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Book of Souls

(Gods of Egypt #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  74 reviews
They call me Angel of Death, but my name is Nisha Blake. I am Shepherdstown’s living urban legend. My life, a tale of the macabre.

People avoid me like the plague. Well, everyone but my friends. They don’t see the Angel of Death when they look at me. They see poor, broken Nisha—the bully victim, suffering from vicious night terrors and vivid hallucinations.

Things take a t
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 9th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

"They don’t see him. Because unlike me, they aren’t crazy. Their minds aren’t broken, and their brains work just fine."

From the beginning to the end this book had me thrilled. The story is so engaging and unique, the writing is fantastic, easy to read and the character? AWESOME.
This book is at the same time an enjoyable fun read and sometimes dark and intriguing.

First, the mentions of tv shows, other books and movies, made my heart so happy. I absolutely loved it.

“I’d have more faith in

Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
⚡ Read for the KU Shitathon 2018 Challenge over at the MacHalos

1.5 Stars

How do you say "This was awful" in Ancient Egyptian?
Simple: You don't.
You just Seth that MoFo on fire & then pet a cat. 😂

Laugh as I may though, this book wasn't funny. It wasn't even halfway decent.

We might speak the same language, but sometimes the English version of English is too English.

When I saw Egyptian Mythology I immediately went Fuck Yes!. Then at the 5% mark I went Oh no. By the time the 30% mark r
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Nisha sees Anubis when someone dies near her... and that happens much too frequently. She's begun to think of herself as broken... she doesn't believe in god or the after life so the visions must be hallucinations and she's having them all the time. It's been worse since Blaze roared into her life. Things come to a head when she finally learns the connection between everything and its nothing like she thought!

The short review...

I LOVE Egyptolog
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


4.5 stars

"Those who have tasted power rarely give it up. It's intoxicating and addictive."

I am such a huge fan of Nadine Nightingale writing. However, I have a love/hate relationship with the Young Adult genre. But when I found out that she was writing a series set in this genre, I didn't hesitate and knew I would pick this book up as soon as I could. I have 100% confidence in Nadine's writing and world building abilities, she more than proved tha
Melissa Souza
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, mythology, romance
**Thank you to the author and NetGalley for sending me an eARC in return for an honest review.

1 star!!!

Where do I even begin with this book? For starters, I would say the blurb was way more interesting than the actual novel. Everything was just bad. I can't even find one redeeming quality about it. When I started reading, I was pretty excited to get into the story. I love YA fantasy novels and especially mythology inspired ones. Plus, the fact that it was about Egypt had me even more psyched. Ho
Candy Borjas
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book of Souls is a brilliant book and the ending just made me scream. (Sorry to my dog for the peaceful sleep I ruined) If anyone reading this has an interest in Egypt Mythology and complicated teens this is the book for you. It begins with death that Nisha witnesses and we learn throughout the book that in her town she is referred to as the Angel of Death. Having been present for numerous amount of deaths throughout her life she has to live with hallucinations and bullies. Surrounded by the rem ...more
Inga Lady Of Bookland
Sadly, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I could have because the idea was so cool and the story had so much potential. However, I disliked the main character because she was so week and kind of pathetic, especially when dealing with bullies. Also there was so much high school drama, cliches and over the top pop culture references. It was all just too much, the same time too little actual story or some adventure, mysteries or action. There were pretty much no surprises for me, as the twists I ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received an free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

HOLY GODS. This book was just not good. The blurb seemed so interesting, dark and entwined with Egyptian tales I was so excited. Unfortunately this book was a big flop for me. Book of Souls barely had anything to do with the Book of Souls to begin with, let me just put that out there. The writing was so entry level that it felt juvenile almost. The characters had zero substance, had nothing too them, the insta-love was s
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was sent an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange of an honest opinion

I honestly didn't have any high expectations for this book, but I also didn't expect to dislike it this much.


