What's a girl to do? When last we see them, Gemma and her friends stop legion hordes of Death Walkers, led by her boyfriend's evil father, and the world is saved. She and her friends move into a nice castle, and suddenly, all sorts of hell starts breaking loose.
Such is life for 18 year-old Gemma Lucas. She and her boyfriend, Alex, did indeed help save the world. The couple moved into the former Keepers' Castle, along with Alex's sister, Aislin, and the friendly vampire/Aislin's love interest, Laylen. There's a domestic tranquility about the place...for about a day.
There are entities called Lost Souls. They aren't supposed to be able to reach earth, but at least one has, and it takes control of one of the friends in a most annoying manner. Once they figure out that mystery, the fab four learn certain secrets about The Fey ("Faeries," to the underinformed). See, The Fey aren't really supposed to have any powers, at least not compared to Keepers, Foreseers, Vampires, and Witches, but suddenly, an internecine struggle between Fey sisters changes the rules, and the Fey are no longer a mere supernatural trifle.
Nicholas, the creepy half-Fey/half-Foreseer--and constantly lustful Gemma pursuer--is back. He leads his beloved into a trap, but was it his doing? Gemma dies a few times more--it's okay, because she's immune to death, and can come back from the afterlife--and each of the friends acts mighty possessed at one time or another.
This book builds on the mythology from The Fallen Star Series, and it's a good story. One huge difference, though, is in the physical relationships between the characters. Aislin and Laylen have rekindled their old romance, and Gemma and Alex are very much in love. Everyone has their own bedroom, but there seems to be a lot of frequent sleeping over. There is no mention of sex, however. There's heaving and moaning and touching and wanting, but apparently, nobody's actually succeeded in having sex. You'd think they would go ahead and pull the trigger, seeing as the world almost ended--and may still end--but if you go by the letter of the book, everyone stops at heavy petting. Once, poor Alex gets his hand under Gemma's shirt, up to the bottom of her bra, before she rebuffs him, or some monster interrupts. My sincere hope--for all these characters' sake--is that they're really having sweaty monkey sex all over the place, but that it's left out of the narrative owing to the Young Adult readership.
One quirk I noticed this time is that author Jessica Sorensen frequently verbs her nouns. (sic) In other words, she'll take a noun, modify it slightly, and use it as a verb. (The only example I can think of right now (see the previous paragraph about nookielessness), would be "Alex backdoored Gemma," but that would be inappropriate, so forget I said it) As a rule, I like when she does this--I enjoy when a skilled writer takes liberties with the language. Sometimes, however, it backfires. Once, when Alex is driving fast, he's described as "throttling the car up the driveway." Throttle is already a verb. To "throttle-up" is usually used to describe what a pilot does on take-off: he pushes the throttle controls forward. That's the compound form though: throttle-up. To throttle most commonly means to choke or strangle. This just made me laugh, as I envisioned Alex choking his classic muscle car as it rolled up the driveway.
This is a minor quibble. Like the Fallen Star series, Jessica Sorensen proves herself to be an excellent storyteller. This book felt different from the previous series, though. I'm guessing it's because we have familiar characters placed in new dynamics. Where Gemma was a neophyte in the original series, she has far more power in the new group dynamics. Even when she loses some of her abilities, her comportment in the Fallen Star finale earned her respect from her counterparts.
If you liked the "Fallen Star" series, I'd certainly recommend "The Lost Soul." If you haven't read the "Fallen Star" books, I'd advise you read them first. They will give you a solid grounding in the world of Gemma, Alex, Aislin, and Laylen. Plus, they're awesome books.
"The Lost Soul" feels like "Fallen Star" as a surly teenager. There's a restlessness, a rebelliousness that wasn't in the first series. When one of the good characters becomes possessed and acts bad, I find that character a whole lot more appealing.
Either way, I can't wait for book two, just to see where Ms Sorensen takes us next.