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Borrowed Souls

(Soul Charmer #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Talos
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

More and more romance has been making its way into Urban Fantasy turning it into a lesser version of itself. Chelsea Mueller grabbed the wheel, and steered the genre back into the correct lane with BORROWED SOULS. Callie & Derek do form a connection however, the focus remained on the bold, gritty roots that make this branch of Speculative Fiction so compelling. This author's years of experience as a book reviewer were put to good use in her writing debut.

Correlations can
Amanda Bonilla
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fans of UF aren't going to want to miss this debut novel by Chelsea Mueller! The world building is rich and vibrant and the characters are multi-dimensional. The story is faced paced and engaging with tons of great action, snarky dialog, and just enough steamy romance to make it well-rounded story. If you're a fan of the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, or the Mercy Thomson series, by Patricia Briggs, you'll love BORROWED SOULS. I can't wait for the next installment!
Jen Davis
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chelsea Mueller takes a common urban fantasy trope and gives it a fresh spin with her debut novel. It’s the story of an average girl who gets sucked into the world of magic only to find there is something special about her that she never knew existed. But while that may sound familiar, the particulars are cool, the worldbuilding is unique, and the romance hit all the right notes, giving me a book I really enjoyed.

Callie is a pragmatic 20-something who has had to bail out her meth-head brother to
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Pretty unique story. I have to think about this one... copy rec'd for review consideration
I had no idea what to expect with this book. I dabble very lightly in paranormal and urban fantasy books. I always feel like I have to say prayers as I read them. Several times I have been surprised by a novel in this genre and happily this book is one of those.

Written with a contemporary storyline, the author gives us a unique and somewhat creepy story about renting so
Kelsey Perry
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Borrowed Souls. The book was very creative and I loved the New Mexico setting Mueller created. It was eerie and rundown, the perfect place where someone would be able to borrow souls for illegal activities.

The characters were well-developed. Callie, the heroine, was realistic and flawed - she didn’t make me want to slap her (as most heroines do). Derek, the sexy love interest, was just the right amount of mysterious, tough, and sweet. There was no instalove, but I wish ther
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read for Review (Edelwiess)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

First Thought when Finished: Borrowed Souls delivered on damaged characters that handle their sh*t in adult a** ways! We need more of this in Urban Fantasy! Oh the action, drama, and magic were all there too!

Quick Thoughts: How much do I love when adults act like adults even when they are screwed up or in screwy situations? TONS! Callie and Derek are those kind of characters that I can totally get behind. Do t
Jeffe Kennedy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's not easy for a debut author to get a traditional publishing deal for an urban fantasy novel in the current market, but I can see why Chelsea Mueller did! BORROWED SOULS is a terrific take on an alternate modern day Earth – one just barely off-center of the world we know. The movement of souls from bodies can be affected by magic, the Catholic Church acts as an authoritarian guardian enforcing the rules of a soul’s ascension to heaven – and an underworld drug scene has evolved around the hig ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I knew the author, Chelsea Mueller, through her Vampire Book Club blog. I also knew she was writing and Borrowed Souls is her first book. As soon as I heard of it, I was immediately intrigued by the story. I was therefore very curious to get into this title.

Callie did not have an easy life and yet her brother was always there for her when she was little and when she needed someone. Yet, since that time, things have changed and it is her turn to help him. Ala
All Things Urban Fantasy
*** Review Courtesy of All Things UF ***

BORROWED SOULS started out really strong! Promising characters were surrounded in a richly developed world with an awesome magic system… That’s all there ever was though. I wanted to love this book, but the great start fell flat as nothing happened throughout the rest of BORROWED SOULS.

