and knowing you can never have it.”
After the attack on his sister and his newfound abilities forming, Henry Williams is struggling to keep it all together. His wolf does not allow him to sleep, and he is beginning to hear voices, torturing him mercilessly.
Henry feels as though there is a war brewing inside of him and he is unable to control it. As a protector, he must find a way to fight his inner demons before he is left vulnerable to the real ones.
*Warning* This novel is intended for mature YA readers. 15 + for language and mild violence.
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed True Connection so when I was offered the chance to read and review Soul Promise I was really excited! Soul Promise picks up right where TC left off but tells Henry’s story this time around. I liked the fact that I could easily slip inside his head and fall back into his world. Henry is going through a lot. He’s just found out he can shape shift into a wolf, that his biological father is a murderer, and his head is filled with the whispers of something dark. Henry struggles knowing that even though something is after him, he doesn’t know how to protect himself or his family.
My favorite things about this series are the bonds between the characters. Henry’s relationship with his family and his pack are extremely evident throughout both books. It’s nice to see an emphasis placed on familial bonds and I love that Henry actually has a parent who knows what’s going on with him. It’s awesome when parents actually take part in a YA novel, rather than being sidelined or absent. I also just love his relationships with Jazzy and Barry. I love the comedic relief their teasing each other brings to the story but when things are rough they’re always there for each other. I also loved his relationship with Skeeter/Delilah. Delilah has just enough spunk to go head to head with Henry and keep him grounded. I was definitey cheering for them (since book 1, actually!) and there were definitely some moments where I “squeed.”
I can’t say enough about the supernatural elements of this series, the different beings are definitely unique and fresh. I think my favorite beings might just be the Firebirds. So hopefully we’ll get to see more from them, or perhaps a book focused on Tristan?
As for the overall story, I felt that it was well-paced, there were a few places I felt the story was a little rushed. I definitely couldn’t put this book down and was so happy it lived up to book 1! I can’t wait to read what’s in store for these crazy characters! I would definitely recommend this series to readers who love a great cast of characters and unique supernatural elements!
Finding Dad and Sophie’s graves, I shift back to my human form and slip the elastic belt loose to release my shorts. I put them on and walk between the stones to sit right in front of Dad’s headstone. Seeing his name, Curtis James Williams, I nearly lose myself. I break my stillness by wiping away some dirt from the face of the stone.
“Hey, Dad,” I whisper. Taking a seat in the grass, I begin pulling weeds, my usual routine. “Things have been…well, pretty insane.”
I think back over the last few weeks since the last time I visited. Between finals in school, working out, pack duties, learning things of this world that I never knew possible, fighting and not fighting with Skeeter, things have been intense and nonstop crazy.
“Football will start in August. I don’t think I’m doing the playbook boot camp again this year. I know it’s important, but I’ve got a lot on my plate now. I won’t give up football,” I promise my dad.
With a hard swallow, I decide to move into updating him on the family. “Mom is trying to be Mom,” I say, yanking a weed from in front of his headstone. “She’s okay, I think. I know it’s harder on her than she lets on, but she’s trying to live for us, which is more than she did a few months ago. She has days where the tears just won’t stop, but they’re not as constant now. She seems angrier than usual.” I wince as memories zoom around me. Mom got angry at me for throwing my wet towel in the hamper, ripped into Leland over a brand of peanut butter he bought, and has been suspicious of Jaz and Seth for no reason. I’d rather not rehash all that again, so I continue on with the family updates.
“Alex is talking more. Sometimes we can understand him. He just started calling me Heywe the other day,” I say proudly. Alex is Leland’s son and is a little over a year old. He only says “dada” and “Heywe.” Mom and Jaz were a bit upset about that and are still trying to teach him new words.
“He’s getting a lot better with walking, too. He’s not tottering as much and doesn’t need help all the time. Mom fusses when he falls down, but I know she’s enjoying watching him walk and try to reach different milestones. Leland had to baby proof the living room and kitchen, too, because Alex thought his gold fish crackers belonged in the VCR and DVD player. That was a mess. Leland just tossed it after attempting to shake out all the crackers.” I snort.
I don’t tell him about the time Alex put his teddy in the cabinet next to the oven. None of us could find it and he had no way of letting us know where it was, even if he could remember. I can laugh now, but that was a rough two days. He screamed almost non-stop for that thing. Jazzy finally found it when she went to make waffles, and he conked out as soon as he got his little hands on it. Dad had picked out that teddy bear just for Alex the day Psycho Sammy, Leland’s ex, dropped him off, calling him freak spawn. That teddy is Alex’s best friend now.
I grab a few more weeds and pile them off to the side. It’s not many, and the landscapers usually get them all, but they don’t come out often.
Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.
Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!