Book Review: The Shadow Minds Journal by Kia Carrington-Russell

I was so thankful to receive a copy of the Shadow Minds Journal by Kia Carrington-Russel in exchange for an honest review.

Here’s a quick back-cover summary:

In this world, there are creatures lurking in the shadows. As a child, I once played with them. As a teenager, I began to fear them and became victim to their attacks. As an adult, I now realize that no matter how much I try to escape the grasp of this world, I was inevitably born into.

Now reborn as a guardian in the world of 2986, Vivian must uphold the treaty between Angels and Demons on the human world and city of Shabeah. Contracted to seven demons who she can shift into while taking direct orders from the Underworld Lord, Haymen, it wasn’t exactly her ideal rebirth.

Still fighting those who try to possess her during her sleep, Vivian must now record and try to hunt the Volv through the Shadow Minds Journal. Suspicious after the death of a fellow soldier, the Angel of War, Gabe, convicts Vivian of murder and confines himself to her for thirty days. Stuck between the hatred and lust of two of the most powerful entities in all worlds, Vivian is involved inevitably in the upcoming conflict.

Blood. Lust. War. She must kill before being killed.

Rating: 3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book had a unique and interesting plot line. Vivian, our protagonist, is a strong although crude main character. She has a mysterious back story and links to the underworld that make her a person of interest to many powerful players.

Haymen, a Demon Lord who essentially has enslaved Vivian is powerful, cruel, and abusive. Honestly I found him to be the major antagonist though he was sold more like a love interest. Haymen is extremely possessive and constantly tries to force himself on Vivian. Instead of being repulsed though, Vivian just talks about this attraction she feels to him even though she hates it. Really, the relationship between them romantically just felt forced in an effort to create a love triangle.

Gabe, our other love interest and anciently powerful Angel is also very controlling, but I enjoyed his storyline with Vivian more so than Haymen’s. Gabe appreciates Vivian’s sass and stubbornness even when it often opposes his own vendetta.

The bottom line is that this book has action, thrills, mystery, and romance. It delivers on plot but I was disappointed by the writing style. I think it could have used another few run throughs by an editor. There were grammatical errors including changes in the verb tense which was very interruptive and ambiguous language that made me reread a page 2 or 3 times to finally decipher the meaning. There were some stylistic choices that felt awkward as well. Several times, “?!” and other slang language or punctuation were utilized that felt out of place in a published novel. As an English freak, it all jumped out at me, but a lot of readers might not even notice the narrative issues.

If you have some free time, I’d recommend picking this book up to enjoy a quick read.

*Note: this book has content unsuitable for those under 18*

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