Soul Protector

Rated 3.87/5 based on 15 reviews
Gracie believed she was a regular girl living a regular life.
She didn't know she possessed the power to infiltrate people’s minds.
She didn't know the power would endanger her life.
She didn’t know she would fall in love with her abductor.
And she had absolutely no idea what a Soul Protector was
…until now. More

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About Amanda Leigh Cowley

I love writing, (you probably realised that already). I've got two lovely boys, and I run a dog-sitting business from home. When I'm not running around after my charges, writing books or helping out with hubby's business, I like to indulge in a drop of red wine, or two... I think I deserve it :)

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Review by: Maghon Thomas on June 01, 2012 :
I would like to thank R2R for this one. I actually really liked this book, don't let the 3 stars fool you... I'll get to that in a sec. First, I really liked this concept. You are a soul protector, this means you can switch bodies to help someone out, or to steal their body. I feel slightly sorry for Gracie. She starts the book in a terrible place, mainly depression-which she has every right to be! Then finds out some crazy stuff, like she's a soul protector and there's a whole world of them out there. And who wouldn't swoon at Dan, the Soul Protector agent who saves her, and lord he's just HAWT... what if I said I like his brother just a little bit more LOL but you have to read to find out about his brother :) no spoilers :) I reeeeeeally liked the little plot twist in end, I must say, that's pretty great!! :)

Now, the only reason that this is a lower star is because it's a UK styled writing-NOT THAT THAT IS BAD!! :) some words I just dunno how the slang term goes-it's ok, I'm from Louisiana, we talk really crazy & very fast! It would sometimes have me thinking what that phrase meant, more than me thinking about the book. But I promise, it's still a really good book. I really enjoyed it :) And even though it's a paranomal romance, it's not ALL ABOUT the romance, there's mystery, drama, comedy, body switching LOL so all in all, it's very good for me :) 3.5 PAWS
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melanie Lindsay on May 31, 2012 :
My Thoughts:

I received a request to review this book based on my review posted for Samantha Towle’s novel, First Bitten and Poppet’s novel Zauran. Amanda Leigh Cowley is also from across the pond, and her book had much more slang and different spellings than American English. I loved the differences and learning some of the slang, and look forward to reading the next book in the series!

This book is actually the first in a new paranormal romance series that had a storyline I haven’t read before. Basically, Soul Protectors are people who can insert part of their soul into another person’s body and help that person. When Gracie finds out what she is, she flips out! The dialogue and thoughts, as the book is written from Gracie’s perspective, are very realistic and interesting. Her feelings, thoughts, and emotions are well written and are not only realistic, but also humorous at times. I really feel like I can relate to her as a character, and I definitely sympathize with her as she navigates this new Soul Protector, or SP world that she finds herself thrust into.

This book was a fast-paced, fun read, and I feel that all of the stories that Amanda began in this novel were nicely tied up by the end. A word of WARNING though… I said that all of the stories were nicely tied up by the end, but there are quite a few twists and turns along the way that show incredible planning and foresight as an author. I’m extremely looking forward to seeing what exciting twists and turns the next book in the series brings, and if there’s any other seeds that were planted in this first novel that show up in the later books in the series… we will have to wait and see. I definitely recommend this book to readers as a refreshing and skillfully crafted story in the paranormal book world!

Quotes:

“Obviously something had temporarily messed with the laws of attraction in his brain. I wondered how long my luck would hold.”

“Of course, I didn’t know then that things were about to go rapidly downhill.”

“Why did people only come to visit me when I was in a mess? Maybe it was because I always seemed to be in a mess just lately.”

“And who escaped their teens and twenties without getting their heart broken at least once?”

“It was a few shades darker here than the rest of London, it seemed even the sunlight couldn’t be bothered to filter through properly.”

