Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Talos on May 2, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 312 pages
Series: Soul Charmer #1
Reading Challenges: 2017 May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, Blogger Shame Review Challenge
Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.
Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.
To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.
With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.
Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.
Regardless of the hard time I had with connecting with the heroine and certain parts of Borrowed Souls, it still contained everything I love about an Urban Fantasy (UF) story!
I don’t know what it is about me, but I always have a hard time connecting with the first book of any UF series I’m starting. Perfect examples of this are the number of times I’ve re-read Magic Bites and Spider’s Bite before I thought all hope was lost. In discovered these wonderful things called audiobooks I’m now in love with the Kate Daniels series and in like with the Elemental Assassin series. Maybe (or maybe not) I’ll reserve my deeper thoughts of Borrowed Souls for after I listen to it on audio (fingers crossed for audio format).
Out of all the UF stories that I’ve read and researched I have yet to come across one dealing with soul bartering, so I’m not ashamed to admit that this was the only reason I agreed to read and review this advance copy. I can say that despite the issues I had with certain parts of Borrowed Souls I do not regret the experience. Aside from the uniqueness of the story content, the heroine also stood out and achieved the individuality that I look for in a genre that is sometimes dominant in the storytelling but lacks on the character development (or at least the character development that I look for from the characters of the stories that I read).
Callie really came off as the type of character that you just had to take her as she came. She wasn’t really an open book but what you needed to know was let known to you and what you wondered about wasn’t so important that you became irked at her character because of secrets. My issue more or less with the disconnect that I had with her character came from her weakness when it came to her family. I hated the opening scene and the position she was put in because of her brother, that scene alone really set the tone for how I responded and reacted to her character throughout Borrowed Souls. But then again the disconnect could’ve also been because I didn’t know how to categorize her character, which in hindsight I sort of see this as a good thing but it could definitely become frustrating during a first installment with a lot of world building.
I don’t know about me and book two having a date in the future, but I’m definitely down for trying Borrowed Souls again if/when it comes out on audio.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: