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Soul Reader #2

Death Watch

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A prison break. A secret admirer. And a boatload of lies.

Just about everything Sloane Cabot knows about her past is a big old pile of malarkey. Couple that with the blank spot of how her family died, and she needs answers, like, yesterday.

But when a man shows up dead on her family’s grave, she knows it somehow has to be tied to that fateful night a year ago.

Too bad you can’t question the dead… or can you?

286 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 27, 2021

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Annie Anderson

40 books1,776 followers
Annie Anderson is the author of the international bestselling Rogue Ethereal series. A United States Air Force veteran, Annie pens fast-paced Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy novels filled with strong, snarky heroines and a boatload of magic. When she takes a break from writing, she can be found binge-watching The Magicians, flirting with her husband, wrangling children, or bribing her cantankerous dogs to go on a walk.




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Profile Image for Mikky.
758 reviews171 followers
December 21, 2021
I can't say I liked this book. It was okay. I would even say it was meh for the most part. The so-called mystery was nowhere to be found. Nothing moved forward for that storyline. All the worrying and the huge time jump didn't make for a particularly memorable story. Heck, it's been only a few days since I've finished this book and I'm having a hard time recalling what it was that I actually read. That's how not-good it was. My brain is already working to erase it from my memories. I don't care enough about the characters and the story to read the next book at this point. I took the liberty of reading a few reviews for Book #3 and they did not convince me to change my mind. So this is where I'll be stopping on this journey.
Profile Image for Shirley.
851 reviews194 followers
April 26, 2021
Original review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Annie Anderson!

Death Watch is the second book in the Soul Reader series and continues the story of Sloane and the night watch.

I really enjoyed reading the first book, Night Watch, and when I got my hands on an ARC of Death Watch I was so happy! Annie Anderson is such an amazing author and she keeps creating these interesting worlds and characters. I also really liked the fact that the Soul Reader series is a crossover series with the Grave Talker series. Sloane and Darby are both badass characters and I’m so excited for them to have epic adventures together! 

Sloane is so funny and badass and I really enjoyed reading about her. There are also some plot twists about Sloane that I didn’t see coming at all. Besides Sloane, Bastian is one of my favourite characters. I think he’s so sweet to Sloane and he’s just everything she needs. I also really liked reading about the other characters but the main focus is on Sloane and Bastian.

Death Watch was another amazing read by Annie Anderson, and I didn’t expect anything else. I really loved reading about Sloane again and I’m excited to read the next book in the series. If you’re a fan of Fantasy and Romance than I definitely recommend the Soul Reader series and the Grave Talker series by Annie Anderson!

Profile Image for Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon.
2,087 reviews149 followers
April 23, 2021
5 Cranky Stars

Ho. Lee. Forking. Shirtballs. I didn’t see that coming like not at all not even a little bit. Maybe I should have picked up on it but I didn’t. When I got to that moment and if you read it you know my mouth dropped open. Kudos girl you pulled a fast one. You also ripped my darn heart out for a bit as well. I want to be like Sloane when I grow up.

Sloane is just getting used to having a team at her back. She doesn’t know what to make of her newfound life but she’s adjusting. She is still out there seeking answers and kicking butt while doing it. When a mysterious letter appears only signed from X she knows she has been found. Now Sloane must protect her new family while learning the truth about herself. On top of all that is her burgeoning relationship with Bastian. She learns he is the most important person in her life, and she would follow him to Hell and back if she must.

Once again didn’t see that coming and I’m here for it. This should be epic and I’m excited to see how the author pulls this off. I’ll say it again I love Bastian. I mean the man is a mountain with a giant heart. The whole crew is amazing and even bone kitty Isis. I can’t wait for book three to see how this all weaves together.
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831 reviews6 followers
May 4, 2021
Sloan and Bastian plus third wheel Thomas =🤣👌👌

I love this series so much! Sloan and her squad are back and what a freaking roller coaster it is !! There is something so special about this team that it just brings the best out of everyone! Together they rock !! I seriously cant get enough! The chemistry is on point, the bickering is endearing and Sloan has the best laugh out loud comments ever! Simon too even when he is an a hole. Get ready so much shenanigans and revelations to die for! 😅 best cliffhanger ever!!! because technically it isn’t. It’s just amazing news!! can’t wait for the next book!! #Bastian&Sloan#ILoveThomas
Profile Image for Rhiannon Chillingworth.
711 reviews150 followers
July 28, 2021
This was a decent sequal. Sloane continued to be a hoot and the overall plot moved on nicely.

