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Under My Skin

(Immortality Strain #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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 resul
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Published December 9th 2014
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Cristina Monica
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rather impressive. Dystopias tend to feel hit or miss for me, so I wasn’t sure if the story would live up to its cover.

But it does. When you start reading this, it’s like there’s an atomic bomb that’s been unleashed because you will not be able to not pay attention to everything happening. It’s crazy obsessive. I just couldn’t stop reading.

Except, it’s not what I liked most about this story. What was so well done was the ambience that was both moderately dark and mysterious with a touch of susp
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book just was not for me. I couldn't get on the kool-aid train.

Under Tate's skin and in her mind was a very boring place for me. The inner dialogue just never clicked into place. So many questions that I had just didn't get answered fast enough. I HAS no patience. I want all the answers!
This book didn't need any stinking romance. Why throw in romance to every young adult book? Why are the resistance dumb as a bag of rocks?
Why am I so nosey?

It is a good premise for a book and this a
Robin (Bridge Four)
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Robin by: Kat Stark
I really enjoyed this book and it is available today

4.5 Get Out of My Head Stars

If you are like me you have started some # of dystopias excitedly thinking that they will be about a post-apocalyptic future filled with a great story and world building only to find out that it is a love triangle thinly veiled in an underdeveloped world OR it is basically a romance filled with insta-love and inner dialogue about the ever changing color and dilation level of the love interests eyes OR it is about som
2.5 stars

I wanted to love this one, but I just couldn't get into it.
The gist of the story is that in this dystopian world a group of people referred to as the Guild basically run everything.
Water Bearers are people who are 'chosen' as their servants through a draft-like screening process. If you get chosen, your family gets taken care of, and you supposedly live a relatively luxurious life.
Conspiracy! Conspiracy!
Yes, yes...of course there is.

Without spoiling too much, whether or not you like thi
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
12/9/14 - Now Available!

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from the author via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4.5 Stars!

I picked this book up and was immediately hooked. It is a very good thing that I did not have any plans on the day I started this book because this was the kind of book that is almost impossible to put down. This book first came to my attention on Goodreads where I noticed it was get
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Close, but no cigar.

In the sea of young adult dystopian books out there, I think this one really stands out. The concept is truly fabulous and wholly original. I've not read anything like it in this genre. Though it isn't hard to suss out what is going to happen after the first few chapters, and the blurb gives it all away, I think it is more exciting if the details of the plot are left to a surprise.

For the first 30% of the book, I was fully engaged. Honestly, it is creepy as hell, and I was
Aly (In Wonderland)
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aly by: Kat Stark
Shelves: dystopia, arc, netgalley
"But sometimes, it's the most unexpected plans that lead to the most fascinating places.

Well, you can say that again.

It's taken me a few days to review this, and I wish I could say it's because I've been so darn busy, but the truth is I was am torn on how I feel about this. It's not the best written book out there, and the MC isn't a kick-ass heroine that will bust kneecaps the way a normal girl would eat chocolate (ravenously), but the actual plot is amazing and unique.

"Fewer and fewer
Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

And I'm rounding it up because of this book's ORIGINALITY.

WOW. This one was freaking amazing! I wasn't really into this at the first 25% of the book but afterwards...just.. OMG.

The blurb made this book sounds mostly about a romance but NO. The plot is fantastic. Holy craaap. My heart is beating so fast. I really liked it!

I will not go into the plot because I might spoil it for you guys but the plot was the sure WINNER here.

The characters:

Tate. She's a determined girl,
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 Stars
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Bid on me? My swallow got stuck in my throat. I fought to take in a breath as my chest constricted. “What are you saying?”
“Congratulations are in order, Tate. You’ve passed the test.”

The skinny:
The day of the test is upon her. Tate, a 16 year old girl, will either pass or fail. If she fails this test, she will return to her family and live out her life, if she passes, she will be taken from her family to begin her
Anja H.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Despite the lower rating, I wouldn't say this was a bad book, not at all actually!
I loved the imagination the author clearly has. The whole thing with the dystopian world, the Guild, the Water Bearers, it was great!

However, did I mention before that I absolutely hate unnecessary romance in a book? This was a prime example!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, until Tate fell for Quinn that is. I mean, she wasn't even herself half of the time, how the hell could they be in love?? T
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Well, well... How can I do justice to that original and alluring book?

First I think I can say without a doubt that the writing is compelling, as it was such a page turner for me - even with the sleepy way I acted the whole week - Last event : falling asleep on my couch and waking up in the middle of the night, believing my boyfriend who said to me it was 7a.m. Yes. I was that tired.

Second I grew fond of these characters : We follow Tate's journey in the Guild, and well, that's difficult to tell

Finally something fresh from the Dystopia genre. The concept for this story is really cool, I love that this book actually surprised me. I did have a couple concerns, although they were more logistic concerns than any actual dislike of the book. (view spoiler)
Thrilling, adventurous, heart breaking and suspenseful.
A young girl, Tate, with dreams of a life filled with college, dating and normalities finds herself living nightmare beyond her imagination. One moment, one touch and everything she is may be lost forever. Her world is so naive to the ways of The Guild, the ruling class, her world is blinded not but stupidity but by concealment and fear. When the most vile of creatures intrudes on her body, her dream is crushed. Tate, is not going to go ea

3-1/2 stars -- 4 stars for a terrific story, and 2-1/2 stars for the execution, since the beginning was a bit slow and I didn't like the writing very much.

RTC! Really! I'll write some this weekend!
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Add this to your TBRs now because this may be the next big thing.

Give me the next book now!!!!

