Friday, November 20, 2015

Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver Book Review

Title: Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver
Date Published: October 27, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback


When seventeen year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you. Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?

When I saw the title of this book I was immediately drawn in. I mean, really, a reluctant soul saver? What you need to remember while reading this book is that there are aspects that aren't believable. Obviously, in case the title didn't give it away. But, I felt the author did a good job of fleshing out the characters and plot.

I really enjoyed Claire - following her path from normal teenager to divine being was fabulously told and she handled it all with a lot of wit and snark, which I loved. Finding out she had something that was being cultivated by evil, especially when her family was all about their faith was interesting as well.

An enjoyable and fast read, and one I would recommend.

Michele Brouder was born in Buffalo, NY and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1996. She works part-time as a nurse. She recently moved to Florida after living for seven years in Ireland. She has wanted to be a published writer since the age of 9.

Michele Brouder is a senior contributor at BIW.A late bloomer in all things, her first book will be published in 2014 for Harlequin’s new digital line, Harlequin E. She has been previously published in Chat: It’s Fate and Writer’s Forum UK. She is a former member of Write Words (UK), an online writing group. She learned more about her craft with tutoring from the published Irish novelist, Helena Close, through the Limerick County Council writer-in-residence series.

She met her husband, Mike, at a traditional matchmaking festival in Ireland and they now have two sons, Daniel, aged 11 and Michael, aged 9. After spending time with her family, her greatest loves are reading and the beach. Her reading interests fall along a broad spectrum: literary, YA, women’s fiction, historical, romantic comedy, biography and crime drama.

After growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, there is no place she would rather be than the beach. Any beach. She loves playing cards and board games like Michigan Rummy, pinochle, Scrabble and Trivia Pursuit. She is fascinated by all things historical and loved tripping around Ireland looking at old castles and churches. She is addicted to Eastenders and Law & Order. More than anything, she would love a Newfoundland dog someday. Any meal that she doesn’t have to cook is a great one.

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