Thursday, October 29, 2015

5 star review ~ Crashing Souls by Cynthia A. Rodriguez ~ Jill Mac

I am darkness; what you would consider a thief amongst the living.
I’ve spent time, so much of it that it seems a trifle word to call it, in that gloom being swallowed whole by human grief and human tears.
I am the Angel of Death.
And all was dark until I met a man, searching for a woman.

Given a second chance to find the love of his life, whose soul was placed inside someone else after a tragic accident, a young man finds himself taking over the life of a teenager named Dexter. But there are rules: She will not remember him and he will only have fragmented memories, not knowing anything about the life he has been placed in and barely anything about the life he once lived. He embarks on a journey to right Dex’s wrongs and find the woman whose soul belongs with his, no matter what it takes. Finding her is one thing, loving her and her self-destructive ways is another.
Artful, sharp, and compelling, Crashing Souls explores the permanent mark left behind when two souls crash together.

Crashing Souls was such a beautiful story.  It was unlike any other story I’ve ever read.  Unique in its own way.  I’m not usually a fan of fantasy, and though this book isn’t categorized as a fantasy, some aspects definitely touch on it.  Still, even not being a fan of fantasy, I couldn’t put this book down.  Cynthia has a way with words.  I devoured this story.  I laughed, I cried, I FELT.  I felt everything.

I loved Dex and Noa’s character.  Dex was given a second chance at life and love.  In search of the soul that belonged with his.  Dex wouldn’t know who she was, until he knew.  Until he felt it.  And boyyyyyy did he feel it.

“Did it always feel like this? Was it always this clear when you met your match? Most people looked for giant signs telling you when you found the one but it had only taken a glimpse into her eyes.  They saw me.  And even if she didn’t know me, her eyes did.”

Noa is one of my favorite characters ever.  I think it’s because I connected with her on a personal level, more than I even care to admit.  Noa deals with everyday struggles that would be hard for any 18 year old to go through. Deep down Noa is just a girl who wants to be loved, but she won’t admit that.  It’s easier for her to push you away for fear of getting hurt, or worse, falling in love.

“Don’t you kiss me Dexter, don’t ruin me for anyone else if you aren’t going to stick around.”

What I loved the most about Crashing Souls was how real it was.  Though it was a romance book, there were no descriptive sex scenes and I loved that.  It’s refreshing to me when an author can write a romance book without having to write sex scenes.  I hate when a book becomes all about sex. Crashing Souls is the story of two souls that belong to each other, but life and its hardships make it hard.  When you find your soulmate, will you do everything it takes to keep them? Because after all, if you’re not together your life isn’t worth living.  That’s what Dex and Noa had to find out.  They both go through ups and downs.  Highs and lows.  Their relationship is at times heartbreaking, and you are left not even knowing if they will ever make it work.  But the thing about soulmates is it isn’t in your control, and I believe that Noa and Dex are that for each other.

“Love was, after all, a game of sink or swim.  Some days I’d been swimming, loving every moment of it.  Others, I was drowning in the enormity of it.”

Cynthia, you are amazing.  Your words are amazing.  This book is amazing.

If you love a real love story, one that is going to hold you prisoner until its very last word, and even after that, Crashing Souls is the book for you.  It was beautiful.  I’m not going to lie, the ending killed me.  It crushed my soul. *see what I did there* But I am happy that the story isn’t over, and we will be getting more of Noa and Dex.

“You see, it’s either going to be you, or I’m going to die alone and hope to catch you in another life.  Because no one can even come close to you, Noa.”

Crashing Souls was a bold 5 star read for me.  Cynthia though this is the first book of yours I’ve read, I know it won’t be my last.  You have a forever fan in me! 
<3 Jill Mac

Cynthia A. Rodriguez hates writing her own bio. In her down-time, you can find her watching movies, ranging anywhere from classic movies to action flicks (she has a weakness for Marvel adaptations), and reading steamy novels. She is stationed in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and their Miniature Pinscher, Winnie (as in Pooh).

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