Under My Skin is definitely one of the most inventive, dynamic, and fast paced dystopian novels I have ever read. The characters are awesome, the world building is great, and it will keep you hooked until the very last page. Is it as good as The Hunger Games or the first installment in the Divergent trilogy? Almost, but not quite. It misses tha
Sophia Sardothien
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book.
I really did, but I just can't.
3 stars because I finished it?
I'm changing it to 2

I don't normally write long review, I tend to keep it short as much as possible because is easier to read and I won't have to think too much. But I got a million reasons why I did not enjoy this book xD

This book is a dystopian novel, AHA YEAH I'm not really the biggest fan of dystopians cus I got some bad experiences. It's like either it's going to be girl - found out she's sp
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
First off, don't read the blurb. I found it so much more compelling diving into this without having an ounce of an idea of what was to come. I feel the blurb really spoils it for the book.

At first, I thought I hadn't read anything like this before. It was actually a breath of fresh air. As we read more dystopians you can't help but stack them all together because after a while they do tend so sound alike, just written by a different author. So kudos to you Shawntelle Madison.

I was really into t
Nov 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE GUYS! I got it too. Whoop Whoop. Thank you Shawntelle Madison and Netgalley for accepting my request.

Grace ☾
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by

"To reach the end, sometimes you must go back to the beginning.

"Under My Skin By Shawntelle Madison is the first book in the Immortality Strain series.

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,
Vivian Jane ✯
**ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review!**
*Quotes may differ upon publication*

"To reach the end, sometimes you must go back to the beginning."

Every single sixteen-year-old is required to take an annual test decides their fate. If you pass, you become a Water Bearer and live a wealthy life where you had everything. If you fail, you return back home and continue to live a normal life.

Tate Sullivan and her cousin Zoe are taking the test and throughout th
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and CrushStar Multimedia LLC for giving me this book to review.

Tate was happy in her small town, with dreams of her own, but all 16 year olds must take the test to see if they are suitable to be a Water Bearer, a servant for a Guild member. Unfortunately Tate is accepted to be a Water Bearer and her life is thrust into the Guild world, but it hides a horrible secret. She is the new body of General Dagon, a man who is centuries old, and is fighting to control her mind, body an
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by Under My Skin. It was a little slow at the beginning, but it quickly kicked into gear. Any book that has me screaming, laughing, crying or a combination of the three is a winner. Shawntelle Madison has created an interesting dystopian story that I fully enjoyed.

Tate Sullivan has dreams of getting her degree to help her family. She lives in a small town where life is hard. Like all sixteen year-olds, Tat
Carrie Mansfield
eARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for fair review.

Review available on my blog 12/9.

Oh book, I wanted to like you. You easily have the most interesting idea I've seen for a YA dystopian in ages, and for a self-published title, you are polished to a T and proof that self-published titles can easily sit side-by-side with books from the big publishers.

On the other hand, you squander your idea by completely and utterly under-developing it. This book raises so many qu
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This book has an awesome premise, and I'm a sucker for a gorgeous cover, what can I say? The plot was unique and I really did want to know what was going to happen. However, the writing was less than interesting, and the characters drove me nuts. Especially the main character.

I wanted this world and it's characters to be fleshed out a lot more. We're sort of dropped right into the action without any explanation, and then the explanations we do get aren't the ones I wanted. I didn't care that Tat
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I think in the end I just didn't want to be under Tate's skin. But the cover was so beautiful!

It's a Dystopian that starts with a simple aptitude test. Tate's results aren't normal, and she's selected for serving the Guild. No one seems to mind that selection is done via this very weird form of applying. It's more like a sort of slavery.

Immediately Tate, who's the special snowflake from around the corner, starts thinking something must
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader Copy provided via NetGalley by Shawntelle Madison in exchange for an honest review.

In the past year, I've read quite a lot of dystopian fiction. I've developed quite a thing for dystopias after reading THG. It was a refreshing change of genre after reading vampire novels when the Twilight sensation was at its peak.

Most of the books in the genre, almost blur together with quite a few exceptions. So, this was actually refreshing. The plot was quite original. ALMOST. But why yo
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good book with a strong heroine who doesn't make you want to kill her.
Netgalley just accepted my request and I am just so happy right now ! Don't be fooled by the number of pages, the hardcover version only has 340.
Apparently, the blurb is not that great either, but I hear the book is awesome !

4,5 stars

FINALLY. Finally, I find a book with an interesting MC. Finally, I find a book with no insta-love, love-triangle or other stupidity. Finally, I find a book good enough for me to read in one setting.

These past few months, I've started a lot of books. And, as I'm no
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Kat Stark
ARC for review.

I was so excited to get this from NetGalley, because both Kat Stark and Carole's Random Life absolutely loved it, plus it's YA post-apoc, which I adore. Unfortunately, I didn't find quite as much to love here as did those esteemed reviewers.

Tate Sullivan lives in a far away district and her family is very poor (sound familiar?). She, like many kids her age (sixteen-ish? I can't remember if they ever say), travels to a larger city for a test that almost no one passes - this test i
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Seeing as there were a lot of great reviews , I really really expected to love this book. However, I was disappointed to find out that it was way below my expectations.

The premise was amazing. The idea was very original, and you certainly can’t find another book with the same plot. The world-building, on the other hand, wasn’t so amazing. The book left so much for the readers to imagine and guess about. I couldn’t really grasp where or when the book wa
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had absolutely ZERO issue getting into UNDER MY SKIN. Not only did I really enjoy the characters, but the world was awesome and the whole concept of the story was unique and interesting. Even with the blurb I didn't fully GET what was going to happen. I had an idea but I didn't realize how much more there was to my idea. I don't want to spoil anything for the reader so I won't go further into the details.

Tate can't possibly understand why she was picked to be a water bearer. She finds nothing
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Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular da ...more

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