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Soul Protector (Soul Protector #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Soul Protector is a refreshingly different paranormal romance.

After being dragged on a night out to celebrate a friend's birthday, Gracie discovers a unique talent. Doubting her sanity, she keeps it to herself while she tries to make sense of it, but unaware of her visible aura, she gets abducted by Dan; a handsome monitor. Once he establishes Gracie didn't know what she w
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Published July 1st 2011 by
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Jan 01, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it
*this book was give to The Book Hookup by the author but it did not influence the review*

I can’t believe this is Ms. Crowley’s debut novel!! I started this book casually and was shocked to look up and see that 80 pages had gone by. The world created in Soul Protectors is a refreshing take on the paranormal stories so many of us read all the time.

Our heroine, Gracie Reynolds, does not know she is a soul protector until she accidentally does “the switch”. It happens so naturally and so believably
Sep 09, 2011 Daphne rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyed
Gracie is a strong individual and has experienced much sadness personally with her father and sister in particular and her employer doesn't make things easy for her to continue her dream of being a writer. She finds that she has a unreal wicked talent but is afraid to use it until she finds the courage to seek information and in the process she finds a sweet thing of guy in the midst of it all.

Soul Protector was enjoyable. I felt sad for Gracie and found myself rooting for her and hoping she wou
Dec 31, 2011 Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
“Soul Protector” was not what I expected it was going to be. Reading the blurb, I was expecting something more in the vein of fast paced action and heart stopping suspense, but what I got instead was so much better!

Believable but imperfect characters finding themselves in true-to-life daily situations; and subtle, yet intense, romantic moments between the main characters – not to mention the unique theme of “soul swapping” - were only a few of the things that made this an enjoyable and memorable
Lex Write
Aug 30, 2011 Lex Write rated it really liked it
Gracie’s boyfriend left her for her younger sister causing her to spiral into depression and to become incredibly self-conscious. When she is at her friend, Lydia’s (Lydia is everything Gracie wishes she was, beautiful, successful, and not single) birthday party. Lydia’s boyfriend proposes causing Gracie to feel even worse about herself. She wishes she was Lydia and poof… she becomes Lydia. The shock of it causes her to faint and when she realizes what happens she manages to change back and Lydi ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older YA and adult, paranormal romance fans
Shelves: r2r
This is a nice little book! I really enjoyed it. It seemed to be well balanced and it played out well. It had a really original supernatural take. Soul protectors can split their minds and take over someone else's mind and control and influence them for a while. I love completely original ideas!

The main character has had a bad blow in her life. Her serious boyfriend has just dumped her for her younger sister which not only destroys her love life, but her family life as well. More devastated ove
Zoe Harrington
Dec 16, 2011 Zoe Harrington rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal lovers, lovers of the unexplainable, lovers of romance
Recommended to Zoe by: Amanda Leigh Cowley
Take a woman who’s social life has been non-existent and hurtle her into a birthday dinner for her super-gorgeous, super-successful friend. What do you get? A soul switch apparently.

Gracie’s story is one of finding yourself and battling your way through whatever life throws at you. Not only is the story well structured, but you’ll find yourself wanting to know what happens to Gracie next. A story that combines the unexplainable, whilst feeding you with a beautiful relationship and a delicious
Samantha Towle
Aug 17, 2011 Samantha Towle rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Very different, and unique. I completely fell in love with Dan, he’s dark, brooding and sexy – just how I like them! I was really rooting for Gracie and him to end up together all the way through the book... but I won’t spoil that! ;) And there is a really great twist in the book which I did not see coming at all.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for great read to snuggle up with on these cold, winter days, with a teasingly good... ‘will they’ – ‘wont they’ story
Jan 12, 2012 BookHookup rated it really liked it
*this book was give to The Book Hookup by the author but it did not influence the review*

I can’t believe this is Ms. Crowley’s debut novel!! I started this book casually and was shocked to look up and see that 80 pages had gone by. The world created in Soul Protectors is a refreshing take on the paranormal stories so many of us read all the time.

