Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on February 3, 2015
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Source: ARC From Publisher
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.
WOAH THERE! Look out! Because Soulprint was really freaking awesome. I hoped to love this book but I didn’t expect to totally hook me in the way it did.
Soulprint was non-stop action. It was an intense, mystery thriller that WOULD NOT STOP. There was no stopping to take a breath. No stopping to rest. Nada. It was going 100 MPH the entire time and as a result, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!
I read the whole book in one sitting. Then, it was like 1am and I was 35 pages from the end. My husband came into the room to go to bed and I started panicking and screaming things like:
“There’s no way you can make me stop reading!”
“Nothing will tear this book from my hands!”
“I cannot stop now! Only 35 pages left!”
“DON’T MAKE ME!”
Then my husband just looked at me like I was nuts and said, “Uhh, you can keep reading…”
Soulprint was a total “Ashley” book
Soulprint’s foundation was in hacking and technology. But, the book wasn’t really full of geek-speak. There was no technical lingo (“database” was advanced as it got). And while I do like geek-speak, I think the lack of it will make this book more relatable for others.
But anyway! My point is that the main part of the book was figuring out this huge mystery. Alina’s “past-self” (the previous life that her soul had) was named June. June was a fugitive because she hacked into the soul-database and released confidential information. Alina thinks maybe there was more to the story, so the book is all about unravelling that mystery, and OMG it is gripping!
A sweet and subtle romance
There is a romance in Soulprint, but it’s not really center front. It’s something that slowly develops on the side. The focus is always the mystery, which is how it should be because that part was by far the most intense and interesting! But the romance was really sweet too. I liked it, even though I appreciated the fact that it wasn’t more prominent.
Good ending, but…
This is the part I’m oddly iffy on. I did like the ending a lot and how everything came together. But the book kind of left me wanting more. Is that good or bad? Given that this is a standalone, I think I would have preferred to be more 100% satisfied than wanting more. I’m not even sure how it could have been done differently. I just felt like maybe I wanted more detail or “revolution” or something. I don’t know. Maybe I still had questions and I prefer being left with answers.
But that being said, this was a super awesome book that kind of took me by surprised. I hoped I’d like this book, but I’m not really sure I expected to give it 4.5 stars! I guess it was just that un-put-downable. 😉