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My Soul To Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg

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MY REVIEW:  3*

This story tells the tale of Sky, since the death of her father she has struggled.  Her mother enrolls her into Applewhite Preparatory Boarding School.  It is there that she is introduced to the Guardians of Light.

At first she feels this group can help her fit in, it boasts being an inspirational group, with a non religious message of bring light and peace to people.  Sky feels that she needs to find peace and it is one of the reasons for joining.  There are regular meetings and activities.  Over time she becomes more involved with the group and her room-mate Deanna notices her drifting away from dormitory activities.  Sky feels she is being shunned, but actually she is being isolated and more reliant on the Guardians.

As December 21st 2012 approaches the warnings of the end of the world are being banded around.  The more time she spends with the Guardians, the more she is sucked into their beliefs.  How the earth will end, and how, as a group they will need to be prepared and get ready for the afterlife.

This is an interesting read, and not a genre I usually choose to read from.  It was insightful to how easy it can be for vulnerable people to be coerced into a dangerous group. I did feel that is was stretched out in many places, and at times the countless mentions of yet another meditation session could have been shortened.  That being said it is well written, and is set at a good pace.  Ideal read for young paranormal readers.

I would like to thank Jackie for sending me an eARC copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.

THE BLURB:

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take… When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light-and they have a secret. The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead… When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky-though this is exactly what she believed she wanted-she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away. Danger and death lurk around every corner… The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might bring Sky closer to the afterlife-and possibly beyond-than she ever imagined. Sky is looking for a connection to the afterlife, but what she finds may be more than she bargained for…because what lies after life is death.

BOOK DETAILS:

Paperback, 404 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Limitless Publishing, LLC (first published 2016)
ISBN 1680586327 (ISBN13: 9781680586329)
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