Our heroine, Gracie Reynolds, does not know she is a soul protector until she accidentally does “the switch”. It happens so naturally and so believably
Dec 01, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
The main character in this is Gracie, who’s really not having too good a time. She’s broken up with the man who was meant to be both gorgeous and the love of her life, and has just found out that he’s now seeing her younger sister. Who he was also sleeping with before breaking it off with Gracie.

Her confidence is shot, and she really doesn’t want to be doing much of anything. When she finally agrees to go out for her best friend Lydia’s birthday, she discovers a new talent – she can switch bodi
Nikki Bywater
Sep 12, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Soul Protector series.

Gracie Reynolds life is not going great, her boyfriend has dumped her and she is unhappy in her job. So it is with great reluctance that she attends one of her best friends Lydia’s birthday party. When Lydia’s boyfriend uses the party for an opportunity to propose to Lydia, Gracie finds that instead of been thrilled for her friend she is instead eaten up by jealousy. She wants to share her friend’s happiness and wishes she could swap places wit
Apr 21, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Different then some paranormal books out there right now.
Gracie is vulnerable in her life from the start due to certain circumstances in her life...sister stealing her boyfriend, best friend getting married... Then things flip and life takes a huge turn for her.
She finds out by accident that she can slide into another's body and that is a huge step in her confidence change... She meets Dan and instant attraction...he is so attentive and things are looking up. Gracie meets Da
My Book Friend
Nov 30, 2011 My Book Friend rated it it was amazing
Lately, Gracie hasn't gone out much- but of course, the moment she does, something catastrophic happens. It seems almost impossible, or really impossible, and Gracie tries to convince herself it was some weird fluke. Or her totally losing her mind for good. Then, it happens again.

This time though, Gracie doesn't know what is at stake. Her life could be at risk- and one wrong move and she can change someone else's life too. Gracie doesn't actually know whether this is a gift or not- but she does
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
WOW! I REALLY liked this book. Once I picked it up and started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting (I even stayed up WAY to late to finish it).

This book was a departure from what I normally read and I'm very glad I read it. Ms. Cowley does an amazing job of making the reader feel so much for her characters. I found myself feeling their pain right along with them and cheering them on. I really enjoyed traveling the road of self-discovery with Gracie and nearly cheered
Stephanie Judice
Amanda Cowley has created a wonderful new world in Soul Protector. The plot is fresh and original. And, her heroine Gracie is both strong and vulnerable--the kind of character we can all relate to who also compels us to follow her every move.

The romance between Gracie and Dan is torturous at times, and I mean that in the best kind of way. Dan is the perfect leading man--tall and dark with an air of mystery. The pacing of the story is swift and engaging, leading us through Gracie's personal tumul
Apr 24, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Thanks to R2R for the opportunity to read this. I really enjoyed it. It was well written and I found myself eager to finish it. The characters were believable and story was unique. The plot twists kept things going at a strong pace. It was fun, and a bit painful, to see Gracie grow and change. She did a nice job of keeping herself together as life threw her a wide and totally unexpected range of bizarre events. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Amanda Cowley
Sep 08, 2011 Amanda Cowley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-book
Soul Protector is a fast-paced, refreshingly different paranormal romance. Gracie doubts her sanity after discovering a rare 'talent.' She must find courage in order to embrace it, but a secret from the past is about to throw her world into further chaos.
Neyra ♦
Mar 26, 2012 Neyra ♦ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-pnr
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Marianne Søiland
Oct 15, 2011 Marianne Søiland rated it really liked it
Gracie's boyfriend just left her after cheating on Gracie's younger sister Michelle, and she is now alone and depressed. It doesn't make the situation better when one of the evenings she is out with her friends two of them get engaged. Gracie is so overwhelmed by both her own sad situation and envy towards one of her best friends that when she gives Lydia a hug to congratulate her with the engagement she suddenly switches into her friend's body! She quickly manages to switch back, but fears that ...more
May 02, 2012 Carla rated it it was amazing
Gracie discovers a unique talent. Doubting her sanity, she tries to make sense of it but due to her visible aura, gets abducted by Dan; a handsome monitor. He introduces Gracie to the world of the Soul Protector. Gracie finally embraces her gift to help someone in need, but a secret from the past is about to shock her to the core.
I Loved sole protector and must say the book has me going though a million and 1 emotions happy, sad, excited and more. I was totally hooked from the first chapter and
Shalini Boland
Sep 08, 2011 Shalini Boland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is chick lit meets paranormal - my favourite kind of read at the moment - but it also runs a bit deeper than that and I particularly enjoyed the wicked twist towards the end.

