Book Review: Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea Mueller

Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1)Title: Borrowed Souls
Author: Chelsea Mueller
Publisher: Talos
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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.

I thought Borrowed Souls would be an okay read but when I started flipping the pages I was surprised by how much I really really really enjoyed this book.

Callie is a girl who would do almost anything for family whether they deserve the help or not. I related to Callie a lot, my family is everything and there is not anything I wouldn't do for them so when Callie has to bail her brother out of troubles I could relate.

Callie's brother owes the mob and Ford, the mob boss, will only allow her brother freedom if she agrees to his plan, steal some documents and borrow a soul. When I first read the description to Borrowed Souls I had no clue what that meant, I mean how could you borrow a soul and make it believable. But the cool thing was Chelsea Mueller explained it so well that my jaw was on the floor, I could see things like Borrowing Souls happening in this day.

The lengths Callie went to save her brother was admirable. She went to a shady guy to borrow a soul even though she wanted nothing to do with magic she still did it. She broke the law so that her brother could return home. Callie is one hell of a character and I can't wait to see what the next adventure brings.

One of the things I liked about Borrowed Souls was the relationship between Derek and Callie. They started off as coworkers, then friends, and lovers and I loved all their interactions and how if one had a problem they would discuss it between each other and not let it fester.

Borrows Souls was a fast paced read that I didn't want to put down, Chelsea Mueller I hope you know that from this moment I will be counting down the days until book 2.

#ReadADessen: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything
Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Viking
Format: Paperback
Source: Previously Owned
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary


Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident? Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time. The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. 
Like Sarah Dessen's other books, this one dealt with serious themes but of all, it's where I feel the main character goes through the most changes. Sydney is dealing with life the best way she knows how. Her brother has made very poor choices which have not only affected himself, but it's trickled down and out to all of the family members. It's also affected the relationships Sydney has with others to her old friends (when she leaves school to get away from the stigma) to her new friends, and even with the relationship she has with her mother and father. 

I was also very much inspired by all the different relationships, including the thoughts of desolation Sydney has from being hurt and from carrying all the pain. But the great part about this book is when she meets the Chathams, who run a pizza parlor and are warm and loving - despite dealing with serious issues of their own - and who become the catalyst for the very much needed changes Sydney needs in her life. Oh, and Mac. I simply adored him!

I recommend this one for fans of the contemporary genre and if you've never read a Sarah Dessen book before, this one is making its way to the top of my favorites list!

So, one of the songs that kept popping in my head in the first half of the book was definitely Mad World by Gary Jules which is a melancholic but beautiful song. If you haven't heard it, I've included this link for your enjoyment! Happy reading.

Once and for All
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
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Sarah DessenSarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crystal Blade (Burning Glass #2) by Kathryn Purdie

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

Crystal Blade (Burning Glass, #2)

Crystal Blade

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Expected Release: August 15th 2017

The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

* Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. *
* This week's TTT is: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let's rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don't enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

I am a teacher, and every year when Summer Break is upon us, my colleagues are always coming to me for Summer Reads recommendations, and I always point them to the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines. You simply cannot go wrong with this book series!

The Rosemary Beach series is a 13 book series, but don't let that deter you! Each of the books in the series is short, fast paced, well written, and highly engaging and entertaining. Each 2-3 books in the series is about a different set of characters that all live, for the most part, in Rosemary Beach, Florida.

You cannot get more summer than that!

A few of the books do take place in Texas, but trust me when I say that does not in any way detract from the Summer Reads feel.

The formula that Abbi Glines uses for the books in this series, will have you hooked from the start. You will not want to to put them down, and you will be salivating for each next installment.

I highly recommend you buy them all on your kindle or nook or whatever e-reader you have, and just devouring them while at the beach or pool this summer. Don't forget to sip on some adult libations while your at it!

Just so you know, Fallen Too Far and When I'm Gone both made me cry, and it takes A LOT for a book to make me cry. There was something in both of them that just really tugged at my heart strings.




It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Book Journey * *
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!
Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Alex, Approximately
The Simplicity of Cider The Darkest Corner (Gravediggers #1) When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)
When Dimple Met Rishi The Sandcastle Empire

Dating You / Hating You Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2) The Mothers
Seven Days of You The Names They Gave Us

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