Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Promise (Soul Savers #1) by Kristie Cook

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Alexis Ames decides to learn who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their secrets closely. After meeting Tristan Knight and discovering that he's not normal either, the secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings promise to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy. Because they are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.
My Thoughts:  This is one of those books where I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I like the idea behind it but there was a lot of internal musing and dialogue as Alexis attempted to figure out her place in the world.  I probably could have overlooked that since this is in essence a book about a young woman finding herself and becoming comfortable in her own skin but the end delved a little too much into the religion side of things for my taste.  I skimmed over some of the paragraphs toward the end because I felt like it was getting heavy into God and I honestly prefer my books more paranormal than religious.

I also wished we were given a few more answers to what exactly the Amadis are.  I guess I don't understand the secrecy.  Why can't the Amadis tell Alexis more?  Alexis sees elongated teeth on one of the men during the final battle and we're whisked away from the scene before she gets any answers.  I'm all for tantilizing readers with mystery and such but I just don't understand the reasoning behind the secrets.

This is also one of those books that falls in the upper end of the young adult category.  Alexis is 19.  She's in college.  She's not facing the usual highschool hijinks that we see in ya books.  Do they have a word for older teens who aren't quite at the adult level yet?  You know, like "tweens" for almost grown-ups?  No?  Well, somebody think of one quick so I can start using it.

In fact, now that I'm really thinking about it I'm not sure I'd classify this as a young adult book.  I'm really torn here.  I'm torn about a lot of things, aren't I?  I'm not sure how to classify this book, I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I'm just a big bundle of  "huh?!?!" today.

All in all, it's a solid romance with a big dash of the paranormal (although I'm still none too certain what type of paranormals we're dealing with here).  If religious aspects don't bother you, you'll enjoy this book.  If they do, be warned that they are present in a big way toward the end.
More books by Kristie Cook

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Promise was free download from Smashwords that I picked up on 03/08/11.


  1. Hmm.. a bit confusing review xD haha But I see your point. Curious on what I will think of this one. I got it on my Galaxy. So probably going to read it one day :)

  2. MoonStar: Sorry about the confusing. I was trying to be vague so I didn't give any major plot points away. :)