Thursday, 18 February 2016

Soulless (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

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Title: Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1)
Author:  Jacinta Maree
Publisher:  Inked Rabbit Publishing
Published Date:  1st October 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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.

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.

Reader’s discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

Review: Let’s start this review where I usually start the review: with a little bit of cover love. Because this cover is just GORGEOUS and it actually does a pretty good job of representing the book as well.

The world situation in this book is absolutely tragic. In this world, reincarnation exists, but you remember every single life that you have previously been through. At some point when you’re child, all these past lives suddenly kick in, and it’s like you have multiple voices going on in your head and lives at once! Of course, no one can live like that and survive, hence why everyone has to take a drug in moderation to keep themselves in control. However, you need to be able to afford it. And of course, that makes the concept of death not nearly as scary as people actually find it – it’s no longer necessarily the end of you. Which means that the world became a whole lot more violent. You can also be blacklisted – seeing as your soul imprint is on your eyes, they can scan your eyes and see if you have done a great crime in any of your previous lives. If you have committed a crime before, you’re put back into jail as soon as discovered. That’s blacklisted.

I think the whole idea of this society was so imaginative and pretty well thought through. The world building was done efficiently because there wasn’t a single time when I felt like all this information was being thrown my way, and I completely understood everything. It wasn’t essentially done with beautiful language or anything – but the author manages to discretely weave it in there and it worked well with the story, especially as this one was so plot based.

What intrigued me was the way the families worked. We do get to see a family here, because the main character, Nadia has one. Although the parents do give birth to you, it’s hard for them to “love” you as a child simply because you’re not just their child anymore, but a bunch of other strangers as well. So it’s more like you’re giving birth to a body that many people are going to use. It was interesting to see how dysfunctional that made the family, and how it put an interesting twist on things. I wondered if it was like this for all the families.

I didn’t feel too connected to the main characters, but that was more so because this novel was plot based more than anything else. And it certainly does do so with the plot! There is always something happening, with plenty of action and events to keep you turning that page. There is never a dull moment.

The romance in this book was pretty intriguing as well. It was the enemies to loves kind of romance, and it was slow and subtle. Especially as Nadia is so used to be independent – she just didn’t know what to do with her feelings, and I kind of loved her innocence.

I think my biggest issue with this book was that at times I just couldn’t keep up! Things happened so fast that I wanted a little break where the characters would just stop and take a breather. Their situations never allowed for that, but the closer we get to the end of the novel the more things got crazier and crazier until there were times that I took little breaks from reading just so I could process what was happening!

The ending was a massive cliffhanger! Personally, I found it a little bit abrupt (I seriously thought there were going to be more pages!) but I know that I am going to have to read book two simply because I can’t leave the book hanging like that DD:


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Author Bio: 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.
Author Links: Website, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter!

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Olivia’s Question: If you were reincarnated, who do you think you used to be?


Olivia-Savannah

32 comments:

  1. The premise of this book sounds pretty good! A romance that is slow and subtle is definitely a plus. Lately I've been reading so many books where I was just annoyed witht the romance because it all happened way to quickly and I was just hoping they would not end up together...

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    1. I love my slow and steady romances <3 The fast ones are too annoying!

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  2. Sounds interesting! Fab review :)

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  3. [ Smiles ] Honestly, I love any story that deals with reincarnation.

    And, thank you for another great book review!

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    1. It's such an interesting concept in itself!

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  4. Wow! I had to just ponder that for a moment -- imagining that we've lived and remember our past lives, and as a result, have multiple voices going on in our heads. Good synopsis; sorry it didn't quite live up to what you expected. :)
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    1. It would be so chaotic in our minds. I don't know if I would be able to handle it. One mind is enough for me! ;)

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  5. Wonderful review, Olivia! The world building sounds so well done and unique, too! I like the whole reincarnation aspect! Glad you liked it! :)

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  6. Great review, Olivia. This sounds really great for a lot of reasons. I am also completely in love with the cover xD

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  7. Soulless sounds very intriguing! Can you imagine the human psyche after being re-born so many times? I can barely keep the life of one memory together. O_o Great review and thank you for the giveaway, Olivia.

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    1. I know what you mean. It would be so busy in your mind alone...

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  8. Hey Olivia,

    Thank you SO much for being a part of the tour, I really appreciate it, and I think you have a really awesome blog going on here.
    Keep up the amazing work.

    warm regards,
    Jacinta Maree.

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    1. It was my pleasure to review and host a tour stop! I can't wait to read the sequel and know what happens next. Keep writing :)

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  9. That cover is gorgeous! I remember wanting to sign up for this tour, but I told myself that I had enough books to review already. I like reincarnation stories, and my favorite is Incarnate by Jodi Meadows; although I have yet to finish the trilogy. I have no clue who I could have been in a past life, but since I was little, I've been getting deja vu. I'll be somewhere, or do something, but I can't ever exactly recall why it all felt familiar.

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    1. I think sometimes we do get to a point where we have too many review copies and just need a little breather! I know of that series but haven't tried it yet!

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  10. Oh man. It must've been confusing, though, isn't it? To have all those voices inside your head at once? I like the premise; I think it's interesting and I've always been curious about reincarnation. Adding this one to my pile!

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    1. Even though the idea of that is confusing, it was okay in execution? Hope you will like this one!

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  11. The world of this book sounds so awesome and confusing. I am actually really curious how the author managed to make you feel all the previous lives and all that. Sounds like a really interesting world and concept.

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    1. It was such an interesting way of handling it, but you do get to see the lives all coming through!

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  12. The family dynamics and how they work do sound fantastic

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    1. It was interesting to see how they worked in such a situation :D

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  13. This sounds so great, Olivia! The idea of reincarnation makes me shudder - having all those voices in your head would be TORTURE! But makes for a great premise, at least.

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    1. I think the only good thing for it is in this book. I hope that never becomes real life D:

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  14. Nice review. I like it when a fictional world and character are well thought of and distinct. Also, I agree with the cover. It's lovely.

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    1. Well thought out novels always make for the best ones.

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  15. Sounds an interesting book, would love to win!

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