“My dad told me, during a rare sober moment, that no matter what you do in life you should always have a Plan B, because life rarely works out the way you imagine. If you have a Plan B, when the rug is pulled out from underneath you, you’ll be okay. You’ll know which direction to turn next. That was probably the only piece of useful advice he had every given me. And I’d disregarded it. I didn’t have a Plan B.”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sam morris on May 25, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book and would like to thank Amanda for giving it to me to read I loved the storyline .And will look forward to the rest of the series
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tawna lambert on May 08, 2012 :
Received as a Read to Review from the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantacy Fanatics! group

Uhm, it's good and bad. I thought it was going to be about Soul Protectors, but we didn't really learn too much about that....just the basics.

The Story
This book reads more like a chick lit with some paranormal ability thrown in there. It was mostly chick lit to me because very little of the book had to do with the paranormal aspect. The major action was the mind-switching stuff, but there wasn't that much action. Gracie unexpectedly finds out that she can split her mind in half basically and take over another persons mind. She is a soul protector and she finds this out when she gets kidnapped by the soul protector monitors while in another body. This is where she meets Dan and he tells her what a soul protector is and she decides she wants nothing to do with it, however she has quickly fallen for Dan. They both have issues however and things don't go exactly how she wanted them to.

Likes
The story was well written and easy to understand. There were some funny lines and some believable emotions. The concept of the book was quite interesting and fun to explore.

Dislikes
-Gracie really seemed like a person who relied upon a guy to make her happy. A lot of the story had to do with her ex and how she was completely distraught over what happen (which I honestly would have been to), but when she meets Dan....everything is gravy! It just made me feel like she was a character who needed a man to be happy and that didn't sit too well for me.
-I thought the story was going to focus more on the soul protecting aspect, but instead it focused more on the romance and her job and going out with friends and her ex. This is why I say it more chick lit.
--I wanted to know more about how soul protecting worked and more about her helping the people.

Conclusion
I would recommend to people who want chick lit with a paranormal type scenario also going on in it. It was well written, definitely British (I had to figure out only a couple of words...lol) and an all around good book if you don't mind the lead character to need a man to make her feel strong and happy. I had a few discrepancies, but those weren't sooo bad that it deterred from the enjoyment of the story...mostly. The concept was definitely good for sure. I would say, give it a go, you'll recognize pretty quickly if it is something you can enjoy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on May 08, 2012 :
I would like to thank R2R for this one. I actually really liked this book, don't let the 3 stars fool you... I'll get to that in a sec. First, I really liked this concept. You are a soul protector, this means you can switch bodies to help someone out, or to steal their body. I feel slightly sorry for Gracie. She starts the book in a terrible place, mainly depression-which she has every right to be! Then finds out some crazy stuff, like she's a soul protector and there's a whole world of them out there. And who wouldn't swoon at Dan, the Soul Protector agent who saves her, and lord he's just HAWT... what if I said I like his brother just a little bit more LOL but you have to read to find out about his brother :) no spoilers :) I reeeeeeally liked the little plot twist in end, I must say, that's pretty great!! :)

Now, the only reason that this is a lower star is because it's a UK styled writing-NOT THAT THAT IS BAD!! :) some words I just dunno how the slang term goes-it's ok, I'm from Louisiana, we talk really crazy & very fast! It would sometimes have me thinking what that phrase meant, more than me thinking about the book. But I promise, it's still a really good book. I really enjoyed it :) And even though it's a paranomal romance, it's not ALL ABOUT the romance, there's mystery, drama, comedy, body switching LOL so all in all, it's very good for me :) 3.5 PAWS
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: DAB Reviews on May 08, 2012 :
Actual Rating: .5

*This review is also found @Darkest Addictions Book Reviews

Because the idea of body switchers is one that I, personally, have never seen done before and I was intrigued. But I just cannot fathom how utterly disappointing this book was. From the lead, to the plot, and then the romance... Bad. Just.. Bad!

