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Residents in a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm gave up their rights to freedom and free will long ago. Instead, they placed their faith in the Office of Souls to keep them safe after the human race was almost annihilated in the time known only as ‘Before’.Procreation is tightly regulated because infants are born soulless – a painful reminder of the puResidents in a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm gave up their rights to freedom and free will long ago. Instead, they placed their faith in the Office of Souls to keep them safe after the human race was almost annihilated in the time known only as ‘Before’.Procreation is tightly regulated because infants are born soulless – a painful reminder of the punishment for the misdeeds of ‘Before’. With their hideous appearance and unquenchable hunger, the Soulless Ones are kept out of sight until they are chosen to go to the Fountain of Souls to receive their soul.But now there are some who no longer want to live under the watchful, restrictive eye of the Office of Souls. They know that the Office of Souls hides secrets that tell a much different story of what happened ‘Before’. They want revenge for what was done to them. They are willing to do anything, including unleash a soulless zombie legion on the unsuspecting residents of the territory, to get it.Length: 25,000 wordsThe complete Twisted Souls series is available now:The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2)Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)A Soul to Settle (Twisted Souls #4)...

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ISBN : 978149605334
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Number of Pages : 111 Pages
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The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1) Reviews

  • Grampy
    2019-05-11 22:34

    "The Soul Garden" by Cege Smith begins "There was Before and then there was Now." "Now" is when the story takes place, and nobody talks about "Before." A strongly pseudo-religious hierarchy is in control Now, and rules are very definitely made to be obeyed. People do not simply "have children" whenever they want to. Anyone fortunate enough is selected to become parents, and the number of children permitted is based entirely on the needs of the community in which the parents reside. Jobs and/or careers are assigned, based on what the Head Master determines was most essential at that time and place.Central to the story is the fact that children were born without a soul. The soulless were hideous creatures, with mottled gray skin, endless appetites, and emotionless dispositions. At some point during their early childhood -- if they were so fortunate -- the Office of Souls would select them to have a soul installed. This was a sacred, extremely regulated process, and missteps were not tolerated. A misplaced word could get your child expelled from the Garden, never to receive another chance at having a soul installed.In the Soul Garden, routine had become so well established that error was unheard of. Or was it? Two adult soulless, a circumstance of great disgrace and quasi-permanent isolation, by great deceit and trickery managed to get their names on the list of approved soul recipients without being observed until it was too late to remedy the mistake. Quite literally, all hell broke loose. The Head Master and all his power was not sufficient to hold back the evil forces called forth by one of the adult soulless. The other adult soulless, who wanted only to have a soul, was bombarded with a multitude of evil souls, and became a tool of the greater evil.This story is only the beginning of what is shaping up to be a great epic adventure. As this episode comes to a close, we see the very few remaining "good guys" escaping along a secret pathway through the garden, while the evil powers are busy sucking souls from all they encounter. Cege Smith has set us on a journey you won't want to miss. I recommend this story to fans of fantasy, sci-fi, alternate futures, and the general battle between good and evil. The Soul Garden is a great place to start this journey.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Georgia
    2019-05-22 15:49

