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The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1): A Zombie Paranormal Origins Tale Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Cege Smith is a Minnesota based writer who is addicted to Starbucks lattes and B-rated horror films. She has been crafting spooky stories since she was twelve years old. She lives with her husband, two adorable stepsons, and miniature long-haired dashchund, Juliet, in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

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  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499605331
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QNWP2Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Everyone loves a good origin tale. Bestselling Author Cege Smith's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.

Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.

Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.

The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Johnson on October 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As the human race is on the brink of destruction Soul Implantation Day is upon them. Babies are born soulless creatures making their appearance different. To get a soul they have to go through Soul Distribution day where only the lucky are chosen to receive one.

There is not much the reader is told about this future world that has befallen the human race; Smith leaves this part up to the reader to try and decipher for their own. I would have liked to have known more about what lead humanity into the ensuing chaos, it seems almost like a cop-out for the author. This book had an interesting concept but overall the execution was flawed and lacking in substance and there are too many story narratives of different people making the story that much more confusing and convoluted.

Note: I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviews.
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By Kay Adkins on January 10, 2013
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I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

This book has a very interesting storyline. All babies are born soulless. Souls are generated at the soul fountain. They are given out in a kind of lottery form. If a person is lucky enough to receive a soul, they had better be a very good person and follow all the rules or it can be taken back. People without souls, for the most part are just downright ugly - grey skin, red eyes, etc.
Women are required to stop working after marriage. Pregnancy must be granted to couples with souls by permission only. The race is regulated because of the lack of souls.

See? It's a great concept! The book is very enjoyable. Similar to Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, I found myself wanting to find out what happens next and not wanting to put the book down even for breaks. The characters as well as the backstory or "rules" are very well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal, post apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi type books.
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"The Soul Garden" by Cege Smith begins "There was Before and then there was Now." "Now" is when the story takes place, and nobody talks about "Before." A strongly pseudo-religious hierarchy is in control Now, and rules are very definitely made to be obeyed. People do not simply "have children" whenever they want to. Anyone fortunate enough is selected to become parents, and the number of children permitted is based entirely on the needs of the community in which the parents reside. Jobs and/or careers are assigned, based on what the Head Master determines was most essential at that time and place.

Central to the story is the fact that children were born without a soul. The soulless were hideous creatures, with mottled gray skin, endless appetites, and emotionless dispositions. At some point during their early childhood -- if they were so fortunate -- the Office of Souls would select them to have a soul installed. This was a sacred, extremely regulated process, and missteps were not tolerated. A misplaced word could get your child expelled from the Garden, never to receive another chance at having a soul installed.

In the Soul Garden, routine had become so well established that error was unheard of. Or was it? Two adult soulless, a circumstance of great disgrace and quasi-permanent isolation, by great deceit and trickery managed to get their names on the list of approved soul recipients without being observed until it was too late to remedy the mistake. Quite literally, all hell broke loose. The Head Master and all his power was not sufficient to hold back the evil forces called forth by one of the adult soulless. The other adult soulless, who wanted only to have a soul, was bombarded with a multitude of evil souls, and became a tool of the greater evil.
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By Allie on November 22, 2012
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I received a copy of this book for review. Set in the distant future where children are born without souls, this story takes off from the first page. It is not my normal genre, but I loved it! It was a believable and intriquing read. Can't wait for the next book from her.
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Set in the very distant future, The Soul Garden is the first in a new series by Cege Smith. We are only given a few details about this world and the rest is left pretty ambiguous. The past is know as Before, where some apocalyptic event occurred that humanity had to drag itself out of, or so I imagine from what we're told.

In this world, babies are born soulless. When a human has no soul their appearance is different; they have grey skin, don't smile, don't generate warmth and have red-rimmed eyes that get redder with age, eventually taking over the entire eye. For babies (or adults) to get a soul they must go through the Soul Distribution Day, where the lucky chosen receive a soul from the Soul Fountain. Souls can also be extracted and this is often a punishment for criminals. Murder results in soul extraction, but as souls are in short demand the extracted souls are "rehabilitated" and re-used.

This era is very "protocol" heavy, adults are assigned jobs at a ceremony, women are expected to give up their jobs once married and even having children is heavily monitored. Couples are selected out of a lottery. Any couple that wants a child applies and then hopes for the best. The population is regulated because there is a shortage of souls. If a couple disobeys the rules and have a child outside of the system, their souls are extracted and the child is left, soulless, in the Soulless Asylum.

An interesting concept for a book. There are aspects of the Soul Ceremony that I found similar to baptism. I'm not sure if it was intended, but before the ceremony at the fountain, babies are soulless, unloved and are seen as unnatural. Then a visit to the fountain with a gathering and incantations gives them a soul.
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