The writing is not the best, the main character is childish and annoying, all the names in the book are probably meant to sound cool and exotic but they're just weird? (there are two characters called Shaggy and Scooby. that's all I'm gonna say about this matter), the romanc
Isabell (IsabellReads) Edvinsson
First of all, thank you to the publisher for sending me this copy! What first intrigued me about this book was its description. It sounded like something unlike I had ever read before, and after reading it, I knew I was quite right.

The main character Nisha, is a very broken girl in the beginning of the book. Even if she stays this way for the majority of the story, I really think there was a dramatical character development in the end. I can also really relate to Nisha on some levels, which I lo
M.C. Chronister
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My only disappointment with this book is that it came to an end. So many times I have found faults in books that disappointed me, but none came as I flew through Book of Souls. Nadine Nightingale created a world and characters that brought me back to my childhood love of all things ancient Egypt.

Nisha's hallucinations pulling you through the past and present draw the reader in. They make her question and doubt her sanity making you want to find out if this is all in her head, or if it is truly h
Katie (Melting Pages)
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
**I received an arc copy of the book from NetGalley**

I really wanted to like this book, because the premise of it sounded so cool! Ancient Egyptian gods meets modern day times? A girl who is considered an Angel of Death? Sign me up!

I got to chapter 6 and had to put the book down. One of the things I just couldn't get past were the pop culture references. At first, I thought it was pretty cool that they mentioned them, but by the time we were introduced to Scooby and Shaggy, (yes those are actua
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have conflicting feelings about this book. Any time I wasn't reading it, I really wasn't all that excited to jump back in. But once I did, I enjoyed it. Some parts were really interesting and good, while others really annoyed the heck out of me.

What I liked:
- BLAZE. I loved that boy. Despite his appearance (which was no doubt quite the tattooed hotness) he was such a good guy. He was sweet, loyal, and stood up for those he thinks are wronged. And then those kittens? Be still my heart.
- The Egy
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Argh, I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever!
I am fascinated by Egyptian mythology and have been to countless exhibitions, read a trillion National Geographic magazines and spoken at length with my aunty about it all as she has been obsessed for about 40 years...
Imagine my delight when I realised this book was all I'd been wanting and more!
I loved Nisha, she is such an awesome character and I loved all the things she says, thinks and references.
The plot is brilliant and captivat
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by Netgalley for an exchange of honest review.
The book is really good. It grabs you from the fact page and doesn't let you go till the very last and even after that.
If you like Egyptian mythology, a love story and all that mixed with modern days this is the rigjt book for you.
It is a high pace story that really make you live it.
Please read it, you'll won't regret any minute of it.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was so good! I have no heard of of read anything that had to do with egyptian gods, so when you hear about teens who are linked to them.... it hooked me in from the start. If you are bored with the usual YA, I highly suggest this book, which is the beginning of the series btw!
Bridgett Brown
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this book! Nisha is called the Angel of Death by almost everyone in town. She seems to be near everyone that dies. What they don’t know is she can see Anubis every time someone dies and she just knows she’s cursed. Soon she discovers that she is far more important than she ever thought.
Jessica Traver cashen
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read, well written with a great plot and characters. I was engrossed from start to finish. I couldn't put it down. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley. ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great new author for me

I really enjoyed this book to the point I didn't want to put it down and do the everyday things that were getting in the way of this awesome book. I've always had a love and fascination of all things Egypt and their gods and this book went a long way to satisfying that.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I absolutely adore Egyptian mythology (or any mythology really) and found the premise to be unique and exciting. However, the novel fell through for me. For once, it was not due to extremely flat characters (although Nisha, the MC, did annoy me at times) or lack of plot. What fell through was the writing itself. The dialogue between characters felt forced, and like the author was trying too hard to make it sound like teenagers. The pop culture references were ...more
Sher Kurwa
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Of Souls, (Gods of Egypt Series, Book #1), By Nadine Nightingale

Book Of Souls By Nadine Nightingale takes the YA genre to a whole new level!

Nadine Nightingale hit it out of the ball park with Book Of Souls! 5 Stars! In my opinion, there aren't enough stars in the universe Book Of Souls deserves! The hype is real, kids!