    What If Souls Were Given and Could Be Taken?Set in the very distant future, The Soul Garden is the first in a new series by Cege Smith. We are only given a few details about this world and the rest is left pretty ambiguous. The past is know as Before, where some apocalyptic event occurred that humanity had to drag itself out of, or so I imagine from what we're told.In this world, babies are born soulless. When a human has no soul their appearance is different; they have grey skin, don't smile, don't generate warmth and have red-rimmed eyes that get redder with age, eventually taking over the entire eye. For babies (or adults) to get a soul they must go through the Soul Distribution Day, where the lucky chosen receive a soul from the Soul Fountain. Souls can also be extracted and this is often a punishment for criminals. Murder results in soul extraction, but as souls are in short demand the extracted souls are "rehabilitated" and re-used.This era is very "protocol" heavy, adults are assigned jobs at a ceremony, women are expected to give up their jobs once married and even having children is heavily monitored. Couples are selected out of a lottery. Any couple that wants a child applies and then hopes for the best. The population is regulated because there is a shortage of souls. If a couple disobeys the rules and have a child outside of the system, their souls are extracted and the child is left, soulless, in the Soulless Asylum.An interesting concept for a book. There are aspects of the Soul Ceremony that I found similar to baptism. I'm not sure if it was intended, but before the ceremony at the fountain, babies are soulless, unloved and are seen as unnatural. Then a visit to the fountain with a gathering and incantations gives them a soul. It was an interesting similarity that I saw, maybe just me though.The story is narrated from the points of view of five people and (given the amount of time we get we each of them) they are relatable, we care for them and the switching of characters adds to the tension that starts to build when we realise the inevitable.I enjoyed the start of the Twisted Souls series and look forward to the next part. I recommend this to anyone interested in apocalyptic worlds, the supernatural, magic or anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis. Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. My opinions are 100% my own.

  • Susan Lulgjuraj
    2019-04-30 20:43

    There is a story in there, I promise.Even though I wasn't sure, I kept telling myself that and felt compelled to finish reading the short story, The Soul Garden by Cege Smith.My hope was founded, once I got past the back story and extra words that it took to get there. The first part has too much information, at times going between memories, which created the opposite effect of I believe Smith was aiming.There was too much story to create tension. As readers open the book they met are with about five pages worth of back story and a little bit of action. No dialogue.There has to be good a balance of all of them and I believe a good editor would have been able to help Smith cut out the unnecessary parts to get to her story quicker and with much better pacing.The Soul Garden takes place in a society where people follow the rules of the governing body, The Office of Souls. Humans are born without souls and because of the limited number of souls, babies have to wait until their Chosen Day to get one.The books builds up to Soul Implantation Day 3675, which is where all the craziness starts.The second half of the book reads better than the first, probably because all of the back story is out of the way and we're left with interactions of characters and actions. Although well written from a grammatical standpoint, sentences could have been tighter.A book shouldn't open with back story, but a catalyst moment that creates the journey. The second chapter was better suited to be the first as it creates a moment in the future to look forward to.Each chapter is written through a different character's point of view: a gardener, a top acolyte, an asylum member and one of two parents of a soulless child. This provides a decent way to get many characters into the story and explain their different role in a story, much like George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Story of Fire and Ice (The Game of the Thrones).Smith does a good job of creating breaks at the ends of chapters to leave readers wanting more. One of the things, I do like about the story is that it ends when things start to get intense. Readers will have to pick up the next book, which is due out this year to read the rest. This is a good way to build interest for a story and gain momentum.Read more at WordsbySooz.com

  • Michael Brookes
    2019-05-09 15:33

    The Soul Ripper is a fantasy/post-apocalyptic novel that starts with an interesting premise. The world has fallen is some undermined time in the past and babies are now born without souls, as such they are in effect little monsters that grow up as such until they are granted a soul through a special ceremony.The story concerns a group of parents who have been chosen to have souls granted to their offspring and the people involved in that particular day's ceremony. Unfortunately someone long forgotten also has a need for souls and has their own plans for that day.I enjoyed reading the book, as I've said the basic premise is interesting and it weaves a believeable world and more importantly it provides a vision of people's lives in that world. The writing is solid and leads you happily through the plot right up until the moment it abruptly ends.In fairness the end is a reasonable one and oes leave you anticipating the next book in the series, however it is a pet peeve of mine when a significant chunk of the book you are reading is taken up with a section of the next book. In this case I hit 85% (far from the worst offender I've encountered) and the book was over.As I say that's a pet complaint of mine, other than that it is a fine read, well worth checking out.

