Book Review: The Lost Soul by Gabriella Pierce
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Category: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Author: Gabriella Pierce
Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Canvas (Imprint of Constable & Robinson)
Pub Date: January 17, 2013
Summary from Publisher
Jane Boyle has long since known that her mother-in-law is a witch, but she’d never imagined Lynne Doran was actually the embodiment of a powerful, ancient, body-snatching evil! Now that Jane and her friends have uncovered Lynne and 666 Park Avenue’s dark truth, they must race against the clock to find a way to destroy the ancient witch before she finds her next unwilling host. And as Jane attempts to tap into power stronger than her enemy’s, her estranged husband Malcom arrives in time to join the fight…but can she grow to trust him before it’s too late?
Book Review by Zara from The Bibliotaphe Closet
The Lost Soul by Gabriella Pierce is the last book of the 666 Park Avenue series, which features the dilemma of trying to defeat an ancient evil.
The characters come together in this last installment to battle a witch of consuming power and vicious nature.
Jane Boyle is joined by her old friends, Dee, Harris, and his sister Maeve; old rivals, Andre and his protective sister Katrin; and her old love, Malcolm; as well as new figures with magical heritage, the Montagues: Emer, Charlotte, Leah, and the adept Penelope Lotuma.
Together they cast a new coven of magical families that must unite in order to challenge the death and destruction planned to obliterate what is left of the witch ancestry.
The introduction of new characters add more entertainment value to the story, giving it a little more dimension, while the depth of Harris’ character is revealed through his hardened grief.
And the pacing of the novel is indicative of the 666 Park Avenue series: quick and suspenseful filled with planning, plotting, and lurking danger, though in this book, the tension wasn’t as high as its previous counterparts.
The plot, too, wasn’t as intricate as its previous novels, perhaps because resolution is its primary goal as the last book in the series. That said, the story still included enough witchcraft to tantalize paranormal fans without the gruesome details of darker novels. “At heart,” this novel is a love story and one which professes the classic battle between good and evil.
The creativity behind the witch sub-culture genre is what I enjoyed most about the book. Whether or not “magical” details are grounded in truth or well-done research doesn’t hinder the story from keeping its readers interested, especially those who enjoy the paranormal.
The dialogue and narrative stay true to its young adult genre and rekindles romance and tenderness to evoke hope amidst loss.
While it’s a “victorious” little novel, the scars left behind after a battle especially a spiritual one is certain to leave a mark.
And though the book is meant to be the last book in the 666 Park Avenue series, it is written in such a way that another book could very easily follow it if the author and publisher should decide to do so. If so, loyal readers who have followed the books in the series, 666 Park Avenue and The Dark Glamour, would welcome more epic battles and the continuation of magical bloodlines. I know I would.
Characters: 3 stars
Pacing: 4 stars
Cover design: 3 stars
Plot: 3 stars
A special thanks to Canvas, an imprint of Constable & Robsinson, for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an unpaid, honest review.
About the author
Gabriella Pierce is an American living in Paris with her two dogs.
My book review of 666 Park Avenue (Book 1)
My book review of The Dark Glamour (Book 2)
What do you find most fascinating about the witch sub-culture and its magic found in fiction?
Have you read the 666 Park Avenue or The Dark Glamour books? If so, what ddo you think of its main character, Jane Boyle?
If you were a witch, what kind of powers would you most like to harbour?
What do you think might be the dangers in reading false facts about witchcraft in fiction, if any?
What do you think are the potential dangers of practicing witchcraft as a spiritual practice and faith, if any?