From the very beginning I had issues with Gracie Reynolds, I wasn't even 10% into the book and already I hated her. Imagine Bella Swan mixed with Lucinda Price and sprinkled with Nora Grey. She was a weak minded, weak willed, insecure, clingy, jealous, dependent, sad excuse for a..... person.... ?! (the author never mentioned her age, but by her actions I'd peg her at fifteen -.- )She annoyed me to an extent, I had to look away from the pages and focus on something else for a good thirty minutes to keep me from going out of my ever-loving-mind. I knew I'd have issues with her from the get go, her personality consisted of nothing more than jealous fits, self-pity, and DAN, DAN ,DAN... So for about 75% of the book, all we learn about is Gracie's depression and her lack of defense skills both in fighting and standing up for herself... with only a little insight into SP on the side. First, her initial jealousy over her friends life, which kick starts her soul protector abilities... JEALOUSY, mind you, JEALOUSY kicks off her ability! Smh... Then we learn about why she's so damned depressed all the f**king time! *Sigh* No I would not be jumping for joy if My little sister hooked up with my boyfriend while I was in love with him--but come on! She goes months wallowing in her pathetic existence and turning into a hermit to boot.

The romance: Insta-Love. After Gracie gets her first view into body switching (or soul switching, however you'd like to call it). In comes Dan, or Daniel. He's what's known as a Moderator for Soul Protectors. He makes sure people only use their abilities on those that need it and for less than 8 hrs. To my horror, he's her new love interest, and to my utter irritation, she begins to sob after just a few hrs of knowing him, because after helping her recover, Daniel has to leave, but for some reason Gracie expected him to stay forever and ever, smh. SHE SOBS BECAUSE HE LEFT HER!!! Seriously, need I say more? Their "relationship" didn't have anything solid to build upon. Seriously, why are they in love with each other? Dan, as far as personality goes wasn't likable at all. He's considerate sure, but what else is there to him? And Gracie... she's shallow, pathetic, and let's EVERYONE walk all over her! The moment she realized Dan wasn't in his primary body (meaning he was switched to someone else), she began to think that if he didn't meet her expectations of his physical self, how could she possibly like him? Even though they "got along" so well.... *Shakes Head* ugh!

I really didn't connect with any of the characters. Gracie's family and friends were practically non existent, because all she kept thinking about was Dan, and she didn't even know him. Aside from what a couple hours having met him? The few instances where other people were involved, I didn't care for any of them at all. Lydia and Kerry. Some best friends they were.. Kerry practically walks all over Gracie and starts blabbing secrets the moment she's drunk. Lydia was the "perfect" one. Sure if you believe a self-centered inconsiderate female is perfect. Smh... Gracie's mother, she was physically abused by her father, but that's it, there's really nothing more to her other than she's a counselor for abused women. The sister, I forgot her name... well she's the reason Gracie's depressed, oh and she's seventeen! The ex, he's a prick not even worth MY time. Tom (Daniel's twin, yes, twin)... well him, actually I liked, but still nothing special. He had much more personality than his brother though... Everyone else? Meh!-

The plot: I though it was about Soul Protectors? Instead we get Gracie's mental instability. I would have Loved to know more about the world of Soul Protectors. What causes some families to be born with the body-switching gene? And it would have been great to see more of what happens when Soul Protectors go "corrupt" and chase them down. And the setting of the book, all I know is that it was somewhere in England, I think? (It was never specified.) Just more would have been nice. I'm sad to say that though I was intrigued to read this story at first, now I know for a fact that I will not be continuing the series.

This book was given to me for review as part of the Read2Review in Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! Group.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on May 01, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a little put off by the beginning, it just seemed like it was going to be an 'oh poor me' type of book, but as I got deeper into the story I couldn't put it down, and quickly realized it wasn't one of those books. For the most part I really liked all of the characters and I thought they all worked well together (although the bit with Dan being an idiot made me a bit angry), the plot was refreshingly different and the entire story flowed well. I really hope there are many more to come for this series. Amanda Leigh Cowley is a great author and this book should definitely be picked up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne on April 28, 2012 :
This was a very enjoyable read. It was well written and I found myself eager to finish it. The characters were believable and story was unique. The plot twists kept things going at a strong pace. It was fun, and a bit painful, to see Gracie grow and change. She did a nice job of keeping herself together as life threw her a wide and totally unexpected range of bizarre events. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Allyson Kinirons on April 24, 2012 :
Loved this book. I couldnt put it down...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mdlagarland on April 17, 2012 :
WOW! I REALLY liked this book. Once I picked it up and started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting (I even stayed up WAY to late to finish it).

