Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Erica Lucke Dean
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Page Count: 247
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Don’t miss the explosive conclusion to the Flames of Time series.
Ava Flynn walked through flames to erase the past and bring her little brother, Josh, back from the dead. But the reboot doesn’t come without strings. While navigating her new reality, Ava must avoid Maddox… without fracturing the timeline. If she fails, she may never find Laith again.
With her own heart at stake, Ava scours time for the key to unraveling the curse binding her soul to both Laith’s and Maddox’s. One brother is the love of her life. And the other… not even death will stop him from keeping them apart.
As Ava’s present collides with the brothers’ pasts, she discovers that breaking the curse might have unintended consequences. And this time, her soul isn’t the only one on the line.
Shattered Souls by Erica Lucke Dean is the third and final book in the young adult fantasy Flames of Time series. Each book of the series picks up right where the one before it left off so they are best read in the order of Splintered Souls, Scattered Souls and the finally Shattered Souls. The basis of this story is two time traveling twin brothers are bonded to the same girl so I will again warn that if anyone has an intense dislike of instant love or love triangles would probably not enjoy this story at all however I’ve loved it from the beginning.
The series began by going back to 1654 when a soon to be mother turned to a witch to bless her child before it was born. The mother wanted nothing more than her child’s happiness in life and asked that her baby would always be able to find his soulmate. Little did the mother know that she is about to give birth to twin boys and what she thought would be a blessing would actually turn into a curse when both sons where bonded with the same woman for all time.
In the present time Ava Flynn gave up her dream to attend Georgetown after the death of her father. She agreed to move with her mother and younger brother and attend the local college to keep the rest of their family together. As Ava is settling into her new home with her family she begins to get glimpses of a boy that she feels a strange pull towards.
The Flames of Time series had a bit of everything thrown into it throughout the three books and a phrase I use often use with thrillers but not so much with fantasy came to mine in the fact that it was full of twists and turns. With the three main characters bonded from a centuries old curse there was of course the insta-love but I didn’t mind that when there was a reasoning behind it along with it being a love triangle from the same reason. The characters came to life more and more with each page and I often didn’t know what was coming next but this last book seemed to be the exact ending that the story needed.
I received a copy of this book from the author for review.
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About the author:
After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180 lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.
When she’s not busy writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens, diabolical ducks, and a quintet of piglets, hell bent on having her for dinner, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her first books, Erica is a magnet for disaster, and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces.
How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.
Find Erica on Twitter @ericaluckedean