Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

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Posted February 1, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea MuellerBorrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
Series: Soul Charmer #1
Published by Talos Press on November 10, 2018
Genres: Horror
Pages: 322
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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“Borrowed Souls is do not miss urban fantasy. A fresh, unique world for readers hungry for something awesome” (Lauren Dane, New York Times–bestselling author).

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.

In 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. Since Callie is low on cash, the slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter. But accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic . . .

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 is really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

“Snappy, snarky, and oh-so-sexy. Borrowed Souls is one for the keeper shelf.” —Darynda Jones, New York Times–bestselling author

“Combines classic and modern fantasy elements in a fresh take on the genre; readers who like dark worlds and compelling heroines will enjoy this smooth read.” —Booklist

Regardless of the hard time I had with connecting with the heroine and certain parts of Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller, it still contained everything I love about an Urban Fantasy story!

I don’t know what it is about me, but I always have a hard time connecting with the first book of any Urban Fantasy series I’m starting. Perfect examples of this are the number of times I’ve re-read Magic Bites and Spider’s Bite before I thought all hope was lost. In discovered these wonderful things called audiobooks I’m now in love with the Kate Daniels series and in like with the Elemental Assassin series. Maybe (or maybe not) I’ll reserve my deeper thoughts of Borrowed Souls for after I listen to it on audio (fingers crossed for audio format).

Out of all the UF stories that I’ve read and researched I have yet to come across one dealing with soul bartering, so I’m not ashamed to admit that this was the only reason I agreed to read and review this advance copy. I can say that despite the issues I had with certain parts of Borrowed Souls I do not regret the experience. Aside from the uniqueness of the story content, the heroine also stood out and achieved the individuality that I look for in a genre that is sometimes dominant in the storytelling but lacks on the character development (or at least the character development that I look for from the characters of the stories that I read).

Callie really came off as the type of character that you just had to take her as she came. She wasn’t really an open book but what you needed to know was let known to you and what you wondered about wasn’t so important that you became irked at her character because of secrets. My issue more or less with the disconnect that I had with her character came from her weakness when it came to her family. I hated the opening scene and the position she was put in because of her brother, that scene alone really set the tone for how I responded and reacted to her character throughout Borrowed Souls. But then again the disconnect could’ve also been because I didn’t know how to categorize her character, which in hindsight I sort of see this as a good thing but it could definitely become frustrating during a first installment with a lot of world building.

I don’t know about me and book two having a date in the future, but I’m definitely down for trying Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller again if/when it comes out on audio.

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About Chelsea Mueller

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 spends too much time at the gym practicing MMA skills, but makes up for it by counseling other authors on writing dynamic and realistic fight scenes. Get those tips in her Write Like a Fighter blog series.

She loves bad cover songs, dramatic movies, and TV vampires. Chelsea lives in Texas, and has been known to say y’all.

For the latest updates, join her email list at or follow @ChelseaVBC on Twitter and Instagram.

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