This book was a departure from what I normally read and I'm very glad I read it. Ms. Cowley does an amazing job of making the reader feel so much for her characters. I found myself feeling their pain right along with them and cheering them on. I really enjoyed traveling the road of self-discovery with Gracie and nearly cheered out loud when she finally stood up for herself. I also found myself heart broken right along with her and wanted to reach in the book do a little head knocking on her behalf.

I'm very excited about this series and can't wait to read the next one. It was a such a genuine pleasure to read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jamie Kirchoff on March 20, 2012 :
This book was a good story but it was not what I had expected. It took me a bit to get into it but when I did I started to really like Gracie.
The plot within the story is that Gracie is learning she is a soul protector which at first I thought was going to be a person who can save the sole of another but I had no idea that this meant taking over another's body. Turns out that her love interest in the man who teaches her about this part of her life but at first I was not sure if she was interested in Dan or Tom (his twin) because they switch bodies often for their job.
The story starts with Gracie heartbroken and coping. She works as a writer and of course her boss does nothing and she does most of the work. In the middle of the book she finds a way to out her boss and then quit in the same paragraph. She meets Dan during all of this and likes him and the world changes back to normal so to speak but something happens bewtween them that Dan decieds is too much. She again has to pick up the pieces of her life and move on and she does so as being a soul protector. The book seemed a bit choppy to me but it was not a bad book. I liked Gracie and Dan's relationship in the begining but I would not take someone back after they hurt me like he did and during a time she really needed him. I would recommend this book to those who have time to read and enjoy a bit of fluff.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Dec. 31, 2011 :
“Soul Protector” was not what I expected it was going to be. Reading the blurb, I was expecting something more in the vein of fast paced action and heart stopping suspense, but what I got instead was so much better!

Believable but imperfect characters finding themselves in true-to-life daily situations; and subtle, yet intense, romantic moments between the main characters – not to mention the unique theme of “soul swapping” - were only a few of the things that made this an enjoyable and memorable read. I could identify with the daily struggles of the main character Gracie, and I often found myself nodding in agreement thinking “oh I hate when that happens,” and “yes, I know, I’ve been through that.”

The author did a remarkable job creating scenes in which the reader can experience all sorts of different emotions. I, along with Gracie, fell in love with her monitor and cried with her when things took a turn for the worse; I hated her supervisor and ex-boyfriend; was angry at her sister’s betrayal; felt my heart break at her mother’s loss and also had pity for the different victims in the different scenarios. The romance between the main characters was subtle, yet passionate at times. It had my heart racing and wishing that I could be the one in Dan’s arms.

I found the story to be a nice blend between paranormal romance and chic lit, which is so right up my alley! It reads at a leisurely pace, but never once did I feel that it was dragging along. I was riveted from the very first chapter and mostly so because the characters are so real. In most of them I recognized someone in my life and I could easily put a face to each person. I didn’t want the story to end and actually felt sad when it did. It was like saying goodbye to friends.

The only reason for the 4 stars is the slight grammatical errors I found in a few of the chapters, but it didn’t take anything away from the story, and can be easily overlooked. “Soul Protector” is the first novel in this series and with this Amanda Leigh Cowley proved that she is a talented author with lots to offer. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and am breathlessly anticipating the next book in this series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: 01SimpleLily on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Soul Protector was a very good read :) I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about the paranormal. There was also a pinch of romance, so you get a little bit of everything ( paranormal, romance, and suspense)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: KindleJoy Marianne on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Gracie's boyfriend just left her after cheating on Gracie's younger sister Michelle, and she is now alone and depressed. It doesn't make the situation better when one of the evenings she is out with her friends two of them get engaged. Gracie is so overwhelmed by both her own sad situation and envy towards one of her best friends that when she gives Lydia a hug to congratulate her with the engagement she suddenly switches into her friend's body! She quickly manages to switch back, but fears that she can't tell anybody without them thinking she has gone completely insane.

