Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Title: Soulprint
Author: Megan Miranda
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury USA Children's (February 3, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars


Book Description:
From the author of FRACTURE, a riveting new thriller which draws on cutting-edge science.

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.









Set in a time where anything is possible, Soulprint explores that possibility of past lives and souls that never die, that never truly go away but instead, regenerate after death into someone new. Someone who can be punished for mistakes you may have made.

Always being fascinated with the possibility of reincarnation, it was no wonder the synopsis for Soulprint appealed to me. The what ifs of it all were too appealing to ignore and so, I picked this up already being familiar with Miranda's work and sure that she would deliver an outstanding read, and dove head first into the fray.

And I did get something unusual, something different, and even something slightly, dare I say, strange?

I admit, this wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be and I am still unsure of whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, I did get the unexpected and I did get something original and at times, fun.

Miranda knows how to set up a story and make you invested in the outcome. She knows how to keep you turning the pages simply because you are fascinated with the direction the story took. With the direction she choose to lead us.

The only downside was that at times the story tended to drag and slow down almost to a crawl and instead of being riveted to the page, I instead found myself slightly let down and forcing myself to continue with the story, only to be hooked once again as it picked back up.

I wouldn't say this was Miranda's best work but it was imaginative and creative at times and did keep me curious if nothing else. But honestly, over time, I can't imagine this is a story that will stick with you or one that you will remember months from putting it down. 







*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

32 comments:

  1. I wasn't the biggest fan of the author's debut so I wasn't really interested in this one although the ideas in the book sound very interesting. I know Jenny liked this one and since you did like certain elements, I might give it a try. I'll just have to remember that it drags in certain places.
    Lovely review, Ali!

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    1. It had its good moments for sure. :)

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  2. The concept is really cool. Too bad the pacing didn't allow you to completely become lost within the pages. Wonderful review Ali

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  3. This was definitely an unusual story Ali, I agree! The whole concept was so terrifying that I couldn't help but be intrigued by it, though there were lulls in the pacing for sure. Glad you enjoyed it for the most part even if it didn't knock your socks off:)

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  4. The idea for this story does intrigue me. Although, if it didn't keep your attention the whole time, I don't know... I do like books that keep me hooked. Maybe I'll try this one out. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It is more enjoyable if the story can hook you and keep you there. ;)

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  5. I love reincarnation concepts and stories too! Were the draggy parts too textbookisb like she was explaining things too much? That would really slow things down if that'd the case

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    1. No sadly that wasn't it at all more like, something happen already! She is stuck in a house with her rescuers (kidnappers) and it just takes a while before the story gets moving again.

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  6. Thanks for the review Kindlemom I think I'll give this one a pass. :)

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  7. I've never read anything by Miranda, but I'm still really curious about this one. I think it sounds interesting!

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    1. All of her books are pretty unique and interesting so far.

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  8. I read Fracture by her and though I was impressed it somehow missed the mark. I think this one does the same thing. Too bad because it has such a cool premise.

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  9. This one sounds really good. I like the whole she's punished for something she never really did thing. (I know I'm weird) A strange book can really be hit or miss for me. I'm not sure what to expect now. That's too bad about the uneven pacing though.

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    1. It happens with the pacing but at least the idea behind it was as original one, I have to give her that. :)

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  10. When I saw this book around, I'll admit, I was slightly vary because it's premise sounds so familiar and I was/am worried that it wouldn't really stand out.

    I am glad that you were able to enjoy this though, Ali! :)

    Lovely review!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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  11. It sounds intriguing and different but I'm sorry tht it wasn't that awesome. I think I'll pass.

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  12. This sounds a little crazy. In a good way. I might give this a go since it's a standalone.

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  13. I like strange and creative books so I might like this one. Though slow pacing sucks.

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    1. It wasn't slow the whole way through so you never know, you may really enjoy this. :)

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  14. eap when a story takes off then slows down like that i think it can really be bothersome to the reader who has been so invested, i know that would bother me too. it sounds like the premise was promising!

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    1. I think your right Lily, I think that is what bothered me most about it.

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  15. Just finished a book that dragged not long ago so not going to venture myself into another one like that for a little while. Great honest review, Ali!

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    1. They can be tough reads, especially when you really want them to be..more.

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  16. This does sound like an interesting premise, but I'm sorry to hear the pacing was off and it didn't stay with you. I am probably going to skip this one, so thank you for your honest lovely review!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, it was an interesting read.

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