Book Review: Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

Under My Skin (Immortality Strain, #1)Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the world of Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison, people want nothing more than to become a part of the Guild – the most important and prestigious part of people’s everyday lives. When Tate Sullivan undergoes testing and is chosen to enter the mysterious world that the Guild is a part of, she expects a better financial life for her remaining family members but has no idea what is in store for her. General Dagon, the man who paid an insane amount of money to purchase Tate, turns out to have a lot of plans roaming around in his brain. In order to fulfill them, he takes over Tate’s body and starts a relentless fight against her mind, determined to claim sole control once and for all over both her mind and body.

 

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Book review: Julie’s Butterfly by Greta Milán

Julie's ButterflyJulie’s Butterfly by Greta Milán

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Julie and Bastian meet at a party, Julie can’t seem to figure Bastian out. He stands out — not because he’s rude towards her and hardly gives anyone the time of day, nor because he’s probably the most good-looking guy present – but because of one simple accessories. Bastian wears black, leather gloves and refuses to take them off or even so much as hint to why he’s wearing them in the first place. Talk about mysterious. Later, Julie finds out that Bastian suffers from a rare hereditary skin disease which makes him incredibly vulnerable. A bump against his arm causes his skin to be covered in blisters and wounds, and because of it, Bastian has become incredibly sheltered and mistrusting due to horrible and disgusted responses from people in the past. When him and Julie fall in love, Bastian is forced to face his inner demons and with it the terrible cruelty of the world.

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Book review: The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

The Diamond ThiefThe Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Sharon Gosling and the publisher, Capstone Switch Press.

The story in The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling tells the story of Rémy Brunel, a French sixteen year old with skills unlike any other trapeze artist. She is also quick on her feet and a master thief, one who slips by undetected and is yet to be caught. When her boss, Gustave, orders her to steal a precious diamond that’s on display, Rémy uses the skills she’s developed over the years to retrieve the diamond and with the heist, sets off a whirlwind of chaos that involves a police officer by the name of Thaddeus, who is dead-set on returning the jewel but finds himself caught up in the chaos from the moment he’s involved.

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Book review: Soulless by Amber Garr

SoullessSoulless by Amber Garr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Amber Garr and the publisher, Hallowed Ink Press.

Soulless is a story with a whole new take on the afterlife and how souls are collected when people die. Nora is a Warden, someone who collects souls when people die and brings the deceased to their final resting place. There’s only one problem: aside from Death Wardens like Nora, there are also Soul Hunters – people who have given into darkness and aim to steal souls from the Wardens. Nora’s ex, Theron, is a former Warden who switched sides and now aids the Soul Hunters. When Nora’s charges – the people she is supposed to save – are all targets for the Soul Hunters, a true old fashioned fight between good and evil breaks loose.

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Book review: A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara #1)A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Sarah Wynde and the publisher, Razor Productions.

A Gift of Ghosts is a story about a young woman named Akira Malone, a physicist who gets offered a job that she knows very little about. Though the company is vague in their description of what she’ll be doing for them, Akira is more than happy to focus on science – not ghosts. Akira has been able to see, hear and otherwise communicate with ghosts around her. Though she usually ignores them, she is confronted with a teenage ghost named Dillon when she moves to Tassamara, who happens to be the nephew of Zane Latimer, the man who hired her. The town of Tassamara is filled with people who have their own share of ‘strange quirks’ and Zane hopes that perhaps Akira can help his relatives get in touch with their loved ones.

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Book review: Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls

Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1)Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Chess Desalls and the publisher, Czidor Lore, LLC.

Travel Glasses is the story of a girl named Calla who runs into a stranger near a lake – the strange man she bumps into is named Valcas and he wears a peculiar pair of glasses. Calla soon finds out that these glasses are means to time travel and although she is intrigued by the entire situation at first – Valcas transports her to another time – the whole idea does not sit right with her and after being imprisoned by her newfound charming friend, Calla decides to steal the travel glasses and escapes. In an attempt to escape Valcas, who starts a chase after finding out she’s escaped with his glasses, Calla travels to several different times, meets several versions of people and ultimately finds out more about her life than she expected to.

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Book Review: The Curse by Jennifer Brassel

The CurseThe Curse by Jennifer Brassel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author Jennifer Brassel and the publisher, Escape Publishing.

Stories tell of Tuthmosis, one of the most well-known and powerful pharaohs in history, falling in love with a slave girl and vowing to find her again after she is rudely taken from him. Seth Almose, said to be a direct descendant of the pharaoh, finds himself dealing with the so-called curse of the pharaoh: he can’t seem to find his soul mate. Time and again he starts a relationship, only to find she is not the one he is looking for – until he stumbles upon Julia Morrow, a painter who finds herself unable to stop painting … one particular pharaoh. She seems drawn to the ruler, and once she meets Seth and discovers his stories of reincarnation and curses, the whole soul mate cycle starts anew. Is Julia the one? If so, the true question remains: can she be protected from her own downfall?

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