Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver
by Michele Brouder
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
First of all,
Let’s talk about COVER LOVE!
Yup, love it! What’s there not to like about old books? Certainly drew my eye, as did the idea of a bookish character who wanted to be a librarian (even though her wanting to be a librarian really had nothing to do with the plot, other than a little mention in the beginning)
What’s it about?
The book has this really long synopsis (that I’ll attach at the bottom) but in a nutshell, this girl’s hands start glowing one day, and she finds out she has these magical powers that she is supposed to use to guide “lost” spirits to heaven.
Pretty cool, right?
But of course there is a catch. There is this awesome bad-guy dude (Who I have to admit I liked a little more than the main character) who is after her.
Yup, he wants her dead, and also to steal this super-cool necklace that has been handed down through the generations. There is also an “almost” love triangle with a guy she mainly only talks about, and another angel-like guy who she apparently has known through many past lives.
Still with me? Good!
This story has a really interesting premise. Very strong religious content, and quite a tear-jerker at times. I really liked the whole idea of the story (which I can’t tell you too much more about or it will ruin it)
A few niggles:
I think at times the story missed the mark in trying to create a love triangle that was emotionally non-existent to the reader, because we never really get to know the human boyfriend.
While the overall premise of who Claire is was quite interesting, I would have loved to see more of the bad guy. I think he is interesting enough to have his own book. I found myself waiting for him to come back after a long absence to stir things up a bit.
Overall I did enjoy this book. I give it a solid three stars for some really interesting religious concepts, and a bang up ending that really kept my attention.
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About Michele Brouder:
I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.
I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.
The long book synopsis, in case you were interested:
When seventeen year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.
Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?
Note: I was send a copy of this beautiful book in exchange for my honest review. Check out my Instagram to see some of the fun pictures I took of the book while reading it. See ya!