by Holly Bourne
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - September 1st 2013
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Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.
Enter Poppy, the 17-year-old cynic with a serious addiction to banana milk, and Noah, the heart-throb guitarist; residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students, and…soulmates.
After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, (and a looming psychology coursework deadline), they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…
Let me ask you this, what does Soulmate mean to you?
nounplural noun: soulmates1. a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner. (source: Google)
That definition is only the beginning for Poppy and Noah...
Soulmates is a YA Contemporary like no other... a story that has a dark side... a love that is Earth Shattering (literally)...
Your probably thinking another contemporary review, I am sorry I have no order to my reviews but to be honest I would never class this as some ordinary YA contemporary, this is far more scientific, complex and is defined by the power of the Gods to destroy any hope of true love. Yes... it is emotional which left me feeling hollow inside but its the emotion that you have to go through to fully understand the concept that love will never be happy ever afters (as much I would love them to be).
I'm a hopeless romantic and I will always be; love songs, cringey rom-coms, falling for the dark, handsome guy, and happy ever afters. So when I meet Poppy she is a cynic, completely hates the ideal of love and the whole falling in love process, that may be seen as a bad aspect of her character but that only intrigues me even more. If a character starts out like that then you know that it can only get better for her, can't it!? But she didn't know what the higher powers had instore for her, especially not in the form of a beautiful guitarist. Not in her case, I'll bet. But she can't deny her feelings or let her head rule her heart in this particular situation. Noah is your cliche dark, handsome teen hearthrob who has a very entranced feel to his musical talents. Being part of a band makes him to be surrounded by beautiful girls but only one has ever captured his eyes literally.
Holly Bourne captured their relationship as a definition of real love. Poppy and Noah never imagined a force beyond their capabilities could be their love entranced by eye contact or as simply one touch. What I loved was the scientific aspect and concept of the novel. Every page turned has your heart pounding, what will happen next, how can Poppy and Noah know, why hasn't Anita, Dr Beaumont just idly watched by when the world is in danger through treacherous storm and unexplained weather???? All these questions, I guess that's a consequence of being a reader when you can't do anything, it ends the reader's world. Holly's written style was inspiring the use of another concept seeing it from both perspectives really captured the extent of the danger and scientific cross-over of power and science. But that lies where the frustration... you want the happy ending, a solution therefore love has its consequences in life, and there's was immediately captivated by a world weakened by their very own peril.
A refreshing, unique YA contemporary, Holly Bourne's debut novel is the discovery of true love vs real love. I mean if that's true love then what can you do...for me regardless of the the consequences you only get to experience it once and I think that is what Holly is trying to say as well as how real love is and not some happy ever after...which we all wish.
Rating - 4.5
I received this book from Usborne in exchange for a honest review.