Today is my stop during the blog tour for Soul Resurrected, the second book in the Sons of Wrath series by Keri Lake. I share my review with you today, an excerpt and there is a scavenger hnt going on!
Soul Resurrected (Sons of Wrath #2)
by Keri Lake
As Wrath’s fiercest son, Logan carries the scars of fifty years spent in the most dreaded prison of the underworld, for a sin he’d kill to keep secret. Enduring decades of gruesome torture has left Logan feared by and detached from others, until a female Alexi’s blood resurrects his soul from death and, with it, the pleasures he’s been denied for so long.
Plagued by shame of her own, Calla is drawn to the ruthless demon, Logan, whose insatiable craving for her touch rouses buried passions and, for once, leaves her feeling desired.
A dark and dangerous evil has been reawakened, however, and when Calla is drawn too close to its breeding grounds, Logan vows to summon the violence of Wrath in order to keep her safe. First, though, Calla must save him from a past riddled with deceit and corruption … but only if she can accept the chilling consequences of unearthing his vilest skeleton.
Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance …
Warning: This book contains explicit language, sex, and violence. Not suitable for readers under 18 years of age.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review
It took me quite some time to read this book, I don’t often read books that are as long as this one. This book is darker than the first book, continues the story and makes me want to read even more and learn more about this dark and twisted world.
When I picked up this book I was a bit disapointed I didn’t have time to re-read book1, because book 2 picks up right after Soul Avenged ended and continues the story only from slightly different perspectives. This book focusses on Calla and Logan, but there are also other point of views and they kept me wondering who’s story would be next, because there is so much going on and there is a lot of set-up for future books too. A lot happens in this book, not only because it’s so long, but also because a lot of different things are going on and sometimes it was difficult to see how it all connected and some things only connect at the end of the book and some questions are still there, hoping for answers in future books.
I realy liked Soul Resurrected, I really love Keri her writing style and once I picked it up I wanted to keep reading. Nevertheless this book had some slow moments and sometimes I got a bit frustrated because I couldn’t see the significane (yet) of some of the things that happened. From the 50% mark the pace picked really up and I read the last half in 2 or 3 days, while I spend around 7 or 8 days reading the first half. Also Keri knows how to write some great sex scenes. This book is dark and violent and contains some disturbing scenes and some gruesome details I preferred to not have read, but in the end it’s also about hope and love. I really liked the ending, it was beautifull and certainly not what I would’ve expected at the begin of this book.
While I hard this book would be about Logan and Calla I had some of my doubt, I couldn’t remember much about Logan from the first book and Calla was only a side character in book 1 and I had hoped this book would be about Gavin, because I am really curious to his story. When I started this book I had no idea how Logan and Calla would ever fall in love, Logan comes over as selfish and even a bit evil and crazy at first and I didn’t like him at all. Calla was sweet, but also had her tough side and I actually wanted to wanr her away from Logan and hope she find some good guy somewhere else. Both characters really grew during this book. I had read a review before this which mentioned the character growth, but I hadn’t imagined this. Due to the lenght of this book their relationship progresses slowly and also the changes are slowly, but at the end leaves you with 2 characters who developed and grew a lot. That’s certainly one of the perks of a long book, their relationship developed believeable and slow. They grew and changed and it all feels real.
Keri has created an awesome and wholesome world in this series and I just keep wanting to learn more and more and the snippets world building whoven throughout the story aren’t nearly enough for me. I think this world is fascinating and I want to understand how it all works and how some storylines tie together and what the impact is of some things and I just want to know more. This book certainly answers a lot of my questions about the demons and it was great seeing this story from a demon’s point of view and getting a more insider view on all things demon and supernatural. So this book in all adds a lot of world building, but I am still hungry for more.
After reading this book I am still left with a lot of questions and when I saw the mention that the next book wil Gavin’s book I am already looking forward to that one. Also there are so many things and storylines and plots set up in this book and I want to know how they all continue and develop.
