My Soul to Wake Book Review
Title: My Soul to Wake
Author: Tara Oakes
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fiction, Historical
Published: May 25, 2015 by Twelve Oakes Publishing Inc.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There is a “naughty” version of this book with some erotica and a “nice” version for younger readers. This is a review of the “nice” version.
This book was fabulous! I give it four out of five chickadees singing! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you should know that books about the paranormal world are not my typical fare. That is more in line with my blog partner, Lindsey. However, when I read the synopsis for this book, I was intrigued. I definitely liked that it took place in the modern world, even though there is a focus on the past. Some of the book almost felt like chick lit, especially before Leah came to know Will better. Of course, that’s a plus in my book.
Leah has a secret. She has never been able to spend the night with anyone (friends or a man) due to a recurring nightmare where she is killed and separated from her true love. Only her family and two best friends, Courtney and Nina, know about her dreams. She, Courtney, and Nina head to Salem for a girl’s trip. While there, Leah meets the very handsome Will. Their relationship is going well, until Will reveals that Leah is his long-lost lover from 300 years ago that he has been waiting for. Leah doesn’t know what to believe- is Will crazy, still in love with his deceased wife, or does this explain Leah’s recurring nightmare? You’ll have to read it to find out.
I liked all the characters in this novel (except the few we were not meant to like! Lol). Leah was relatable, hard-working, and kind. Leah’s two friends were everything you could want in gal pals- extremely supportive and generous. I can be very picky about male love interests, but I really liked Will. He was a manly man and quite swoon-worthy. This is a romance, but the romance didn’t come off as cheesy to me. (That’s hard to do, so kudos to the author!) Their relationship seemed realistic (within the realms of paranormal fiction).
I don’t want to say too much without giving things away, but this book definitely kept my attention and left me eagerly anticipating a sequel! The pace was quick enough to keep my interest, the plot was interesting (especially the mystery aspect of it all), and the characters were likeable. Congratulations Tara Oakes, you turned this non-paranormal fan into a fan of this series!