Review: Soul Avenged by Keri Lake ★★★★

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Soul Avenged by Keri Lake
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Sons of Wrath #1
Publication Date: January 16th 2013
ISBN: 9780984851720
Page Count: 534
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Excerpt: Here
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Passion is blind in vengeance and love... Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans. The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life. Now, one motive burns in her soul: KILL THEM ALL.

The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill. Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out. In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

Sons of Wrath

Never gamble with vengeance

REVIEW


Avengers Assemble

I'll be honest and confess to a slightly shaky start with SOUL AVENGED. There's quite a large cast and some brand spanking new supernatural species with their own names to learn, and we also do a round robin on POVs, so there was a lot going on making the beginning part hurt my brain a little. (It's not its fault; it's just overworked ;)). Also, I thought it took a while to establish Ayden as the main character. We seemed to spend the first few chapters establishing everyone but her, so it wasn't until maybe 20% in that I got fully hooked on her - and Kane's - story. And 20% of a book this size is quite a chunk! BUT, once I was in it, I was in it for keeps and there was no looking back!

Perhaps I should do you all a solid and go over the main three supernats. There is a glossary, but you know how it is with ebooks; it's not the easiest thing in the world to flip back and refer to them.

(These are my own descriptions, not the ones from the glossary)
Alexi - So Ayden, the main character, is an Alexi - someone bitten by a Lycan, but not turned because they contain a natural resistance in their DNA. They have all the perks, though, like enhanced speed, strength, etc. They're programmed (or brainwashed) to kill Lycans on sight and are generally quite rage-filled. They are assisted in the change by one man with a special serum that helps transform them. He can also, somehow, strip them of their pre-change memories if, for instance, they recall their family being eaten by Lycans right before they "died". You wouldn't want to carry that for eternity, right?
Lycans - Shapeshifters, usually appearing as werewolves. Mostly barbaric, mindless killers.
Sons of Wrath - a group of seven brothers who are also vengeance demons. As in, if someone has a grievance, they can be called upon to exact revenge on their behalf. Funnily enough, this first book isn't about any one of them, but we got to touch on what it is they do a bit towards the end, and meet them as secondary characters.

The romance between Ayden and Kane was well played, I thought. Kane has to be the most amiable prisoner/kidnapee I've ever read about, lol. He was also a total doll, and a nice balance to Ayden who is, as an Alexi, full of rage. I liked the pace at which the relationship developed and changed. Ayden's reluctance was endearing, but, ultimately, who could resist Kane? He's just such a cutie!

To wrap up, although SOUL AVENGED is not a perfect book, and there were a few issues at the beginning as I've already laid out, it is very good and definitely worth a read for fans of Paranormal Romance looking for something a bit different. I want the second book, like, now. *waggles eyebrows at author*

4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Lynsey! I've been curious about Soul Avenged and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, even if if had a few stumbling blocks. I appreciate you giving the glossary of supernaturals, too. :)

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