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(Soul Keeper #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  160 reviews
They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you ch
Paperback, 505 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Patchwork Press
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Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
You know when you start wondering, "WHY was I interested in reading this again?" it's going to go bad... very bad. As in, down the rabbit hole and ending with a lot of injuries bad. It's just the matter of how long the book would last before you grew tired of it and just couldn't handle it anymore. From early on in chapter one, I started asking myself that question. Then I hopped onto Goodreads, looked up the synopsis and figured out why I bothered reading the book in the first place.

Deceived is
Apr 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Beena Khan
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the cover of Deceived, it's what originally had drawn me to the book. It took me until chapter three to get really into the story though. Once I did, I couldn't put this book down, I had to finish it in one setting. Deceived is the first book In The Soul Keeper series, and I can tell, this will be a fantastic series.

Samantha is our protagonist, she is unaware that her life will change soon. I liked Samantha as a character - she was strong, and beautiful. She didn't fawn over herself, nei
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~Thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review~

Stunning.Wow, it's been a while since I read a book as good as this one. I liked it from the start, and it just got better and better. A new, twisted version of my favourite kind of greek mythology? That's Deceived. Wonderful, fabulous. I meant more than that. Deceived is a very, very twisted version of Greek Mythology, but with the principles of it. It's more modern day than normal. deceived is certainly twisted. it's s
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
He wove an intricate story of devastation and revenge, love and hate.

Once again, Greek mythology proves to be an immortal and inexhaustible source of inspiration for the fantasy literature. However, often, authors tend to modify or add too much to the deities and heroes’ characteristics, so the classic "typologies" are altered, and their original pattern becomes unrecognizable. This is not always bad, but I think when you add to or continue a story, you must respect, broadly, the original featu
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After A Slow Start, Watch Out For The Action Reading the title I was originally thinking, ugh, not another book about the dead.  Than I read the synopsis and couldn't wait to read this, because it was the complete opposite of that.  Love, soul mates, and the gods, all wrapped up in one novel.  Upon the start of the novel, I was ready to dig in and was ready for an all nighter if it came to that.  Unfortunately, it did not grab me as I thought it would.
Honestly, wrap the first half of this book
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a bit of a tricky review to write, because, if I'm honest, it took me a few goes to get into this story. But once I did, I was really glad that I persevered.

This is a clever mix of mythology with modern teenage life. For me, the first half of the book or so is a little slower, as it is all about the set up. But. There is an incident (no I'm not going to tell you what it is, but trust me, read the book and you'll know) which kicks everything off with a bang. And then the pace really pick
Rebecca Larsen
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

A highly emotional story that will suck you in and keep you guessing. I was amazed at the depth of emotion the author has created into the story. The love Sam feels for her friend Julie is touching, yet when tragedy strikes the heartache and anguish that Sam goes through comes out even stronger.
I would highly recommend this story to any that like YA or Fantasy.

(Disclaimer - I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review!)
Jennifer Hinsman
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was good from start to finish! I had a hard time putting it down, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The story is very imaginative and well written. I am excited to get the next book in the series to see what happens. I highly recommend this book not only as a YA, but really for anyone because it has imagination, action, mystery, romance, thrills and it was just magical!
Violet Stone
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Looking back at the synopsis I'm really not sure why I grabbed this. I already hate love triangles but this...this was more like a reverse harem. On top of having two soul mates she's got a human boyfriend. Granted they start dating before she knows about the other two guys but...come on.

Besides this, absolutely nothing happens for the first 50% of the book. Unless you want to count the boys visiting her in their spirit form and forcing themselves on her. (No, I'm not kidding. It happens around
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
Read the full review on CBY Book Club:

I do love a good mythology, and Deceived certainly doesn't disappoint. Sam isn't your average teenager. She's fierce and untrusting of others, though not unwilling to let her guard down for the right kind of attention. The story follows her as she goes through a rather turbulent roller coaster journey to discover her true calling. For Sam, there's only one important person in her life and that's Julie, her best friend
Kristen Cansler
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review, r2r

This book! Oh my word. To sum it up in one word: amazing! L.A. Starkey absolutely slayed me with Deceived. The author is a friend of mine, so I kept myself in the dark with reviews of this book. I'm so glad I did, because nothing could have prepared me for how much I'd love it!

Okay, so. I'm a vivid reader. I love whenever I can get lost in the world of a book. The author's writing was perfect for me. It was so easy to get swept up in the world. It was very fluid and descriptive. There was neve
Rosie Amber
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deceived is a YA fantasy and the first book in a series. Sam and Julie are best friends and live in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are Juniors at High School. The book opens with a very vivid dream scene for Sam, she's in a dream meeting a boy she has met in many of her life-times, yet she doesn't remember him. He has to suffer the pain of her leaving him once more. Yet Sam hears another voice calling her too.

Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friend
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Where do I start? This book was fantastic. The characters, the plot, the suspense, ugh! It was almost too much!
Let's begin with Sam, Marcus and Nick. They were too beautiful! All of them! They are the type of characters that take a hold of your heart the very first time you meet them and then refuse to let go. My poor heart is mutilated with how many times it broke for these three. The complex, intricate relationship between the three of them was almost torturous in its beauty.
Oh, and the plot!
Ashley Dotson
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Okay, so I barely made it through like fifteen percent of this book because the writing is utterly, abjectly awful. Thus, my comments will be on the writing alone because there wasn't really much plot in what I managed to get though.

