Shadow of Hope–Blog Tour Review of Soul Finder by Jacinta Maree


Title: Soul Finder (bk #2)                                Series: The Immortal Gene Trilogy

Author: Jacinta Maree                                     Publisher: Inked Rabbit Publishing

Publish Date: September 16,2016                Genre: Dystopian, New Adult, Supernatural

Pages: 263                                                            Content Rating: Normal (see Content Guide)

Type: Ebook (Request)                                    ART: 2 hours

Book Rating: starstarstarstarstar

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.

Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.

Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.

Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

Think you want to get this book (you know you do)? Check out Amazon! Want to find more reviews before buying this book? Check out GoodReads or even check out the Author page for other books and updates on when the next one comes out! Haven’t read the first one, find Soulless at Amazon or B&N, and on goodreads. Don’t forget to read my review of Soulless.

This an ‘arc” copy eBook supplied by the author and Xpresso Book Tours. I am not receiving any monetary benefit or any kickback for this review. I received this arc for an honest review. This review is cross-posted on Amazon, Goodreads and given directly to the author.

 “I’m going to save the world…”

When I think of the world in Soul Finder, I think of that quote from The Tempest by Shakespeare, “…Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” Looking at the world through Nadia’s eyes, her world is really horrible, filled with horrible people doing horrible things to other horrible people. Granted, the people in Nadia’ world has suffered, and suffered over again. But all human decency seems to have petered out, leaving only wickedness behind. But like the hope in Pandora’s box, Nadia seems to be the hope at the bottom of the box for many people not just herself. So, as a warning, Soul Finder may be crueler than the first book in The Immortal Gene Trilogy, but there is enough light to see the shadows of hope.

“Hmm, so what do you call those that love a monster like me, huh?”

Soul Finder is the second book in the trilogy. Middle books are notoriously hard for me to love. Mainly because they feel like a filler or a rickety rope bridge between the beginning and the end. But Jacinta Maree surprised me again with her way of words and world building. If you thought you knew everything about the Soulless world, you are wrong. Soul Finder was able to turn everything I knew about the world on its head. I adore dystopian novels…but mix reincarnation into a broken world is crazy, unique and awesome. Maree’s great strength lies in her characters and premises. Each character holds a story and helps push the story onwards.

“I learnt something about myself I didn’t like…”

Soul Finder may be a middle child, but don’t let that worry you. Because it can shatter all misconceptions of the middle book in a trilogy. Instead of time skipping, it drops you into the frying pan. To be on point, we start at the point where Nadia was last in Soulless. The action is seamless and packed full of feels. & you all I know how much I love my feels. Nadia and Diesel are still in the throes of love and distrust. Nadia is still quick witted and prone to surviving everything the world throws at her. It seemed to me that we get so much more information and insight into Diesel. Frankly, Diesel’s mind scares me and makes the story just that much more real and dark. Even though Soul Finder is written in Nadia’s POV, so much understanding is given to each character that Nadia interacts with. We find out more about the so-called prophecy, and what Diesel has gone through.

“He was damaged. He was crazy. He was unpredictable and reckless, and in this stupid moment, he was mine.”

The introduction of so many new characters that are vital to the plot left me reeling, and scrambling to catch up at times. Each nugget of information and new twist flowed well in the story, but at periods the pace was a bit too fast for me to keep everything straight. Granted that didn’t stop me from devouring this saga. The premise and plot are solid and interweave naturally into the dialogue and exposition. Soul Finder has a lot of world exploring mixed into the action.  The romance is still as angsty, and heart clenching as it was in Soulless. I saw a lot of character growth, as well cute scenes of where a character flaw is shown.

“We were a candle on fire, destined to destroy each other.”

Seriously, why are you still here reading this…go read this book and all others by Jacinta Maree. 5 out of 5 stars for a gritty, dark and fantastical story that leaves you gasping for more. Just make sure to pick up your heart pieces to put back together later. Soul Finder is unique and continues the search for the cure to the cursed reincarnation and Nadia’s quest to know more about herself and other soulless.


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.


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