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BaSatai: Outside In #1

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardia
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 14th 2012 by Createspace
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Kayla Eklund
BaSatai: Outside In was a very good book. The beginning was a little confusing until the author gave more information about the BaSatai culture. I wish the author would have given a little more information in the prologue about the blood curse, because I was a little confused as to what was going on. I loved all of the characters, except for Valko and Evander. They both seemed arrogant, cocky, and prickish. I think Rafael is my new book boyfriend. I loved his attitude and his sexiness. Also, I l ...more
Kristina Aziz
There are many, many things going through my head about this one. The story itself is good. It's interesting, it's full of emotions, and I didn't leave regretting that I read the book. Those are all major pluses.

But there are a few things that bothered me about this book as a whole.

1. Prologues are tricky things.
In fact, it seems that most of what bothered me about this book lies in the prologue. On the whole, it seems to me that this was the kind of book that didn't actually need a prologue, b
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

I didn't know what to expect when I started BaSatai: Outside In, but it was beyond amazing. Not only was I pulled in from page one, I found myself very attached to Armani, Karhl and Rafael.

Four days after Armani is born she is taken to Earth to be watched over by Elijah because she has cursed blood running through her veins. Seventeen years later her Guardian, Karhl, comes to watch over her to make sure she lives because if she dies, both Earth and
I tried to like this book. I really really tried. I think if I were reading this at any other time, I would have been able to finish it, but since I haven't had that much time to read lately, every book I spend my time on has to be worth spending the time reading. And this one just wasn't.

I always need to like the main character, but I wasn't that big of a fan of Armani. She was constantly complaining about how she didn't need help and her attitude just got kind of annoying. And when Rafe came
Unique and fascinating. Battah has created such an amazing concept with this one. I loved the bond between the characters and the meaning behind them. This book has something for everyone with a tidbit of romance and lots of action. I kinda cringe when I say this but I would love to see this one visually onscreen, as I feel like my "mind" movie just doesn't do it justice. Armani, the female lead has been told she holds a curse though she is quite adamant it is not her the BaSatai should be sacri ...more
This book was so good. It was completely different to what I was expecting. I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did and now I miss the BaSatai already. I can't wait for the next in the series.

Armani is a BaSatai who is born with a curse in her blood. If she dies, all BaSati will die with the destruction of their realm, H-trea, but humanity will also be wiped out with the destruction of the earth.

When Armani is a few days old, she is taken to earth to be raised as a human by Elijah, a
Samantha Janning
I was looking forward to hosting Suzan Battah again through CLP Blog Tours. I was really interested in this second novel as it is a complete 180 from the romance novel Mad About the Boy. BaSatai: Outside In is a YA/paranormal/sci-fi book, the first in a series. The story follows seventeen year old Armani Radnelaq, a BaSatai that does not want to accept the fact that her blood is cursed. Armani hides on Earth with her adopted father Elijah, and continues to ignore the fact that she is different. ...more
Going into reading this book, I knew it was going to be different! Just by the title of the book. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! It was amazing and it was written in a way like it was made for me to read it. Lol If that makes any sense whatsoever! I loved the characters and I loved the whole storyline. It was just so different.

It's so hard to give a review of this book without giving away any spoilers. But I'll try....

Okay. Armani is a girl who is believe to have a curse in
Melissa | BookBFF
Read full 3.5 star review here. And learn more about the BaSatai in author Suzan Battah's Guest Post here

This is my first half star review. I had mixed feelings about this one. I really liked it, but for some reason it was hard for me to follow.The beginning wasted no time in introducing the action which I was very grateful for. But in the first few chapters the main character Armani came off as whiny and ungrateful. I mean if two hot guys showed up and said they were going to help and protect m
Curse of the Bibliophile
Blood is thicker than water in “BaSatai: Outside In”.

Armani’s blood is cursed and because of this is the prime target for deadly enemies. Her character is very strong willed and stubborn she doesn’t sit back and allow the curse to take over her life. She is definitely one of the more interesting characters I have come across. I liked hearing her point of view and how she handled the sticky situations that came with having cursed blood.

