Title: A Soul for Trouble
By: Crista McHugh
Series: Soulbearer Trilogy Book 1
Release: April 3rd, 2012
My Copy: Advance Reading Copy
About the book:
When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
Arden Lesstymine (also known as Trouble) is a barmaid that the god Loku picks as his next body host (a Soulbearer.) But what Trouble doesn’t know is with this new addition of Loku in her, the master of the undead, Sulanio, is after her to collect Loku and his powers for his own personal reasons. This is where the handsome knight (Devarius) from Gravaria sets in. He has sworn to protect the Soulbearer from any harm and he does so by any means necessary. At first, Dev and Trouble have a rocky start when she hears a battle with a neighboring prince (Kell) and his men against Sulanio and rushes to help while Dev just wants to leave and quickly get to Gravaria to hone her powers.
After helping Kell and his men thwart off Sulanio (for now) with magic, Kell puts Trouble and Dev under arrest for using magic and is now transporting them to his town to be sentenced by the king. But along the way, Kell and Trouble grow closer and become somewhat smitten with each other. Dev disapproves of this budding romance because he longs to be able to display his feelings for Trouble like Kell does; but he cannot, he is her protector.
I was a little hesitant about reading this book for no particular reason. I read the synopsis on Goodreads and I wasn’t truly excited about it but I gave it a shot. I am SO glad that I did. McHugh did a wonderful job drawing me in to the book within the first few pages. I have a feeling that if you give this book a try (and you really should) that you will continue turning the pages because you will fall in love with the characters Trouble, Dev, Kell, Cinder, and sometimes even Loku. And you might be curious as to who wins Trouble’s heart in the end.
~MC BookWhisperer Reviewer~