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The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

G. P. Ching
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Book Description

Sometimes the end is just the beginning.

Book 1 of 6 in the bestselling Soulkeepers Series.

When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths and questions her motives for helping him.

Don't miss these other books in The Soulkeepers Series!

  • Weaving Destiny (Book 2)
  • Return to Eden (Book 3)
  • Soul Catcher (Book 4)
  • Lost Eden (Book 5)
  • The Last Soulkeeper (Book 6)

Read the bestselling novel that readers call an utterly spellbinding, elaborate and spectacularly written adventure!



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"One of those rare stories that seizes your attention from the start and never lets it go. I would highly recommend The Soulkeepers. It has everything a reader could ever want." - Sarah of ThatBookishgirl.com

About the Author

G.P. Ching is the bestselling author of The Soulkeepers Series and The Grounded trilogy as well as a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre novels with paranormal elements and surprising twists. G.P.'s idea of the perfect day involves a cup of coffee, the beach, and her laptop. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head island with her husband, two children, and a brittany spaniel named Riptide Jack. Learn more about G.P. Ching and her work at gpching.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carpe Luna Publishing; 5 edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RR1NZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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185 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soulkeepers August 8, 2011
By Laura
Format:Paperback
I'll be honest, the first time I sat down to read this book I had a hard time getting into it. I finally set it aside for a while. It wasn't the book's fault. Or the author's. I just had a lot going on in my life at the time and couldn't manage to summon the focus necessary to absorb this book. And it deserves that kind of focus.

There are so many things going on that you need to be able to concentrate solely on this book to give it the attention it deserves. It's like one of those movies where you can't risk looking away for a second or you will miss something. That said, you want to trust me on this: it's worth it.

For a teenager, Jacob is a strong character. He is well developed, as are all the characters, with all the flaws and quirks necessary to make him become real. He has a very strong sense of self and loyalty. He is a kid who knows who he is and he refuses to let anybody change that. Even in the small town atmosphere that he finds himself in. When he is taken from his home in Hawaii and forced to live with his Uncle in Paris, Illinois, Jacob has to adapt to an entirely new way of life. Not only is he living with relatives that he never even knew existed but he also has to leave island life far behind. No more sand and sea, casual attitudes and acceptance of his differences. Here his differences are glaringly obvious and he's not allowed to forget it.Jacob also slowly becomes aware of the fact that he is different in other ways too. Ways that aren't quite....normal. In a quest to figure out who...or what....he is, and his quest to find his missing mother, he is brought together with Dr. Silva and they have adventures quite unlike anything I have read before.

Even the secondary characters, Malini (I loved this character), Uncle John, Dr.
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95 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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Ever since he recovered from the car accident in which his mother went missing, Jacob has been suffering from disturbing nightmares. The doctors say it's just his brain trying to recover from the trauma, but something about them feels too real.

Miles from his home in Hawaii, living with relatives that he never even knew existed, the dreams still come to him night after night. And now he's having them about his neighbor across the street. A woman who appears to float more than walk and who doesn't need shoes even in the dead of winter.

Already an outcast at his new school, all he wants is to find out what happened to his mom and go home. But with no money and no leads there will be no quick escape for him from the small town of Paris, Illinois. And when he is pushed to the limits one too many times, Jacob learns a secret about himself that makes him question who he really is and if his dreams are more than just fantasy.

With no one else to turn to, Jacob is tempted to accept the offer of help from his mysterious neighbor, Dr. Silva. But he has a feeling that she is keeping secrets from him and her help comes at a price. One that even for finding his mother just might not be worth paying.

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The Soulkeepers is an utterly spellbinding, elaborate and spectacularly written young adult novel by author G.P. Ching. From its very first words - "Death lived up to Jacob's expectations" - the story will pull readers in and take them on an adventure as Jacob discovers abilities he never knew he had and tries to uncover the truth about his mother's whereabouts.

The story is equal parts paranormal mystery and epic adventure as Jacob learns about the importance of what he is and what his role is in the battle of good versus evil.
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122 of 135 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story. November 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
3.5 stars.

I usually try to stay away from books about fallen angles and religion. Not because I'm not religious myself, but because too many books seem to mock or contradict one religion or another in the process. I don't know if I would've read Soulkeepers had I known it was this kind of book but I ended up enjoying it. I think for me, it's best to ignore all the religious innuendos and just read it as a story. I can't do this with every book, but with Soulkeepers it was fairly easy to do.

The thing I enjoyed about this book was how easy it was to get into the story. It didn't slow down and there was always some mystery hanging in the air which kept me intrigued. I liked Jacob as a main character and found him to be a breath of fresh air. I don't always like reading about guys from their POV, mostly because I don't totally relate, but I liked Jacob's personality and it was easy to relate to him on some level and in turn like him.

I liked Malini and I'm certainly curious to find out what kind of role she'll play in the future. Overall, I enjoyed this story... don't LOVE the whole religious aspect of it (this is again my person preference) but as a story it was good.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was free! January 16, 2012
By Joni
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am toward the end of The Soulkeepers and am having a hard time finishing it. It's one of those books that is torture to read, but I still want to know how it ends. That may sound a little dramatic, but this book has some real flaws that are just too difficult for me to get past.

I will first start with the positive. Soulkeepers has a pretty original premise and plot. I haven't read much about fallen angels and such, but it seemed unique to me. I also liked the fantasy aspect of it. The suspense and mystery made me want to finish the book, even though it has been a struggle.

Now for the negatives. I have one major complaint: the writing. Now I realize this book is written for 13-15 year olds, but I'm a teenager and I still want some depth to the books I read. The author just skimmed the surface on a lot of details. She also has a skewed view of the "American Teenager." The popular kids are bullies and racists, which isn't accurate, in my experience. Maybe 30-40 years ago, but not now. What really made me shudder and laugh, was the names they called the Jacob and his girlfriend. They called him "Kung Fu" because of his chineese heritage, and they called his girlfriend "PS" for push start, because of the dot Indians wear on their forehead, which she didn't even wear. These "bad" names are completely unrealistic and just plain stupid. There are plenty of more examples, but I think you get the point. Take it from a high school student; teenagers don't act like that!

This book was pretty much terrible, but I can see how, for some people, the good overshadows the bad. If you are in your older teens or an adult, just skip this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Idea
Unusual but fascinating four stars because it took a while to get into but the following books will be easier I'm sure. Going to order the next one now.
Published 6 hours ago by Merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Some times it is hard to understand but it tells a very interesting story that I personally think is awesome.
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If you are spiritual, with a sense of adventure type of person, you'll probably love the authors writing. I couldn't quit reading! There are no boreing parts to this book at all. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
It was both thrilling, love seeking, and it pulls you in to want to read more.... it's long enough to where you are happy at the end because of its length. I recommend this book
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okay
Published 4 days ago by John Sollitt
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just the right detail and pace for a youth book.
Published 6 days ago by Melva Lohstroh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very surprised
I found this book very good, seeing it was for someone else. It moves along good. I would recommend it
Published 6 days ago by James Newburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Wonderful
I love this book it's pretty legit! Definitely a must read for sure. So now where's book number two at?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining.
Good quick read. Different genre than I usually read but this book was entertaining.
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G.P. Ching is the bestselling author of The Soulkeepers Series and The Grounded Trilogy as well as a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre novels with paranormal elements and surprising twists. G.P.'s idea of the perfect day involves a cup of coffee, the beach, and her laptop. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head Island with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Riptide Jack. Learn more about G.P. Ching and her work at gpching.com.

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