Amy Maurer Jones has been happily married to her own version of Edward Cullen for sixteen years. She lives in the small town of Tabor City, North Carolina (close to the North and South Carolina shore) with her husband Kelly and their two beautiful children, Olivia and Keaton.
Amy loves reading and writing Young Adult because she finds young people inspiring. She appreciates how teens are able to look at the world with a fresh perspective and willingly open their minds to the endless possibilities that life has to offer. She particularly enjoys writing strong heroines who face problems head on, learn, grow and mature into the type of people who do the right thing.
When Amy isn't reading and writing, she teaches high school theater arts and dance. To say that Amy has a flare for all things creative would be an understatement, just don't ask her to assemble anything that requires instructions or sadly, you will be out of luck!
"You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost." ~ Martha Graham
on Sep. 20, 2011 :
Starting high school is hard enough; but when you are a Human Oracle, life gets even more complicated. Liv Glyn is the kind of girl who likes to remain inconspicuous. Unfortunately, Liv, Laith, Brayan, and Meena have been commanded at birth by The Great Spirit, Hala, to be Human Oracles.
If their lives aren't messed up enough, Laith's sister is a bit of a trouble maker and always has her nose where it doesn't belong. To complicate life even more, Liv's best friend since third grade seems to understand things that no human should be able to understand or see. To make matters worse, Liv thinks she is falling in love with him. Can her life get anymore messed up?
This is quite an unusual fantasy read. You have the Spirit World that is located in a place called Arcadia where Halla resides. Hala just happens to be a bit ancient but lives in the body of a seven year old. You have Guardian Spirits who look after the Human Oracles and guide them in their chosen path. Our Human Oracles are destined to save the world. To complicate their lives even more, they have to protect the world from soul-sucking Daeva and their mutant progeny, Aengels.
Generally speaking, this is a fairly good story, but it had a tendency to drag on way to much. After the story made it to school starting, we had to see the high school records of each of the four chosen. It kept flipping back and forth with each of them following their day and much of the same information was repeated. At one point Liv became angry at Meena for keeping information from them and she had done the exact same thing. She also had a problem with Meena being practical even though at one point she admired her for that. Once I reached about half way through the book, my interest in the story picked up and the storyline really started to move. By that point I was able to see where the story was actually going. I would be interested to see if the next book in the series moves along better then this one.
I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy of the book for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving a copy of the book to review.
I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on May 24, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. My granddaughter read it before I did. She loved it and said I needed to read it. She said I would enjoy it, and to my suprise I did!!! All the characters were fantastic!! I would highly recommend this.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on May 23, 2011 :
Ok so I don't remember how I came across this book, but I am so glad I did because it was awesome! There were so many cool aspects in this book, but I can't say more than that because it would spoil the book. There were definitely some interesting paranormal aspects in the story as well. The book is pretty intense in parts and there is a lot of information being thrown at you. I was totally pulled into the book & finished pretty fast. There are so many great characters in the book & it was nice to get multiple perspectives (I know it annoys some people to read in multiple perspectives so be warned). Liv, Meena, Brayan, & Laith are the main characters & I like them all. Jedd, Ray, Drue, & Ashley are great secondary characters & I hope there will be more about them in the next book (assuming there is one). I also wanted to learn more about a bunch of other important characters in the story. There isn't much more I can say without ruining it, so I will say that you should go read it! I really hope there will be a next book because there is definitely a lot more to be explored!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2011 :
Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of 'those people.' You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous... and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse. I was commanded with Spirit at birth by the Great Spirit, Hala. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If you think it's difficult being a teenager, try being a teenager who was born destined to save the world from soul sucking Daevas and their mutant progeny Aengels. There are four of us. My companions of Spirit are Laith, Brayan and Meena. Melissa Small is Laith’s step sister and she is always meddling where she doesn’t belong, further complicating our lives. To make matters even worse, my best friend Jedd is apparently aware of things that are typically undetectable to ordinary humans. So, I have to lie to Jedd, the boy who has been my constant standby since the third grade, to shield him from the horrible and very dangerous truth. Did I mention that I think I’m falling in love with him? The term awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it, trust me. Welcome to the mess that is my life.
This book is great. The author captures the true young adult voice and creates a teenage atmosphere. The plot is intriguing and novel, the characters fresh and charismatic. The mystery moved the book along quickly with the romance being the added draw-in for the reader. This book wasn't a run-of-the-mill teenage romance, the plot prevents the reader from thinking that. The main character easily endeared herself to the reader, the meddling supporting character provided a good foil for the main character as well as some comic relief. The background of the plot is both exciting and interesting, the reader will not be disappointed. There is a bit of something for everyone: intrigue, romance, action, drama, young adult, mystery, comedy, etc... The ending was a little bit surprising to say the least, but this reader was happy to learn that there would be another book to come! This book is great for young adult readers.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on May 16, 2011 :
Soul Quest is one of those novels you don’t forget! I love the way Ms. Jones captures not only the full high school experience, but masters the young adult voice so perfectly. The paranormal elements in the novel are unique and sometimes unexpected. I liked the mystery that kept the plot moving at a quick clip and the evolving romances kept me glued to the book. I highly recommend this author and I cannot wait to read the next in the series!! Hurry please!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 15, 2011 :
I've been blessed with having a smart, in control, main character for the past two books I've read. Liv Glyn, your narrator and one of four main characters was very likable. I feel like she's that average girl that everyone could relate to, and that made me like her a lot. I could relate to her stress about being a freshman, and having to juggle so much things at once. (Well, not the human oracle part, but you get what I mean) I really thought her relationship with Gaea, who's the Oracle of Life. I felt like Gaea was kind of a grandmother to Liv and the scenes were Liv who just lay under her shade were adorable.
