My Soul to Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg
Published May 2016 by Limitless Publishing
What it’s about:
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take… When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light-and they have a secret. The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead… When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky-though this is exactly what she believed she wanted-she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away. Danger and death lurk around every corner… The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might bring Sky closer to the afterlife-and possibly beyond-than she ever imagined. Sky is looking for a connection to the afterlife, but what she finds may be more than she bargained for…because what lies after life is death.
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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ from Frannie
My Soul to Keep is a story about Skyler Monroe, a teenage girl who loses her father in a gang related, senseless murder and has a difficult time grieving with his loss. She is sent away to a boarding school called Applewhite Prep, and upon her arrival at the prestigious prep school, she finds herself an outcast, unable to fit in with her classmates. She comes across a group of kids called the Guardians of the Light, who through meditation and other self-awareness exercises, are able to have out-of-body experiences. This clique is unusual, but the group allows her to feel safe until the supernatural becomes more than a spiritual experience. The author does a good job describing the paranormal encounters and out-of-body experiences. However, the characters lack depth and therefore don’t draw any compassion from readers. They are not fully developed, and many of the incidents are left hanging without being tied back into the story. The book is a fun read, but it is predictable and lacks suspense.
☆☆➹⁀☆ 2.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆ from Jennie
Now able to focus on her true calling to the dark side (don’t blame me, they had cookies!) Jackie is outlining the YA Horror series YRESRUN SEMYHR which is a sinister re-telling of the classic Nursery Rhymes.
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