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The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) [Kindle Edition]

Cege Smith
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Book Description

In a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm, infants are born soulless. With a hideous appearance and unquenchable hunger, they are kept out of sight until they are Chosen.

Long ago, the residents of Malm placed their faith in the Office of Souls to lead them and keep them safe after the human race was almost destroyed in the time known only as "Before". But someone long forgotten has other plans, and that means unleashing unspeakable evil into their world.

Soul Implantation Day 3675 starts out like any other, and follows the paths of six people who are destined to meet in the courtyard of the Fountain of Souls. They bear witness to a soul implantation ceremony gone terribly awry.

Not all of them will survive, and some will suffer a fate far worse than death.
Length: 25,000 words

*This novella was previously released under the title "The Soul Garden".*

The complete Twisted Souls series:

The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)
Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2)
Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)
A Soul to Settle (Twisted Souls #4)

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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: 1555 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QNWP2Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! April 24, 2012
By Jessica
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Just a few paragraphs into this book and I was hooked. This fast paced thriller took me about two hours to read and left me begging for more. A great series opener, The Soul Garden is well-written and highly imaginative. I look forward to the sequel, scheduled for summer 2012. It will definitely be on my watchlist.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awful... July 15, 2013
By whoops
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Not much detail, seems like cheap rip off of harry potter only with a girl. Book one? I was hoping there was only one. The author would have to do some fantastic changing to get me to read another one. Another worthless zombie book....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy tale September 30, 2013
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The Soul Ripper is a fantasy/post-apocalyptic novel that starts with an interesting premise. The world has fallen is some undermined time in the past and babies are now born without souls, as such they are in effect little monsters that grow up as such until they are granted a soul through a special ceremony.

The story concerns a group of parents who have been chosen to have souls granted to their offspring and the people involved in that particular day's ceremony. Unfortunately someone long forgotten also has a need for souls and has their own plans for that day.

I enjoyed reading the book, as I've said the basic premise is interesting and it weaves a believeable world and more importantly it provides a vision of people's lives in that world. The writing is solid and leads you happily through the plot right up until the moment it abruptly ends.

In fairness the end is a reasonable one and oes leave you anticipating the next book in the series, however it is a pet peeve of mine when a significant chunk of the book you are reading is taken up with a section of the next book. In this case I hit 85% (far from the worst offender I've encountered) and the book was over.

As I say that's a pet complaint of mine, other than that it is a fine read, well worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well delivered. I liked the premise. June 19, 2013
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Well written but in need of a bit of editing. This is a well flushed out story with an attention to detail that doesn't bog you down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great April 28, 2013
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This is a great story. It had me from the start. A world were souls are given out like in a lottery an souls are taken for breaking the law. Cege Smith has another great work here. I will be getting the next book in series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different - in a good way 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to an Epic Journey! November 22, 2012
By Grampy
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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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More About the Author

The written word is fundamental to who I am and what I do. When I was a kid, I escaped reality by diving into books that perhaps were sometimes too mature for me, but gave me a glimpse of "what if". I had the typical wild imagination and I was able to dream up all sorts of crazy new worlds to sink into based on the latest book I'd read.

I made my first foray into writing my own stuff when I was twelve. I wrote about two sisters trapped inside a haunted house that was shifting in time. Through high school I carried a little black book with a velvet cover in which I wrote all sorts of teenage angst poetry and ideas for short stories.

The thing that kicked my butt back into writing was National Novel Writing Month, which I found in 2004. I'm not sure who was more surprised when I finished my first novel that year, me, or the characters I met in the story who finally found a home on a written page.

I hope you'll connect with me here, on my blog, on Twitter, or Facebook and let me know what you think about my work. I'd love to hear from you!

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