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Soul Beach

(Soul #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,176 ratings  ·  154 reviews
When Alice Forster receives an email from her dead sister she assumes it must be a sick practical joke. But then it has details that only her sister would know. And shortly after, Alice receives an invitation to the virtual world of Soul Beach, an idyllic online paradise of sun, sea and sand where Alice can finally talk to her sister again – and discover a new world of fri ...more
256 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Orion Children's
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Abbie
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Soul Beach looked really interesting, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

The majority of the story was slow. Nothing really happened until the end, and i didn't find that bit very interesting, either.

I was expecting this to be a murder mystery, but apart from wondering who did it, Alice didn't do anything to find her sisters killer.

I only carried on reading, because i thought the killer would be revealed, or at the very least, get a few clues. That never happened though, so it seems to have been a wa
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Laura
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
A plot with alot of premise, enough for three books? of that I am not entirely convinced.

Our main character os a grieving younger sister of a recently famous (x factor famous) sister, now deceased. We follow her as what was once imagined a sick prank develop into an unhealthy obsession.

This book could be more emotive if I'm honest. I picked up from this book more of a Bella Swan (yay twilight reference) than devastated sibling.....

Unsure if I will bother book 2 as yet....
Alec Caveira
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really liked the concept of Soul Beach but in the end the book really fell flat for me.
I have to say it somewhat kept me reading, mainly because the chapters are quite short and I wanted to know the solution of the mystery. But guess what - the mystery isn't even resolved at the end of this book. I know that there are sequels but I personally don't like thriller/mystery series where the same mystery gets continued on throughout all the books, and would have prefered more closure at the end of
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Kathi
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

It was a fun read - but only because the unrealistic action and character development were amusing..
SJH (A Dream of Books)
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having previously read and enjoyed Kate Harrison's Secret Shopper series, I was incredibly excited to find out that she had written her debut YA novel, being published under new publishing umbrella Indigo. Kate Harrison seems to have a real talent for weaving mesmerising and enjoyable stories with wonderfully written characters and 'Soul Beach' was no exception. When I'm reading thrillers, the one thing I expect is to be sucked into the story and to have to read just one more chapter and then on ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-books
As soon as I heard about Soul Beach I just knew it would be a book that I was going to love. This year I’ve quickly become a big fan of the young adult thriller trend and Soul Beach is up there as one of my favourites from this genre.

The book is told from sixteen year old Alice’s point of view but every so often between chapters there are a few paragraphs told from the killer’s perspective. The book actually starts off with the murderer narrating which I thought was fantastic as it jumps straigh
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Dabin
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it

Anyone would experience affliction during sometimes in their life, but they can also experience delightfulness and achievement in their life, this continues over and over again as the hand of the clock going tick tack and rotate around the same surface again and again. The time would not stop even though you might not exist anymore. However, your time as a human existing in the world would stop when you die, but for others who are still breathing, the time is still going on. The only thing tha
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Kirsty
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I'd read some good reviews of this, but was a bit disappointed. It feel clunky and unstructured, as if the author initially meant to write a stand-alone book and decided halfway through to make it a trilogy, so the pacing suddenly slows right down and the protagonist goes on a series of wild goose chases for no apparent reason.
Chloe
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on a bookfair in my city last February and i was quite curious to the story from what i read on the back so i bought it. After quite some months i started to read it in May.

About the book, about the story I did like it, it's about a girl named Alice who's sister is killed, her sister Meggie was a famous person from the tv and got killed in her bedroom on her sorority of school. It all started with an email that Meggie wanted to speak to Alice on this virtual place called Soul Be
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Ariessential
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought about whether I should give this three or four stars.

This is no masterpiece when it comes to storytelling or character development. But I really want to find out what happens in the other books, so it must have done something right.
I didn’t have any expectations as I found the book in my local bookstore for just 5 bucks and the description sounded interesting enough.

The premise sounds pretty weird and after finishing the first book I still don’t know what this Beach is supposed to re
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Annina | Blattzirkus
Full review is about to come.

