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Seduced by Shadows (Marked Souls #1)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  703 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
When Sera Littlejohn meets a violet-eyed stranger, he reveals a supernatural battle veiled in the shadows, and Sera is tempted to the edge of madness by a dangerous desire. Ferris Archer takes Sera under his wing, now that she is a talyan[possessed by a repentant demon with hellish powers. Archer's league of warriors have never fought beside a female before, and never in a ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Signet Book (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sera Littlejohn is a thanatologist - she sits with dying hospital patients and helps them in their last hours - but ever since she was hit by a drunk-driver her world has become one of pain medication, physiotherapy and struggle. But it's not her physical scars that draw a demon to her from beyond the veil but guilt over her mother. Either way, she's the first female in countless centuries to be possessed by a demon.

Ferris Archer knows all about being possessed. He's one of many men who, at a ti
*sigh* This book mostly just reminded me of why I don't typically read books labeled as romances.

Basic plot: Sera gets possessed by a demon who wants to atone for being naughty, joins up with a network of similarly infected humans, and ends up saving the world from Hell on earth.

Complaint #1- formulaic plot. Normal chick inducted into weird brotherhood and is different from anything they've ever seen, never seen that one before... Look, they're having lifesaving sex; look, they're having affirmi
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Possessed warriors fight evil and their own pasts but "...Against the Dark, Hope and Love Grow Brighter"…Against the Dark, Hope and Love Grow Brighter”

Enter the fight against evil, but the battle against demons from hell is fought not by angels but by talyan - warriors possessed by the repentant ‘teshuva’ demons- in Seduced by Shadows, the first book in Jessa Slade's Marked Souls series.

Talya Ferris Archer is a loner even among his fellow demon fighters, but his dreams warn him of the rare ar
I think this was a great first book! The storyline was interesting and unique. People being possessed by demons, either good or bad, and they are fighting one another to protect the innocent people in the world. That's just to sum up what's going on. The only issue I had with it, it was a little detail oriented and there was a lot of description. It could be that it was the first book and had to set up the world and the premise, but also it's not enough of a problem that I wouldn't want to conti ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not going on my favorite shelf, but still a really good read. I meant to only read a few pages, but ended up staying up until 5 a.m. to finish it off! The world created by Jessa Slade is rich, along with her vocabulary. I almost wanted to go searching for my dictionary with some of the terms used, but it only added to the story. Angels and Demons at war, strange creatures from the underworld, and magical powers. I can't wait for the second book, but I'm going to pass the first on to another frie ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This is the first book in the Marked Souls series and a début by author Jessa Slade. It follows a similar pattern to that of many other Paranormal Romance series: A group of immortal men, one of whom is featured in each book, and meets his destined female and they all live happily ever after. For readers of this genre, this set-up will feel nice and familiar, and that's not a criticism. Obviously we like the formula or else why are we here again starting yet another new series? I know I already ...more
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, this was a lot more enjoyable than I expected - don't get me wrong, there's minimal humor and lots of angst - but as a fast-moving romantic adventure story, it really hit the spot.

After losing her mother to suicide as a child, her father to dementia, and now her job after a car accident that left her emotionally and physically broken, Sera Littlejohn unwittingly succumbs to temptation in the form of a demon - damning herself to a semi-immortal life waging an unending war against evil
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Renee Raudman - Narration 5*s

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks 10/31/11

Jessa Slade builds a world with a new and interesting twist in Seduced by Shadows. Repentant demons cross the veil and possess humans that have a weakness, whether physical, mental or both. It’s considered a symbiotic relationship. The human gains in strength and abilities and that is a good thing for Sera Littlejohn. A car accident has left her with serious health is
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

The author is equal amounts of wicked smart and funny. I really enjoyed reading her work, learning about the characters and what eventually unfolded as a story BUT I didn't like the writing.

Maybe 2/3's of the way through the book I realized I wasn't really ever going to get comfortable in the read. I'm not sure if this will come across clearly or not but I'm going to try anyway. It's as though the r
K. Bird Lincoln
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seduced by Shadows suprised me in how much I enjoyed the style of writing and characters despite some of the scene to scene action not quite making sense for me.

