By: Melanie | March 6, 2014 | (21) Comments

Review: Soul Cutter by Lexa CainSoul Cutter by Lexa Cain
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Genres: Horror, Romance, YA
Pages: 300
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The Soul Cutter is hunting again.

Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.

In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.

When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.

Élan is fighting for her very soul.

My Review

When Lexa Cain approached me for a review of her novel last year, I was a little unsure about how I’d feel about it. I mean, I am not a fan of horror, though I will read it every now and again. But now, I truly regret not making time for reading this earlier–I blame homework. Anyway, to get to the point, Soul Cutter was pretty darn awesome. There are a few flaws that I believe that can be easily fixed but looking at this as a whole, I will be sure to be on look for more of her books.

Élan was a well constructed protagonist. She’s determined to stick with her goals and plans and is a smart character when it comes to thinking on the spur or just picking up clues. Yes, she comes out to be a little rude (when she’s having inner dialogue) and bossy sometimes, however she realises her flaws which I liked. It’s only frustrating and annoying when they are being a bitch and continually do it throughout the entire novel thinking that it’s totally okay.  Moreover, I was really intrigued by where this novel began. We have Élan who is trying to expose “fraudulent physics and fake seances” by recording them then replaying and analyasing them with her high quality equipment. She’s so far exposed 8 scams and at the beginning, she was currently videoing another “seance” with the help of some school mates/friends. I was totally invested as the idea was intriguing. One of the main reasons why Élan was doing this because she was afraid of someone that she killed, and that he would come back as a ghost for revenge. We get snippets of the night it happened gradually throughout the book.

One of the main issues I had with this book was how fast everything went. One minute we are in New York trying to bust some fake mediums, next minute she’s already in Egypt. Moreover, I sometimes felt like it was hard to keep up with everything that was happening, a little more detail or scenes would have fixed it though. Lastly, despite Élan being a fantastic character, I found it a little hard to connect with her completely. Yes, I liked her, but I think for me personally, I couldn’t really love her like I had expected.

Aside from those criticisms, Soul Cutter had a great plot line,  the story is told mainly by Élan but later, we have another person’s POV. During the read, I was constantly wondering who Warren Ziegfield was and why brave, brave Élan was so scared of him. The disappearance of Élan’s mother was a constant mystery. Élan had to go to Egypt–where her mother and the rest of the superstitious crew were filming to find her mother by herself. There are a lot of descriptions which made Egypt come to life, and I got a decent idea of what the setting was like. Lexa Cain writes wonderfully.

A strong story line, well constructed characters and fantastic writing, Soul Cutter is a great debut by Lexa Cain. I highly recommend this if you love some superstition, mystery, books set in Egypt and horror.

~Thank you Lexa Cain for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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21 Responses to Review: Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain

  1. Wow. That looks good. (Although, I’m shallow enough to admit, I totally snorted at the cover. Just goes to show that the outside doesn’t count as much as the inside, right?!) XD It sounds really original, and I like the idea of the videoing psychic scams. But the pacing sounds a bit wonky, eh?
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  2. The premise sounds really good, as does the mc. It sounds like with a little more world-building this would have been a better experience for the reader. I love the the paranormal element. Wonderful review!
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  3. That cover is horrid, Mel. I think needs a change for sure, because that wouldn’t make me want to pick it up at all.
    It sounds like the story is really interesting despite the fast pace. I’m going to add this to my wish-list.
    Thanks for sharing, Mel! Lovely review!
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  4. Shai W says:

    Hmm,I don’t mind horror so I think I will keep this in mind if I ever feel like a refreshing read. Lovely review, Mel 🙂

  5. I really hate when a story moves too fast because it can definitely be hard to follow unless you seriously concentrate which is always difficult. Élan sounds intriguing, though, because I definitely know what you mean by that kind of character that acts poorly and then continues with the behavior because they think it’s okay. I love how she develops as a character, and her original character sounds equally intriguing. Fantastic review, Mellybean! <33
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  6. Lily B says:

    Fast passed books like this thought can be fun can make my head hurt, it has to be done right for me to enjoy them correctly as well. Sometimes it is necessary, other times feels too much.
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  7. Henrietta says:

    Élan had killed someone? Interesting… I liked the idea that the main character went into investigating psychic scams. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the plot. It’s nice knowing the story has a good setting.
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  8. This one seems different which I like. But I hate books that are on speed. Things get confusing fast.
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  9. Melliane says:

    Oh I love things about Egypt so it could be interesting. The mix is intriguing I confess, and even if I’m not that into the cover, I should give it a try some day. But I don’t think it will be one of my priority.
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  10. Rashika says:

    Okay.. I wants this.
    Seances and exposing fake seances and that is kind of right up my ally.
    I am not a huge horror reader either but if you throw in ghosts then I’ll desperately want the book (so long as it’s YA… Stephen King is not for me.. I’d have nightmares.

    Great Review, Mel!!! 🙂
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  11. Amir says:

    The blurb confused me a bit, it seemed like as fast as the book’s pacing! I do love horror and I will get back to this when I get in the mood for the genre. I love the premise that she’s exposing psychic scams but I guess I just have to keep in mind that this book’s pacing is fast paced and prepare for sudden plot changes. Great review Melanie!
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  12. Lovely review Mel, I like the Egyptian scenes that this one promises, plus the whole thing about seances is so interesting!
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