But first of all: ???????

(view spoiler)
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Carmen Hew
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
got to be one of my favourites! kinda bummed out i couldn't find the rest of the series in malaysia though :-(

though it's supposed to be a murder mystery-ish book, i find myself liking it purely because of the main characters' romance. so i guess if you're up to romantic scenes between a ghost & a human, this is for you (?)
Vicky
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.

A great idea and a thrilling book! My only critic is that the characters are a bit weak compared to other books I read recently, and I kinda wished it would've been a little bit more mysterious. But all together, this book was awesome and really fast to read.
Zayneea
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-teens-fiction, 2018
starts off decent, but it doesn't get any better and by the end just feel like it's been a waste of time
Rebecca
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Book Chick City
http://www.bookchickcity.com/2012/08/...

SOUL BEACH by Kate Harrison is a murder mystery novel with a twist – the twist being that the victim can still communicate with the world via Soul Beach.

The book begins with Alice Forster preparing for the funeral of her older sister, Megan, five months after her murder. Her sister was a reality TV star, known as the Songbird, and loved by millions for her beauty and girl-next-door personality. She was found suffocated, with he
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Annabelle
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The concept for Soul Beach was very intriguing and rather unique. Just the synopsis alone dragged me in, leaving me wanting more. The book doesn’t disappoint either, from the start you’re pulled into Alice's story and follow her on a rollercoaster of emotions. Soul Beach is book 1 in a new trilogy by Kate Harrison and I can't wait to read the next book when it's out later this year.

We join Alice on the day of her sister's funeral when she receives an email from the dead sister. Thinking it's a
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Kayleigh
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s


This was a book I had hear near to nothing about, yet it beat expectations and went beyond.

For me it is a proper British book, which follows simple yet effective storyline, has well done characters and a book due to it's English background I could feel as though I related to it much more.

Soul Beach, is about Alice who six months after the death of a reality TV star sister, Megan received an email from Megan. At first Alice ignores it and see's it as someone's version of a sick pratical joke, unt
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Peculiar, potentially killer idea...
Cons: ...whose execution ends up being stretched beyond believability though. Also, lead may generate mixed feelings.
WARNING! Some underage drinking. Sex on the Beach is mentioned.
Will appeal to: Hardcore romantics who also happen to be ardent supporters of social networks and virtual reality.

I had high expectations for this one. (Original take on) afterlife novel? Check. Murder mystery? Check.
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Rebecca
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my collaborative book blog http://hangingoneverywordblog.blogspo...

Soul Beach is the first in a trilogy of books by acclaimed chick-lit writer, Kate Harrison - probably best known for her Secret Shopper series, a series I loved wholeheartedly! I won the first two books in the trilogy a while ago now (the third is a work in progress) from another blogger, Susan K Mann, but it was only recently that I managed to get round to reading them.

The synopsis reads: When Alice Forster
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Michelle
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had my eye on Soul Beach for a while so was very excited to receive it, along with Soul Fire, in the post and I jumped in straight away.  The synopsis says it all so I am just going to jump straigh in with my review.

When Soul Beach begins we are introduced to Alice and her family and we get to see how they are coping with the death of Megan, Alice's older sister who is also famous.  As the story progresses we are drawn into the mystery of who actually murdered Megan and also the excitemen
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Emma
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sheeesh I need the next book NOW

This is one of those books that gripped me from the very first page. The prologue is tension filled yet beautifully descriptive in a chilling way, so much so that I compulsively turned the pages into the night not daring put it down afraid I would miss something of importance. Yes I know I could go back to the same page but when you have the movie version playing in your head you don't want to leave it for a single second.

Written in 1st person narrative from Alice
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Lyndsey O'Halloran
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I really didn’t want to read it. I can’t even remember what it was that I didn’t like the sound of but it just didn’t sound like me. After hearing so many bloggers rave about it though, I figured I should give it a chance.

