Pretty Souls: Paranormal Response Team (Book 1) by Julie Particka

Title: Pretty Souls (Book 1: Paranormal Response Team) 
Author: Julie Particka
Publisher: Decadent Publishing 
Format: ebook 

Publication Date: February 28, 2011 
Source: From publisher for review.

Elle hasn’t been afraid of the things that go bump in the night since she became a werewolf. She’d happily give up her inner monster to get her family back though. Hell, she’d give up the beast for nothing. Of course her foster sister doesn’t get it. After all, she doesn’t battle with her own darker half, but vampire blood can do that to a person.Their nightly patrols have become more habit than necessity—until a demon spawn comes to town, ripping souls from strangers, enemies, and friends alike. When it threatens her foster mom, Elle’s peaceful life is shattered, but she’s not going to give up without a fight. Fighting the beast for control at the same time is more than she can handle though. Armed with more attitude than experience, Elle and her sister have to track down the demon spawn before it collects enough souls to fulfill its birthright and open a doorway to hell.

For the first time in years, Elle is scared. She’s willing to lose herself in the beast if that’s what it takes, but saving the world could cost her soul.

My Review:
The story follows Ellery, a werewolf and her foster sister Cassidy, a half-vampire. Together they patrol and battle against other paranormal creatures that surround the area that threaten their town. One evening, they discover something strange, the residents in town walk as thought they are soulless creatures. The girls must find out whom or what is the cause.
Not only do these girls face something they have never encountered given their limited experience, Elle and Cass are overwhelmed with their personal issues. Elle is having issues dealing with her inner wolf, and together the girls are trying to make sure they don’t ruin their lives at home and reputation they have built up at school. Just when chaos threatens to take over their town, a young boy named Jax enrolls as a new student. Is there something more to him than meets the eye?
My favorite elements of the Pretty Souls include the relationship between Elle and Cass, and how it is presented in a relatable fashion. Although they are foster sisters, their bond is undeniable, and they are always there for one another even during the days when they don’t get along.
Something distinctive in this particular novel that I personally enjoyed is how Julie Particka describes the primary issues that a werewolf encounters, however, from a female perspective. Generally, novels present werewolf issues through the eyes of male characters. I have only once come across a novel with this element in the adult fiction genre, so it was wonderful to see a YA novel that incorporated the female perspective as well.
The story seemed to focus on Elle’s issues, her troubles with boys, her personal insecurities and her foster parents, and especially the challenges she faced with her inner wolf.
Julie Particka presents some meaningful lessons through the main characters, the importance of family, and overcoming your inner obstacles. The story flowed nicely, bringing you action that leads to a cliffhanger ending. Julie Particka’s last few pages hint to the readers that the story has just begun. I am definitely looking forward to the future installments of the Paranormal Response Team series!
Pretty Souls is an enjoyable and fun debut that incorporates mystery, suspense and a touch of romance. I recommend Pretty Souls to those who enjoy Young Adult fiction and the paranormal.
An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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