Review: Lost Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Reviewed by Jen

Another great ride in this third installment of the Soul Charmer series. If you are looking for a gritty new Urban Fantasy series, I heartily recommend you give this one a try. (But don’t start here…make sure you pick up Borrowed Souls first.)

This book picks up where the last one left off, with Callie desperately searching for Nate who has kidnapped her mother. The mission is especially pressing since the guy cut off some of her mom’s fingers and sent them as a warning. Callie needs to return the soul she ripped out of him or her mother will pay the price.

If that’s not weighing heavily enough, the Soul Charmer has disappeared. That might seem like a good thing, since he is most assuredly not a good dude, but without him, no one is attending the soul well. Plus, there is a new soul pusher in town AND someone has stolen some really bad souls, and Gem City needs Callie and Derek to keep the scales balanced.

The story moves well and I totally bought into the reasons why Callie had to do all the things she did. But what I love best about these books is how well Chelsea Mueller has drawn two flawed, yet essentially good characters, and made me believe in their need and love for one another. As I’ve said before, Derek is my favorite kind of hero. He’s muscle and he does bad things that most people cannot see beyond. But Callie doesn’t see a thug when she looks at him. She sees comfort, protection, and home. And so do I! (*swoon*) — I want MOAR of these two together.

The secondary characters are all love-to-hate. Like Callie’s mother and brother. Man, these two are both just awful. The other guys in the Soul Charmer crew. Nate. Pretty much everyone, except maybe Derek’s brother (and he’s still kind of a DB at times.)

Then, there’s the world-building. The entire concept of borrowing souls is so clever and original. And we dive a little deeper into the how’s and why’s of it all here, which is cool. But beyond that, I dig the vibe in general. In my head, Gem City is this dark, dirty, asphalt and dirty puddle kind of place–and it just adds such great ambiance to the story.

Mueller does a great job setting up the next installment of the series. I am excited to see where it goes next, though it’s getting harder and harder to see a scenario where Callie and Derek are ever going to get out. I’ll keep reading, though, to find out.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by author

Click to purchase: Amazon

Borrowed Souls
by Chelsea Mueller
Release Date: February 25, 2019

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