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Review: Weaving Destiny

Weaving Destiny, the second book in The Soulkeepers Series by author G.P. Ching, was released in the U.S. on August 29, 2011 in paperback format and on September 6, 2011 in eBook format.

It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format. The paperback edition is also available to purchase online at Amazon, HERE.

Published by DarkSide Publishing and CreateSpace, the print edition is 220 pages.

Goodreads description:

Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn’t help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love.

When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.

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The Watchers are now more determined than ever to succeed in their fight for dominance. And as more and more people go missing or turn up dead, the Soulkeepers appear to be losing the fight.

With Malini still unsure about what she really is and just what she can do to help, Dr. Silva manages to track down another Soulkeeper willing to join them. But Mara Kane isn’t just any Soulkeeper. She’s gorgeous. And she seems to have set her sights on Jacob.

With the growing tension between Malini and Jacob due to Mara’s presence, and the fact that Malini is still powerless to defend herself or anyone else, she’s no longer sure whether she and Jacob are destined for one another. And if they’re not meant to be, then who or what is her true destiny?

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It’s rare that a sequel outshines a book that is as well-written, enchanting and unique as The Soulkeepers, but Weaving Destiny has managed to do just that. This second book in the series is a riveting, fast-paced and action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns as the characters continue their epic battle against evil.

The addition of a new Soulkeeper, who is both fierce and beautiful with a very desirable ability, adds an exciting new dynamic to this story. And with a whole host of new paranormal beings, a love story that is put to the test, and an even deadlier enemy, this installment is nothing short of electrifying.

Several months have passed since the events that took place at the end of the first book in the series, and Malini is no closer to figuring out just what she is. But as the danger from the Watchers grows closer and closer to Paris, Illinois, her friends and family, Malini is becoming more desperate, frustrated and frightened. If she can’t help protect those she loves, what good is she?

But when she learns just what it is that she could be and the powers that she might someday possess, the cost may be too high. The last two people who attempted the journey that she would have to embark upon failed – one ended up in an insane asylum, the other ended up dead.

She could just simply walk away. But walking away from this quest would mean never being an equal to Jacob and would forever leave her wondering “what if.”

Once again, Author G.P. Ching has written an incredibly exciting story that will immediately grab readers with an introductory chapter that adds mystery and tension. And with writing that paints such a vivid picture, the story will continue to keep them engrossed until the very end.

Everything flows just as beautifully as it did in the first book in this series. But several new additions to this sequel, including the Soulkeeper, Mara Kane, a handsome new character named Henry, and several new deadly enemies, give this story a very different feel.

Weaving Destiny is absolutely a must-read for those who enjoy beautifully-written, captivating paranormal stories with unique characters and abilities, action, adventure, danger, heartbreak and an ending that will leave you wanting more, but not hanging off a cliff.

It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in the series in order to read this one, but it is highly recommended to get a better understanding of the characters and their situation.

Reviewer gives this book…

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 “star” rating.

On a personal note:

I was surprised by The Soulkeepers, but I was blown away by Weaving Destiny. Completely and totally blown away. At one point toward the end I even got chills and that doesn’t happen to me very often.

I tried to set my expectations low for this book so that I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if it didn’t live up to its predecessor. Believe it or not, but just because one book by an author is off-the-menu doesn’t mean they all will be.

But I wasn’t really successful. I expected a lot from this sequel. I knew the author was a brilliant writer, so I did expect her to deliver that level of writing in this second book. I just hoped that the story would be just as engaging as the first.

And with the book switching focus to a different character, I was worried. I am one of those readers that grow attached to one character and generally prefer them to remain the focal point throughout the entire series.

Well, I had no reason to be worried. As this was told in third person, I wasn’t limited to only seeing the story from Malini’s perspective. And it’s not as if Jacob was left out. Not one bit. He did not get relegated to the background.

While it was ultimately Malini’s story, Jacob was such a huge part of this book. And it wasn’t just about Malini’s quest. Jacob had his own journey.

Well, none of my fears were realized. This book was fan-freaking-tastic. It had all that good stuff from book one – the great intro, an exciting adventure, some pretty cool abilities and a love story – but it had way, way, way more.

I mentioned the first book had moments of humor. Well there were a lot more moments in this book. Along with a nice heap of sarcasm thrown in thanks to Mara Kane. There was also more action, more adventure, more bad guys, more “ick” moments, more twists, and some pretty interesting new characters. And while I can’t say too much, I will say there is definitely something that happens that is totally creeptacular.

I did not expect Malini’s journey to take her where it did. I did not expect Henry. And I didn’t expect a certain ability that one of the characters had in the story.

How this author managed to pack all that she did into this book, which is significantly shorter than the first according to Amazon’s page count, and not make it feel overcrowded or confusing, I’ll never know.

What I do know is this – I absolutely loved this book. I plan on reading it again. Soon. I love the new direction this story took, while still managing to retain its original focus. I love the new characters. And I love the added “ick” factor that had me skeeved out on more than one occasion during the read.

This was such an unbelievably entertaining one-sit-read. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the third book to be released this winter.

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It was so difficult to choose a favorite passage. I had several, but my most favorite one, which was a conversation between Malini and her father about destiny, should be read within the framework of the story, so I won’t reveal it here.

The one I chose, which made me grin, is a conversation between Mara and Jacob:

Mara sighed. “Adam and Eve don’t look anything like I pictured. They’re short. And Adam is…lacking.”

“Lacking?”

“That’s an awfully small fig leaf, don’t you think?”

The third book in the series, Return to Eden, will be released this winter.

If you’d like to check out my six star review of the first book in the series, The Soulkeepers, click here.

Book trailer for Weaving Destiny:

This review is based on an eARC I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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