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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: Borrowed Souls (A Soul Charmer Novel, Book 1) by Chelsea Mueller

Borrowed Souls (A Soul Charmer Novel, Book 1)
by Chelsea Mueller
May 2, 2017

Pages: 322
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.

Callie has always stood up for her family and put their needs before hers no matter the cost. Her brother Josh, is in constant need of money and now he’s in debt to the mafia and Callie is forced to work to get him released. Callie must rent a soul to accomplish the task the mob wants her to do but at what cost to her own soul? She’s willing to do anything to help her brother though and entangles herself in the dirty world of borrowed souls.

The magnetism between Callie and Derek quickly draws the two into a relationship. Derek has her back but Callie doesn’t trust herself much and doubts him even more which causes her more heartache than necessary. Callie’s family leaves a lot to be desired and a little more background into them would have added an element to the story that was needed. There was enough given that you could instantly form an opinion, but hinted secrets needed more investigation. The story was original and pulls you in quickly which is something I really desire in a good read. The Soul Keeper needed more of a backstory, little was said about him, which made it hard to really picture him and what he was. Last but not least, almost nothing was said about Derek, one of the main characters, except that he worked for the Soul Keeper, was trustworthy and hot. All in all though, worth the time and I look forward to book 2, Rouge Souls.

Getting 4 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Chelsea Mueller writes gritty contemporary fantasy. She founded the speculative fiction website Vampire Book Club, blogs about TV and romance novels for numerous websites, and is co-chair of SF/F charity Geeky Giving. She loves bad cover songs, dramatic movies, and TV vampires. Chelsea lives in Texas, and has been known to say y’all.

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