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BLOG TOUR – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Soulless” by T. Baggins

About:

A Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

 

REVIEW:

Sheri: I can safely say this is one of the most brilliantly twisted books I’ve ever read…it also freaked me the hell out!

Sue: I absolutely agree Sheri.  Soulless was beyond my expectations.  Tell me, what were your “highs and lows”?

Sheri: Highs- My initial impression of Ban was near hatred, and before I knew it, I’d fallen for him. That is one of my favorite things…when an author flips my distaste to adoration.  I was blown away by the writing….pristine and impeccable with meticulous detail. I found I had to pay close attention, but I never sensed confusion or felt as if I had gone astray from the story. Which is quite impressive due to the twists and turns the story takes. As layered as it was, I found myself surprised with the clarity.  Lows- Tricky dialogue and the unexpected gore. I scare easily. It was freaky, intense and utterly exhausting.

Sue:  Ha!  Poor Sheri, you’re a scaredy cat… but I completely agree.  Baggins has a great ability to bring us into a scene and experience everything as if we are present.  Love, fear, gore and hatred.

My high – Everything.  My low – when it finished.  Alright that’s not a fair disclosure of why this story (in my eyes) is so exceptional.  The writing and with that, the presentation of Ban.  How is a change of mood so evident from one paragraph to the next?  I sat back a few times in awe of the writing.  When it comes to lows, I have to say, the first 10-12 percent were hard for me to enjoy.

Sheri: Yep, I’m not ashamed to admit I hit the dictionary button more than once in the first few chapters. Neither MC are particularly lovable at first either. It takes a bit to suck you in, but once I was caught, I was enthralled.

Sue:  Right again Shez. the MCs didn’t show their true selves until around 30 percent.

Sheri: So, do you have a favorite character?

Sue:  Do you want the real list or the short list?  They were all amazing characters but if I had to choose…. Martha and Ban.

Martha is a legend.  She’s free of the simpleton characteristics most supporting characters are drawn with. She’s so fundamentally void of irrelevant fuss.  She goes straight to the bottom line of matters.  She’s what I want to be when I grow up.

Ban is unwavering in his devotion to Nicholas.  There’s a beautiful, gentle and sincere scene where Ban meets with Catherine (The Widow).  It’s the first time we see his humility.  His Soul.

What about you?

Sheri: Ahhh yes, my heart broke during that scene. I completely fell for a soulless bloodsucker and Nicholas grew on me as the tale was spun.

However, I found myself enjoying the secondary characters just as much as Ban and Nicky. Martha was incredibly sensible and the most composed character I’ve ever met. Initially I was crushed with her fate, but of course, she handled it better than I could have imagined. And I loved Grand-Mamma too. Her cards, her visions, her powers…wow.

Sue:  While we’re at it (with characters) can I just say that Sebastian may be the most evil bastard I’ve read in a long time?  He literally gave me the heebeegeebees.  That alone is evidence of superb writing.

Sheri: Gah, I know, I know… a first class seat on a slide of molten lava would be too generous of a trip for him.

Sue:  Shall we add a quote?

Sheri: Oooo, yes. Which one is your favorite?

Sue:  Drum roll please:

“When Ban spilt his seed on me, then licked it away.  That’s when I began thinking of myself as corrupt.  Blissfully, blessedly, irredeemably corrupt. “

This was quite a turning point for our MCs  but the “release” of tension was divine.

Sheri: That was a powerful moment indeed. Mine gave me shivers then and still does.

“Everything that makes me a man is inside me. No body part you cut from me, no dark magic you work against me, changes that. I am a man, Sebastian. You can steal my life, but you cannot steal my manhood.”

Sue:  Great quote!  So relevant to the story and it’s underlying message.

Sheri: Did you foresee the hidden twist? I was knocked on my ass, and then I was kicking it for missing the obvious clues!

Sue:  Yeah, I saw the clues but that didn’t detract from the thrill.

Sheri: In my defense, it was the covering of my eyes during the scary parts that left me ‘clueless’.

