Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Published: 28th June, 2014
Sea Dragon Press
Age: Young Adult
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn’t an option…
Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it’s ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.
When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie’s longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.
But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he’s never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.
Kacie can’t ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
What I liked: I’m sad to say there’s really not much that I liked. The cover was kind of cool, and it had a bit of a tie-in to the story. After Kacie’s date with her boyfriend I actually started to like their relationship, it was nice. Kacie’s level of friendship with Celia wasn’t really introduced until way later in the story, but it should have definitely been introduced earlier. It’s funny, real, and seemed natural. I loved it, and I wanted to see more of it. Kacie’s relationship with her brother, Gavin, also seemed very antagonist of some sort in the beginning, but later towards the end it became more affectionate. There was also a good amount of tension toward the end but I wish there had been more of a mystery to what Kacie and her friends dealt with, although there was a twist in the story I wasn’t expecting when it was revealed, so that was nice.
What I didn’t like: This is extensive, more so than I wish it had to be. First off, it began very generically and jumpy and it just basically screamed to me that that portion needed more revision, plus the wording the author used to describe Kacie’s friendship with her guy friends was just, it didn’t sit right with me at all. I almost dropped the book into the DNF pile right then and there because it hit me in all the wrong places. The writing was choppy and made me cringe a bit, but it does get better the further in the book you go thankfully. The confrontation between her and her father also seemed unlikely since he’s ridiculed her extensively about her abilities and she wouldn’t stand up about it, that ridicule would make her nervous about speaking up to defend her abilities. Plus the whole romance element didn’t have chemistry and seemed forced in my opinion. Plus, who shares dark secrets with strangers? Secrets that you don’t tell anyone specifically as Kacie says.
Overall Review: While the idea that encompassed the book seemed very well thought out, the way it was carried out and handled was done poorly in the beginning. There seemed to be more bad points when looking at it objectively than good points, and it wasn’t a pleasant read until much later in the book.
Recommend?: I’m not likely to recommend this one to people. Maybe if they want to read something really cheesy and shows development over the course of the book.
My Rating: 3.4/5
Review by Bri