This is a review by my good friend, Matthew Keith. Read and enjoy!
Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain
What an amazing and original story. Lexa Cain's debut novel is an outstanding YA story about an angst-ridden young girl, Elan, who is forced to travel to Egypt in order to save her reality-star mother, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Elan is no timid "Bella" kind of leading character--when the story opens, she is on the job as a teen-aged psychic-buster. Because of her mother's lack of ever being around and the kind of work her mother does (she's the host of a kind of "Most Haunted Places of the World" type of show), Elan has a passion for busting fake psychics who scam people out of their hard-earned money. It's kind of a big F-You to her mother.
Immediately upon arriving in Egypt, the action really kicks in and Elan throws in with Ramsey, a young man who was (is) employed with her mother's show. He helps her hunt down her mother's whereabouts and a bit of "impossible romance" is fostered. "Impossible", because both Elan and Ramsey have personal issues and have to keep reminded themselves they're not interested and don't have the time for anything romantic.
Pace was amazing, non-stop, and kept me coming back for more. Characters, every one of them, had depth that far surpassed your usual debut novel's cast--in fact, it far surpassed many veteran writers' casts. The plot twists were unexpected and brought me even deeper into a story that I was already fully invested in.
Great book for any fan of YA adventure. 5 of 5 stars.