Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

Release Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Shawntelle Madison
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets...
For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn't something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate's result thrusts her into the Guild's world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.
Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate's mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate's body, and love might end before it even begins.

I wanted to love this one, but I just couldn't get into it.
The gist of the story is that in this dystopian world a group of people referred to as the Guild basically run everything.
Water Bearers are people who are 'chosen' as their servants through a draft-like screening process. If you get chosen, your family gets taken care of, and you supposedly live a relatively luxurious life.
Conspiracy! Conspiracy!
Yes, yes...of course there is.
Without spoiling too much, whether or not you like this story is going to come down to whether or not you like Tate, and her inner monologue.
I didn't.
I found her dull, uninteresting, and somewhat annoying.
There's a romance between her and the General's Blade Dude, but there was seemingly no reason behind their feelings toward each other. Or at least none that I could see.
They are both in a situation that they don't like.
And they are both THERE together.
Eh. I just wasn't feeling it.

I also found the rebels to be a bit idiotic. There were several things they could have done to weaken or even cripple the Guild, and I was a little surprised that nobody mentioned it.
At the very least, I thought it should have been discussed.
Click this link if you want the spoilers.

On a positive note, as I was reading this, I had no idea it was a self-published title.
Kudos to the author for doing such a good job! I love it when indie authors manage to look as glossy and well-edited as the authors from a big publishing house!
And while I'm at it, I have to give a standing ovation for that beautiful cover!
Several of my friends did love this book, so don't be afraid to give it a shot if it looks like something that would interest you.


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