Title: Under My Skin
Author: Shawntelle Madison
Series: Immortality Strain
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Synopsis: Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets…
For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn’t something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate’s result thrusts her into the Guild’s world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.
Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate’s mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate’s body, and love might end before it even begins.
Review: I wanted to like this book, I really did. I liked the premise of it, it is original, and not something I’ve seen done often. However the book was seriously lacking in detail, it could have used at least another 100 pages, or more. The book felt rushed and I couldn’t believe how fast the author went through some things (the ‘training’ at the beginning, the scenes with the resistance, the battle with the resistance, etc). This book has a bad case of telling and not showing. I wanted to know more about things, I wanted more details, insight into the world, the people, etc.
Another problem I had was with the romance, it literally came out of nowhere. Quinn and Tate had two interactions, one he tried to kill her, and suddenly they’re in love. No sorry, that’s not working for me. There was very little character and relationship development, they felt a little flat. It resembled more Stockholm Syndrome than love. Quinn was really one of the only nice people, definitely the only nice male, in the house, it’s really not a surprise that she fell in ‘love’ with him.
Had this book had more detail I really think I could have liked it more, as it stands, eh, I’m not even sure I like it at all.
Recommendation: Skip it
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.