Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review & Tour: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

Title: Soulless
Author: Jacinta Maree
Genre/Age: Sci Fi/NA
Series: The Immortal Gene Series (Book One)
Publisher: Inked Rabbit Publishing
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisWelcome to Soulless.
We are the generation that laughs at death.

Reincarnation; what was once considered a gift of immortality has become an eternity of nightmares.

Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. Madness is the new human nature, and civilizations are crumpling beneath themselves trying to outrun it. 

Within a society that ignores death, Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories and with printless eyes, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the ultimate prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

The world had turned to waste; immortality was never meant for man and it drove humanity to the edge of destruction. There had been plenty of stories about how the human race would end. Unlike the movies from Hollywood, there was no big bang caused by a sun exploding; there was no catastrophic moment where our world was flipped upside down like in a nuclear war or zombie virus outbreak. It was gradual, like a seeping virus that withered everything within its path until it ground us down into brittle, hollowed out cores. It wasn’t out to destroy our bodies; it destroyed everything we once treasured. Hope, love, compassion, joy… even our mortality. It was all gone. And now it mocked us with a peace we could never achieve: death.

I kept my hand behind me, ensuring Annie was safe before slowly creeping out. The steady thump of the Sweepers had almost gone silent as they walked further away down the block, but it was Annie’s sudden scream that spun me around. A dark shadow stepped up behind us just as a snap of red crossed my vision.
No! Before I had time to jerk my head away, the Sweeper lurched forward and snared me by the shoulder. My body seized underneath its grip as it hoisted me up from the ground.

“Run, Annie! Run!”

Annie squealed and pressed herself up against the building. “Nadia?”

“Just run!” I screamed as the robot reached over and took the shotgun from my hand. It crushed the barrel easily before finding the pistol in my back pocket. It smashed that one, too.

In its inhuman static voice, the machine said, “Corrupted identification code detected. Blacklisted threat. You are under arrest.”

“I’m not one of them!” I screamed as I wrestled in its grip. “Let me go. I’m not one of them!”

Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.


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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Insane. Purely insane. That's what this book was.

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I should probably admit, up front, that I usually do not read Sci Fi, unless it has a strong romance element. I also typically avoid dystopian novels because they often depress me due to their harsh settings and storylines.

This book caught me by surprise. Yes, it was a dystopian story, riddled with destitute futuristic societies, crude characters, and plenty of savagery. But there was something very humane about the main character which made me want to root for her. I was sucked into the story and I'm still not sure if it has spit me out, yet.

Nadia knows she is different from everyone else. She is constantly reminded, by everyone: her family, the doctors she sees, the sweepers that patrol the streets. In a place where a person's identity is found in the imprints of one's eyes, Nadia is constantly hounded due to the fact that she has no imprint. She has no prior identity. She has lived no past life before this one. That makes her a strange girl, indeed.

Diesel is dangerous. And crude. But he is also incredibly smart. When he comes across a young woman with no past lives, he sees her eyes as a blank canvas. One that could help him to accomplish his task. What task, you ask? Well, Diesel is also very good at keeping secrets, too. You never really know what he's up to or whether he can be trusted.

Yet, Nadia has no choice but to try to trust Diesel, if she is going to escape a certainly fatal predicament. And once alone in society, she finds that the dark and mysterious man just might be the only one she can trust. She knows his motives are about as impure as they could get, but at least he wants to keep her alive. For now.

This book both surprised and annoyed the life out of me! I couldn't put it down but I also was afraid to keep swiping the digital pages. If something bad could happen to our characters... it did. The suspense was strong enough to cut with a knife, several times over. I was on edge the entire time. I usually only get that way when I watch horror movies. Kudos to Jacinta Maree for causing my nerves to want to explode! :)

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In closing... 
Fast paced and a thrill from start to finish. Five nerve-killing suns!

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