I felt that things with Sloane and Bastian were a bit rushed, which put me off a bit, but I still enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Madeline.
135 reviews4 followers
April 30, 2021

This series keeps getting better and better. There is a lot more we find out about Sloan. It’s all starting to come together. I can’t wait to see what comes next. It is sooooooo good!!!!!
Profile Image for Courtney Mae.
90 reviews
April 25, 2021
This series needs to be in your reading pile. I loved this book and read it in a day. It is so hard to put down. Death Watch is the second book in the Soul Reader Series by Annie Anderson. The characters are just as amazing as in book one. You get to watch Sloane and Bastian have chemistry that is on fire through all the different hurdles they experience. In this book you will get to see more of their relationship. I love how strong Sloane is and how you get to see her evolve over the course of this book. There is some crossover with the Grave Talker Series (another must read series) which if you have read you know also has some amazing characters. It will keep you on your toes with all the action that is going on. This book will leave you wanting more. I cannot wait for book three!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Imee Benzon.
364 reviews10 followers
May 3, 2021
***Brilliant Witty and Action packed***

What more do u want this book packed a punched to your heart and makes you giggle at the same time. Ok I might have cried when Celeste and her cronies attacked night house but Sloane step up and everything turned out ok (alive) oh and being an embodiment of the female opposite of grim reaper is no fun but it has its perks knowing your daddy dearest is the grim reaper. Ok I've rqnted enoughed just buy this book you won't regret it I promised because Sloane kicked ass.
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176 reviews9 followers
May 3, 2021

Oh I absolutely love Sloane. She may be a little confused by her life in the beginning, but she is really starting to get a grip of who she is and where she belongs in this world. I also enjoy Bastien, he's such an interesting character. Can't wait for more.
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2,937 reviews52 followers
February 3, 2022
Just recently I've started ordering audiobooks to utilize my drive time to and from work. I must confess that I 've never thought about finding out who the narrator is before I order an audiobook but after reading and listening to "Death Watch" I will be more mindful of this in the future. While I truly enjoyed the storyline for Soul Reader #2, I absolutely loathed the narration. The narrator"s voice was whiny and grating and making the listening torturous! However, I promise that I did not let her voice color my review of the read.

In this installment Sloane wakes up to find a note written in blood on her bed. When she takes it to Thomas and Emry they both notice a startling change in her appearance. The note held a blood curse and by all rights, Sloane should be dead. Yet, here she is freaked out and wondering how she can reverse the changes in her appearance. With Emry's help she is given a charm to conceal her appearance making her look more vampire like.

Thomas guides Sloane through the politics of the vampire world when he introduces her to the Queen and her coven. Then, the worst possible thing happens, there is an attack on the ABI as well as the prison holding one of the nastiest criminals Sloane has had a chance to capture. Now, Sloane and her family/housemates must do all they can to recapture the escapees and assist the ABI. Little does she know but Sloane is about to come face to face with her past, parentage and future. Everything she previously thought she knew is about to be blasted to bits.

On the good side, with the help of Bastien, Sloane is no longer a loner. She is slowly letting her guard down and realizing she is capable of loving and being loved. This realization will be one of the very things that will help her wade through all of drama and turmoil she is about to face.

