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Soul Survivor (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) - Michelle Nicole
Title: Soul Survivor
Author: Michelle Nicole
Series: Hybrid Chronicles #1
Publication: June 14th, 2013
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Hailee Mai Hart is just a simple, normal girl. Or so she thought. When she left her one-horse town for a college education in the big city, she never could've imagined what awaited her.

She's quickly thrown into a world filled with angels, danger, and a curse…her curse. Come to find out, she's not so simple after all. She's actually the last of her kind, and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. She has one chance to save Earth, and it all comes down to one choice: Light or Darkness. What is right and what is wrong is all a matter of perspective, which leaves her heart dangerously tangled. No matter which path she takes people will die, and that's just not an option.

Will she be able to save everyone, or will she be the Soul Survivor?

A paranormal story that gave a new twist about angels – that showed it was composed not only of the Light, Dark angel but also the dreaded Hybrid.
                A romance that both depicted first and true love: the first and somehow faux one that also showed deception and betrayal for a mission; and the one that was of true and real (even if they suppressed their feelings), a mixture of the good and bad side of a relationship.
                Get ready to be in store for a ride because it was full of jam-packed facts and twits. The fast-paced and unraveling story about: a mission, a prophecy and about the Hybrid. And the heaviness of what the story has: choices should be made and it would be the toughest and my overused word: Overwhelming. Very, very overwhelming.
                This would be one of those stories that never let you have an idle moment because when it started showing pieces of what the real story would be, it would make you grip to every spoon-fed facts. The facts that were overwhelming and the twists would leave you gasping for its unexpectedness – those would either make you pause for a breather or would make you flip furiously the pages to know what will happen next.
                Because when you think you know the story… Yes, you do but there were far more things to unravel. And what you thought was just a little piece in the whole puzzle.

Rating: 4.75 – 5 out of 5.
***For a first book, it was a great rollercoaster!
I was just torn because it was in a fast-pacing and the facts were excitingly overwhelming
and I could not think straight because I was floored – in a good way.

More of  my thoughts: 
The title, the cover, the summary:
                I love a story that reflected a title. Soul Survivor: it all boiled down in what a Hybrid she was. The most important one, the powerful and what the prophecy had stated. As much as I would like to pointout what it was, that would spoil the book, so I rather not.
                The cover, my goodness, who would not fall in love with it? It was the Light and the Dark, her choices. The human and the angel. From the expression of nonchalance yet overpowering eyes, her stance and what she was surrounded by. It was magical, mystifying and beguiling. Those butterflies and feathers – it told something about the story.
                Lastly, the summary: it gave what the story would be but undermining the story’s cunning ability to twist the story for full effect. But nonetheless, it was brilliant.

The Prologue: I fell in love with this. I know who that person was. And I know it has a more meaning behind it. As this was the first book, it was filled with tons of information and I was completely enchanted with the story.  And mostly, I was rendered speechless on how the details were so vivid. Those details were completely exemplary.

This book had made me remember two books: Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand and Darkness’ character was like Lucifer from Extinguish (by J.M. Darhower). But this book has its own complicated twist that left me having a complex. The story, the plot, the pacing, the twists and the characters were too much to handle – in an amazing way.
I loved how it started and how that placed had become a part of the first parts of the book. They met because they were both meant to meet. Then how it gradually became paced to delve into a story and had made a reader to have a background on the present; also it had gave snippets on some events so it was not much of a shocker to what would happen.
Hailee was the heroine of the story, not really a very outgoing person and often isolated. She had that intense feeling to go to the other side of the town (the unsafe side) and it led her to meet Alex. Alex, angel-like handsome blonde with sapphire blue eyes and the one who she was meant to seek. They had this special bond and Hailee’s life had started to roll.
Then the story shifted to Alex and Hailee, when Hailee was having some feeling for Alex and vice versa. Keep your eyes open because when they came to Alex’s penthouse, his thesis was something to take notice. It was endearing how it focused on them then led to the real story. It showed how normal Hailee was and how she could fall in love and be safe and secure.
But not all things should be too good to be true, is not it? Then Amitel came back, this was the official start where her life dramatically changed.
                One “incident” led to another incident and everything was becoming confusing.
It also led her to find out something wicked. And she met up with Darkness.
When Hailee felt Seth’s (Darkness) emotions and unconsciously let him in. The pain and all those dark emotions were heavily unbearable. I pitied him because he was just a victim. Also the Vera-Sethaniel’s story was just too tragic.

It was so fast-paced. I found myself flipping through the pages. I was confounded with facts and events and how the days quickly went by.
Those realizations were dawning to her and reality was becoming too surreal.

You know what, the story was predictable yet it was not. I have this fondness of looking through and reading-between-the-lines in a story: so when the part where they went to the study, it was a dead giveaway what the story would be. But the author gave a much more profound depiction on what that story would be. Yes, I guessed the plot or where it was heading but the way the author narrated it on Hailee’s POV made it more unraveling (even though I had those issues with the fast-pacing) yet spontaneous.

And as everything had become a blur of confusion to Hailee, the moment things took a toll and it was her breaking point. It was her smart move to go home and she tried to analyze herself. One thing that I was glad about: normally heroines go stubborn and flee but her, yes she went back to the comfort of home but she thought about what was she supposed to do, those stuffs that will let her learn who she was… herself (with some help from trust-worthy people). But then of course she has her stubborn-side where she learnt how she lost some of her cool to be rational.