Deceived has my two major pet peeves, those being descriptions with metric tons of purple prose and errors in spelling (such as "Shakespearian" instead of "Shakespearean" and "Lincoln Park" instead of "Linkin Park") that a good spellchecker or an editor should defini
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review***
This author did an amazing job with this book! I loved the overall theme of Greek mythology and this one was different from an others I have read. It was a breath of fresh air and I loved all of it especially the story behind Nick and Marcus. I loved how all of the Greek gods and goddesses were accounted for and played an important part in the story. Sam was also an amazing main character. She was funny and had a fresh outlook on life that I
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful start to what I expect will be one of those epic young adult trilogies everyone inevitably winds up raving about. And in this case, I certainly think that is deserved. Even though I have a bit of a predisposition to paranormal young adult stories that involve mythology (see: my clamoring to read everything by Rick Riordan), I think this is one that would be enjoyable even for those who ar
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Clare Wilson
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Deceived, the first book in The Soul Keeper series, follows the life of a young girl Sam. Raised in foster care, Sam trusts very few people and closes herself off from those who wish to love her.
She also has very vivid dreams and finds herself losing time during her waking hours, sometimes fearing that she might be going crazy.
What she doesn't realise, is that the dreams she has of mysterious handsome strangers are very real indeed, and that her destiny has already been written by the Gods of
J.C. Brennan
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW I was not expecting this at all. Deceived, (Soul Keeper Series 1) is a wonderful book and will keep your interest until the very end and leave you wanting more. My favorite passage from this book is towards the beginning: “‘checking you out.’ Which I have to admit is like going to the candy store. Such a treat.” I laughed out loud because any teenage girl has had thoughts of this kind before. And like any good book about a teenage girl the book shows the jealousy and deserti ...more
K.K. Allen
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I spent a few hours writing this review and I ended up deleting most of it due to spoilers, lol. Let me just say...what a GREAT book. The first thing that wow'ed me was the beautiful storytelling by Starkey. Just beautiful. This book had me guessing from the get-go - a sure sign that I'm hooked. I was quite surprised, in a great way, by the Greek Mythology element. I wasn't expecting that at all, but it tied in well with the story. Overall, the balance of this novel was great and I can't wait to ...more
Taylor Bunker
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel like I was 16 again!
It has been a while since I read YA paranormal fiction set in modern times, and this book reminded me why I used to love this type of read.

L. A. Starkey takes you on an emotional ride with tragedy and confusion, with the perfect amount of relief, and an overload of beautiful men to get your weary mind off your troubles. I recommend it to anyone looking for a modern ya paranormal read!
Shirley McLain
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Wonderful Fantasy. The book has all the action you could ever want to go along with a strong willed feisty girl. It is fast moving and holds your attention until the end and does leave you wanting more. I will be buying book #2. If you like fantasy you will like this book. The author did a great job and I hate having to wait for the second one.
Andrea Heltsley
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Looking forward to reading book 2! Interesting storyline and kudos to the author for weaving a highly creative story!
Kathryn Synoracki
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review! OMGOSH! So good! I loved it and can't wait to read book 2!
2.5 Stars

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I feelt slightly 'deceived' as I was expecting something much more fantasy-like based on the cover. Instead, the story bottles down to two guys (who apparently share a soul) both fight for the favour of a girl, their soulmate, in order to become the sole possessor of said shared soul. So romantic, no?

It was a quick read, but I never really felt into it. Had I known the focus would be so much on the development of the romance, e
Desiree Putaski
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book as part of the Goddess Fish Promotions Blog Tour.

I really did love this book, so why 4 stars instead of 5? Well, it is the first in a series and I do feel that there was a bit of information overload. There’s a fine line that has to be walked in a first book within a series that is going to “set the stage” for the rest of the series. There’s a lot of information that has to be given to the reader, in this case we need a bit of a lesson in Greek Mythology; and that
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Lots of people say there's no use in reinventing the wheel. I disagree. STRONGLY. Especially when it comes to books. I love books that take the standard and flip it. DECEIVED by L.A. Starkey does just that; and I give her major props for doing it and making it work. She has taken the myth of Prometheus/Zeus/Titans Vs. Gods and changed the story so throughly it surprised even me when it all became clear.
YA Retel
K.S. Marsden
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sam is a relatively normal teenager at highschool, she is well-practised at keeping people at a distance and getting on with life. But the fates have something bigger planned.

Ok, I'm not quite sure what just happened...
I've been looking forward to getting time to read this book for a while, the synopsis was interesting, and the book is on my #IndieBooksBeSeen reading list.

Ok, how to explain. Deceived is made up of every YA cliche.
Love triangle - check.
Ordinary girl - check.
Every guy fawning over
Maghon Thomas
I don't know what I expected when I signed up for this blog tour. I heard this was a cool series but I didn't know anything except what was in the blurb. Well, let me tell you I think I'm hooked, I am dying to know what's gunna happen, and yes I have totally picked a team and I will be devastated if something happens to him LOL Yes, it's a YA story, but boy is it serious, so don't think you won't enjoy it if you aren't an adult. And the whole Greek Pantheon, well I love and hate most of them. I ...more
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LA Starkey or Laurie is the author of the Amazon Best Selling series, The Soul Keeper, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle-grade series.

She is a former-CPA turned full-time fiction writer. Writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in on a daily basis. She lives with her husband and teenage son in Nashville, TN, and enjoys

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