The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)

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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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About Cege Smith

Everyone loves a good origin tale. Cege's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.

Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.

Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.

The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.

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Kay Adkins reviewed 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 66 days after purchase)
Nightwing Whitehead reviewed on Dec. 15, 2012

Not an easy read, but definitely a worthwhile one
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
Melissa Bryan reviewed on Dec. 5, 2012
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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 31 days after purchase)
Regina Brookman reviewed 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 24 days after purchase)
sarina torres reviewed on Nov. 26, 2012

Very good story line
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Georgia reviewed 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 13 days after purchase)
Marenda Thomas reviewed on Nov. 7, 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 2 days after purchase)
Susan Lulgjuraj reviewed 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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