A counselor to the dying gets posessed by a demon (reformed demon called a teshuva), joins a group of demon-possessed guys fighting bad demons (called djinn), and finds new ways to destroy the bad guys through her bond with one of the hunky demon hunters.

The writing style was much more stream-of-consciousness then I'm used to in this gen
Aug 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ferris Archer knows Sera Littlejohn is about to get possessed by a demon. Unfortunately, the woman doesn't believe him, also because she would be the first female to be possessed in a very, very, very long time.
Well, since this is Romancelandia we're talking about and the heroes always stick around even after being rebuffed, when Sera finally sees the light, Archer takes her under his wing. And since this is Romancelandia there has to be a spark between them...Some heavy battling between good an
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seduced by Shadows, book one of Marked Souls series by Jessa Slade is a book is a humans vs. demons some good some bad and some you couldn’t figure out until the story unfolds. Sera’s story and traumatic and heartbreaking history because of her mother, left her crippled both physically and emotionally. She is a thanatologist spending time with the patients nearing death.

She is inhabited with a demon and during the possession Ferris Archer, a man also possessed, helped Sera during the transition
This one disappointed me. Awesome premise, great worldbuilding, but the characterization didn't hold up. The lead heroine is a disabled thanatologist who ministers to the dying... which seemed really cool to me, but the character fell flat for me; it's hard to describe, but it lacks that "spark" that brings characters to life. The lead hero, Ferris Archer, only seems to exist to serve as her romantic interest, but the romance has no real spark either. The author makes the mistake of conflating s ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
On a mission. Those books I once upon a time started and put to the side. your time has come and I call the dnf
Stephanie  G
3.5 Stars

Sera Littlejohn was in an accident that left her crippled and in constant pain. On the walk home one cold Chicago night, Sera encounters a handsome imposing man who is a bit frighting. Later that evening she dreams of the same man and he promises her a life without pain and answers to her most burning questions. What she doesn't realize is that she has just agreed to let a teshuva (a demon that seeks redemption) posses her. What I really admired about Sera was that she did not just wan
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seduced by Shadows is Jessa Slade’s opening salvo in her Marked Souls Series and a grand salvo it was. Seduce tells the story of Good vs Evil, Black vs White and all the shades of Grey in between. A history of Damnation, a dream of salvation with twists and curves and jaw dropping suspense until the very end. I believe Seduced is aptly name because the entire book is pure seduction.. That’s right is teases and taunts, flirts it’s way into the readers very being all while telling a story of hope ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessa-slade
"Seduced by Shadows" by Jessa Slade. Book 1 in the Marked Souls series.

I had high hopes for this book but unfortunately it just didn't have my full attention for some reason.

1 - The overall storyline was interesting. People being possessed by demons that are trying to repent for a lifetime of evil. These repentant demon-possessed warriors (known as talyan) are fighting the "real" demons out in the world. All the warriors have been men until now. Sera is the first woman to be possess
Sara Littlejohn life was never good, her mother committed suicide, her father couldn’t deal with that and just felt sorry for him and her brothers fled the family the moment they were of ages. Now Sara is recovering from an accident and maybe be cripple and in pain for the rest of her life. Then one night a stranger tries to warn her to refuse the demon who wants to possess her, but she doesn’t really believe him and flees. But that night this demon approach her and promise her a life without pa ...more
Paranormal Romance
The heroine lives is a shadow of her old life. Crippled in a car accident when her mother kidnapped her and tried to drown them both in the lake she now lives with constant pain-both psychically and psychologically. So it's really no surprise when her lack of joy with the world attracts the attention of a demon. What is a surprise however is the beautiful and equally tortured man who comes to her in her darkest time of need. Demon possessed himself the hero stays with her-looking after her as sh ...more
I picked this up purely as I love Renee Raudman's narration: which was, again, excellent. The book; less so.

This book was a bit of a split personality for me. Yes, as a new series I expect a slow build up as the infodump of the word and its rules are introduced. But no, I don't expect a book to really get up and get going after the half way point. Saying that, I quite enjoyed the second half and had a big listening binge to find out what happened next :)

There was plently of good and bad. I liked
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about people who are possessed by demons because they had a whole in their soul. Once the demon ascends they become the Marked Souls and they fight until they die, then their soul can be redeemed.