The other main characters, Laith, Meena, and Brayan, were also enjoyable to read about. They were all unique in their own ways. Laith, being the popular athlete; Meena, the history geek; and Brayan, the technology obsessed brain. My favorite of the four had to be Meena. When things got bad for the kids, Meena was the one who calmed them down, mostly because of her gift of being a planner, always sorting out their problems and being the voice of reason.
All of the kids went to the same school, but were in different cliques, obviously. I liked the way the author got them all together. By doing the freshman elections, the human oracles were able to rely and trust one another, and become acquainted. It was very natural, and not forced at all.
One of the things which I thought was soo cool was the fact that Amy put a dictionary of all the fancy lingo the characters used throughout the book. I didn't have to look at it a lot, since every was pretty self-explanatory, but for those books that go into different worlds and galaxies, maybe you wanna use this tip. It clarifies things a lot when there are series books, and the readers forget.
Here's a little tip to people reading the book: pay attention to the dates!! When I was first reading it, I was thinking, They're doing a second twin towers attempt? Yeah, it shoots back and forth between past and present. Speaking of 9/11, I feel Amy tied in the Daeva's and the terrorist attacks nicely. As said above, it wasn't forced. It was actually very creative.
Since it takes place in 2014, its so crazy to think about what those kids will think of 9/11. They were born in 2001, so they didn't go through it. It truly makes me feel that we are living in history, you know? Like yesturday's happenings could be in tomorrows textbooks.
The book was great, a perfect set-up for the next book in the trilogy. Something else I liked was that the book starts with the characters already having their powers and their goals. I really can't wait for the next book to see what happens next ! :)
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on May 12, 2011 :
Amy Jones' writing is addicting. From the very beginning I was drawn into this book and its complex story. The synopsis doesn't do the plot justice, it's a very in depth book with a lot of plot surprises.
Liv's character was my favorite, and that's something this story is not lacking, good characters. Liv is a down to earth kind of girl, the girl in high school who was friends with everyone is how I'd describe her. But, all of them stand on their own.
I love paranormal, fantasy, and romance books and it has that, but it is much more. These teens aren't normal and that makes it so much fun.
What I Liked
The original story, good versus evil, and all of the elements Amy Jones brings to the table.
The use of actual events in the fictional story
The layout. Since it's a first person book with various narrators Amy helps the reader by changing narrators each chapter and heading each chapter with information that is useful.
What I Wasn't Crazy About
There are some chapters that show the same occurrence from the various POVs. We learn the same things from the different characters, it got a little old, it could've been done better.
Dialogue was stiff and awkward through a lot of the story, I don't know what it was about it but it didn't feel real.
I wanted it to be more. It began strong but in my opinion it didn't really hold up. It's definitely a starter novel and I think the rest of the series will build nicely on this introduction. I will definitely pick up the next book and continue the journey. There are so many fascinating parts of this book. I liked it and would recommend it to paranormal romance fans.
Thank you to the author for the chance to read and review this fabulous story!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2011 :
I received this e-book from the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
The story starts off in the present with Liv and her best friend Jedd. She wants to tell him that she's a human oracle of earth but not sure how to tell him. Liv also doesn't know that Jedd seems to know things that humans should not know about the spirit world. She also thinks that she wants to be more than friends with him. Then the story jumps to the past and tells of how the guardians came about and how they became Liv, Meena, Brayan, and Laith's guardians. It goes on to tell the story of each human oracle, how they grew up and how they found out that they were oracles and had guardians. Then back in the present where the story really takes off. They know they are soul sucking Aengels and Daevas around they just don't know who they are yet.
All four human oracles are running for positions in the freshman class student government. That is how they meet and find out about one another. Together they seek out the Aengels and Daevas and find out who is behind the murders in the city.