Book Of Souls starts steeped in Ancient Egyptian History. I know what you’re thinking. History? Boring! No! Nadine Nightingale lays the foundation for an epic story using key
Amie's Book Reviews
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE BOOK OF SOULS is the first book in a new Young Adult series called; THE GODS OF EGYPT. This is set in the Present Day and features regular teenagers. At least we think they are normal teens.

Nisha Blake wishes she was a regular teenager, one who could fade into anonymity. However, Nisha has quite a sinister reputation. Students and even some teachers and other adults refer to her as "The Angel of Death."

Why would anyone make up a nickname like that? Well, Nisha has had the unfortunate exper
Birdie O
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book of Souls by Nadine Nightingale is a pretty intense read for a few reasons.  I'm pretty picky about books that modernize the stories of ancient civilizations and gods.  This doesn't stop me from hoping that the next one I pick up will be awesome.  I'm glad that I don't stop hoping, though, because Book of Souls was seriously good.

First, the intensity.  Strangely enough, Nightingale lets the reader know exactly who her characters are long before they figure it out...but it doesn't seem to tak
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-enjoy
Disclaimer- I received a free eARC copy of this book from in exchance for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. Normally this is right up my alley- mythology, YA, a love triangle, finding out you have supernatural powers but for some reason it just never clicked with me. I was actually shocked to see how highly it is rated versus how little I enjoyed it. Maybe it wasn’t the book. Maybe it was just me.

I struggled to keep reading. I found the plot slow, the adults written as v
***4 Stars***

Not gonna lie, that cover was the hook. I saw it HAD to see what the book was all about and I don’t think I pressed that request button fast enough.

Angel of Death?
Has ties Egypt legend and lore?
Young girl believing she’s going crazy?
Hot as sin male joining the party?

Ummm...yeah sign me up and WHOA.

I expected some of the cray cray, but not ALL of that. I also didn’t expect to have my violent tendencies rear up and want to grab that spoon of mine to gut a few people, but that all
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I don't think that the blurb for this book did it justice. I admit that I was intrigued by the "angel of death" portion as well as the mention of hallucinations but it seemed like it would be a typical YA fantasy novel that focuses too much on the romance aspect. I'm never been so happy to be wrong. This book did have a bit too much romance in it for my taste but it mostly focused on Nisha and how when people
Claire Cronin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Nadine Nightingale, I was thoroughly intrigued by the blurb and what it pertained to, so upon reading and finding out it revolved around the Egyptian Gods, reincarnation, afterlife and the like, I was already hooked!!

I love something that's a bit different from the norm, and this is definitely that, although I'm not really a big fan of YA, this I did enjoy. It was really well written and captivating from the first few pages. I loved the characters and the mythos surroun
I loved this from start to end. Seriously. Loved every page. Which I did not expect as Young Adult books are not usually my preferred genre. However, I enjoyed reading previous books from Nadine Nightingale, so decided to give Book of Souls a try, and I am so glad I did.

What a perfect combination of modern day life and mythology, all brought together with some great writing and imagery.

Told from the single POV of 17 year old Nisha Blake, Book of Souls took me on a journey from small town Ameri
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you remember the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz? The **good** movie version of the ‘The Mummy’? Well, I do and I loved it!

‘Book of Souls’ reminds me a lot of that movie. Narrating main character, Nisha, is the daughter of an Egyptian who thinks she hallucinates visions of Anubis, the Egyptian God of Death, each time she is nearby someone who is about to die. Her physical proximity to tragic accidents and the dying have granted her a rather nasty reputation aro
Luchia Houghton
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eARC provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I'm genuinely sad now that I've finished this book because I need to know what happens next straight away. I'll be honest and say this surprised me in a awesome way - I was excited by the prospect of a story involving Ancient Egyptian mythology (I used to be a little obsessed when I was younger, to the point where my family had to take me to see the ruins so I'd stop reading books about them) but it's written in a way that had me falling
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