To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, keri sure knows how to write a great book. The first half felt a bit slow to me, partly due to not re-reading the first book which led to some confusion at the beginning and partly because this book is really long and the second half was paced faster. Also there are a lot of plot lines which not make much sense at the beginning, but later on things come together and start making sense more. I liked how Calla and Logan grew and developed in this book and how at the end I really liked both of them, which at the beginning I wouldn’t have imagined. The world building is really well done and this book adds a lot from the demon perspective, although I am still hngry for more. All in all I really enjoyed this book (although I recommend you to(re-)read book 1 before starting this one) and I am realy looking forward to the next book.
You can add Soul Resurrected to your to-read list on Goodreads
You can buy Soul Resurrected here:
– Amazon (kindle)
– Amazon (print)
– Signed copy
Some lives just weren’t worth the trouble of saving …
The dark room swallowed Logan, as he lay sprawled on his bed—just as he’d been left after ditching his date with death. A stomach-turning sensation of thickened skin and tingles swathed his body, closing in on him, phantom sensations crawling over his flesh that kept him awake. Every five minutes or so, he willed an arm or a leg to move. No go.
Shadows danced across the wall on the occasions that one of the Catatones guarding the mansion passed through the floodlight below his window. He focused on them only because his neck had been propped in that direction and he had no choice. Good thing, though. She had been assigned to watch over him and slept somewhere beyond his periphery, the reminder heating his blood every time her sleepy moan drifted across the room.
The fury could’ve split him right down the middle.
Her blood ran through him—pumping in his veins, feeding his heart, keeping him alive.
The woman who’d gotten him stabbed with Demortis, the only element capable of taking down a demon, now swam through his body as the only element capable of saving him. Her blood. Pure. Probably the closest he’d ever come to being righteous.
The irony was enough to leave him scratching his own eyeballs out of his head—that is, if he could reach the damn things. Like a bitch slap from the gods, who probably sat around drinking beers over the shit, poking fun at him.
The side effect of returning from the dead?
Feeling like the fucking dead.
Logan tightened his lip, wishing he could kick his own ass for being so stupid. Not like he’d had to save her or anything. Hell, being a demon meant being the exception to human rules.
And being a son of Wrath meant never having to play by any species’ rules.
Yet for some reason, one lodged so deep inside his brain he couldn’t even begin to explain, he’d felt the need to intervene. Not so much for her sake, but because the little prick trying to rape her had taken a jab at the psychopath buried in Logan’s bones. Taunted him.
Then finally tripped his kill-switch.
Yeah, that’s what Logan told himself, anyway, because no other excuse could possibly justify why he couldn’t stir a single muscle in his body for anything having to do with her—Calla. The girl they’d picked up at some underground party, so high on Shine she’d have probably let every one of the brothers have a go at her if they’d been the ravaging bastardly types.
Lucky for her they weren’t.
“Should’ve walked away,” he muttered, his voice the only part of his body he could control.
A zing of pain shot through Logan’s feet, flexing them into an unnatural, paralyzed position. “Ah, shit!” Hadn’t his feet been numb just seconds ago?
Not even forcing his muscles to relax shook the sting away, one like a strike to the level of his bones, as if they shattered with impact.
He held his breath and clenched his teeth while the pain crept up his leg. “Motherfucker!” He spoke past gritted teeth, keeping his voice low to keep from rousing his babysitter, but damn, his back arched like one of those tetanus-infected bastards, his eyes squinting so hard they could’ve popped backward into his brain.
Black smoke curled behind his lids, and a deep laughter mocked him as the agony reached his spine. Trembling in the bed, Logan clamped his mouth shut and allowed the convulsions to run through him.
He’d known pain—gut-turning, put-me-out-of-my-fucking-misery pain. Nothing compared to what wracked him at that moment, as if nightmares could invade the body and inflict injury. The burn, like molten lava oozing in his veins, seeped into his every cell, searing him from the inside. Sweat trickled down his temple at the same time as a chill burst deep inside his bones and swept through his limbs, leaving behind a wake of nausea.
