Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Soul Thief begins right after the attack on the Tabernacle, Riley has just made a deal with Heaven to spare the life of her boyfriend, Simon, and is struggling with the changes that occur following the attack.
One of my favorite things about the last book was that the end was so fast paced and action packed. I expected this book so start out the same way. Unfortunately, the story begins slow and remains slow until the last third of the book when things finally pick up. That is one of the reasons I couldn’t give this book a higher rating I felt like I was always waiting for the action to come. When the action finally did come though it was worth the wait and I have to say the last third of the book was 5 star worthy.
Riley in this book has so much to deal with and still manages to remain just as strong as she was in the first book. Riley was able to get her job done while hunting down leads about her fathers re-animation, the bogus holy-water, and dealing with her unlucky love life. The fact that she can juggle all of these things and still remain a total badass show what a great heroine she is.
From the outset it is obvious something is not right about Simon. After his near-death experience he has a crisis of faith and Riley ends up being the one he blames. Ori is there waiting in the wings when Riley’s relationship with Simon begins to head south and I actually came to trust him and hope for a relationship between him and Riley (I think that is why the ending came as such a surprise to me).
That brings us to Beck. Oh Beck….he really pissed me off in this book. It is apparent to everyone but Riley how much he cares for her and yet still the two of them are constantly fighting over the stupidest things! I both wanted Beck to be in every scene and was angry when he was around. He just makes such poor decisions about both his personal life and the way he treats Riley. I kept feeling like one of the master trappers needed to shake some sense into him.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but the lack of action in the first 2/3’s of the story and all of Beck’s bad decisions stopped me from loving this story. I will definitely be picking up the third book though and I’m excited to see what Jana Oliver has in store for us!