  • Kay
    2019-04-30 16:43

    I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own. This book has a very interesting storyline. All babies are born soulless. Souls are generated at the soul fountain. They are given out in a kind of lottery form. If a person is lucky enough to receive a soul, they had better be a very good person and follow all the rules or it can be taken back. People without souls, for the most part are just downright ugly - grey skin, red eyes, etc. Women are required to stop working after marriage. Pregnancy must be granted to couples with souls by permission only. The race is regulated because of the lack of souls. See? It's a great concept! The book is very enjoyable. Similar to Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, I found myself wanting to find out what happens next and not wanting to put the book down even for breaks. The characters as well as the backstory or "rules" are very well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal, post apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi type books.

  • Ripley
    2019-04-28 20:22

    Malm is a world that has moved on. Procreation is regulated by the Office of Souls because they are in a time when new souls are in short supply. Malcolm and Eve entered their names in the procreation lottery almost as an after thought only to find out they had won and were blessed with a baby. But 6 months later their daughter their daughter had just been selected for the Soul Implantation ceremony and they had not known how difficult and draining it would be to care for a soulless baby that had nothing in it but the very basic of needs, mainly eating, and it's very disturbing looks. Their time had finally come but thanks to Chim and Marius, this Soul Implantation ceremony would be very different. I liked this book for the most part. It has a very interesting premise. This first book in the series has lots of history and back story, so much so that I found myself zoning out a few times. Back story is good but there can also be too much of a good thing. I do look forward to reading the next book though and finding out what happens next.

  • Melissa Bryan
    2019-05-26 22:46

    The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short…I know it is a first in a series but I want more…NOW.I fell in love with this book after the first chapter…the story is brilliant and I felt like I was in the Garden watching as it materialize. The characters are believable and very likable and/or hated. The story builds quickly and keeps you interested and reading until you have finished the book and are looking for the next installment in the series…which I hope is coming soon, I can’t wait to see what happens next,I would recommend this book to anyone whom loves fantasy or a brilliant book. I guarantee that your adventure in the “Soul Garden” will be remarkable and you won’t want to leave…I can’t wait to go back myself.Thanks, Melissa

  • Stacey
    2019-05-20 21:30

    I read this book although it was called The Soul Garden and not The Soul Ripper, not sure if there was a name change along the way but it is a good read. I feel there is a lot there that it is opening up to and I think the rest of the books in the series have a lot to offer. Babies are born without a soul and have to wait until they are called to be implanted with a recycled soul. It took some time to really build up but it does get really good and is a nice twist on zombies as this one basically builds up to how they were created. I am excited to see what happens next

  • Julie Baswell
    2019-04-27 15:28

    A very short book with an ending that makes you want to read more. Some children are born soulless. Since there is a shortage of souls, they must be put on a waiting list to receive a soul. The story follows one child to her Soul Implantation Day. Of course that is the day that evil takes over and the book ends.

  • Marenda
    2019-05-23 21:35

    WOW this was a crazy story. I enjoyed it so much that I can't wait to read book #2. It was short but, I thought it was wonderfully written. It gave just enough background of the characters and story line to keep you informed of what is going on in the present. The balance was almost perfect. Great read :)

  • Richard Gillispie
    2019-05-20 21:48

    This is a great story. It had me from the start. A world were souls are given out like in a lottery an souls are taken for breaking the law. Cege Smith has another great work here. I will be getting the next book in series.

  • Lenore Kosinski
    2019-05-15 22:23

    2.5 stars -- I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mood...but I had a hard time getting into this one. It's an interesting premise...but I have way too many other books/series on my list to keep going with this one.

  • Nightwing
    2019-05-06 18:34

    A little hard to get through, but enthralling nonetheless and worth spending the time with.

  • Karen
    2019-04-26 14:34

    Starting out I was very skeptical about this book, but as I kept reading it just kept getting better and better. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as they come out.

  • Gina
    2019-05-12 16:30

    I liked this book a lot. Being a prequel I wasn't expecting much (like this disappointing "mini books" on Kindle..) but I was surprised. I can't wait for more.

