Soulless (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

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
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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