Soul Solution by Katherine McIntyre *Review
Posted by brriske
Here’s the blurb:
For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night en route to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price—a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper. Stay distant—that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane.
Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman. He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he can’t let this continue. For humans, his touch is poison, and if he slips up, it could cost her life.
Soul Solution is part of the Beyond Fairytale series of Katherine McIntyre, a series of short reads that show you a modern and refreshing version of the stories we all heard as toddlers. In this story, we get to meet Erik Anderson, a man that long ago bargain his own soul and now rides the Copenhagen line in search of souls to collect. Yes, he is a grim reaper and that train route is his curse. As years passed by he learned to stay distant to stay sane since one touch takes away little bits of a human’s soul. However, no matter how engraved he had his mantra in his brain, his heart couldn’t care less when he met the auburn haired beauty, Mina. She is everything he ever wanted but never thought he could have: easy going, cheerful, refreshing. He knows he has to collect more souls to pay his debt but what could a couple of days more with Mina could do? After all his time in servitude, he deserves a few days. He promised himself that would be the case but…would he be able to let go when the time comes?
I really loved this modern fairy tale romance story. We are used to have a damsel in distress in those stories but in this case Erik is the one bearing the curse. His personality is so solemn. His eyes are full of guilt and we get to see that even more when he looks at Mina. Even though she made him feel so full of life, she also reminded him that she deserves better than a cursed soul that could and would kill her. I felt bad for him when I saw how much he yearned for more, for a life with her, and really wished that time could stop so they didn’t have to part. I was also captivated by Mina. She was so very full of life and a little too naïve. He warned a lot of times but for some reason she sensed there was more to him. I truly don’t know if I respect and admire her or feel sorry that she lacks a self-preservation sense. Nevertheless, I loved how she complemented Erik so much. Another fact that I wanted to discuss is how much I wanted to slap the Gatekeeper, Erik’s boss. He was such a mean, insensitive, cruel Ice King. You will see what I mean later and would want to do the same but he did serve a purpose at the end, I suppose.
I must confess the ending was no big surprise for me. I was kind of expecting it and, probably, a lot of readers will too. Nevertheless, the plot was great and no one complains when you get a happy ending, right? However, bear in mind that it always comes with a price and this is no exception. I truly recommend this short novel to any modern fairy tale lovers that yearn for more than what the legends convey. 4 fangs.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25967606-soul-solution