This story drew my in from the first page and when I had time to read I just didn't want to stop. I liked how strong all the characters were on their own and as a group. The relationships between the couples was good, I would like to see Liv and Jedd become a couple, although maybe it will be a love triangle with Beau included. The storyline was well written and it took me back to when I was in high school. I was somewhat shocked of how it ended but looking forward to reading the next two books. This was a really good read and I'm recommending it.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on April 24, 2011 :
This is definitely an action packed book! One of my favorite things about this book was how Amy Jones starts the book off in the present but then goes back to show us how they got to that point. I like how we get to see the different points of view from all the characters in the book. It helps to depict their feelings and reactions toward things. I love all the romantic relationships that Liv and her friends have. I also the relationship between the Guardians and the Human Oracles. This books grips you in the first chapter and makes you want to continue reading so that you can figure out what's going on. I just love the whole storyline of this book and I can't wait for the second book to come out! Overall this was a great read!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on April 06, 2011 :
The good: The book was in the first person and the chapters were titled with whose point of view we were reading. The story was interesting with creatures I had not heard of before. The guardian angels were sweet with the way they took care of their charges. The four ninth graders, the story revolves around, had normal busy lives and then this new responsibility thrust on them. They rose to the occasion and I think the next book will be even better. It is scary to think that the world we know rests in the hands of four teenagers.
The bad: I found a few chapters to be repeats of each other, the author used the different characters point of view but it felt repeated and unnecessary. I also found those chapters confusing.
Honest Review: Different and new characters, not the same old thing. Paranormal good vs. evil and I think it is a good start. The next books should be better since the stage is set in this one. I read this on a bus with 50 teenagers(HS trip to Boston) and it was interesting enough for me to shut all their noise out.
Amy I enjoyed your story and your characters. A few issues with the repeated chapters, I think one chapter could have been enough for that section. I understand you wanted to put down each characters feelings about meeting each other, but another way without the repeating would be easier to read and understand. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity and good luck with your writing. I look forward to reading the next book.
3 1/2 stars
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on April 04, 2011 :
I do not typically go for the how teenage love story but hey I decided to give this one a chance because of the description. I dove in thinking that I would be bombarded by wishy washy teen puppy love quotes, only to find I was wrong. The plot itself will circumvent the feeling that all you are reading a teen love story. I loved it and will be looking to read the next one in the series in the near future.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on March 26, 2011 :
Soul Quest by Amy Jones totally made my week! Yesterday I ended up staying up till 4 am, just so I could finish it and find out how the first book ends. I just couldn't bring myself to put it down. How could I possibly go to sleep, when this book is so amazing! And you must know that I am a very slow ebook reader, I really don't like spending my time looking at the computer screen (or iPhone screen, depending if I'm currently outside of the house) so this was quite an accomplishment on Amy's part to keep me so captivated. (Thank you Amy, thanks to you I look like a zombie today!)
For the most part of the book the narrative voice belongs to Liv. At first glance you could think she's just an ordinary girl, preoccupied with normal teenager day-to-day problems and dramas, like figuring out whether her feelings for her best friend are anything more than a friendly affection or doing her best to fit in at her new school. Pretty much all the things we all could relate to. But Liv is no ordinary teenager, she is an Oracle of Earth, one of four human-born Oracles, who's duty is to save the Earth from destruction. Her companions of Spirit are: athletic and super handsome Laith (Oracle of Fire), adorable computer geek, Brayan (Oracle of Wind) and knowledgeable and organized Meena (Oracle of Water). Each of them has unique gifts and charms, that will help them fight the evil Aengels and Daevas and try and stop them from stealing human souls.
I absolutely loved the first part of Soul Quest trilogy. I got sucked into the story from the very first pages of the book and I often found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading it. It's such a pleasurable read! At first I was a little bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world Amy created, but after a while it all come together, every piece fell into the right place. I'm deeply amazed at how much work the author put into creating a whole new mythology for the purpose of the story, it's jaw dropping.
Amy Jones does a superb job of drawing you in. She created an amazing, unique and fascinating world, filled with fantastic, well developed and likable characters. If you liked Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series then I can guarantee you will LOVE Soul Quest!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on March 22, 2011 :
In Soul Quest, Angels walk the earth, but they’re not all good. It’s the Aengels Liv has to look out for, because they steal people’s souls. They’re the culprits behind the September 11th attacks. They feed off humanity, and the angry souls fizzle around their faces in death masks.
Liv is not a normal high school freshman. She’s also an Oracle of Earth. One of four human-born Oracles, Liv has the power to battle the Aengels and the even more powerful Daevas, Aengels that have undergone full transformation. It’s up to her and the other three human-born Oracles to save humanity from their destruction. Guided by her Guardian, Beau, Liv must fully realize and develop her talents along with her friends. But being an Oracle of Earth has its downfalls. Her love interest, Jedd, is a normal human, and her powers threaten to come between them.
Soul Quest is rich with re-imagined folklore and has a great teen narrative voice. Set in the year 2015 with flashbacks dating back to Sept 11th, 2001 it deals with the tragedy in a unique way. Amy Maurer Jones has imagined her world with fully realized mythological beings in various forms. This is one complex world cool enough to lose yourself in.
I especially enjoyed the chapters in Liv’s point of view. I loved reading her thoughts on starting high school, falling for her best friend, and discovering her powers. She is a strong character that jumps right off the page.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys teen paranormal love stories.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)