It didn’t take me long to have changed my mind! As soon as Soul Beach started, I realised that I had been far too quick to judge. As the cyber world of Soul Beach begins to be revealed, I saw something new, edgy and unique from Kate Harrison
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Gary
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept......executed poorly.

This was one of those books that made me frustrated and disappointed halfway through, when I had high expectations of it.

Alice Forster's sister, Meggie, is murdered. 4 months later on the day of her funeral, Alice receives an email.

From Meggie herself.

However unreal that might be, Alice decides to join the social networking/virtual reality website that Meggie invites her to join, which is known as Soul Beach. It is there that Alice realises that Meggie
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Serendipity Reviews
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was aware of Kate Harrison's romantic comedies and I was intrigued by this new venture into the Young Adult market with a suspense thriller, but I will admit to being slightly dubious. Fortunately, as soon as I began reading through the first chapter, I was hooked! I struggled to put the book down and found myself staying up until the early hours of the morning on a school night, desperate to find out how it would all end. With each short, sh ...more
Susan Mann
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Soul Beach's concept is unlike any book I have read in the past. A suspense thriller with some social networking thrown in. Intriguing and addictive. So much so I did not want this book to end, ever. I become obsessed with the world in which is created and the characters within it.

The book is told from Alice's point of view, she is 16 and recently lost her older sister Megan. Megan was murdered and no-one has been brought to justice for this crime. It is hard going on her parents, a father who
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Sarah
I love the concept of Soul Beach, the idea of some kind of virtual world where your soul goes after you die isn't one I haven't come across before and although it's creepy it is also fascinating. The beach is portrayed as perfect but for the "Guests" they soon start to get bored of doing the same thing day in and day out, I have to say I don't think I'd want to spend much time there!

Alice is struggling to deal with the aftermath of her sister's murder. The police haven't found Megan's killer and
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Beth Kemp
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I haven't as yet read widely in the YA paranormal genre, but I found the premise of this book highly original. Combining social media, a murder mystery and the paranormal is inspired!

The characterisation of Alice is strong and she fully had my sympathy. Harrison has drawn her well at a few months after such a shocking loss, and deals effectively with the alienation she experiences from her friends, and her parents' grief-stricken behaviour. Her growing obsession with Soul Beach is also entirely
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Caroline Victoria Murphy (CazzReadsYA)
Also on my blog Music Minded Book Freak


I had mixed feelings about this book.

The Good
I liked the idea of Soul Beach, a place some people go to when they died and their loved ones can see them, and even visit the beach virtually. It was like a paranormal social website.

Lewis - He was a geeky ex-friend of Meggie and Alice's new companion. He was a well developed character and I would love to be his friend in real life. I also wish he was the love interest.


The Bad
The romance - Alice and Daniel (hi
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Iffath
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, uk-ya
Reread: 10th August 2012

I've never read anything by Kate Harrison, which is probably expected because she usually writes for adults, so I wasn't sure what to expect from SOUL BEACH. I had a feeling that I would enjoy it though, because that synopsis sounded killer.

Alice is still grieving over her dead sister, Megan, and then receives an email which is apparently from said sister. Who is dead. At first, she assumes the emails are somebody's sick idea of a joke. But then she discovers that this pl
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Alexandra
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
So, I read this book within 4 days. First of all: I love the cover! Especially the german edition! It's beautiful! But now I want to tell you what I think of what hides under the cover: the story of Alice Forster and her murdered sister Meggan. Soul Beach is the first book of a trilogy, btw. I thought Soul Beach could be as good as other YA trilogies like The Hunger Games, Divergent or Starcrossed. Sadly, I can not add this book to this list of my favorite YA book trilogies. Why? Well, the idea ...more
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Kate was born in Wigan, and lived in more than a dozen places when she was growing up, including England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. She trained as a print journalist and then worked for the BBC as a reporter and Education Correspondent, before switching to behind the scenes producing on programmes including Newsround and Panorama. Her final 'proper' job involved coming up with TV programme id ...more

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