Title: Dark Night of the Soul
Author: E. M. Havens
Release Date: July 30th 2013
Review Copy: From author in exchange for honest review
“That about sums it up.” Marsh said, offering a steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
What comes after life? Jayden Schroeder is about to find out. At the end of the road of despair, she ends it all and finds out that living might not have been so bad. Thrust into a strange and disparate world, Jayden joins a team of warriors from all places and time. Together they battle demons to save the souls of the living, all the while on the run from the end of all things - The Judgment.
Will she fight for a second chance to spare those she loves? Or surrender?
Dark Night of the Soul is a fantastical journey, both literally and figuratively for Jayden’s soul. Action adventure, fantasy, romance, and dark humor twist together to create an afterlife tale that will keep you thinking long after the final chapter.
Then the adventure starts. Again there is tons of detail and I loved it. Really gave that true fantasy feel. Throughout this book we meet a bunch of other characters who are in this purgatory too. Now, one may think because this book is short that everything would feel rushed. Well, it doesn't. We slowly learn about everyone's stories and still go on this adventure in purgatory.
Time for plot twist! In this purgatory, you become who you'd like to be. In the excerpt I picked out you'll get to see who Jayden ends up looking like. This is one of a few twists in this, which makes this story even more awesome.
There is a romance that sparks in this book which may make some people raise their eyebrows and go "why?" But if you think about it. It makes sense. Most people kill themselves because they either don't feel loved or they feel guilt. So it's the thought of someone loving you for you and helping you make you love yourself again. To me, it really balanced the book out.
It's a beautiful book that touches a subject that I feel YA books need to explore more. Also, you may want a bit of kleenex with you. I know I almost got teary-eyed a few times.
ExcerptI wore camo. Ugh. But I wasn’t fat. I looked at my hands. They seemed older. My boobs! I copped a feel then tugged the collar of my khaki and brown camouflage shirt out and took a peek. They were perfect.
I pulled a strand of hair in front of me. Blonde. Now my heart was pumping.
I scurried to my feet trying to take in more of myself and my surroundings. I wore full military garb with a handgun strapped to my hip. A really big gun lay on the ground next to where I woke up at the edge of a camp with a fire and tents, and everything.
And me. From what I could see, my body looked perfect, just like Becky Greenwood, the cheer captain. I bet my face was too. I bet I even had blue eyes. I must be in heaven. But why camo?
“Damn it! Who ordered the newbie?”
About the Author
E.M. Havens is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who loves to read. She lives in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma with her three kids, awesome husband, twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, one house cat, and a goose...AND she write.