40 Souls to Keep – Libby Drew – 4 stars

November 25, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

 

Ok…  I have to say this..  I want more of this world and stories of these poor souls who get saddled with the job of helping souls in trouble.

 

Jase wakes up on a park bench with no memory of his past, who he is, what he is supposed to do or anything…  He’s got a strange tattoo of the number 40 on his arm but no idea why.  He’s helped by a woman and her grandson who inadvertently show him what he is supposed to be doing with his life.  He can heal people by taking their sickness and pain in to himself.  We next see him years later almost done with the 40 souls he is supposed to help.  We find out quite a bit more about these people and I loved this…  He’s drawn to his last soul and meets Lucas.

Lucas is a social worker called out to work with a little girl who witnesses her mother and father getting killed.  She’s a special child and immediately latches on to Lucas.  He takes a lot of responsibility for her safety and care but seems to not be in a good place where his personal life is concerned.  He’s gay and wants to find someone who accepts him plus is able to be openly with him.  He just needs to be loved and accepted which made me sad for him.  When he and Jase meet sparks fly but at the same time Lucas is skeptical as what he is being told requires a belief in the paranormal and that doesn’t come easily.

 

Overall the tension in this book is driven by who is after the little girl and why exactly she is targeted.  Who Jase truly is and why the 40 is significant was very interesting to me and I hope to see more of the people chosen to save souls.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  As always if you want any Carina Press titles I review please click the link in my sidebar.

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