Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 12th February 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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With the science of soul-fingerprinting a reality, Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned for the crimes her past-self committed. In an attempt to clear her name, Alina unintentionally trades one prison for another when she escapes, aided by a group of teens whose intentions and motivations are a mystery to her. As she gets to know one of the boys, sparks fly, and Alina believes she may finally be able to trust someone. But when she uncovers clues left behind from her past life that only she can decipher, secrets begin to unravel. Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat the past.
This compelling story will leave readers wondering if this fictional world could become a reality.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Soulprint starts off with Alina celebrating her 17th birthday surrounded by people hired to “protect” her. In her world, technology has the ability to identify souls and the soul that Alina has was that of June Calahan, a criminal who was believed so dangerous that upon her death they sought out her soul. June’s soul, aka Alina, was then imprisoned on an island and constantly guarded. On her 17th birthday though, she gets help in escaping the island. However, things don’t always appear the way they seem.
I picked up this book on Netgalley because the premise immediately intrigued me and I’m a big fan of YA dystopian and haven’t read one in a while so I thought I would read this one. The beginning immediately sucked me in. I loved the mystery of finding out what June Calahan actually did to warrant her soul being under lock and key on an island. And then when she’s on the run…OMG I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen. The action from her escape till about the halfway point was really intense and awesome. I was right there with Alina trying to figure out what was going on and figuring out why June did the things she did.
I will say that at about the halfway point the book changed and I’m not so sure how I felt about that change. I felt like the initial direction of the book got a little lost with the slower pace and the added element of a romance. There was still the June mystery that I enjoyed and was excited about but the other stuff I wasn’t a big fan of. I will say that the romance aspect of the story was just okay. I would have been perfectly fine without it. The story was definitely strong enough that it didn’t need that element. Another thing I’m not sure how I felt about was the ending. I won’t say what I didn’t like because I think that would spoil it. I will say that I didn’t find aspects of it believable and that is what probably disappointed me the most. The June mystery aspect was still great though. The way that wrapped up was very interesting and definitely the best part of the second half of the book.
As a whole, I will say that this book was good but could have been better. It definitely had a lot of potential to be great especially with the amazing start it had. Unfortunately, the second half just really brought it down. I will say that the characters were good but I was much more interested in the story than the characters. The June story was just such a highlight that everything else didn’t really compare to it and anytime it focused away from it I wasn’t a fan. Great premise though and definitely a good book to go into blind.