Review – My Soul To Wake (Stain Book 1) by Tara Oakes
My Soul To Wake
*** Warning: this novel is intended for those over 18 years of age due to its erotic nature and mature content. ***
These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible… but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there’s something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?
SALEM, MASSACHUSETTES 1692
She was taken from him in the cruelest way… condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, they will never be one again? There’s only one thing to do… only one option that will bring them together again.
SALEM , MASSACHUSETTES TODAY
Leah is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It’s not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It’s all harmless fun.
Or so she thought.
Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She’s prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who’s eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there just may be something more to this place, something more to him.
Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she’ll come back. He’s broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can’t risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.
What’s 300 years when it comes to true love? He’s prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, make her his and to help her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. He’ll stop at nothing to make her remember who she is, the power she possesses, and the love they swore to each other.
Our Rating: 4 Stars
Past lives, past loves, magic and tragedy, all weaved together into an incredibly gripping tale. Will and Leah fight against their past in an attempt to build a future denied by the selfishness of others, but will they find success this time round?
I remember reading the blurb of this book ages ago and thinking ‘I really need to read that’, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I consider myself to be quite a spiritual individual, so the concept of past lives and reincarnation was very easy for me to get my head round, but for those who are less in the know, don’t fear. Oakes builds the readers knowledge at the same place that Leah learns, so you never need to worry too much about feeling overwhelmed by the magical aspect of this story.
I’ll get my quibble out the way early, the first half of the book was a little slow for my personal tastes. I was hooked, but I could still put the book down for breaks. That changed as the story developed, but I’d have perhaps liked a little more of a prompt arrival at the main aspects of the story, rather than a long winded intro. That said, it makes sense and I can understand why Oakes did it that way. Even so, the pace in the second half was phenomenal, throwing you headfirst to the end of the story and leaving you eagerly awaiting the next in this series.
Characterisation was completely on point for me, I loved Leah, and Will was my perfect kinda guy. Court and Nina were a bit annoying at times, but came through in the end. But Liza. Well, that nasty pasty had my skin crawling from the first mention, and I’m so intrigued to see how she will feature in future instalments of this series.
And so, to wrap it up, a fantastic start to a series which is most definitely showing a lot of promise. I loved the drama, the historical connection, the magic – I loved it all and I am quite sad to have left this little universe behind. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone who love a a romance with a twist, or a book with that something extra. It is awesome, and I am going to sit his and wait most impatiently for the second in a series that is oozing potential.