Gracie's job isn't great, her boyfriend has gone off with her younger sister and, quite rightly, Gracie isn't feeling up to doing much of anything at the moment, let alone celebrate her best friend Lydia's engagement. But she's a sweet girl and puts on a brave face. Then things start taking a decidedly paranormal twist
Dec 17, 2011 Megumi rated it it was amazing
It was more than expected. I really enjoyed it.
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
Soul Protector is the first book in the Soul Protector series by Amanda Leigh Cowley. I read this as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! As always, a special thank you to the incredible moderators and the author for the chance to participate.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise and story idea were intriguing and unique. The idea of Soul Protectors and Moderators who can soul split/swap along with a whole community devoted to protecting the e
Dec 26, 2011 Kayla rated it really liked it
Gracie is invited out for her friends birthday, and accidentally switches into her body. Scared and curious she tries to find out more about her "gift". Until she is arrested by smokin hot Dan for breaking the rules. Once he finds out she really had no idea what was happening he decides to help her in her new life. Things get out of hand and she starts to run into parts of her past.

I really enjoyed this book! At first the English slang threw me off but it was easy to cope with! I really loved t
Dec 17, 2011 Turtles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-modern
I was pleasantly surprised at this book, the cover led you to believe it was a YA paranormal, and the summary... well it left some stuff out. First of all it's delightfully British, and also not really YA since the character is 20 and a working girl. She slips into her friend by accident, then leaves her body. When she tries it again from curiosity she is nabbed by the Soul Protectors and learns about their world of body switchers. I liked it, including the twist at the ending. I could have wish ...more
Kathy Collier
Jan 15, 2012 Kathy Collier rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A YA Paranormal Romance where the main character learns by a fluke that she has the power to leap into other bodies. A must read.
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May 01, 2012 ⚝ Ŧáẅņá ⚝ rated it liked it
Received as a Read to Review from the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantacy Fanatics! group

Uhm, it's good and bad. I thought it was going to be about Soul Protectors, but we didn't really learn too much about that....just the basics.

The Story
This book reads more like a chick lit with some paranormal ability thrown in there. It was mostly chick lit to me because very little of the book had to do with the paranormal aspect. The major action was the mind-switching stuff, but there wasn't that much a
Shana (ReadingVixen)
This book had an interesting concept: body-switching. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, it reminded me a bit of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (either the original movie or the remake; you choose). The fact that these monitors do it for the good of the people, to improve their lives instead of make them worse, made me interested in the book.

Once I got past the British colloquialisms and jargon, I became vested in Gracie's outcome. (The main character of the novel.) I'm
May 31, 2012 Sharissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I wasn't really sure what to expect of Soul Protector, but I really liked it! The main character, Gracie, doesn't know she's a soul protector until she accidentally does the switch. It happens so quick and believable that you can't help but wonder where the story is headed. I really loved the whole concept about the soul protectors, it was different than most books I read. I also liked that the main character was in her twenties, not some ignorant teenager. I liked that the writer didn't spend t ...more
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Apr 27, 2012 Wendy ~M/M Junkie~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: source-calibre
I recieved this book for review but that has in no way effected my opinion.
I loved this story! It's very original and I couldn't put it down once I started.
I really loved the "soul protector" concept. It was quite refreshing to read something that was really different.
Gracie and Dan are both strong characters and I loved reading their story. There is a twist in the plot that I was just not expecting, and it made it all the better.
I would definately recomend this title. I will be looking for mo
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Amanda Leigh Cowley lives in Northampton, England with her husband and two fitness-mad sons, (they don't get it from her!). When she's not distracted by the four-legged visitors she looks after, she writes, and drinks way too many lattes from her Dulce Gusto machine.
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