I love finding a new and interesting world to explore, because a lot of the time Urban Fantasy got start to feel all the same. So I’m always excited when I find a book that
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this and am looking forward to getting to know Callie and Derek more. Their relationship and how it developed seemed very realistic to me and grounded them nicely, making them a strong team able to deal with the paranormal elements thrown their way. Callie finds her footing after being thrust into this world she doesn't want to be in. As it should, it takes her a while to come to grips with her new circumstances, but it looks like she's ready to start making some strong stands in ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Callie’s brother Josh is in trouble and the only way to get him back alive is to do the bidding of drug lord Ford. For her task, Callie must borrow a soul from the Soul Charmer and commit a crime. But it’s not that easy. The Charmer insists Callie work for him for two weeks in exchange for the soul saying she doesn’t have enough cash to outright loan it. The Charmer is intrigued by Callie’s soul, and Callie may be getting way more than she bargained for.

In Ms. Mueller’s fascinating new Soul Char
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*MY Thoughts*

Borrowed Souls is the first installment in debut author Chelsea Mueller's Soul Charmer series. As the synopsis indicates, 22-year old Callie Delgado is the protagonist for this series. She's put in a difficult situation because of her older brothers habits. Habits that have cost more than any one person should be subjected to. But, still it's not enough. Not after he is taken. Not after she agrees to work with the thug who vows to h
Originally posted t SmexyBooks-

Urban Fantasy welcomes Chelsea Mueller and her authorial debut with open arms as she introduces readers to Gem City, a place where religion holds sway and people are able to borrow souls for a price in order to commit sin without compromising their own. All condoned by the Church. Solid characters and familiar content create a comfortable base for readers to begin their journey. Key elements emerge and engage as Mueller balan
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-arcs
Because of all the similar elements, a heavily church-influenced society and damaged characters in not-exactly-legal jobs, I expected to find a lot of Downside in Borrowed Souls. Though there are certainly hints of Terrible in Derek, Mueller's soul magic is a wholly original, and fascinating, creation. Borrowed Souls is also much sunnier, due only in part to the Southwest setting making its presence felt. That said, I think fans of Stacia Kane's series will definitely enjoy Borrowed Souls and it ...more
Vicky N.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Just when I start to think that everything has been done in Urban Fantasy a new author comes and surprises me!
I've been reading Chelsea's VBC blog for a while now and had totally all intentions of reading Borrowed Souls after it came out, but I kept forgetting about it and I'm so angry at myself for taking this long to read it.
Chelsea Mueller has managed to create such an interesting world akin to what Charlaine Harris did with vampires in the Sookie Stackhouse series, only instead of vampires
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mueller is Exciting new voice in Urban Fantasy!

Mueller does a great job balancing the key elements I look for in an urban fantasy read: mystery, action, danger, supernatural elements and a touch of romance to round out the rough edges. Borrowed Souls is a fantastic start to what will sure to be an auto-buy series for this urban fantasy fan!

This review and others can be found on my blog, Fine Print.

Renting souls is a dirty business, one Callie Delgado would sooner pretend doesn’t exist at all. But when her brother’s drug debts come due and the collectors start making good on their threats, Callie has no choice but to work for Gem City’s notorious Soul Charmer to save his skin…maybe at the cost of her own soul.

Creating a new urban fantasy series that can stand out in the crowd is no easy feat, but with BORROWED SOULS Chelsea Mueller
Cocktails and Books
I really wanted to like this one more. I wasn't sure if it was the storyline that I didn't get along with or if it was actually the characters. The more I read, the more I realized there was just something about the characters that I couldn't connect with.

full review to come
Jul 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read this!!!
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, i-own
Callie Delgado is a fool. Mob leader, Ford, has her drug addict brother Josh and says he’ll send him back in pieces etc. She believes this because there were three severed fingers on his desk. They want her to steal some evidence from police records to cover his $20,000 debt. Ford tells her to go rent a soul.
The mob are going to send a rank amateur to do this??? She works as a kitchen hand in an old people’s home. She is not a thief; she’s not even very smart; she’s got no crime skills at all
Under the Covers Book Blog
Chelsea Mueller wrote of a world where souls are harnessed by magic and sometimes used for personal gain. In this world, souls are used to hide or protect one's soul from getting tainted from doing something inappropriate, immoral or illegal. Mueller’s heroine, Callie is caught in her brother’s dangerous world to save his sorry ass. Needing a soul herself and not having the money for it, Callie has to work for a Soul Charmer. The downside; the risk is high. Upside; she’ll be working with the ...more
Amy A
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Family First is the mantra that has been drilled into Callie Delgado's head from birth. That's why when her brother, again, needs her help, Callie is there for him. This time, however, there's going to be more to her help than dishing out money. Callie's brother is in trouble with the mob and in order for Callie to keep her brother alive, she's asked to perform a dangerous, illegal task for them.