There is plenty going on in this read. Secrets will be revealed and Sloane will discover some of the skills she is truly capable of. There is plenty of action, drama and chuckles along the way. I just would not recommend the audio version of this read. However, I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
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396 reviews3 followers
December 19, 2021

I don't know what I just read🧐 Everything was so confusing and blurry!
Sloane acted like a teenager saying one time "I leave" and one minute after "I stay with my family", I HATE that with FMC. It was frustrating reading how her "family", the Night Watch, kept distrusting her and being unfair and then watching Sloane forgiving everything.
About her relationship with Bastian, there wasn't any "normal" development like in any relationship, especially when it's a hate to love one. You know, dating, get to know each other, etc. No, no, one moment they despised each other and then they became lovers saying "I love you forever". Not realistic at all.
I wasn't a big fan as well of the climax of the book. Sloane repeatedly warn her friends about a future attack but they turned down her, saying that they could manage everything. And guess what happened? They failed, of course!!!! And then everything went south and illogical 🙄 Azrael, an Angel of death??? The author should review her notes about demonology... Then, there was this father, sisters, and brother not plausible story...
Like I said, I still don't understand what I've been reading...
Profile Image for K.A. Graham.
Author 15 books116 followers
April 13, 2021
Death Watch (Soul Reader series #2)
by Annie Anderson

***5 fantastic stars***

Sloane is at it again and let me tell you - you want to be on this crazy train! With the gang by her side, they get into a whole mess of chaos and it's utterly fantastic!

If you've read Annie's Grave Talker series, let's just say you'll be super excited for some of the surprises thrown your way. I'm still bouncing off my seat!

Now let's talk about Bastain for a minute, shall we? This dark and sexy as sin man has taken over my heart and soul. He's EVERYTHING naughty and delicious and Sloane is one lucky girl!

This story is an absolute must read for fans of the paranormal/fantasy genre. If you aren't - I dare you to give this series a try. I think you'll love it! I can't wait for the next installment. It can't come soon enough for this girl!
Profile Image for M Will.
658 reviews5 followers
April 22, 2021
Woo! Book two was everything I thought I wanted and so much more! Sloane is still dealing with the aftermath of waking up at her grave. Establishing herself as part of the Night Watch, she has to learn to open herself up to not only a new life, but friends and the reality that she is hunted. Annie has crafted one heck of a story with this series. I love how Sloane isn't a perfect character. She's bruised. She struggles with her past, her present and her future.
I love this world. It is bursting with so many cunning and quirky paranormal characters. Secrets are revealed and more questions arise in book two. I honestly cannot say much about the plot because some of those twists you simply must read for yourself. I will just say, if you are a hard core Annie Anderson fan, you will squeal in shock, horror and excitement as you read this book.
I cannot wait to see how Sloane faces her future. I honestly cannot wait for the next book!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you love paranormal stories like I do (because limits - what are those), enjoy sassy heroines with badass written all over them, you must read this series. Sloane's adventures will not disappoint.
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1,574 reviews17 followers
April 15, 2021
“Death Watch”, the second installment in the “Soul Reader” series by Annie Anderson, is solid classic procedural/urban fantasy story, whose main character (Sloane Emerson Cabot) who lost almost everything after being murdered one year ago (‘Night Watch’ Book 1) and has slowly adapted to her new situation and somehow reluctantly joined the Night Watch. However, Sloane is still looking for clues about what really happened to her the night her all family was murdered and the reasons behind it. Now a fresh body has been found on top of her own family grave, and Sloane follows a new set of clues to unravel the mystery, maybe the death can indeed tell their story after all.

Annie Anderson has a penchant to create fully credible series, spiked with some supernatural tropes and multifaceted characters that fit seamlessly with each other, like a somehow dysfunctional but nevertheless pretty credible family. Sloane is a wonderful character, who even sharing some qualities with Darcy [the main character of her parallel series ‘Grave Talker’], particularly her snarky, witty, and strong character, is much different from her. Wouldn’t be fun to get them to work together, just saying 😊 and don’t let us forget about the gang, Bastian first forward 😉
1,331 reviews7 followers
April 19, 2021
A note written in blood…
A note written in blood unleashed a powerful curse on Sloan. She will need all Emrys’ skill to create a glamour to conceal the effects from the other Night Rangers and the vampire nest that she will be visiting with Thomas when he introduces her to the Vampire Queen. Sloan finds herself in the crosshairs of “X”, a powerful and evil individual that may have played a part in her parent's deaths and may now be trying to orchestrate hers.