It was good that Hailee was depicted as a normal girl. When she ran away from Alex to save Alex from everything – it showed how she was the center of everything, she was being hunted down and she was facing the start of the prophecy. But by who was hunting her? Was it really the Darkness? By the Light? By the Supremes? By Ty (the Supreme which I had called Ty the tyrant)?
Both Alex and Seth had their own pros and cons and in all honestly, they were both using Hailee. They also had this everlasting hatred between the two of them – Alex had his two reasons. And it was a burden on our dear heroine’s shoulder: it was just a matter of choice on what to pick and that was one tough job. It was a struggle for her to fight between the Light and the Dark – and like a duel: only one should survive and the other, extinct.

Bottomline was that she was the Hybrid: can be the destroyer or the savior. That was how powerful she was sans her knowing.
She was an equalizer, a filter. She could take the emotions of everyone and everything even of the calamities. She was so powerful. And for every fact presented it had became more overwhelming – and it was everything. Like I had written awhile ago, what you think you knew was just a partial truth or was just a piece of the big puzzle.

When you need a breather:
                I had written that it was very overwhelming. I will reiterate it again: Very, very overwhelming. Yes, the twist, the past, the prophecy… it continued to surface. And boy does every chapter have its own explosion! Especially when all became somewhat clear: when the truth was out.
                I was broken by Alex. I knew there was something simmering between Hailee and Seth but I lost my grip when the lies were called out – I was shocked he kept all those. His purpose, the real deal about Hailee. Hailee and the Darkness. Then when Seth said his piece also his confession – his everyday dilemma and how he was pierced by those innocent eyes. And those very innocent eyes that broke her Father to a test. Everything was somehow out in the open and it was consuming.
                Two-words: Information Overload.

Remember how I commended the vivid details? I need an ice-breaker from my thoughts and I could not fathom not to share this. The author has a flair even for this (even if this might sound off, I wanted to point this out):
One step at a time: to be a knight-in-shining armor and to be a TA for the History class. Then led to that overrated romantic dinner but still have those flutters in your stomach. To the kiss. That first, sweet kiss. It was teasing yet sweet – soft, gentle and savory.
And that illicit first real kiss that put the “unreal” one to shame. It was fiery, unearthly and intoxicating (words from Hailee and not only was it from his beauty but also from that world-shattering kiss). It was burning with desire – hot, so-wrong-yet-so-right and passion-filled.

So back to my intended conclusion:
As the story ended, I realized that yes, the book was about Hailee but it was also more on Seth. Even though it showed Alex’s story there was this feeling that the story revolved on Seth.
Seth always came in the most unexpected scenarios (and as much as I hated him for knowing and I loved him still). My thing with bad boys never waver! He was also the tall, dark and handsome. He was powerful and enchanting. He has his times when he was charming then shifting to be a nuisance. His cockiness and ill-temper sometimes were too much.
The thing Seth always says: “Don’t trust me. Never.”
Remember the prologue? I think that was what Seth was so consumed with. Then the story showed who Seth was, what led him to become Darkness, what the Supreme really intended for him and how he has that constant struggle with his emotions. So that led me to realize that this book was not just about Hailee and that lure by Ty, the Supreme, just to get back to him.
Then that lure Ty did have everything confounding because the bottomline: what I thought I knew came crashing down and all I had guessed was all nothing compared to the real deal. It was about how twisted envy, betrayal, revenge, curse and also how love was so powerful – love that was both your weakness and your strength. That led to death. Because a choice will lead to it. But Mommy’s words of wisdom never fails. Knowledge, the sun and the moon. That was all fantastic.
And how deep the story left me awe-struck.

P. S.:
On another note, the cliffie was not that bad, it just made sense that there will be a second book:
                That the real prophecy will begin.
                That, I think, a reader will be more enthralled with that swirling chocolate bron eyes.
                And will be captivated with a more compelling story that, I think, will suck me to their realm.

There were some things that kept bugging me:
                When Hailee was furious, her anger was palpable. I do not know but there seemed like something powerful. She can control her anger and some stuff. That it made me think if her “anger” was like a weapon or something?
                About her Mom. Father. And real Dad. I smell something fishy here. I cannot point a finger but something was definitely off.
                Then Dr. Drake. Lucian said an apology but never laid out why.
                And Uncle Floyd. I was starting to look at him more closely but I do not know what I should be looking.
***Okay, those were just my own opinions and I just have to give them all the benefit of the doubt… but we will see.

This goes for the readers:
                When you read this: keep your eyes open and be observant. Every piercing word or phrase or sentence, even a paragraph can lead you to a hint. I enjoyed playing that mysterious-jigsaw-puzzle-like story. It was also like a detective job. It just felt natural to doubt the people around the story and have that casual keen sense of being observant about the scenarios taking place. And the sweet victory of when you discover your guess was or guesses were right and that feeling when you realization dawns.
Completely and utterly exciting. So the note: enjoy the overwhelming story!

Oh yeah, those vivid details would make you go hungry. Yeah, that cheeseburger. OMG!

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Author Bio:
Michelle Nicole was born and raised in wild, wonderful West Virginia. While her first passion is numbers, not long into adulthood, Michelle rediscovered her love of books and with it the joy and fulfillment of writing her own stories. She spends her days working as a CPA and her nights weaving tales of love, friendship, and everything in between.

When she's not working or writing, you'll find her binge watching her favorite TV shows, reading, tweeting, hanging with her husband and furry children, or spending time with her close knit extended family.

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Michelle Nicole said...

Thanks sooo much for being a part of the tour girl! I loved your thorough review of SS! :)

Raina said...

What a review! Thanks for participating in the tour, Jassie. :)

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