Review: iFeel by Marissa Carmel

Posted 6 June, 2013 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 9 Comments

iFeel by Marissa Carmel
Series: Vis Vires Trilogy #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Published by: CreateSpace on June 4, 2012
Format: eARC
Pages: 233
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Lust. Anger. Hate. Desire. Love. Happiness. Joy. iFeel.

What happens when an unknowing empath meets a pixie who wears leather, a snitch who is repulsive and a fiery angel who can literally set your soul on fire? A whole lot of emotional turmoil and one love story ignited.

Liv Christianni is isolated, alone, tortured and withdrawn, saddled with the torrential downpour of the world’s emotions. Accepting of her providence Liv has lost all hope, until one day fate steps in and spins the course of her life like a spiraling top. Hunted by a Spirit Stalker, Liv is forced to gain control of herself and her surroundings, threatened by the touch of her immortal love; she must find a way to survive both physically and emotionally. Can she find the courage to accept her true self? Can she love unconditionally cognizant of the condemning consequences? Can she rise from the ashes to become the person she was always meant to be?

Funny, witty, real, and poignant, iFeel rips into your soul, and sets your emotions on fire.

If you are a fan of Charmed or Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle this series is for you!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A fun and romantic debut with a paranormal twist!

Liv Christianni is a young woman who’s lived a somewhat lonely and isolated life due to her empathic abilities which she’s always seen as a mental illness. When she crosses paths with a Spirit Stalker who’s trying to steal her soul, Liv is rescued by the handsome Justice and learns she comes from a rare line of supernatural royalty which must be protected. With a Spirit Stalker hot on her trail, Liv must trust the brooding angel who’s introduced her to a supernatural world she never thought was possible.

iFeel is a story about self-discovery and love. Liv’s character is well developed, her inner struggle makes her easy to connect with on an emotional level. She’s a young heroine at twenty-one, which usually isn’t my cup of tea, but I think she handled herself maturely throughout the book’s entirety, especially given the situation she’s thrown into. Even with her “illness” she’s pretty level headed, independent and exudes confidence. I’ll blame some of her naivete on her age but overall I thought she has potential to grow into a strong heroine. She does come into her own by the book’s end and I’m looking forward to see her discover more about her abilities as the series evolves.

The love interest, Justice, is a complex, tortured hero who reveals slivers of himself as the story progresses. He’s been jaded by his immortality and life as a Spirit hunter but everything changed when he meets Liv. It was refreshing to see both characters who have deprived themselves of love fall for each other. My favorite moments are when they let the wall down and share intimate details about their lives to each other. I wouldn’t label their romance insta-love but things came together a little too perfectly, I like a little challenge before the HEA.

The world building is something I wish Ms. Carmel would have given me more of. I found the Seraph and Spirit Stalker mythology intriguing but feel their history took a back seat to the developing romance between Justice and Liv. All of the supporting characters are charming and add a fun and flirty element to the story with their lively personalities. There are times where I felt I was in an episode of Gossip Girl with all the extravagance and wealth mentioned…and am still wondering what twenty one year old girl could afford Liv’s fancy lifestyle?! The ending felt a bit rushed and I was left with a couple of unanswered questions that I hope the author answers in the upcoming installment.

iFeel is a wonderful start that merely scratches the surface of this intriguing paranormal world of immortals and magic. The plot is engaging and the characters are definitely entertaining. Ms. Carmel is a great storyteller who pulls you in with a sentimental romance and constant intrigue!


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