Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison Review



Title: Under My Skin

Author: Shawntelle Madison

Publisher: Shawntelle Madison

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 9, 2014 

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley


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.


Under My Skin was an engaging read. I liked Tate and her strength. I felt like the book was a bit short, and ended abruptly but it was well-written.

The mythology was pretty neat in this, although it was hard to follow along in the beginning. I felt like it was assumed I knew how the political structure worked which wasn’t true at all. In fact it was the beginning that leaves me feeling like this book could have been better. There were explanations given, but they were so far into the book that it didn’t really work.

It was also weird with the romance between Tate and Quinn. It was kind of there, but kind of not. There were definitely bigger things going on than the two of them. It was just seemed like something the author threw in because these days it’s expected. What made the book great was the battle between Tate and General Dagon.

The two of them fighting it out was absolutely what made this book shine. Both are strong personalities, but it is Tate’s hidden strength that gives her the edge. She isn’t overly rebellious which works because it’s easy to see how if she was the General would eat her alive and destroy her entire family.

I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars, it was a good read and I think it has potential. Shawntelle Madison’s writing definitely got better as the book went on. I will keep an eye out for future installments, and hope that they hit the mark a little better.




3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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