ARC Review: Crashing Souls by Cynthia A. Rodriguez


I am darkness; what you would consider a thief amongst the living.
I’ve spent time, so much of it that it seems a trifle word to call it, in that gloom being swallowed whole by human grief and human tears.
I am the Angel of Death.
And all was dark until I met a man, searching for a woman.

Given a second chance to find the love of his life, whose soul was placed inside someone else after a tragic accident, a young man finds himself taking over the life of a teenager named Dexter. But there are rules: She will not remember him and he will only have fragmented memories, not knowing anything about the life he has been placed in and barely anything about the life he once lived. He embarks on a journey to right Dex’s wrongs and find the woman whose soul belongs with his, no matter what it takes. Finding her is one thing, loving her and her self-destructive ways is another. 


I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Crashing Souls is a beautifully tragic story about love and loss and everything in between.

Our main character is Dexter Andrews, a guy who died in a car crash, but who begged the Grim Reaper to give him a second chance at life because he was so desperately in love. I rarely (practically never) read books with a male P.O.V. Not purposely, they just aren’t what I reach for, but reading from Dexter’s P.O.V. was really refreshing. Also, I  tend to steer clear of the whole memory loss thing, but it really worked in favour of this story — it’s what brought the main characters together. 

He comes back to life with no memories of his past and searches for this girl, the soul that he knows he will remember even though she won’t. He finds Noa, our main female character, and they fall in love — forced to endure extremely difficult times, but also really beautiful moments.

Some bits of the story I found to be harder to follow than others, like when we find out about the car crash that killed Dexter, but all my questions and confusion was cleared up by the end of the book. There was a lot to follow, but I managed to keep up because I felt so deeply invested in the characters — I needed to know what happened to them.

There were several secondary characters that I really liked; Ralph, Dexter’s best friend, and Tracey, his aunt who he lives with. They helped to tell the story, filling in the details of Dexter’s life that he couldn’t piece together himself.

The romance was special. It was these two people, complete opposites that just worked, for the most part. Their differences kept their story interesting, and their issues gave relationship hurdles — something to go through together and stay strong knowing they had each other.

A lot of things happen in the last chunk of the story and the ending was freaking intense. I was not expecting it at all.

I really enjoyed the story, getting into the heads to two extremely different characters was very interesting.

I gave Crashing Souls 4/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves romance and tortured souls.

You can add Crashing Souls on Goodreads here!


Cynthia A. Rodriguez was born in a small Connecticut town. She grew up knowing her creative energy burned brightly and was always getting into some project or other. In her down-time, you can find her watching movies, ranging anywhere from classic movies to action flicks (she has a weakness for Marvel adaptations), and reading steamy novels. She is stationed in Germany, where she lives with her husband and their Miniature Pinscher, Winnie (as in Pooh).


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