The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)

Rated 4.29/5 based on 9 reviews
Long ago, the residents of Malm placed their faith in the Office of Souls to lead them and keep them safe. On Soul Implantation Day 3675, the lives of the Residents of the Territory of Malm are changed forever. Six people bear witness to a soul implantation ceremony gone terribly awry which forms the backdrop of the beginning of an epic struggle between good and evil. More
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Words: 24,420
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465935816
About Cege Smith

I am delighted to be published here on Smashwords and am looking forward to having you join me on my author adventure.

A few things about me: I am addicted to coffee and B-rated horror movies. I love to read and have been affectionally called a "book vampire" by my family. That passion easily translated into writing my own stories.

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Review by: Kay Adkins on Jan. 10, 2013 :
I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

This book has a very interesting storyline. All babies are born soulless. Souls are generated at the soul fountain. They are given out in a kind of lottery form. If a person is lucky enough to receive a soul, they had better be a very good person and follow all the rules or it can be taken back. People without souls, for the most part are just downright ugly - grey skin, red eyes, etc.
Women are required to stop working after marriage. Pregnancy must be granted to couples with souls by permission only. The race is regulated because of the lack of souls.

See? It's a great concept! The book is very enjoyable. Similar to Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, I found myself wanting to find out what happens next and not wanting to put the book down even for breaks. The characters as well as the backstory or "rules" are very well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal, post apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi type books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nightwing Whitehead on Dec. 15, 2012 :
Not an easy read, but definitely a worthwhile one
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Bryan on Dec. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short…I know it is a first in a series but I want more…NOW.

I fell in love with this book after the first chapter…the story is brilliant and I felt like I was in the Garden watching as it materialize. The characters are believable and very likable and/or hated. The story builds quickly and keeps you interested and reading until you have finished the book and are looking for the next installment in the series…which I hope is coming soon, I can’t wait to see what happens next,

I would recommend this book to anyone whom loves fantasy or a brilliant book. I guarantee that your adventure in the “Soul Garden” will be remarkable and you won’t want to leave…I can’t wait to go back myself.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Bryan on Dec. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short…I know it is a first in a series but I want more…NOW.

I fell in love with this book after the first chapter…the story is brilliant and I felt like I was in the Garden watching as it materialize. The characters are believable and very likable and/or hated. The story builds quickly and keeps you interested and reading until you have finished the book and are looking for the next installment in the series…which I hope is coming soon, I can’t wait to see what happens next,

I would recommend this book to anyone whom loves fantasy or a brilliant book. I guarantee that your adventure in the “Soul Garden” will be remarkable and you won’t want to leave…I can’t wait to go back myself.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Regina Brookman on Nov. 29, 2012 :
Great story with enough background information in the beginning so you can truely understand the implacations made later in the book. Can't wait to read book 2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sarina torres on Nov. 26, 2012 :
Very good story line
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Georgia on Nov. 17, 2012 :
What If Souls Were Given and Could Be Taken?

Set in the very distant future, The Soul Garden is the first in a new series by Cege Smith. We are only given a few details about this world and the rest is left pretty ambiguous. The past is know as Before, where some apocalyptic event occurred that humanity had to drag itself out of, or so I imagine from what we're told.

In this world, babies are born soulless. When a human has no soul their appearance is different; they have grey skin, don't smile, don't generate warmth and have red-rimmed eyes that get redder with age, eventually taking over the entire eye. For babies (or adults) to get a soul they must go through the Soul Distribution Day, where the lucky chosen receive a soul from the Soul Fountain. Souls can also be extracted and this is often a punishment for criminals. Murder results in soul extraction, but as souls are in short demand the extracted souls are "rehabilitated" and re-used.

This era is very "protocol" heavy, adults are assigned jobs at a ceremony, women are expected to give up their jobs once married and even having children is heavily monitored. Couples are selected out of a lottery. Any couple that wants a child applies and then hopes for the best. The population is regulated because there is a shortage of souls. If a couple disobeys the rules and have a child outside of the system, their souls are extracted and the child is left, soulless, in the Soulless Asylum.

An interesting concept for a book. There are aspects of the Soul Ceremony that I found similar to baptism. I'm not sure if it was intended, but before the ceremony at the fountain, babies are soulless, unloved and are seen as unnatural. Then a visit to the fountain with a gathering and incantations gives them a soul. It was an interesting similarity that I saw, maybe just me though.

The story is narrated from the points of view of five people and (given the amount of time we get we each of them) they are relatable, we care for them and the switching of characters adds to the tension that starts to build when we realise the inevitable.

I enjoyed the start of the Twisted Souls series and look forward to the next part. I recommend this to anyone interested in apocalyptic worlds, the supernatural, magic or anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. My opinions are 100% my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marenda Thomas on Nov. 07, 2012 :
WOW this was a crazy story. I enjoyed it so much that I can't wait to read book #2. I thought it was wonderfully written. It gave just enough background of the characters and story line to keep you informed of what is going on in the present. The balance was almost perfect. Great read :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Susan Lulgjuraj on Jan. 25, 2012 :
There is a good story in this book and once there was less back story, it became a more interesting read. I enjoyed the unique plot and look forward to see where the story goes.

Too much back story and information in the first couple of chapters made it slightly difficult to get through. There needed to be a better balance of action, dialogue and information.

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