This book is packed with plot twists and paranormal action. It is the first book I have read in the series and now I really want to go back and read the first one. I received an advance copy but my review is honest and voluntary. This is a great series!
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100 reviews3 followers
April 20, 2021
I can not stress enough how good Annie Anderson is at merging series together from the same story world. You do not need to read the Grave Talker series to enjoy this one but you’ll love it just as much.

From the get go she drops little Easter eggs which tug a smile from you. Whilst simultaneous providing answers and infinitely more questions, she hands out little treats which make the story that much better. Each time you think they are level footing with the enemy they find themselves on a new hill. Heartache and redemption, long lost siblings and never catching a break; that is Sloanes life since death. Action and filled with sass, you can’t help but feel connected to the characters. You are fully invested in their triumphs and their defeats.

I am very much looking forward to reading the next instalment in this badass females unfortunate adventures.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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582 reviews3 followers
March 2, 2022
So this was fun. Non-stop action. Fast paced, no room for breathing let alone digesting info. Poor girl gets a lot of truth bombs thrown at her.

The insta-love is still ridiculous. She even says at the end how she doesn't even know the guy but they are absolutely, ends of the earth, bonkers over each other. The reasoning he had for his insta-love? She spiked his head to the ground back in the last book... At least they joked about it afterwards, but it's still weird. They don't even know eachother!!

Hah, anyways, fun fast read if you don't dig too deep.
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147 reviews2 followers
April 15, 2021
Sloane and crew are back in the thick of things, fighting the bad guys, trying to find who left her in the graveyard and killed her parents, and keep people safe. She's learning more about her powers, more about how she became the way she is, but there are some new surprises along the way. She's introduced to new characters that bring in new story lines for future books! Great read and great ending!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
50 reviews
April 29, 2021
An absolute page turner

A couple of quick thoughts, first I absolutely appreciate that Annie either has a good editor or proofreader. I read many indie authors and her books are the cleanest, with the fewest typos of all of them. Her books are all well written, this is certainly no exception, and she deftly weaves characters from different series into another. I absolutely recommend every single word she has written.
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214 reviews7 followers
April 30, 2021
Sloane is ready to kick some major butt to get answers. Bastian just wants to keep her alive and safe. He has a problem keeping tabs on her at times, but what’s a guy to do? Sloane is searching for the guy who killed her family and has been stalking her. Annie Anderson has done an amazing job writing this series and that ending ... I definitely need the next book ASAP, need to know everything! No wonder I have an issue deciding who I love more... Highly recommended!! I received an advance copy for my honest review..

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Kathy Wideman.
2,151 reviews27 followers
April 23, 2021
This is the second book in the series and they must be read in order. Sloane just can’t seem to catch a break. She has been through so much already. Then she wakes up and finds out someone has tried to kill her once again. They can’t figure out why she didn’t die. She knows this must be tied her what happened a year ago. Then they find a body on her grave. Sloane needs answers. Things only get more interesting when a prison break happens. They are tasked with bringing in those who escaped. Could this lead Sloane in the direction of the answers she needs. I feel for Sloane. Sloane is still trying to find her place in her new situation. Her world may finally be settling but what will she discover in the end? I am really liking this series and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next book. This series seems like it will tie in with another of Annie’s series. I look forward to the two coming together and reading what happens. Fantastic job Annie. I can’t recommend this series enough.
853 reviews1 follower
April 29, 2021
Loved it

