Friday, July 4, 2014

REVIEW: Soulmate (Ganzfield #6) by Kate Kaynak

Title/Series: Soulmate | Ganzfield #6
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: March 25th 2014
Format: Paperback | Pages: 163
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Amazon
★★★ (3/5) Stars!

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The new dangers uncovered in Europe haven't gone away--in fact, some of them seem to have taken up residence at Ganzfield. As the threats intensify, Maddie and the team go into the field again, but when supposed allies start seeing them as the problems, they may find themselves trapped by the very people they are trying to help.

Since I started reading this series, this will be the first time I have ever given a Ganzfield book anything below a 5 star rating. I'm feeling a bit numb right now. I'm also worried that I've felt the need to immediately put my thoughts down, instead of taking a couple days to process this. Which is why I find myself sitting here at 2am typing this out just moments after reading the line "END OF BOOK SIX". But really I don't see how I can feel any better about what I've read even if I'd had a month to let it simmer.

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A note from the beginning of the book, I added that to understand some things coming up. See, I'm confused... About many things, so it's hard to know which thought to pull up first and expand on.

This book felt very rushed. As you can see it was only, according to my book, 163 pages. We've been waiting for a very long time for this book to come out. At one point Kate Kaynak had stated it was expected to be released back in Oct of 2012. Trust me, I understand better than anybody the fact that no matter how hard you plan, life doesn't always allow things to happen when you want them too. So that is NOT me complaining about the wait. I get it. I understand. But I would hope with all the waiting we've been doing that we'd get a finish that was worthy of the Ganzfield series and I just feel like...this wasn't it.

Reading this series up until now has been like watching a really, really, really good action/romance/paranormal/comedy movie all rolled into one. Seriouisly! There's explosions and helicopter crashes and people who can kill with a simple thought of their minds and the love...oh the love stories. And all this stuff has just been building and building for five books only to have it just sort of taper off like it was being swept under the rug. Honestly I would have waited another year, hell I'd have waited a couple more years, with no complaints what so ever, if it meant giving this series the send off it deserved.

Do not get me wrong. I was enjoying it up to a certain point. I laughed a lot, Kate Kaynak has this really great sense of humor laced through her writing. So this isn't a matter of me raging through the whole thing. I mean, I did keep thinking to myself 'this is all going too easy and too fast' like I said I felt the rush of it all from the very start of the book. But then the last 50 or so pages hit and deep in my gut I just knew...I was not going to be happy. It's not even that people got killed off. It's the freaking Ganzfield series and by book 6 I'm almost numb to Kate Kaynak ripping people away from us. Though I will admit the round of deaths by the end of this one really threw me for an emotional loop. The feels are in overdrive at the moment.

There's also no closure for at least one of the characters. This person is With the last line of the book being an email from Maddie to this person saying "Let me know that you're still alive, okay?" and BAM that's it. End. So for a few minutes there I was slightly hopeful. I mean I know the author states in the note at the beginning of the book that this would be the final installment of the series. But at one point there had been a total of 7 books listed in the Ganzfield series, the last one titled Solitary. Which, if you knew anything about the series, you could easily speculate like I did that this would have been the perfect title for a book centered around our missing person. It's perfect! I thought okay this isn't it! There will be more! I'll get closure! But as I went on Goodreads...that book is gone. And with that my hopes were crushed.

I know this has just been one giant rant, so for now, I need to just let it go. I never set out to be mean. This will still always be one of my absolute favorite series I've ever read. Period. Sorry if this was all harsh and such, but like I said, Kate Kaynak I really wish you would have delayed it even longer and not rushed through to the end because we can feel it in the story. And I hate having unanswered questions. Now I'm going to go wallow in my emotions. Does anybody have any chocolate?...

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  1. *Hands out chocolate and a big hug* I'm sorry, Sheri :( . It's a shame when book series end up being not what we were expecting. I've had my share of book disappointments and it totally sucks for us readers and for the books as well. I hope Kate reconsiders making that other book she had planned on one day and gives you the true ending it deserves. :)

  2. Chocolaaaaaate! Bless you haha :) Yeah, I mean I realize authors can't please everyone with how they choose to end their stories, but I feel like with this one, I won't be alone in my thoughts with most fans of the series. Thanks for the comments and I hope so too! :)