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Monday, February 15, 2016

Review - Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1) by Jacinta Maree

Welcome 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.

REVIEW (somehow)

“Disregard for the past will never do us any good. Without it we cannot know truly who we are.” - Syd Moore
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

But what if they were wrong?

Previously I have read, loved and reviewed author’s The Reapers (Demonic Ghost #2) and her words of appreciation were… let say great. So, now, when I want to tell how much I loved the Soulless, is a hard trying to not fail, especially when words and ideas run away from me.

So, let’s try this way:
(1) Personal view 
     - I liked a lot;
     - the author is in my debt for the ending (Mrs. Maree, I hope you are NOT adept of that trend that kills the important characters; I hate them!  :))) );
     - Send me, please, the next volume/s. NOW!

(2) Story
     - the main motive is fresh, not over used in YA /NA literature;
     - the paranormal aspects are just a part of the story;
     - there is rhythm, suspense, danger and a lot of action – actually it’s all action;
     - there is not girl-ish action either; there will be gore, killings and victims;
     - the author is not afraid to bring the foul and macabre, …in The Walking Dead way (sort of);
     - there are twists and fortuitous events;
     - next to the great action, try to read a bit more profound – it will be your gain;

(3) Characters
     - various, deceptive
     - they have different views about good and bad and about the proper ways to achieve their goals;
     - once again, look under the surface - even their name were important from my point of view;
    - under the hideous effects of the past lives, sentiments and/or free will (or the lack of them) are  present, important;
     - the “love story” (quotation marks were intentional used) is present also, but is more as a vehicle / catalyzer not the main purpose – at this moment at least;

(4) Messages/ meanings 
      - they are not told, but suggested;
    - they do not break the rhythm, but, hidden in plain sight, they are entwined with the story to which they bring value; 
    - they are about the human nature way to cope with the memories of their previous lives: Fear spreads faster than compassion.”
    - “it seems no matter how long we live, we never seem to know what we’re meant to be doing,”
   - you should look after them - the story will become better, greater this way and you’ll have the right and whole picture;

(5) Style
   - is different from The Reapers were it was a bit more… lacy;
   - the language is not arid, but adapted and in rhythm with the story;
   - the visual is important and very good built;
   - the settings are part of the story and help to motivate, explain or to bring a certain result;

(6) Conclusion
   - Jacinta Maree didn’t illude me;
   - like I said, do not be a superficial reader. Read it with “open eyes” and you’ll find a good story with many meanings;
   - for me – 5 Goodreads stars;

(7) Happy reading!

“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.”

About the author:
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.


Audrey Stewart said...

Jacinta, I am excited to read your new book. I also am a chocoholic.

Giselle said...

Unique review format! I like it! And this sounds like a great read, too! Glad you liked it! :)

Penny said...

Thanks for the post. Looks like a really interesting series.

Unknown said...

Thank you again so so so much for always being so wonderful and kind to me. Your words have always picked me up when I feel at my lowest. I'm will be a massive fan of you and your blog for life.

Keep up the amazing work!

Jacinta Maree

Jan Lee said...

I'm all about souls and reincarnation. I'm not a demonic person but I do like reading about demons :)

Midu Hadi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Andreea Dragan said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Maranda Hymes said...

No matter how many times I've seen that cover I'm still in love with it! This sounds like such a good book!

Jolanda said...

Thank you for the chance!

Diane Elizabeth said...

This sounds like such an interesting book, I'm looking forward to starting this series.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Crystal Clifton said...

I will be starting this book and I know I will be very happy.

Unknown said...

Hi! With your blog like this, I get excited to read this, if ever I'd win the contest!

-Best regards, have a nice day!-