Sloane was just getting settled into her new home when her parents killer left a note on her pillow. The spell on that note cursed her and made her look verry scary. She had a house mate glamor her, so she didn’t scare the occupants of the house and her boyfriend. They finally found the trader from their house, Sloane finally found out who her father was, that she had more family than she thought, and that a family member was trying to kill her. This was a book that was hard to put down. I look forward to reading the next one.
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754 reviews
April 30, 2021
Wow.. I loved this book so much.
Sloane is exactly the type of leading lady I enjoy reading about. Her life hasn’t gotten any easier. It’s actually a little more complicated but Sloane never backs down or runs away from the fight. She’s strong, determined, courageous and has a wonderful heart.
I really liked seeing her grow through out her journey.
I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Profile Image for Caroline Doig.
5,337 reviews40 followers
May 1, 2021
This is book 2 in the Soul Reader series and it was everything I thought it would be and more now I’m anxiously waiting for book 3. Sloane is now a part of Night Watch she has her friends and is part of a kick ass team she knows that the person who murdered her parents is after her too. Sorry guys I can’t get too much into this story because I don’t want to spoil this amazing story, there’s plenty of action, adventure, suspense, danger, twists and turns, mystery, passion and so much more to keep you entertained and turning the pages. This is an exciting story I loved it and I definitely recommend this book/ series.
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1,010 reviews13 followers
April 15, 2021
I really loved this book! Death Watch is a great follow up and picks up right where the first left off and I have to say I really love Sloane.
Sloane is a strong, feisty and strong woman and believes she will get her new friends killed but instead they show her they will do anything to help her because they care for her too.
Sloane finally gets her memories back from the night she and her parents died. She learns who and what she is and I have to say I really wasn’t expecting that little twist.
This is a great magical read with plenty of action, suspense and even some twists. I can’t wait for more!
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3,156 reviews62 followers
August 5, 2021
Death Watch wasn't as good as the first one, but it's still really awesome. Sloane learns the truth about who she really is and her relationships with everyone progress as well. I'm super excited to read more now.
Profile Image for Ashlee Olson.
352 reviews8 followers
April 27, 2021
I have been (im)patiently waiting for this book since finishing book one and this author did NOT disappoint! She really hit it out of the park with this one. As always, it was wonderfully written and literally impossible to put down. Spun with the magic that exists in this amazing world. Never boring or dull.

Sloane is back and is better than ever! She’s learning more about herself as a person and watching her grow was one of the best things throughout the book. We have a lot more crossover in this book and it’s absolutely perfect! She meets the vampire queen and Ingrid which is such a fun scene. Bastian, *swoon*, shows us more of himself in this book. He opens up more to Sloane and shows him more of what he does when he isn’t working for the night watch. This book is a window into most of the characters which is great! It shows up more of TL what makes them them and they open up more towards Sloane. This group as a whole are absolutely a force to be reckoned with. They all bring something to the table and work very well together.

This book is nonstop action from the very beginning. An ancient family blood curse, X still on the loose, a prison break, dark magic in a cemetery, Azreal himself, a few epic battles, not to mention a few extra guests at the end of the book! This book was everything we needed and so much more! An absolute MUST read series!!
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1,445 reviews5 followers
May 4, 2021
Sloane's life (joke totally intended for everyone who reads the book) is full of secrets and surprises, and the more she learns about her past, her family, and her identity, the harder it is to comprehend what is going on and how to deal with the situation. Even though her relationship with Bastian took a sharp turn and is now promising, it does not mean all problems are fully gone. And with the latest attempts to kill Sloane, she has to get creative with disguises and manage to secure powerful allies to protect herself and her new family. Add in the countless questions she has prepared for her father, and you are in for a wild ride.
And what a wild ride it was. Dangerous, action-packed, full of suspense and conflicting emotions. Sloane is a great heroine and it's very interesting watching her develop under the circumstances. Her existence is not simple and with the newfound identity upon revelation of her parentage and existence of other family members, Sloane must make some very difficult decisions that would affect everyone facing such challenges. I can't wait now what Grave Watch brings.
26 reviews4 followers
April 30, 2021
Sloane finds out her parents were murdered and that the murderer is coming after her. More revelations about family and battles ensue. Annie Anderson is wonderful at writing kick ass, snarky heroines and fantasy stories. I love everything I have read of hers and can't wait for the rest of the series to see how it ends.
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