The next time Gracie switches body it is planned. She needs to do it both to confirm to herself that she wasn't crazy the first time, and second to see if it really is possible for her to just decide to switch. It works perfectly fine, but this time Gracie gets abducted when switched, by a monitor - Dan. He clearly sees an orange aura coming from Gracies switched body. Dans job is to hunt down corrupt Soul Protectors who steal bodies for their own benefit, and the orange aura reveals that this person has gone over the recommended time limit for switching. When Dan finds out that Gracie is just not quite aware of neither her own Soul Protector situation nor the rules applied to a switched person, they become friends. Dan teaches her what the Soul Protectors are and their mission on earth.

Gracie falls in love with Dan, but there are complications on both sides. Gracie refuses to become a professional Soul Protector despite Dans recommendations, and continues in her present job. Dan himself is fully occupied with hunting down the corrupt Soul Protectors. How the story continues with Gracie, her friends, family and Dan is for me to know and you to find out, and I strongly suggest that you do! Because...

This is a very good read! When I find myself not being able to put down the book even though it's in the middle of the night I just know I have found myself another pageturner. It is not high speed action that keeps me enthralled, it is more Cowleys way of developing her genuinely believable characters. They all have their strong and weak sides, and even though body swapping (still) isn't known to man, Cowley none the less manages to describe a perfectly sane attitude towards the phenomenon from Gracie's standpoint. This makes the story truly credible. Can this actually be done?

The whole idea of Soul Protectors are new to me. I found the plot very engaging and interesting and there are surprising twists and turns throughout the whole novel. It never gets slow! The lovestory between Gracie and Dan is also sweet, without me revealing any spoilers on the subject. This is only the first book in a series, and I must say I really look forward to the sequel. I am thoroughly curious about the developing of the characters and the soul protecting business going on. This novel I highly recommend, and I am amazed by the fact that this is Amanda Leigh Cowleys first novel!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexandra Wright on Aug. 30, 2011 :
Gracie’s boyfriend left her for her younger sister causing her to spiral into depression and to become incredibly self-conscious. When she is at her friend, Lydia’s (Lydia is everything Gracie wishes she was, beautiful, successful, and not single) birthday party. Lydia’s boyfriend proposes causing Gracie to feel even worse about herself. She wishes she was Lydia and poof… she becomes Lydia. The shock of it causes her to faint and when she realizes what happens she manages to change back and Lydia does not seem to know what happened.
She switches with Lydia again to try to figure out what happened and she ends up putting her life in danger as well as breaking some very important rules. She is kidnapped by Dan, a monitor, who hunts down corrupt soul protectors. Once Gracie learns the rules she realizes how much danger she was in and is totally freaked out by the whole thing. She wants nothing to do with being a soul protector even though she knows that what Soul Protectors do is very important and good. She and Dan begin falling for one another, but because of his issues with a previous relationship he ends their new relationship causing Gracie to become depressed all over again.
She runs into a woman who really needs a Soul Protector to help her get out of an abusive relationship so she decides to embrace what she is.
Gracie is a really sweet character and I often felt sorry for her but she was also strong enough to move beyond her grief over her two relationships and to become a Soul Protector and help save vulnerable people. Her insecurities were a little annoying at times because she is such a great person and she just can’t see it, but I was cheering for her the whole time.
Dan is the handsome good guy that you wish you knew. He helps Gracie through some tough emotional times and I wanted them to end up together so badly. He also believes in her when she doesn’t believe in herself.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Gracie and Dan, and I found the idea of Soul Protectors really unique and interesting. I think that Amanda Leigh Cowley has created a great world and institution that has elements of the paranormal and suspense. This is book one in the series and I look forward to reading the next ones.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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