That black smoke carried the familiar sensation he’d felt once or twice in his life—from the quick witted son of a bitch that brought the toughest demon males to their knees: absolute death. Stygius. The place in the underworld from where no soul ever returned.
With shallow panting breaths, he allowed the blackness worming its way into his mind to take over as something dark and wicked laid claim.
All Logan could do was let it take him.
It’s time for the scavenger hunt part of this blog post 🙂
Here is some information about this scavenger hunt:
Throughout the tour, participating blogs will be posting a question for readers to hunt down on Keri Lake’s website. Questions can be found throughout the site: book pages, snippets, blog posts and glossary. Most questions will be related to the Sons of Wrath series. A few bloggers will have added bonus questions taken directly from Soul Avenged.
You can visit Keri Lake’s Scavenger Hunt page by clicking on the button. Record your answers on the Answer Sheet. At the end of the tour, you’ll be able to submit your responses via Google Doc right on the Scavenger Hunt page. The individual with the MOST correct responses will win a MYSTERY PRIZE, valued at $125.
Here is the question assigned to this blog:
The Sons of Wrath series is set in the city of _______________
Sounds fun, right? After reading these two books, this questions should be answereable. Although if you don’t know the answer you might want to check out the interview I did with Keri during my stop of the Soul Avenged blog tour.
About the Author:
Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.
When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.
You can find Keri here:
– Amazon Author Page
And there is an awesome tour wide giveaway for this blog tour, with lots of prizes to be won!
1-$30 Amazon Gift card
1-Signed Paperback Soul Resurrected (Sons of Wrath, #2)
1-Limited Edition Print signed by Julian Christian & Keri Lake
1-Property of Logan T-Shirt
1-Soul Resurrected Tote Bag
1-Soul Resurrected Notebook & Pen set
1-Sons of Wrath Wine Glass Charm set
1-Soul Resurrected Book Mark
1-Soul Resurrected Coffee Mug
1-$20 Amazon Gift Card
1-Signed Paperback Soul Resurrected (Sons of Wrath, #2)
1-Soul Resurrected Tote
1-Soul Resurrected Notebook & Pen set
1-Soul Resurrected Purse Clip
1-Sons of Wrath Wine Glass Charm set
For those participating in the Scavenger Hunt:
1-MYSTERY PRIZE (valued at $125)
I ♥ this book. ☺☺☺☺
I really enjoyed this book! I am really looking forward to the next book, because that one will be about Gavin and he is one my favourite characters so far!
I really loved how Calla reacted in book 1 and now i must know Logan reaction ( the excerpt is great but not enough^^) spo i really hope i will get the opportunity to have this book
i must always know what happen with Gavin and his ” guest”…. i was quite sad Ayden didn’t pick him
Sadly I didn’t have time to re-read book 1 so I didn’t remember much about Calla from book 1. I liked how Logan and Calla their relationship developed in this book. And I can’t wait to read Gavin’s book!
oups for email address: isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com
she didn’t hesitate to help him and she started to have doubt as soon as she saw how he was acting and thus changed war side^^
i should reread too to be able to answer the bonus question^^
Thank you for the humbling review, Lola, and for hosting a tour stop!! ❤❤
Thanks for stopping by Keri! I am glad I could be part of this awesome tour!
I am planning on rereading the first book and reading the new book this weekend. I can’t wait..
I would definitely recommend re-reading the first book before starting on this one!
I don’t typically re-read a book, but I will definitely be reading the Sons over and over again! Thank you Keri for writing such an amazing series!!!!
The Sons of Wrath series really is a series worth re-reading! I plan on eventually re-reading the first book, when I am caught up on review books.
Great review. I’ve been eyeing this series for forever. I will definitely have to grab it now! 🙂