"I need to get you to the hospital." He was taking responsibility for me. Only my parents had that job. I stretched my hand out in protest, but the lack of depth perception had my trembling fingers grazing his overheated neck. I swore his whole body shook.
When five-year-old Anna Pierce is offered a chance to have nightmare-free nights for the small price of her voice, she jumps at it. Silence has to be better than all-consuming dreams about blood and death and fangy monsters. The bargain she strikes comes with a secondary benefit, visions of a person's future potential. The combination of visions and silence changes her very nature and soon she's diagnosed with autism. Twelve years of living in her head comes to a screeching halt the moment Peter Davis pulls her out of an icy river.
Her new life has her twirling, tiptoeing, and crashing through unfamiliar territory, one filled with a cranky grandma, a knocked up cousin, an unpleasant cousin, a bunch of mostly good vampires, and the boy who rescued her.
To top it all off, the deal she made at five is no more. Anna is expected to talk, to figure out her resurfacing nightmares, and to control her ever-growing powers. And she'd better get it done soon because if the good vamps want a piece of a living, breathing Touched girl, the evil ones simply want. They'll take Anna for their very own.
Soul Walker is so beautifully written, with a very different main character, and vampires that are nothing like the ones I’ve met before.
My Soul Walker review:
I’m wondering why I haven’t read Soul Walker before now, even if I do know why. I have been blog-friends with Robyn for a while, and I love her. So, even if I had her books, I was afraid to read them, and not enjoy them. I don’t know why I ever thought I might not enjoy Robyn’s stories, because even her blog-posts include her beautiful way with words, and Soul Walker is a true work of art! It’s easy to see that Robyn used to paint a lot, because she has used a full palette of colors, different size paint-brushes and her vivid imagination to create a universe and characters that are unlike any I have ever met before. The word-spinning made such a beautiful tapestry of a story I was almost breathless.
Anna is one of the most enchanting main characters I’ve read about ever, and Soul Walker is a beautifully crafted story, in which both the prose, the character development and the way the story unfolded just had me totally engrossed from start to finish! Compelling because Anna sees everything slightly different from everybody else, and also because she is capable of looking into another person’s (or a vampire’s) soul and see their past, both their actions and they’re feelings.
There are several things going on in Soul Walker, even if it is during the summer, and there isn’t a lot of action during the span of the story. Anna barely survives the rafting accident in which her parents perish, and then goes to live with her grand-mother. The guy who saves her is Peter, and he’s been guarding Anna for years. Without ruining anything by way of spoilers, let me just say that Soul Walker is a beautiful, different and compelling book, and I can’t wait to read more in the Touched Girl series.
Some of my favorite Soul Walker quotes:
That night I choked on my screams because Danielle meant it. The bloody biting nightmares would come if I talked.
Legends usually started out this way. An all-alone-child wishing for something only a little girl could imagine, and then fate would step in and grant it.
She was often rude and inappropriately honest, but she could cry. I could make strange sounds that felt like blades scraping the insides of my lungs with each utterance.
First glimpse inside proved the exterior was no fluke, the woman liked colorful things, interesting old things, she liked quirky things.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge
- 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
- Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
- Winter COYER 2014 2015