Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas
Reviewed 20 August 2015
3 / 5 Stars
Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.
When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.
One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.
Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.
Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.
Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.
Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?
This book took me by surprise. I absolutely loved the plot. I think the idea was absolutely amazing and loved the route it took and the way it ended.
What bugged me more than anything was probably the characters. I couldn’t connect at all and unfortunately that ruined the upswing the plot had initially set for me.
I thought the swooning Karina had over Eli was excessive. After the fourth time Karina described “the insane fire she felt through her body when he looked at her,” I wanted to punch her. I get it. He’s hot. You don’t need to describe how much he turns you on every time he shows up. Karina just got annoying after a while and I didn’t want to hear her whine anymore.
Eli was…better. I wish I knew more about him. He was so secretive for so much of the book that I felt like I still didn’t know anything about him by the end of the book, other than the fact that he was insanely hot (thank you Karina).
And Gabby was nice. But she was almost too nice. I don’t know. I don’t trust her.
The opening chapter of the book sucked me in. I was so excited to keep reading and find out what was happening. But then in the second chapter, it took me a while to figure out if Katrina was remembering these things or if she was talking from the afterlife or what. It wasn’t very clear at all.
This happened periodically throughout the book where I would get very excited at the beginning or end of a chapter ans then the pages following it would be more of a disappointment than expected.
Even at the end of the first book in this series, I didn’t feel as though I connected to the characters and unfortunately that’s a huge piece of whether or not I fall in love with a book. I was very disappointed that I didn’t love it more because the story was fantastic. It was just the characters weren’t anything that stuck out to me, and won’t stick out to me in the future.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who likes to relate and connect to characters. The plot is great but the characters fell flat for me.