To do this, she'll need to rent a soul. Soul rental in quite popular in Gem City. If you want to com
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
It was good. A solid 3.5 on the Star Scale.

The writing was good. I'd probably stick this in a semi-dark-urban-fantasy category since Callie (Main character) has to deal with drugs and shitty family and shitty life. This is definitely not a book for someone that wants to read about a Strong Heroine or positive... anything.

I'm not sure if it was just me or maybe my bad mood affected my reading, but I had trouble getting attached to any of the Characters.

Callie seemed to be delusional at times. I
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Urban fantasy where borrowing souls is a method of committing a crime or sin without having it impact the afterlife purity. An alternate dark world.
Callie lives a hard life, working long hours to pay bills. She will do anything to help and support her brother. Even when she is thrown into the underworld of crime and magic, she is firm in family requirements.

An enthralling dark desperation character set. I so want to kick her brother’s a$s and tell him to man up.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What an amazing debut by newcomer Chelsea Mueller! Borrowed Souls was every single thing I love about urban fantasy and more! Mueller has created a world unlike anything I have read. It's fresh, it's new and it's original. Sheer perfection.

Callie is used to taking care of her family. If she didn't, no one else would. Her wayward brother has landed himself in yet another mess, this time with a drug lord and his very life hinges on Callie's ability to steal some priceless information. In orde
Gina Briganti
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Callie is an enabler who is about to do something dangerous and illegal in order to rescue her brother from the bad guys over a drug debt. She also has an enabling and toxic relationship with her mother than plays into the story. It involves going to the Soul Charmer to borrow a soul - letting another soul enter your body which helps confuse cameras, DNA, and fingerprints (making soul borrowing a favorite of criminals) and also lets the sin of the act fall on the borrowed soul instead of your ow ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's so much fun to discover a new author as well as a really good new series. That is the case with "Borrowed Souls." Imagine living in a world where you can earn money by renting out your soul or where you could rent someone else's so that you could take a walk on the wild side. The only problem is that this could get addictive and finishes your soul a little each time.

Calliope or Callie has a drug addicted brother who works off his debt with the mob. Mommy Dearest isn't much better and certai
Patti TheLoveJunkee

PJV Quickie: Borrowed Souls is a dark, gritty story built on the fascinating premise of soul renting and features a single-minded heroine who will do anything to protect her family. I really liked the characters and storyline, and while I wouldn’t consider it a cliffhanger, Ms. Meuller left just enough of a teaser to make me want more!

Borrowed Souls is the debut urban fantasy novel from Vampire Book Club founder Chelsea Mueller. She’s been blogging about books for a few years, so if you
Amy Braun
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great for fans of urban fantasy. The concept was really cool and I would like to see it expanded, since there was less magic than I anticipated and more focus on personal relationships and family. That said, I actually really liked the emotional element. It was great to watch Callie struggle to do her best for a family that clearly didn't appreciate her (I cringed more than once over their actions), and loved her interactions with dreamboat Derek. There were a lot of unanswered questions, but th ...more
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Chelsea Mueller writes gritty contemporary fantasy and thrillers for adults and teens. She founded the speculative fiction website Vampire Book Club and blogs about TV and romance novels for numerous websites.

She loves bad cover songs, good fight scenes*, and every soapy YA drama Netflix can put in her queue. Chelsea lives in Texas, and has been known to say y’all.

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