Dani is a Book & Wine Pairing Blogger from the mountains of West Virginia. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on while sipping on a glass of wine and snuggling with her fur-babies.

Professional ReaderReviews Published

The Soul Keepers

By Devon Taylor


Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


“A fantastic high-stakes adventure on a ghost ship sailing forever into eternity, where every soul is (literally) worth fighting for—what’s not to love? Devon Taylor weaves an endearing tale of friendship and loss with heart-stopping action and a whole lot of terrifying monsters. You’ll root for Rhett and his fellow reapers through every twist and turn!” —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well

Full of danger, stormy otherworld seas, ghost ships, and terrifying monsters, this thrilling debut novel is perfect for fans of Taran Matharu and Neal Shusterman.

Death is just the beginning.

After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of theHarbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything… for both the living and the dead.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Soul Keepers is a pulse-pounding, cinematic adventure by debut author Devon Taylor.



Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo

Author Bio:


Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.

Website / Facebook / Twitter

Review & Wrap-Up:

While reading The Soul Keepers I was telling everyone I came across about it! Even a couple of Sisters from the Church of Christ that have been going door to door in my town for the last few months; they stopped by to talk about the Book of Mormon (I'm a reader, I read everything, including religious texts if they're given to me) and instead I talked to them about The Souls Keepers!

I really loved this book! For a debut novel and even a young adult novel, the concept behind the story is original and encapsulating. From the moment I started reading it I was hooked! Author Devon Taylor created personable characters and put them in a world (the spiritual world of Earth's souls), and made them even more personable by putting them into (essentially) everyday situations, causing a calming effect and suggesting that there really is more life after death; that you're life has a purpose here and in the after world.

And touching on a topic from my last review — The Trouble with Unicorns — Devon knows how to write a battle scene! (YAY! 🤗) The battle scenes in The Soul Keepers are chapters long, but not so long that they get boring. I was a little nervous at one point where I thought "Wait... that was it? That's how that ends? All this led up to that?!" and thought Devon did a copout on me, but it was a trick and the battle continued! Ahh! I loved it!

I really couldn't say enough good things about The Soul Keepers. I could go on and on, but I try to keep my reviews short and simple. So if there's one thing in this review that you read I hope it's this: This is one book that I would highly recommend to everyone!


From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.

Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚📚


Pair it with: Thor's Well - Devil's Churn Pinot Noir


Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of wild blueberries, vanilla cream, fruit punch, and cherry cola with a dry-ish medium body and a smooth chocolate finish. A plush and fruity Pinot Noir with a crowd-pleasing style.

Pair with grilled or smoked salmon as well as beef, veal or game.

Start a conversation: Do you believe in life after death? What do you believe happens with our souls?

Have a book you’d like to suggest or one you’d like me to review? Please feel free to leave your comments down below.