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Soul Slam by Allie Burton
Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 15th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Soul Force #1
Source: ecopy from Author
A sixteen-year-old on her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian amulet inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut…and the deadly curse that comes with it. And Olivia is not alone at the museum. A member of a secret society, Xander believes it is his place to inherit King Tut’s soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society’s evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female imposter who stole the amulet. Xander convinces Olivia they must form a temporary partnership. The two teens develop a connection, and together they must figure out how to end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run, unable to touch because of the curse, and managing the male soul inside her female body, Olivia must learn to trust Xander. As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander start to fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world from destruction?
Soul Slam is a fun action adventure story told with Egyptian history and magical mythology woven in. Allie Burton starts the story off with a bang…or should I say, slam. (I couldn’t resist) Olivia is trying to steal an ancient amulet from the middle of a museum, (likes that’s no big deal!) and she ends up interrupting a magical ceremony gone wrong and somehow she ends up with King Tuts soul, and powers, inside her body. All within the first 20 pages or so. It was then that I knew this book was going to be past paced excitement. And I was very right.
Olivia is spunky and has energy to spare. There are so many people after her, and she is on the run pretty much from page 1. Even though she is fiercely independent and has a take no prisoners attitude, she also has a soft part to her personality. It is just buried deep down inside of her most of the time, because she is so used to always having to be tough. You could see her softer side peek out sometimes around Xander. Not all the time mind you, because even I didn’t always know what was going on with him, so she was guarded a lot, but sometimes you could really see them connect and it was sweet in the midst of everything crazy going on. There is not an overwhelming romance in this story, which was good because there was already a lot going on. But what romance there was, was a nice complement to the action.
Olivia has to learn how to master her powers, while running all over the city was pretty cool. There was never a dull moment. I liked the infusion of Egyptian mythology into the story. I thought Allie Burton did a great job with details in the story. I felt like I really got to know all of the characters, even some of the minor ones that we just met on the journey had decent backstories. One thing I wish was explained better were Olivia’s powers. They seemed kind of all over the place. But overall, I enjoyed Soul Slam. I liked the ending and I think it set up the next book nicely. This book is great for people who like action adventures with a bit of magic and mythology mixed in.
Allie didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising.
When her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back.
Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.