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Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation.

When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an en
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Megan Bannen I'm so glad you liked The Bird and the Blade. :) This book is a YA stand-alone fantasy and isn't based on an opera or any existing story. I hope you l…moreI'm so glad you liked The Bird and the Blade. :) This book is a YA stand-alone fantasy and isn't based on an opera or any existing story. I hope you like it!(less)
Megan Bannen Thanks for asking! Yes, this is a stand alone novel.

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Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
unhappy endings arent popular, but they sure are MBs bread and butter. once again, she has proven that a good ending doesnt necessarily have to be a happy one.

MBs writing is so emotive, so even if you arent feeling all the warm and fuzzy feelings when reading her books, you are definitely going to feel something. i love how alive her characters feel.

the only reason im not rating this higher is i personally found the content uninteresting. im okay with religion playing a role in character develo
Megan Bannen
Jul 26, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway for signed bookplates! I'm afraid the giveaway is now closed.

Many thanks to all the readers who have read and/or reviewed SOULSWIFT. May you find many excellent books to devour, now and always.

All best,
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
her first book devastated me so of course I'm back for another round

Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-favorites
Well...Megan Bannen has decided to destroy me once again. Her writing is so achingly beautiful. It's completely effortless. Storytelling is in this woman's bones! To say I'm a fan of the tragedies she spillsforth is an understatement. 😢

If you've read Megan Bannens first book, The Bird and the Blade (One of my favorite books 💖), you know she doesnt hold back and is fearless in the topics she chooses to write about. This book is no exception. Soulswift, is predominantly about; Religion.

If reading
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Candace Robinson
Another beautifully written book by Bannen! She really does some of the most emotional things with her books! ❤️
Vicky Again
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am NOT okay what the heck.

This book spoon-fed us delightful banter and characters to get super attached to. And then it was like "haha, just kidding. time to make you CRY."

Megan Bannen has a brand and it's simultaneously the best and the worst.
Mike Lasagna
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only cried 36 times it’s cool. 🤩
Bright Star
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
“Love is the only thing worth dying for, because in love there is balance between souls, and in that balance life flourishes.”

You know when you start a book and deep down you know you're going to love it but you'll still end up with a broken heart? Well, that's exactly how I feel right now.

Soulswift was a beautiful, lyrical, heart-wrenching story and I still need to recover from it. It's not everyone's cup of tea and you're either going to love it or not. Personally, I loved every single word. D
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Megan Bannen enjoys making readers suffer. That's just a fact. Another fact? She can destroy me any day of the week, because her books are just that fabulous. I fell wholly in love with  The Bird and the Blade , and you can imagine that my expectations for Soulswift were high. But they were met and exceeded, of course.

Gelya was raised in a religious sect, told she was special,
Minglu Jiang
I don't even know what this book is about and I want it so bad. ...more
Celia McMahon
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this book.

Oh wow, this book. To this day I cannot figure out how authors pack so much into a stand-alone book. But Megan does it so well, I must bow to her in thanks. I learn from the greats.

This is a story of blind faith and forgetting everything you've ever known. There is an enemy to lover's trope, but GOD I LOVE IT. There is not much more to say other than that this book took me on a ride and destroyed me. I was blown away by th
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I absolutely loved Vessel from Sarah Beth Durst. And did you say The Winner's Curse? FLY AWAY WITH MY MONEY.

The Nerd Daily
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Kibby Robinson

Megan Bannen returns with a new book to break the hearts of YA readers all over the world. With her sophomore novel, Soulswift, Bannen continues to excel at crafting intriguing plots and creating characters that will grip your heart and take you on their journey to whatever end.

All Gelya can remember is a life as a Vessel to the One True God at the Convent of Saint Vinnica. But when the whispers of war come to the convent’s halls,
Dear Megan Bannen,



This is obviously my first book by Megan Bannen, if it wasn't I would have had a warning as to how Megan likes to torture her readers. It was a great story about religion and what people believe in, how history is written by the victor, how hard it is to cope with a shattered belief system, and the lengths our MC and co will go to set things right. I would recommend if you love Wicked Saints, Vessel, only in Soulswif
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Why should I worship something that cares so little for me, or for you?

I picked this book up at a friend’s recommendation, and I am so grateful that I did! I rang in the new year (2021) by finishing it and subsequently having a complete emotional breakdown. Beautiful and heartwrenching, Soulswift tells a story of losing your faith and finding the truth of what you believe in.

Gelya is a Vessel of the Ovinist faith, meaning that she channels the Father’s words through song.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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ARC provided by the author for the blog tour!

