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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Double Book Review: Gut Deep (Torn Worlds Book 1) by Donna Augustine

Gut Deep (Torn Worlds Book 1)
by Donna Augustine
November 1, 2019
Pages: 287

They steal our world, destroy our lives and view us as worthless chattel. I never thought I’d be desperate enough to ask one of them for help, and worse, one of their leaders. But with a vampire stalking me, a werewolf might be my only salvation. I’m still not sure which is worse, him or death.


She’s nothing to me but an inconvenience, a burden, another complaining human singing the song of the wronged. She strolls into danger as if she’s begging for death, taking risk after risk. I should let the monsters she tempts have her. I would if I didn’t want her for myself.

Author's Note: This is book one in a series of standalone romances, set within the same dystopian world

Reviewer: Jo Dawson

5 sheep

Penelope and Donovan are not star-crossed lovers in this new world, where humans are relegated to servant status among the ruling monsters, no, not star crossed lovers, casualties of a system that casts them in certain roles, each doing the best that they can to survive. When their paths cross, Donavan is forced to decide if he will help Pen or allow her to suffer from monsters who have it out for her. His choice sets the story in motion down a windy path.

I loved this book, Donna Augustine is at top form in this story of honor and hope. The novel was well written, she breaks out of some of her normal genre but stayed well within things that go bump in the night. Great book!

Reviewer: Denise B

Getting 5 sheep
The next series of Augustine is Torn Worlds starting with Book 1 Gut Deep. The supernatural decided they’d had enough of humans and took over America. The vampires, shifters, fairies, as well as many other supernatural beings, are now the upper class where humans have been demoted to the lowest class possible. Humans aren’t allowed to have smartphones or help each other to name a few of the rules of the new society. If caught with anything that is considered an infraction death is a real possibility. 

Penelope now works for a shifter family in this new world of terror. She makes just enough to barely feed her family and that’s if her dad doesn’t get ahold of it and use it to buy booze. When she’s asked to work an event at her shifter employer’s house, she’s ecstatic because this might be the chance, she needs to find the cure for her sick sister that one of the higher up vampires is rumored to possess.

Donovan is the Alpha of the DC pack and has been summoned to his mother’s house for a dinner between the shifters and the vampires. Donovan hates going to his mother’s get-togethers but this is his once a year stay at her house so he will suffer through it. What he finds is Penelope, a server who has found herself in more trouble than she could possibly imagine. Against his usual indifference for humans, he extends help to her and finds himself in over his head with this human.

About the Author:

Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It's her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren't as hypoallergenic as she believed they'd be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

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