Let me begin by saying that The Scent of a Soul is a fantastic book. It had me flipping pages as if there were no tomorrow. It is definitely a five out of five for me.
What really got to me about this book were the characters. Jennifer Thompson may have wrote the words onto paper, but they way she did it made each of her characters three dimensional--I could picture them vividly in my head and they all had substance to who they were.
Lilliah Woods, 26 years old and the heroine of the story, was faced with a real-word problem of escaping a not-so-great-recent-past that many people could relate to, and if they couldn't, then they might know someone who was in a similar situation. It allowed for me, as the reader, to immediately feel for her case.
So when she moved to the inner-city slums, and the mysterious, yet extremely attractive Marek Jamison showed up, I was just dying for more.
The relationship that grows between Lilliah and Marek is exciting and incredibly romantic. And the best part is... Thompson's romantic scenes aren't only tense, but they are clean. I was very grateful for that. I feel that writing clean romance empowers the author's credibility--it shows a virtue that is lost in many of the racy books in today's world.
Thompson created her characters and developed them in such a way, that I could see them as actual people, they solid and amazing--yet, she didn't tell me, she showed me through their actions, reactions, emotions, etc. And that, I think, is one of the best skills a writer can have.
Another factor that I enjoyed was Thompson's theme of good vs. evil. She didn't make the conflict corny or cheesy. No. She had me feeling like I was in the battle--that if I didn't fight along with Lilliah and Marek, our cause would fail. She had strong valid points that were logical and pushed the story along at a perfect pace.
I highly recommend this book to all those paranormal romance lovers out there. Jennifer Thompson is an incredibly gifted writer (to visit her blog, click here). I know that whatever she publishes in the future will be fantastic, and I can't wait to read it.
Also, I want to congratulate Thompson on winning the 2013 HOLT Medallion of Merit Recipient "In Recognition of Excellent Romance Writing."
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