progression and the growth between the two characters. It definitely takes me back to high school days of crushing on “the new boy” and watching my friends fall in love, too. Older readers might feel similarly.
The worldbuilding was also pretty interesting and fun. If you’re familiar with Christian theology, you’ll see some echoes and similarities. I mean, the synopsis doesn’t really talk about what “Soulless” means. There’s an army of people who are separated from their souls. I thought it was interesting how we see this conflict between being fully human versus being totally inhuman.
My Final Thoughts
Overall, Gladden provides a fun, spirited fiction world. This book has some mild violence but Gladden purposefully catered this book to young, teen readers. We’ve got soft romance, magic, prophecies, and family.
Hopefully, I shared enough to pique your curiosity. Want to get reading? If so, I highly recommend you look Abbie Gladden up and grab your copy: