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After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a
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Published June 4th 2013 by Carina UK
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Keeleigh
2.5 stars

This was so boring that I think I fell asleep with my eyes open whilst reading it.

The writing wasn't terrible I guess, nothing really jumped out as being especially good. The world building was pretty damn weak (more on that in a minute) and I wasn't sure if the main character was meant to be deliberately unlikeable or if it was just shoddy writing.

Maggie is a Collector, a spirit which collects souls and take them over to the other side via Gate Seven. Maggie wants a promotion though
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Fiona - Fiona's Book Reviews
Maggie is a soul collector who has certain ways of gaining the souls she is sent to find. She has been looking for a promotion, however, to the Guards but has been passed over for someone she tried to train.

On the same day she finds this out she is sent on a special mission to search for a special soul. In the process Maggie finds herself thrust into the body of the girl she has been following, unable to get back out and unaware as to how this happened.

Maggie has to try and figure out why this
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Allison Kacmar
Soul Taken, the debut of YA author Katlyn Duncan. I am 28 but read many YA books. I have found that some YA authors write only for teens. While other authors, like Katlyn Duncan, write for a broader audience. Katlyn has taken great care in developing her characters. You get a feel for their personalities quickly without them being predictable. The protagonist, Maggie, is simultaneously 17 and 100 years old. This leads to the dialogue being sophisticated enough to engage an older (20’s -30’s) aud ...more
Bodicia
This is another of those YA novels which can be happily read by older readers. Full of life lessons, morals and integrity this paranormal story has well rounded characters whose emotions I could relate to. Maggie, the main character, died at 17 but many years have passed since then so although she maintains her youthful outlook she is also tempered by wisdom and experience.

Maggie is after a promotion from soul collector to guard but after being passed up for somebody she trained she is offered a
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Kaleena Melotti
Soul Taken is the debut novel by Katlyn Duncan. I started it with no expectations, but was definitely blown away by her attention to detail, the smoothness of the story line, and her creative view of Heaven.

Maggie is a soul collector and she trains other soul collectors. She goes to people near the time of their death and then escorts them to Gate Seven, where each soul will perceive something different as they cross over. I thought this was a wonderful difference from the old tried and true bri
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Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Soul Taken and Soul Possessed were super good! The main character was spunky and fun, and utterly different from other main characters. The plot was original and I did not see some things coming. The writing was spectacular, and read both books in a matter of days. There was the perfect amount of angst, tension, and passion all blended together.

The main character is named Maggie. As of the beginning of the books, she has been dead for over 100 years. She works as a Soul Collector. Much like a gr
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Samantha Tonge
The book Soul Taken does not belong to my usual genre - I do read paranormal romance but normally it has to involve werewolves or vampires to attract my attention! However, it was good to read a book that stretched me in terms of following the afterlife plot and different characters. The story is very original, pacy and well-written. The dialogue is snappy and realistic. Right from the start I loved Maggie, the main character, and rooted for her. It is a young adult novel but a degree of maturit ...more
Karl
In this wonderfully imaginative book, you follow the story of Maggie; A 17year old soul collector who has been dead for over one hundred human years. Her job, would you believe is to collect souls, and she also trains the new soul collectors that have recently shifted off the mortal coil. She becomes trapped in a teenager’s body during a mission to find a stolen soul; this is where the story really begins. This really is an original book about the afterlife and I have to say; impressed isn’t eve ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was a unique story filled with great characters, an engaging plot, and sweet romance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes fun clean paranormal books.

Opening Sentence: “Is it ready now?” Dylan asked for the tenth time in twenty minutes.

The Review:

Bridget’s Thoughts:

Maggie has been a Soul Collector for the last 100 years. There’s no denying that Maggie is the best and she is hoping that she will soon be promoted to T
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Soul Taken is a BRILLIANT read! I loved everything about it and I needed more when the ending came. I mean I have read a lot of books about reapers and soul collectors but this one takes the reading world by storm. I mean the descriptions and the places and oh lord the characters that I fell in love with make everything about reading Soul Taken special and unique. This is one of those books to look out for. I am so glad Paranormal Cravings hosted a tour and posted all over the place other wise I ...more
preppea
What an amazingly pleasant surprise SOUL TAKEN was! Lately I’ve gone into reading paranormal books from new authors with a certain amount of trepidation; perhaps because past authors have set the bar so high, or maybe because there’s such a wide range between the epically great paranormal books and the disastrously awful attempts. I can say with absolute certainty that SOUL TAKEN was a phenomenal example of the former. Wow! Talk about a completely unique concept with tons of new ideas, roles, an ...more
Heather
This is a paranormal romance thankfully in the YA genre. I've seen some reviews refer to the beings in the afterlife in this book as angels, but the author is fairly careful of not calling them angels. I liked that about this book as I'm not a huge fan of angels. (Except Patch). So I really had no idea what this book was about when I started reading except from what the synopsis says which is a bit vague.

The characters- Maggie is the one we see the story through and she's a bit cold at first. Sh
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Jess Bierschied
SOUL TAKEN, by Katlyn Duncan is her debut novel full of...pretty bad-ass angels with different kinds of jobs that create a more believable world of paranormal. Soul Taken takes a completely new approach to angels and life after death for all different kinds of people. A book filled with twists and turns and a plot that keeps you turning the digital pages faster than should be humanly possible! Katlyn’s debut novel is surely one that you will not easily forget.
When I got my hands on Soul Taken,
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Nicky Peacock
One of the biggest joys of YA fiction is that the market is wide and the readers ravenous – and Soul Taken is a tasty morsel indeed. It not only gives us an interesting new concept of Reapers and the business of soul recycling, but also a believable and uncomplicated world to visit. It was an easy read from start to finish and invites you into an intriguing, well written story every time you turn on your e-Reader. It has a steady pace and enough of a mystery to keep you reading well past your be ...more
Maghon Thomas
I love when I find something good!!! So, the other day, I was browsing NetGalley, because I do that sometimes when I have time- not like I don't have 55,000 to be read books LOL but I saw this one and requested it. And then on the day I got accepted for a copy, I also got the invite for the blog tour. I took it as a sign. And I LOVED IT! It's such an interesting take on the "angels" except also, it's not. This is the author's debut novel, and she definitely did not disappoint. Also, it's about r ...more
Laura
The cover of this book really caught my eye when I was browsing on Netgalley. I think Carina UK have fabulous covers!

This was a completely new and unique story for me. I have not read many afterlife stories before, but this one has peaked my interest again. This story had my attention the whole way through. The writing style was nice and easy to follow and it was particularly nice to read after reading some quite heavy novels recently.

Maggie is a soul collector. When a person is about to pass aw
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EndlessReading
A HUGE thank you to Katlyn for providing me with an ARC copy of this book to review <3

I can honestly say this this book/series if the first I have read by this author, and am I glad to of signed up to this!

I love all things whimsicle, and fantasy based! I love this series, I loved Maggie, I Loved Cooper *Sigh* oh and we can't forget about Jackson.....Mmmm mmm mmmmmm, Jackson! I need to read more of this guy.

My mind is currently doing war at the worlds over Jackson & Cooper!



Maggie's life h
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Samantha Clysdale
I received this book in exchange for an honest review Lovers of Paranormal.


I love that is puts a different spin on what we think heaven is like. Maggie who is the top true soul taker finds her self in a pickle or should I say a body. Has to learn how to respect the guards even though she envy them. She slowly remembers who she is as the story goes along. This book is great for people who want to laugh and be surprise. It kind of remind me of the game I once played Kingdom Hearts.
Precy Larkins
I sat down to read SOUL TAKEN (while waiting for the baby to fall asleep) and didn't get up until I finished the book two hours later. It was interesting, and the world definitely intrigued me. I have to say I truly enjoyed this quick read. :)
Kara Baker
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I am very impressed by it! The author did a great job keeping the book organized, descriptive, easy to follow, and most importantly, interesting! I had a hard time putting this book down—it was definitely a page-turner! The descriptions of all the characters, scenes, etc. were so vivid that I felt like I was right there with the characters— which is something I always look for in a book on the paranormal. If you’re into books about paranormal/ after-li ...more
Amelia
Soul Taken is a decent little freebie. I'm not going to lie and say I finished it thinking "wow!" but it was enjoyable. Probably my favourite part (other than that beautiful cover) was the protagonist, Maggie. She was a pretty well rounded and interesting character and most definitely not a doormat, thank god. It was interesting seeing the author touch upon a certain ambiguity between good and evil with Maggie and Jackson, but I would've liked to see this developed a little more.

The biggest dow
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Chrystelle
I got this book for free on Google Play Books.

I really do not know why this book has so many good reviews. This book was confusing, inconsistent and I lost the flow of it many times.
The boo has short and simple chapters, easy to read. But the story is no new, I have ready plenty of books with the same plot, only this book was the worst.
There isn't any real focus on Ally's soul. The focus is on Maggie which doesn't do much expect go to parties and dances and eats what Mary serves her...oh and she
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Theresa
GREAT READ!!
Sophia Fox
1. I decided to read this because it is free on the kindle store and it sounded interesting.
2. I found the main character Maggie interesting because she cant seem to remember her past while she is working for the only people the could of taken them and how she works so hard to save this girl but the girls father is the one that had taken his daughters soul out so the Maggie would get sucked in because he wanted her power.
3. My favourite quote is "From what? Who you were meant to be? Never apolog
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Roxanne
I really liked this book. I give it 3 and 1/2 stars but for sakes of rounding up to 4.

I liked that there was new take on the after life. This is something I have always been curious about. It is a very imaginative storyline with well developed characters. It really makes you wonder about what happens in the after life. I am also a sucker for a strong female lead. Maggie was strong and confident in most of her actions. There is also a bit of a love triangle going on.

My only complaints, which ar
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Jasmine
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)*

Soul taken
I love this book .... Can wait to read the next one. When I started to read I literally couldn't ( and didn't want too!) put the book down. It just kept me wanting to know what happens next until the book ended..boo:(

One things I love is Maggie and Jackson love story. How there love was still there even after centuries and Maggie memory gone but I wish there was more of it in the book. Hope there is i
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Amy Bird
4 stars because I want to read the next one in the trilogy - wouldn't do to be sated by the first one! Really imaginative world, compelling story-line and interesting central characters. YA isn't my usual genre but a good introduction from my fellow UK Carina author!
Michelle
I heard about Soul Taken and Katlyn Duncan from several other readers. The praise, that proceeded after mentioning the title Soul Taken, was filled with amazement and wonder that I just had to read it myself. Duncan has so much talent, that I was immediately captivated by her words on the first.
Maggie is a Soul Collector, a non-corporeal whose job is to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After. Think similar to a death reaper, but without so much darkness and gore. During a mission to
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Jennifer Murgia
Katlyn Duncan's YA debut, SOUL TAKEN, is a thrilling ride that will leave you breathless for the next page, and curious to find the true soul we nurture within.
Tressie Jobe
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Soul Taken was about Maggie who was a Soul Collector. It was her job to transport souls from the real world into the afterlife. Maggie had no memories of her human life so she really did not connect with the humans. On one of her mission's Maggie was trapped in a mean girls body. While there she started to understand humans and what she forgot over a hundred years ago. To survive Maggie had to remember her past to be able to cross over. ...more
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I've been writing and reading since I can remember. My fondest memories were pushing mom out of the house to get the latest Goosebumps installment. Even though I went to school for biology and currently work in the medical field, I find time to write/read every day.

Outside of writing, I enjoy spending time with my hubs, pup, and sometimes a good rom com.
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