  • William Bitner Jr.
    2019-05-04 16:46

    Just finished reading "The Soul Ripper" Twisted Souls: Book 1 by Cege Smith. This is my first read by this talented author, but will not be my last. This was the beginning of a great series of books that I am looking forward to reading.Synopsis:Residents in a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm gave up their rights to freedom and free will long ago. Instead, they placed their faith in the Office of Souls to keep them safe after the human race was almost annihilated in the time known only as ‘Before’.Procreation is tightly regulated because infants are born soulless – a painful reminder of the punishment for the misdeeds of ‘Before’. With their hideous appearance and unquenchable hunger, the Soulless Ones are kept out of sight until they are chosen to go to the Fountain of Souls to receive their soul.But now there are some who no longer want to live under the watchful, restrictive eye of the Office of Souls. They know that the Office of Souls hides secrets that tell a much different story of what happened ‘Before’. They want revenge for what was done to them. They are willing to do anything, including unleash a soulless zombie legion on the unsuspecting residents of the territory, to get it.

  • Susie Toman
    2019-05-13 16:26

    This was a fantastic short to introduce the premise of a larger storyline: well written with an exciting climax of an ending. I knew when I picked it up that it was supposed to be a zombie book...what I didn't expect was that it is a zombie origins book. Soulless baby zombies born of natural parents? Cool, that's definitely an interesting twist. Oh...oh, there's more to it than that and this is just the beginning of the zombie hoard? Fantastic! Cege Smith took her time developing a dystopia and then exploded it into the beginning of an apocalypse. There was obviously a lot of time spent creating the religious structure that keeps the society running and the information is presented in a way that doesn't overwhelm the reader as an info-dump. Bits of the religious history equation are scattered throughout the story and the different POV characters. This of course leads the way for the "Chosen One" theme that will no doubt continue through the rest of the series.I'm not a zombie person, but this story made me interested in seeing how this plays out through the rest of the series. I set my kindle down and decided I had to order the next one to see what happens next.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-24 20:38

    As the human race is on the brink of destruction Soul Implantation Day is upon them. Babies are born soulless creatures making their appearance different. To get a soul they have to go through Soul Distribution day where only the lucky are chosen to receive one. There is not much the reader is told about this future world that has befallen the human race; Smith leaves this part up to the reader to try and decipher for their own. I would have liked to have known more about what lead humanity into the ensuing chaos, it seems almost like a cop-out for the author. This book had an interesting concept but overall the execution was flawed and lacking in substance and there are too many story narratives of different people making the story that much more confusing and convoluted. Note: I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviews.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-24 19:30

    Set in the far distant future after some unexplained disaster. The world has suffered dramatically and humanity has all but died out. Parents must apply for a procreation permit, and babies arrive without their souls. They are gray, hungry, and without emotion. Then the day comes when they visit the The Soul Garden and their babies are ensouled. But something goes wrong this time around and instead, the process creates a monster who devours everyone in sight.I found this pretty disturbing as well as confusing. I realize this is the first in a series, but it is not for me. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I just couldn't relate to this world at all.**I received a free copy for review.

  • Crystal Palmer
    2019-05-11 19:22

    This book.. is absolutely phenomenal. Why does this not have a higher rating!? I was engaged and memorized throughout the whole book. I literally could not stop reading! The author puts such a unique spin on things that I've never read anything like it and I loved it! (obviously). it was refreshing. it's from the viewpoints of several different characters which put me off at first but it really made the story come together.you definitely need to take the time to read this. magic, mystery, good vs. evil, mayhem, horror.. it's.. amazing. thank you for sharing this world with us! can't wait to read the next one!

  • Nathan
    2019-05-16 21:42

    I got this book as a First Reads Giveaway. It was a good book, but just too short. Just as I was getting into it it was over. It really deserves a 3.7 only because it was good, but not great! I liked the background, and hope the author puts more in the next book that is written.

  • Larissa Lee
    2019-05-11 21:40

    Not bad. I was intrigued enough to read through to the end, and the pace was quick and enjoyable. It was quite short, though.