I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain
on December 6, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories, Legends, Myths, Fables, Middle East, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Young Adult
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The Soul Cutter is hunting again.
Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.
In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.
When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.
Élan is fighting for her very soul.
Seventeen-year-old Elan’s life revolves around debunking psychics, proving that they are pulling the wool over unsuspecting and vulnerable people’s eyes. When her famous diabetic mother, who is the host of a popular ghost hunting television show, goes missing in Egypt while taping an episode for the series, Elan has to travel there to help find her mom–even though they aren’t close.
Elan is a strong willed young woman, and she’s suddenly thrust into an unknown situation in a strange land. She doesn’t know anyone but Ramsey, a member of her mother’s crew reluctantly decides to help as Elan plows forward head-first into a purportedly haunted mansion with a brutal past–the last place anyone saw her mother. The locals whisper of a being known as the Soul Cutter being responsible for her disappearance. But the clock is ticking since her mother needs insulin to survive, if she’s even alive at all…
Elan isn’t your typical teenager. Psychologically scarred by an attack in the recent past, she’s haunted by what she had to do to protect herself. She relishes the power behind uncovering fake psychics, but she’s too blunt and curt with most people except for her grandmother. But she’s also very scared of the paranormal that she’s out to prove doesn’t exist, and she spends a lot of the book trying to convince herself that what she’s seeing isn’t actually happening.
Ramsey is the last of his family, the only remaining demon summoner of his line. But he was always warned about what would happen if he gave in to their seductive demands, about the price he’d have to pay. And helping Elan may just get him killed. He’s kind, loyal, smart, and very fierce. He certainly knows his way around the supernatural world, but there are surprises for even him in store when he sees that the Soul Cutter is in fact real.
I give Soul Cutter a four out of five. With fast paced writing from both Elan and Ramsey’s point of view, you can feel the tension as they search for Elan’s mother and encounter dangerous obstacle after obstacle–some supernatural and some human. I really liked the setting and the legend of the Soul Cutter. This wasn’t the usual fare for a novel set in Egypt and I really enjoyed this change of pace. The descriptions and set ups were vivid and the horror was how I like it: gory, visceral, and descriptive. The only thing that stuck out to me was how rushed Ramsey and Elan’s relationship was. The entire novel takes place over the course of a few short days, and even under immense stress and danger, this isn’t enough time for a strong romance to develop in my opinion. That’s just a minor thing in an otherwise nicely plotted and fun horror novel.