Author: Rachel H. Dixon
Title: Slippery Souls
Series: Sunray Bay (#1)
Publisher: FeedARead (December 24th 2011)
Disclaimer: Copy received for review purposes.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Libby has hit a bad patch in life, and just when she thinks things can’t get any worse she's killed in a car accident alongside her dog Rufus. During their transition to the afterlife’s Sunray Bay, Rufus somehow manages to absorb her soul – which, in turn, gives him human-like qualities and renders her soulless.
Accompanied by her now talking dog, Libby tries to unravel the mystery of her slippery soul, encountering many setbacks and dilemmas along the way. She has no idea why a group of monster slayers, headed by an ex-convict, are hunting her down, and when she teams up with rogue Peace & Order Maintenance Officer, Grim, she’s shocked to discover that there’s a mob of disgruntled vampires and a very angry mayor hot on their heels too.
Libby has never felt so unpopular, and begins to wonder whether it’s possible to die twice in one day... ” GoodReads’ blurb
I finished reading this book a couple of days ago and I’m still not sure how I feel about it... It was so different!
There were several things that jumped out at me. The first was the tone – it was the kind of dry quirky text that is fun because it’s so matter of fact. I enjoyed it, but I also have to point out that I never really forgot I was reading. You know the feeling I’m talking about, right? When you’re pulled into the story and go one hundred pages without taking notice? Well, I did notice, but I still liked it-which was entirely personal, so I think you might want to take it into account.
The next thing that jumped out at me was that I had no idea whatsoever about where the story was going. The beginning was a bit erratic, going back and forth in time, but later it got more linear... and I still didn’t know what was going on! By the time I hit the mid-book mark, I was still trying to figure out who were the bad guys, why they were bad, what were the stakes, and just why Rufus was so witty. It was nice to be surprised! I’d have liked some more clues, perhaps, but it was fun nonetheless.
The characters are interesting too. Specially Libby-she’s a kind of no-non-sense girl who takes things in stride, without much angst or thought, and just does what she feels like doing. She worked really well along Grim the POM officer, who looked about to climb the walls in desperation of her for the best part of the story!
All in all, a very original story, with a unique take on the afterlife, on vampires, and on karma.
Plus, it features a talking dog! What else could you ask for?