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Pretty Souls: A Paranormal Response Team Novel Paperback – February 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936394774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936394777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,336,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie's love of adventure and things that go bump in the night began at a young age. Her mother didn't approve, but Julie went on to pen many short stories and poems throughout her teens. Only after earning a degree in chemistry did she return to her love of writing fiction.

Now, Julie splits her time between her imaginary worlds and her home in Michigan. Her husband and children have learned not to worry too much when she doesn't seem all there, and her dogs are attached enough to wait patiently by her feet until she returns.

Visit Julie at www.julieparticka.com or www.julieparticka.blogspot.com

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It's well paced and the characters are well written.
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That being said, I loved this book and would whole-heartedly recommend it to YA readers of all ages.
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I didn't read it that way, but I can't swear that it's not in the book.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2011
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Pretty Souls is Julie Particka's debut novel under that name but she has several published works as Seleste de Laney. "Pretty Souls", her first YA and the first in her Paranormal Response Team series, continues her interest in the paranormal. This book has werewolves, vampires, demons and zombies, oh my!

Pretty Souls tells the story of two foster sisters, Elle and Cass, who are not your average teenage girls: Elle is a werewolf and Cass is a vampire. They met and clicked immediately. In an unlikely series of events, they stay together through several foster families, all the while trying to blend into the human world and not draw attention to themselves. (NOTE: that was my understanding of the story but on IM, Particka says they met at their current foster home. I didn't read it that way, but I can't swear that it's not in the book.) They've found foster parents that they like and try to do all the right things so they can remain in a safe, loving home.

Elle and Cass sneak out at nights to patrol the town for supernatural beings but are startled when they encounter peers and other townspeople who have been turned into living zombies. These zombies are not dead nor are they rotting; their body remains unchanged but their souls are gone. The girls start to hunt for the being or beings responsible and quickly encounter more suspects than they know what to do with. Additionally, their school work suffers from their nocturnal activities and as a result they find themselves saddled with tutors. Unsurprisingly, there is more to the eye concerning the tutors than the girls first believe. Cass appears to be head over heels for her tutor, Corbin, a college student, while Elle has feelings for Jax, her tutor and a new kid in town.
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"PRETTY SOULS" BY JULIE PARTICKA

This book was exciting with spunky supernatural characters that are the epitome of today's teens. I like the fact that this book even being a YA did not hold back on what teens are REALLY like in today's society, the fact that a few expletives leak out every once in a while was actually refreshing and Julie Particka did not go overboard on the language at all. In fact this book had such a real feel to it that it reminded me of my own high school days... of course minus the supernatural's. If only there had been werewolves and vampires in my school perhaps it would have been less boring!

That being said, I loved this book and would whole-heartedly recommend it to YA readers of all ages. Elle Jameson and Cassidy Wegner find themselves in foster care and over the years have formed a unique bond as not only sisters but best friends. The reason this relationship is so unique is that Elle is a werewolf, while Cass is a vampire. Unwittingly they find themselves joining forces to combat other supernatural elements that threaten to destroy the normality of a life they have tried to fit into.

This story is very humorous, quirky, with just enough snippy teenager comments to make you laugh. I can't wait for the next book and I commend Julie on her realistic take on the young adult scene! Definitely worth picking up!

My rating: 5 Ravens flying high!

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A wonderful first effort.
She manages to have teenagers that are complex, conflicted and realistic. Just like real teenagers. Dealing with body image issues, insecurities and trying to present a normal image in the hopes that everyone (including themselves) will begin to believe they are normal. I know adults that still do that!
She also manages to deal with a werewolf and a vampire while covering complications that are usually just skimmed over in most books. What does happen to the young soon to be vampire/werewolf after the attack that kills their family, leaving them orphans and not so lucky survivors? This is dealt with in a realistic and sympathetic way while also managing to show some of the emotional issues of being in the foster care system, without turning it into a pity party.
Good job. What's next? © Night Owl Reviews
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An entertaining story with a nice balance of paranormal activity and teenage reality.

Pretty Souls is the story of Ellery "Elle" Jameson and her foster sister Cassidy "Cass" Wegner a werewolf and half-vampire respectively, whom while on patrol one night discover the beginnings of something they have never come across before. The people of their town are slowly becoming what seems to be living zombies and it's up to the girls to figure out who (or what) is behind it before someone they care about becomes the next victim.

The task isn't easy though, it's not like the girls have a 1-800 number they can call for advice, its just two teenage girls, their limited experiences and wits. It also doesn't help that the girls have their own lives to deal with. Lives that include doing their best not to screw up the home they currently have with their great foster parents or to destroy the reputations they've built up for themselves at school.

The pace of the story I admit feels a little slow at times, Elle and Cass may have been patrolling the streets of their town and dealing with the occasional paranormal baddie for a while but their far from experts. They're pretty much making up their next moves as they go along and despite Cassidy's "sources" and the suspects on their list each move they make seems to lead to a dead end until a little over a hundred pages when they hit a break and things start to really pick up.

I enjoyed seeing the werewolf issues from a female perspective, I haven't come across it that much in the YA genre and it was nice to see the downs as well as the ups to being able to shift your form.
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