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Borrow don't buy Borrowed Souls

Borrowed Souls: A Soul Charmer Novel Chelsea Mueller


Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date May 2 2017


Borrowed Souls has some potential. It is has an original premise. (Souls can be rented so that the stain of sin does not affect the individual- of course it does presume God is a complete idiot, in my opinion would be more interesting if people only believed it mitigated sin and instead does something different). Otherwise it is your standard urban fantasy. Girl forced into magical situation, discovers powers, has help from sexy bad boy who finds her irresistible despite her whining. Throw in your standard dysfunctional family and maniacal bad guys and call it a day.

Borrowed Souls is a decent but unexceptional series debut.

3 / 5

I received a copy of Borrowed Souls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



A young woman with a brother who can't stay out of trouble dives head first into the grimy world of soul renting in this action-packed and sexy urban fantasy debut. 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. Renting souls is big business for the religious population of 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. To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for. 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’s really worth.

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