The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete
The Soul Thief tells the story of Riley, a teenage girl, who by witnessing horrible car accident finds out she is half Angel of Death and half human. She begins training with her mentor and finds herself stuck between her old, safe life of highschooler and superhuman Angel of Death. On top of the balancing act, she discovers a mystery involving the death of three teenage girls. On the mission to solve the mystery, her new powers are put to the test.
Majanka Verstraete does a wonderful job telling this story. Riley is easy to connect with. I believe teenage girls will find a lot of themselves in her. Verstraete did a great job bringing in the supernatural beings without a lot of dark themes or things that would be inappropriate for a younger crowd. She does introduce Vampires into the story but kept it age appropriate. I was pleased the romance was “safe” for an older teenager.
The book does address death and Riley’s role as the Angel of Death. The act of removing the soul and easing it on to the after life was beautifully written. Her description of the events creates a sense of peace. This book does seem to subscribe to no specific religion, rather a more popular idea of whatever works for you. In this book, those who go to Heaven see whatever Heaven they believe in. This is only briefly mentioned and I personally feel it won’t sway anyone from their current beliefs. I do think it helps make the book more connectable to readers from multiple backgrounds.
I truly have only one critique of the book. And, to be quite honest, it probably shows my age more than anything. There are several instances Riley and her group of friends go out to a bar. They’re not drinking alcohol, in fact they are grabbing sodas/ice teas. It just seemed odd that teenagers would go to a bar.
Overall I found this book to be refreshing and fun read. The book successfully takes a potentially dark topic such as death and lightens it up to a fun-filled novel. I’m looking forward to other books in the series. I recommend this book to older teenagers or young adults, or an adult who wants to escape in a book for a while!
On a scale of 1-5, I give this book 5 bookends.
I want to thank Booktroope for providing me with a copy to read for an honest review.