4.5 stars ✨

Megan Bannen continues to impress me with her masterful storytelling and beautiful characters. Soulswift was a story full of intriguing world-building, opposing religions, and self-discovery.

The heart of Soulswift revolves around spirituality and beliefs. The story follows two characters, Tavik and Gelya, who are from opposing sides of a religion-based war. Circumstances force the two of them to relu
Kat // Novels & Waffles
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-likey
This book was THIS CLOSE to being a five star read. It was THIS CLOSE to being one of my favorite books of the year. It has ah-mazing characters, witty banter, a haters-to-lovers fake marriage, and a romance so full of longing, yearning, and unbelievable chemistry that it gave me actual goosebumps. But then that tragic ending had to come stomping along like an elephant in a daisy field and completely crush my wilted heart.

Seriously, Megan Bannen is a cruel genius who knows just how to play on
Feb 02, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
feed me more angst mother
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Noooooooo! She did it again! Don't know if I can ever pick up another book by this author and if I'm able to handle more bittersweetness! ( ˃̣̣⌓˂̣̣ )
I commend the writing, but again, like with The Bird and the Blade, the characters made it so worthwhile for me! The banter between the two main protagonists and the sparks that kept flying between them! The blissful agony I put myself through here, only to arrive at a point where... *keeps mouth shut* Admittedly, I had to overcome the first few pag
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5- Feels so nice to read a good book that had me gushing and gave me an adrenaline rush after so long. It's not the type of book to do that but I had been deprived of quality text for so long. I finished it in two days. It kept my attention piqued throughout. Not once was I bored considering it's very heavy on religions and mythology (?). I actually love reading about fictional religions in fantasy if developed well and they were in this standalone. It did not feel too much. The author kept it ...more
Kristen Beverly
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to say something really bold here - reading Soulswift gave me all the feelings that I felt when I originally read books like Divergent and the Hunger Games so many years ago. While this book is a dark fantasy and a completely different story, I felt like I was transported back to the magic of reading those dystopian books for the first time. Soulswift is a dark fantasy story that moves so quickly, the characters are rich and loveable, and it was easy to read – even the world building. ...more
Lisa Mandina
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again we get a beautifully written story from Megan Bannen. As I read the story I was pulled in by all the vivid descriptions of the people and places and even the different types of wildlife. There were so many different layers to this story. Ones that often made me tear up, or even wonder if the main characters might get a break and be successful. I wondered back and forth, as did the Gelya, about who she could really trust, and who might possibly be double-crossing or hiding something fr ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
The authors whose books are blessed to have beautiful and stunning covers??? THEIR POWER.

Thank you HarperCollins and Balzer+Bray for the ARC.

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From what I’ve seen from both The Bird and the Blade and Soulswift, the love stories are sort of formulaic. A lot of the dynamics between Jinghua and Khalaf overlap with Gelya and Tavik but hey, IF IT AINT BROKE!! No such thing as insta-love in the Bannen universe!! The pacing is so perfect and believable because in a story where people’s lives are derailed and there are baby adults going through trauma, you’re gonna want them to handle it all slowly. YOU WOULDNT FALL IN LOVE with a
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Crying right now.

There is so much love and mercy in this book, so much generosity. Gorgeous world, real characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, driving plot and the sweetest slow burn romance. Soulswift checked all the boxes for me. As a person who has grappled with fundamentalist religion in my life, I also appreciated how Bannen let her characters struggle through their crises of faith in authentic ways. Amidst the heartache and pain and darkness in life, Bannen gives us light in her beautiful sto
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I write through my tears as Megan Bannen again tears my soul out of my body! Exquisitely written prose with an exciting story from beginning to end. I'm always in awe of writers that can create fully fleshed out worlds, languages and cultures, and this story doesn't disappoint. Plus, I love the dialogue between Tavik and Gelya. Truth be told, my teenage self is in love with Tavik. Another gut wrenching but wonderful book from Megan Bannen. ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Megan Bannen really really likes ripping readers’ hearts out and stepping on them.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-ya-books
Megan Bannen strikes again with this quest/adventure/romance/wrenching/funny tale! I adore Tavik and want to be friends with Gelya :) The emotions and pain are authentic, the witty banter is both clever and hilarious, and the mythology is intriguing. I loved it!
Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Megan Bannen is the author of SOULSWIFT and THE BIRD AND THE BLADE, a Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2018 and an Indies Introduce selection. An avid coffee drinker and mediocre ukulele player, Megan lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and their two children. She's a full-time writer, but her librarian heart will always belong to the reference desk. You can find her online at www.meganb ...more

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