Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.
I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first of Lisa Gail Green's Soul Crossed. The idea of an angel and demon falling for one another had me wondering how unique this story could be. But then I read a review that had me changing my mind and then I started reading this one and wow! It was such a great read that I devoured it in one sitting!
I'll admit, Soul Crossed wasn't without its faults. I "solved" a mystery so very early on that it was almost disappointing. I mean, it was clearly there in front of the reader, but I must give Lisa kudos to the extent of that mystery! There were more details and whatnot to it, that I SO didn't see coming until they were revealed!
Grace and Josh are both newly dead souls. Grace was admitted into heaven and Josh went to Hell. They are both given tasks to make a good place for themselves in their afterlives and that is "winning" over a particular soul to their side. Grace must save the soul of Camden, or else the End Times would be ignited and Josh must corrupt Camden's soul into the realms of Hell in order to start the End Times.
Both Grace and Josh aren't without their own powers, ones that have them enrolled into Cam's school easily where they both are trying to win Cam over. Cam is your classic misfit. He's not popular, not geeky, he's sadly, sort of the invisible type. Cam has the potential to be evil and wreak havoc over mankind, but he can also be redeemed. This is the ultimate test for Cam and his soul. But this guy? He truly is wicked! I had read in a previous review that he does unspeakable things to animals. Now while our family dogs have the capacity to drive me completely insane, I do love animals. And I physically could not stomach reading what Cam did to these poor, helpless animals. I couldn't do it! I seriously COULD. NOT. Read these passages. There were only a small handful, but once they started I started skipping paragraphs and I never do this! Never. But what these paragraphs contained, I had to. This by far was probably one of my biggest upsets with the book. Not so much that the author decided to torment readers, but yeah...I just didn't like that aspect of the novel, but since it was so tiny, I didn't fault the book much for that in my rating.
Grace and Josh are both clueless as to what the other one is. It's a big secret for most of the novel. Then all Hell starts to break loose with the scheme of things and stuff happens! Lots of stuff, and this is where a few of those surprises were thrown at us!
Both Grace and Josh were amazing characters I thought. They had their flaws, but they had their redeeming qualities too. Josh made a few mistakes in life, but I still couldn't quite understand why he was sent to Hell, but then there was a "big" no-no he did that is likely what sent him there, but even then we learn more to that story!
Soul Crossed was a read filled with surprises! It was intense! The characters were remarkable and unforgettable! I enjoyed the romance between Grace and Josh. Shockingly, it was insta-love, there was a bit of insta-attraction, which is completely different, but that's never really bothered me before, because who hasn't felt an instant attraction before? And the romance that happens between these two, felt real. Though on the downside of that end, it did move pretty fast. I mean Grace was only 16 when she died and Josh was 17. It almost seems like these two should have been a bit older, as it stands I'd call this one a YA novel when it would probably read better as an NA. So maybe if they were like 19 and 20 it would've worked better in some of those schemes and what not. But that's just me and my personal preferences!
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It wasn't flawless, but I can easily say I will be picking up book 2 later this year! Though if Netgalley doesn't get it, I can't say when I will precisely be reading it! The TBR Mountain of Doom is a bit out of control at the moment!
If you're looking for that angel/demon kind of read, then I HIGHLY recommend this one! But be advised there is some animal cruelty in this one. That, along with a few romance and mystery factors are what caused my slightly lower, but still good, rating! Lisa Gail Green is definitely on my watch list though--and that is meant to be a good thing! ;)
Overall Rating 3.75/5 stars--the awkward rating due to the above mentioned unpleasantries! Without the animal cruelty though, this easily would've been 4 or 4.5 stars! But that part really made me sick to my stomach and I couldn't even read those segments!