The main character in this book is Archer. He is a two hundred year old possesed man. He has lost everything in his life and believes that the world is damned because of the people who live in it.

Sera is a woman who becomes possesed by a demon. Before her possesion she is very depressed and
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I start this review? I read the back cover to get the feel for what to expect. What I got and what I expected were two very different things (and that's in no way negative). It's like when you grab for a glass of something opaque on your kitchen counter and expect to be drinking a nice, cold glass of mountain dew, and then you take a sip, and find out its apple juice inside the cup. It's not that you don't like apple juice, but your taste buds were expecting The Dew.

So to get on with my r
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my very first from the author Jessa Slade and I wasn't sure which rating I should give.

The basic story behind Sera and Ferris relationship is overwhelming! I really enjoy reading about the history of these Talyan / Repentant / Demons. The story itself was great too. I love everything about demons, I think the author got a great imagination, a wonderful creativity (Jeez, you should read all this stuff about the Talyan and it's only the beginning!). The first few chapters were enthr
Cid Tyer
Sep 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
Seduced by Shadows was a book I got at a book club book swap. It looked interesting enough and when I began the book, I was pleasantly surprised with the writing and especially the world. I really liked the not quite black and white view of good and evil. The whole setting was done very well and I liked the situations that it put the characters into. The characters were what made the book hard to read. I liked Sera’s spunk. Come on, a girl like her who has been through a traumatizing, near death ...more
This story focuses on Sera Littlejohn, the first female possessed by a demon. She is thrown into a world of demons and angels that she never knew existed and she learns how this possession has changed her life forever.

What I loved-Jessa Slade's view on demons and angels. I like the idea of a warrior class of demons, the talyan or repentant demons, try to control darker demons from raging on humans. My favorite scene is a simple conversation between Sera and her angel bound friend. I loved Sera
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2009
This was a good read, but it didn't really hook me. I found it easy to put down, and might not have finished it if it hadn't been my beach read this last week. I'm not sure what was missing. I loved Slade's take on demon possession, and I really liked Archer. Maybe Sera didn't appeal to me enough?

Actually, I think that might be it. I remember thinking the post-demon-ascending-Sera was completely different from the Sera in the first chapter or two. In the beginning, she had a shadow over her, whi
Tina Moss
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 3.5. I found the story engaging and the characters interesting. Sera didn't draw me in as much as I hoped, but I did find her pain believable. Archer's issues also felt real. I like the side characters of Bookie and Nanette. The plot flows well. Although, I would liked to have seen Sera resist a little more and not handle the situation quite as well as she did. She seemed more inquisitive about it, instead of freaking out.

The world building was the problem for me. It was very intricate an
The Window Seat
Sometimes a series has all the right things and still just doesn't seem to work for me. Since I had heard very good things about Jessa Slade and the Marked Souls series, I felt I needed to give it a try.

As Ferris Archer watches the sky, he realizes that another demon plans to possess a human. The only question is, is it a good demon (or at least one trying for redemption) or a bad demon bent on destruction? The only way to tell which it will be is to first be sure that Sera Littlejohn survives t
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seduced by Shadows was a tense, dark and multifaceted love story centered around the talyans, humans who carrying teshuva demons, fallen angels who have repented, in their souls in hopes for personal redemption when they die in battle. The talyans are the disregarded fodder for the holy war between angels and djinn demons, the fallen angels who have not repented, and they have pretty much given up hope for winning the holy war until Sera Littlejohn comes along.

Being the first novel in the Marked
You know those books that you read and the only thing your thinking the entire novel is "Is it over yet? Please tell me it's over". Well thats how I felt from the first chapter to the last. Maybe I'm just too slow and retareded to understand the plot of this novel. Lets begins the long list of things that were wrong with this book. TRANSITION!!!!! If there is one thing in this world that grinds my gears its sorry transitions. There was no warning whatsoever when you entered another characters th ...more
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