The Corporeal Pull is a story of love that transcends both time and the mortal plane. Terra, a guiding spirit of the Tweens, was content to manage her corporeal charges on Earth and help them towards their divine purpose until she was faced with Liam. The strange attraction she feels towards this lone entity forces her to reexamine the narrow perspective she has held for centuries. Suddenly, the relevance of soul mates is thrust into the forefront of her thoughts, and she cannot deny their relevance.
When Terra realizes that Liam’s intended path is one of incomprehensible suffering in the mortal world, it is already too late. She has let herself become entangled in his fate. Terra is faced with an impossible quandary; how can she knowingly send her love to a human lifetime where he is meant to be sacrificed to slow the flow of evil in the world? She realizes that without Liam, her immortal existence will become one of never-ending pain. If Liam cannot continue his existence; than neither will she. Things do not go according to her plan!
This epic tale of good versus evil seeks to answer the age-old question of “why me” that all earth-bound travelers must eventually ask about their own life experiences. This action-packed love story will invite you in and leave you breathless!
I can honestly say I’ve never read anything quite like this before.
The Corporeal Pull is is two parts Fantasy, one part Romance and a whole lot more. It is the kind of book that throws questions at you left, right and center and invites you to think about the world and our very existence in ways you never have before.
Terra (I love that name btw) is an immortal spirit in charge of guiding corporeal entities through their transformation into a life on earth. It’s also Terra’s job to follow her ‘charges’ lives and keep them on the path they are destined for, no matter how good, or bad that path may be.
The start of this book was so promising I found myself highlighting passages ferociously, knowing that I’d want to remember them. I found the way Gauldin explores the themes of creationism, divine intervention and soul mates in a Supernatural/Fantasy setting unique and thought-provoking.
However, the romance between Terra and Liam unfortunately didn’t work for me which put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise great story. It was a bit of an Insta-love thing going-on, which was probably intentional given the emphasis on them as soul mates but I couldn’t muster any emotional connection with them, which is a shame.
The Corporeal Pull is such an ambitious book and I’m glad I read it even if the romance element was a let down. Being a Young Adult/Fantasy fan, it’s not everyday you come across a book that makes you think about your own existence and spirituality. It’s full of big ideas: Reincarnation, love transcending mortality, the origins of Evil to name a few, so it’s hard not to recommend it despite some shortcomings.
Here are a few of the passages I highlighted to whet your appetite:
From a mortal perspective, an individual has always been destined to become the person that they are. It seems evident to those on Earth that a person’s soul and body belong together. They seem predestined for one another; two parts of a whole. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.”
“The Scourge comes in many forms. It is the evil force that spreads acts of hate and depravity among mankind. It uses mortal shortcomings and physical pitfalls to trick charges into becoming willing participants.”
All sentient beings are created, except for ‘The One’. He has no beginning and no end. Therefore he was not created, he is as he always has been and will be. The rest of us have a starting line to cross.”
Disclosure: I received a copy from the Author in exchange for an HONEST review.
Title: The Corporeal Pull
Author: Sara B. Gauldin
Details: E-Book, 288 pages
Publication Date: November 29th 2013
My Rating: 3/5 (More of a 3.5 if I could bring myself to chop a unicorn in half)