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(The Souls Untethered Saga #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  99 reviews
**This book has been rebranded as Souls Untethered.**

"I love you all. I'm so sorry."

After her mother disappeared, leaving only a cryptic note behind, strange things started happening to Lali Yavari. She sees visions of people she doesn't know and witnesses violence and secrets. When one of her visions comes to life and the handsome, yet elusive, Kai Awana becomes a new
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published September 19th 2015
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Donita Luz
This, I think, is the first ever book I've read about Astral Projection, and I must say that this is a breathe of fresh air in all of the paranormal fantasy book I've read lately.


I did enjoy reading the imaginative take on astral projection in this book, but I also found myself frustrated at times, no scratch that, a lot of times reading XODUS so it was quite a bit hard for me to rate this book.

The story practically revolves around the disappearance of Lali's mother and her quest to find
Her mother disappeared only months before, leaving Lali to become the backbone of her floundering family. When most teens have visions of new cars and parties for their sixteenth birthday, all Lali wanted was her mother and answers to why she is seeing things and finding herself transported to different “realities,” or at least to find out if she is going crazy. There is the man she keeps seeing, and the teen who has just enrolled in her school and a world that is terrifying her. Her father has ...more
Emily Ross
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really liked this book! It had twists and turns and plot twists every chapter and it really encouraged you to keep listening.
A girl, Lali, takes over as a pseudo-mother to her four siblings after their mother disappears. Lali, joined by Kai, tries to find both Lali's mother and Kai's sister.
I really liked the relationship between Lali and Kai, though I much preferred Kai as a character. Lali could
||Actual Rating: 1.5 stars||

This review can also be found on my blog at: https://diminishingthoughts.wordpress...

I received this book from the author on Instafreebie in exchange for an honest review.

XODUS tells us the story of Xitlali, dealing with the fact that her mom left, and figuring out her newly found powers of astral projection.

I found the beginning of this book to be slightly fast paced which was good as I thought I’d get through it quickly. I’d never read a book about astral projection
Fafa's Book Corner

Mini review:

I had heard about this book through an email, wherein I got this book for free. I was really excited to read it! I have never read about Astral Projections before. Unfortunately this was not for me.

The book had such an odd and slightly creepy beginning that I realized Astral Projections is not a topic I would enjoy. All in all this book was not for me.

Would still recommend.
 Mummy Cat Claire
This book has a pretty creative story line. The book is a nice mixture of adventure, science fiction and mystery. It offers something least for me.

Xodus, follows Xitali Marie Yavari or Lali for short. She is the oldest of five children. She has a sister named Oxanna, twin bothers, Dixon and Ulyxses and a younger sister named Salaxia.

Lali and her family live in a small, rural town. She has two best friends, Nelson and Paisley. Her life has been simple and fairly easy until the her
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, e-books

Well, this was definitely an interesting read!! It was different to read about something along the lines of astral projection, not typically something you get to read about every often. :p

I did enjoy the writing style a lot, it kept me interested throughout and Lali grew on me after a bit- I didn't like her all that much at the beginning.

The premise was interesting though and I enjoyed the characters, especially
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Tiffany Jones
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
For her sixteenth birthday, all Lali Yavari wanted was for her mom to come home. Instead, she starts to doubt her own sanity as she begins to flash back and forth between realities and seeing people disappear and reappear before her very eyes. Does this buzzing sound she's hearing mean she's having a stroke or does all this combined mean she's having a mental breakdown? Then, Kai Awana, starts at her school
S. Thomas
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lali is a sixteen year old girl coping with the fact that her mother left the family a couple months ago. She’s the oldest of five kids, so she does her best to help with dinner and look strong for her siblings. Then strange visions make her wonder if she’s going crazy or developing super powers. I would give this story more than five stars if I could. Don’t bother reading the rest of my long rant. Just buy this book and be happy!

McPike had me from the first chapter. Normally I doubt a story and
Eva Merrick
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Xodus is apparently the first in a planned YA trilogy and it packs interesting, even abstruse, concepts within the framework of high school angst and the ordinary concerns of adolescence and dynamics of family life. Complicated in this case, by the disappearance of Lali Yavari's mom, who has gone missing and whose disappearance, witnessed by Lali, has apparently triggered abilities in Lali herself--will they manifest in other family members? Is Lali falling into adolescent schizophrenia, as her ...more
Andres Olozagaste
It was a great book and i really liked it because it explains about the girl's life. Xodus there is a girl describing that she sees people disappearing . The book explains how a girl goes looking for her mom with a special ability . Lali did end up finding her mom before her mom was killed . Their was kidnapping when the girl was sleeping and the mom had barley gotten home from her job . as you read the book you can actually imagine what is happening . You can actually understand what and how ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
XODUS revolves around the life of Lali Yavari whose life is turned upside down after her mother's disappearance. Even with everything going on in Lali's life, K.J.McPike has managed to portray her as a relatable person with real life problems. As the story unfolds, Lali must decide who she can trust knowing what's at stake. It is a beautifully written book that will keep you hooked till the end. Impossible to put down and easily at the top of my list of favorites. A must read.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it

I was so excited to read this. The premise seemed really interesting and I have always been a fan of astral projection. Unfortunately this story fell short. It wasn't all bad. There were some interesting moments but I just really couldn't stand the MC.

I HATED the MC. She was bratty, annoying, and quite frankly one of the dumbest MCs I have encountered in awhile. I went into the story expecting an intelligent,
Macy Klingerman
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay, seriously guys. I know you're pretty accustomed to my beginning-of-the-review cover swoon... BUT LOOK AT THIS ONE. ISN'T IT GORGEOUS?

*clears throat* Anyways..

