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Under My Skin

Under My Skin  - Shawntelle Madison

Star Rating:4.5 Stars, Buy it


Netgalley Review.


First Impression: Surprisingly good.


I haven’t had a lot of luck with fiction from Netgalley. So I was surprised I am enjoying/enjoyed this.


This book produces a lot of feels especially toward the end.  I’m a little bit traumatized.  I’m really torn as to what rating to give this.  I guess I’m going to go with 4.5  I also feel like this is a really hard book to review without giving major spoilers away. So I think this time I’m just going down my list of reminders, I’m sorry if this review seems choppy.


I found this to be pretty original and the plot story line was very good. I was definitely left screaming at the end, I want more!  The writing was decent. However one minor thing that drove me nuts is that the author wrote: “it made no sense.” Where’s the editor? Since when is that ok in English? It sounds terrible. You should be saying it doesn’t make any sense. Come on, my mom drilled correct English into me so it jumps out at me when I see it. Ugh. I found the characters to be believable and relateable even if the situation isn’t really relatable. I think the best thing about the book was how you were drawn into Tate and had an emotional reaction to some of the ending events. (Have I mentioned how hard this review is to write without giving away spoilers??!!)  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult.  Also, they get bonus points for the cover. Love it.


Book description: 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.One part Invasion of the Body Snatchers and one part Robert Heinlein's classic I Will Fear No Evil, Under My Skin blends glamour with terror.