Sue:  You will forever be known as “Scaredy Cat Shez”.

Sheri: *snicker* I promise I didn’t sleep with the lights on…the second night.

Sue:  Can I tell you my absolute favourite thing in the whole story?

Sheri: Please do….

Sue:  The idea that love is centred on a person’s Soul – not the form in front of you.  The essence of a person.  That’s what I was left with.

Sheri: Perfect! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Sue:  And  lastly, in terms of fabulous endings – Soulless has it.  The last paragraph, dear God the last paragraph was perfection for this story.

Sheri: Since we are wrapping it up- it was an unforgettable, chilling yet tender ride…thanks for taking it with me.

Sue:  I’m so glad we got to experience this amazing book together.  Let’s do it again soon xx

 

RATING:   Sheri – 4 Stars / Sue – 4.5 STARS

 

 

BOOK INFO:

18333656Title:  “Soulless”
Author:  T. Baggins
Publisher:  Lyonnesse Books
Pages:  438 pages
Release Date:  July 28, 2013
Purchase Links:  Amazon, ARe, 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Orphaned at birth, T. Baggins was raised by wolves until age fourteen, when the pack moved on one night without a forwarding address. Returning to human society, Ms. Baggins taught herself to read and write by studying fan fiction. Cutting her teeth on Kirk/Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series, baby!) she soon began slashing rock stars and X-Men. Despite a lifetime spent in the southern U.S., T. Baggins considers herself a citizen of the cosmos and a freethinker, which is good, because no one has offered so much as a penny for her thoughts. In her spare time she enjoys blogging at Shades of Gay, emptying gin bottles and tweeting into the void as @therealtbaggins.

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Giveaway:

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  • 3 x Signed copies of Soulless
  • 5 x ebooks of Soulless

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35 comments on “BLOG TOUR – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Soulless” by T. Baggins

  1. Allison
    October 21, 2013

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE T.’s writing and this book. I need to reread this!

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    • Sheri
      October 21, 2013

      Yes! The writing absolutely blew me away. Good luck with the giveaway :)

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    • T. Baggins
      October 21, 2013

      Thank you, Allison! I can’t possibly send enough hearts your way!!

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  2. Jenni
    October 21, 2013

    Great, great review, ladies! I agree with both of you: this was an awesome book! :)))

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    • Sheri
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks Jen, it was quite a ride. I don’t think I’ve ever posted so many status updates while reading before. Best of luck with the giveaway. :D

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    • therealtbaggins
      October 21, 2013

      Many thanks, Jenni! So glad you enjoyed it!!

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  3. shelley
    October 21, 2013

    Nice review girls. But I’m going to duck under the table before I say I was disappointed with the way it all played out. I am yet to write up my thought but I will say that I expected Ban to be more fierce, no not fierce …corrupt. IMO, he redeems too quickly, too easily… My dark side craved more of what he initially promised Nicholas, called me warped and you’d be right (lol)
    But you are so right in that there is much to be admired here. I loved the idea of everlasting souls and soul mates :) I LOVED the writing and secondary characters too! I’m definitely on the look out for more of this author’s work

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    • Sheri
      October 21, 2013

      Ban became very lovable…and that’s part of what I enjoyed about him. He wasn’t the soulless creature he was suppose to be, was he? The ‘everlasting’ bit melted my heart, but I can definitely see your points. Bon ch..wait!? No winning for you! ;) *muah* luv ya

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    • Sue
      October 21, 2013

      Alright, let’s have at it Shells… For me, Ban was never portrayed in a way where he *had* to be redeemed – so with that – the reveal of his true self was indeed quite quick. I think Ban’s struggle was to remain in Sebastian’s grasp and maintain some form of approval. This is hard to explain without being spoilerish, but he seemed (to me) to behave in certain ways because that’s what he was instructed to do by Sebastian. That behaviour was not his true self. “The Widow” scene and flashbacks were good examples of who Ban truly was.
      The ending was, again in my eyes, perfection because it reiterated the whole meaning of the story. <3

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    • therealtbaggins
      October 21, 2013

      I understand, Shelley. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, I appreciate them. And thank you for reading my book!

