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Tour: Book Review & Giveaway: Deceived by L.A. Starkey

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Title: Deceived (Soul Keeper, Book 1)
Author: L.A. Starkey
Published: August 28, 2014
Pages: 505
Publisher: L.A. Starkey
Websites: Goodreads / Amazon

Synopsis:
They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

DeceivedRating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful start to what I expect will be one of those epic young adult trilogies everyone inevitably winds up raving about. And in this case, I certainly think that is deserved. Even though I have a bit of a predisposition to paranormal young adult stories that involve mythology (see: my clamoring to read everything by Rick Riordan), I think this is one that would be enjoyable even for those who are not major fans of the genre.

The characters here are endearing and engaging. There are complicated dynamics here that are evident even before everyone’s true nature and role are revealed. And the reveal is well-done, leaving the reader with just as many questions as answers. The story builds to an end that is unexpected and will leave readers wanting more.

I will definitely be picking up the second book. I need to know what happens next.

TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY

As a part of this tour, you can enter and win signed copies of Deceived AND Destroyed (book two of this series)!  To enter, see this Rafflecopter giveaway.

BLOG-SPECIFIC GIVEAWAY

If you’re interested in reading Deceived, you can enter to win an ebook copy by commenting to this post and including your email address.  One winner will be selected randomly.  (Open internationally; deadline is February 2, 2015)