Rafael is a typical alpha hero in that he believes she shoul
Julie Barrett
BaSatai: Outside In by Suszan Battah
Fascinating story line. I do watch Grimm on TV and it's one of our favorite shows, love the different shape shifters there.
In this story a baby was sent to Earth to be raised by a very old man. He brought her up as if she was his own. Fast forward to high school and strange things have started happening.
She is the chosen one but she doesn't feel she is the one at all. She starts to see things that might or might not be there and she now has protection from the
While there were definitely things I enjoyed about this book - the worldbuilding was fun and interesting and very different from anything I've read recently - I had a really tough time connecting to the characters. Namely, I had a tough time with Armani's attitude toward both her curse and the people who were coming to help her. I get that she wanted to be a normal girl but she flat out admits in the beginning of the first chapter that she can smell the curse in her blood and then she turns arou ...more
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
I think the reason I love reading YA books so much is that I'm always amazed at the minds of the authors. I'm just shocked by the extent to which their minds go into details... details that my mind could never imagine.

Suzan definitely did that for me in BaSatai. The plot and storyline was great! The amount of details she went into was perfect. I really enjoyed taking part in Armani's quest to find her BaSatai self. She steadily argued that she's not the cursed one, and that it's someone else the

BaSatai is YA paranormal story that follows a 17 year old girl, Armani, who was hidden on Earth and raised in human ways however S'teuqoubs and other nasty supernatural creatures are out to get Armani. Luckily for her, she had been assigned guardians to train her and keep her safe but Armani has been thought human ways but will she accept who and what she is meant to be but most of all is she willing to fight to stay alive?

Suzan Battah has created a wonderful paranormal story with strong charac
I won this book as an ARC. I liked this story very much. A great YA read. It tackles those teenage issues of bullying, going against the rules, wanting independence, the need to fit in and fear. I mention fear, for teenagers who grow at quite a rate, it's scary enough but imagine if you are different. And Armani is different - from a different world, is taller than her peers and does not look like her adopted family. Added into this mix is romance, again the confusing feelings, the fear that yo ...more
This book was not a book I could could get into fully. It felt slow to me - at some point, I thought I was starting to get into it, but in the end, it didn't interest me. The main character was annoying to me - here she has people trying to help her and she continually pushes them away until it is too late. I guess I just didn't understand that at all since she knew what was coming - well, I guess I kinda understand wanting a normal life, but if you know that there is no possibility of that, jus ...more
Kniha Outside In je provu knihou zo série BaSatai, čo bolo aj značne cítiť ne jej deji. Celá kniha bola vlastne jedným veľkým úvodom do prostredia, kde nám autorka veľmi podrobne vysvetlila chovanie mimozemšťanov a ich svet. K nejakej tej akcii sme sa dostali až ku koncu knihy, kde dej nabral rýchli spád a dynamiku.

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OK I can't wait for the next book!!!! I need to know what happens!!

I had a very hard time putting this book down. The twist in this book totally took me by surprise. I also was crying near the end. The friendships in this book grew very well and I hope they keep growing.

This book may not be out as of yet but I would recommend it as a must read when it comes out.
Juliette Brandt
Okay, so I had a little trouble with this novel. It's not that I didn't find the world fascinating, because I did. The problem I had was that I didn't know enough about it. I felt like there were things I was missing all the time. The story itself is very good and very interesting. Read the rest of this review here:
Youngone Kim
At first I was a bit doubtful due to the cover, but the book is spectacular with racing drama that keeps you on edge. The characters got edge and attitude which makes you want this author to just keep popping out more books! Way to go! It is great if you love complex young adult romance books that are just sweetly painful and just lovely.
Martin Rodriguez
I just won a copy of this book and I'm pretty excited. YA and UF is pretty much all I read nowadays, and this looks like a very promising book. I just know it, from the reviews I read, that I'm going to like this book very much.

Can't wait until it comes home. I will update this review as soon as I finish it.
Andd Becker
The book needs extensive editing.
Overworked words -- all, good, just, little, never, really, still, well -- weaken the writing.
I received this book free through the goodreads FIRST READS program.
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“She tapped her chest. “No, I’m not a freak, okay, so could you stop pressuring me.”
Rafael muttered something under his breath, throwing up his hands in surrender. “So what am I? What’s Karhl, Jayani, my brother, and all the BaSatai? Are we all freaks? Just
because this human has some kind of fascination with labeling you, you believe in it. Be your own person, Armani, not what someone else says you are.”
“Armani froze to the spot, unable to move. Her breath tightened in her lungs, shivers of awareness ran down her spine, the sudden energy zipping through her body announcing the shimmer of recognition.” 1 likes
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