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  4. jenf27
    October 21, 2013

    I love T. Baggins’ books and this one sounds great. Enjoyed the tag team review – especially your favorite quotes from the book. Thanks for that and the giveaway!

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    • Sheri
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks! The tag team review was so much fun. Wishing you lots of luck!

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    • therealtbaggins
      October 21, 2013

      I feel so lucky to be reviewed here, Jenf27. I hope if you try SOULLESS, you’ll enjoy it. It’s different, but it rattled around in my head for two years before I got it written.

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  5. Lorraine Powell (@LorixGlic)
    October 21, 2013

    Fabulous review – definitely going on the TBR list! You completely soled me on teh idea that you love someone’s soul not the form in front of you. That’s love – this book has me shivering in anticipation!

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    • Sheri
      October 21, 2013

      Lori, I am still shivering thinking about certain scenes. And I really think you’ll enjoy this one. Good luck my dear!

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      • therealtbaggins
        October 21, 2013

        Lorraine, you nailed my hope in writing this story. I wanted to write about a man who was “damaged” — frankly, who couldn’t get it up anymore, and felt less than a man as result, and to have him find the truest love despite that. I hope at least some part of my novel lives up to your expectation. :)

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      • Sue
        October 21, 2013

        That message came through loud and clear T. It’s so fantastic to read a story which makes you really *think* about what you’re reading. Thank you.

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    • Sue
      October 21, 2013

      Thanks for your comments Lorraine. :) Even though I don’t know you, I’m pretty certain that you will absolutely love it. Feel free to comment back here (or on GR) once you’ve read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts. ;)

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  6. authorjhcraig
    October 21, 2013

    A review worthy of an excellent book!

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    • therealtbaggins
      October 21, 2013

      Many thanks, my friend, for taking time out from writing your own novel to comment! <3

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    • Sue
      October 21, 2013

      Wow – thanks!

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      • Sheri
        October 22, 2013

        ditto!

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  7. Carolyn
    October 22, 2013

    This is a new one to me, but I love the enthusiasm!

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    • Sheri
      October 22, 2013

      I hope you give it a chance, I don’t think you’ll regret it. :)

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  8. syleegurl
    October 22, 2013

    I’m SCARED!!!!!

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    • Sheri
      October 22, 2013

      You can do it!!
      *holds out hand for squeezing*
      I”m here for ya babe….

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  9. Ashley E
    October 22, 2013

    This sounds like an *amazing* ride. *runs off to stalk GR*

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    • Sheri
      October 22, 2013

      *nods head*
      Yep…it sure is :)

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  10. Marie
    October 22, 2013

    This sounds like a very interesting read! I’m planning to add this to my TBR list. Thank you for the fun review and for the chance to win!

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    • Sue
      October 23, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Marie!

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  11. Jenn
    October 24, 2013

    I didn’t read all of the review or comments bc I wasn’t sure if there were any spoilers, but I’m reading this right now & really LOVE it. I think the emotions and reactions feel real & for the first time in a while I actually feel immersed in the time the book is set in. And I like this sort of back and forth power game. Anyhoo, just wanted to say it was you ladies that made me pick this up. :)

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    • Sue
      October 24, 2013

      Oh Jenn, thanks so much for telling us! <3 I'm so bloody thrilled that you're enjoying it and that we had something to do with bringing you a book that is working for you. That's brilliant. Make sure you write back and tell us how you go :) xo

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      • Sheri
        October 24, 2013

        YAY! So glad you snagged it and are enjoying it too!
        and yes, please swing back and let us know what your thoughts are after you finish!

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  12. Christina
    October 25, 2013

    I haven’t read anything from T. Baggins yet but I plan on bumping this one way up on my tbr list. Thanks for the great review.

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    • Sheri
      October 26, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Christina! Good call on bumping this one up, I think you’ll enjoy it…well, I hope so :)

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