First off.. I have to say that I appreciated the pronunciation guide in the beginning of this book. Like seriously though, I can't even begin to count how many times I've read a book that had names that left me tongue tied and thoroughly confused. Pronunciation guides need to be a thing in general. (#pronunciationguiderise2k16?)

As for
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never read about astral projection. I know absolutely nothing about it. I think that's one of the many many reasons I loved this book so much. It was so very new and refreshing in a genre that can sometimes seem stale.

Lali is forced to become the woman of the family when her mother supposedly abandons her, her four siblings, and her father. So, when Lali starts to exprerience strange things, she has no one to turn to - no one that will believe her anyways. Enter Kai, a mysterious uncle, a
Amitra Jyoti
Was Xodus an intensely personal read with images to cherish? NO.
Was it interesting? Yes.
It is YA and I am completely OK with the genre.The intrigue is there, the twists are there, the ‘family thing’ is there but what lacking is that intense energy that should be produced by the words. The author has done her max to make a 'world' that is different from what we have seen before and she has almost done it effectively.She is inclined more for a movie adaptation of the book I think.The book seemed
Jesalin Belk
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-for-review
The synopsis for this novel really had me at first read. I actually didn’t know what “Astral projecting” was before this novel. But when the author added a clear explanation in the text, I was very thankful (I was too lazy to look it up). Again, I do not read a lot of fantasy so it was great to be able to read something as unique as this.

I just have to get this out there: this novel was absolutely great...

Check out my full review here!
Edward Davies
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good start to what will inevitably become a series of YA novels. The main character may not stand out from the crowd, but that's probably because there are so many supporting characters. The idea of a family of special people with special powers may not be new, but it is when it comes to YA novels which generally focus on one protagonist at a time, whereas this book quickly reveals that Lali's whole family are special. Throw in a potential love interest who is about as ambiguous as ...more
Kelly Clare
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
How many books have you read on Astral projection? This is probably my first and the freshness of this story and setting held me riveting from the beginning to the end.
P.S. Awesome cover!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
“XODUS” the first imaginative and entertaining urban fantasy adventure in the “Astralis” trilogy begins in the small town of Browshire on Xitali (Lali) Marie Yavari’s sixteenth birthday when she dreams of a tall man with a scar threatening a woman with a black X-like tattoo under her lip. Unsettled already, when she hears a woman’s voice she fears she’s losing her sanity until one day at school she bumps into Kai Awana, a teen with his own unique ability who teaches her about astral projection ...more
Billy Buttons
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered and was a Silver Medal Winner in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Souls Untethered (previously entitled Xodus)
Author: K J McPike
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 23
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 9/10
Of the 23 readers:
23 would read another book by this author.
22 thought the cover was good or excellent.
23 felt it was easy to follow.
23 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
15 felt the
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: r-and-r, 3-stars
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of XODUS by K. J. McPike from the Rachel E. Carter YA book club on Goodreads!

This was, I'm pretty sure, the first book in my whole life I've read, that involves astral projection, which was exactly why I was so excited as to starting this book. I however, can't help but feeling that the story did not live up to its full potential.

Alright, I must say, the concept of the story was also pretty awesome;
Lali, our 16-year old protagonist, who lives with her Dad and 4
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 to 3 stars.

A story about a sixteen year old girl who finds out that her mother has been kidnapped and that she can astral project.

This was a fairly fun read. Astral Projection is a new topic for me when it comes to books and I loved reading about it. I liked the way that it was worked out and the different possibilities for astral projections. However, the main character was a bit annoying. She is sixteen, selfish and naive. She meets a guy, trusts him immediately and of course falls in
Barb VanderWel
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it & Can't wait for get more of her books
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie, reviews
Xodus has an interesting premise, some great twists and turns, and the relationship between the two main characters - Kai and Lali - is full of fun sibling-like bickering. It's refreshing after so many books of instalove and characters swooning over each other left and right -- (view spoiler)

The first half of the book moves slowly as Lali learns how to use her new powers and learns about the Astralli - a race
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sent-for-review, 2016
Read this review along with others on my blog @

(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you to K.J. McPike for this book, as well as a big congratulations for such a great novel.)

I am not a big fan of fantasy, never having my interest piqued at such a genre. I don’t know why, I’m just not bothered about it. Understandably, then, I was hesitant to read K.J. McPike’s XODUS when I was sent a copy. I
Pooja Kashyap
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Xodus is KJ McPike's debut novel that falls into YA Sci-Fi Fantasy genre. The book is an engaging piece that revolves around a sixteen-year-old protagonist, Xitlali, who happens to discover her ability of astral projecting. Xitlali is already upset with her mother’s sudden disappearance and the discovery of outside body experience further adds fuel to her emotional disturbance. Even though she tries to convince her dad of her ‘special ability’, she becomes exasperated when he dismisses it to ...more
Adelle Yeung
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
XODUS was a gripping, refreshing novel that centered mostly on family dynamics rather than that of a boy and a girl. Of course, there is a boy/girl romantic relationship, but it develops over the course of the book—no insta-love! Both of them had an objective that didn’t have anything to do with each other, and they didn’t let their feelings for one another distract them from achieving it. I love that their romance didn’t derail the plot.

This was a really cool look at a secret society of people
James Dyar
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The writing is stunning, with interesting plot twists and relatable characters. I have to admit I was swept away while reading it. Excellent work :)
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K.J. McPike is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Souls Untethered Saga. Her debut novel, XODUS (later retitled Souls Untethered), has won multiple awards, including First Place Category wins in both the 2015 Paranormal Awards and the 2016 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction, a category medal in the 2016 New Apple Summer Ebook Awards, and silver medals in both the ...more

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