The Good Inside Me by Barbara Russell – Review + Excerpt

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The Good Inside Me
by Barbara Russell
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Dragons, short-tempered archdemons, and hysterical damned souls—Shax is used

to dealing with all that. He’s a young fire demon and lives in

Hell, after all. What he’s not used to is being possessed by a

human. A very good human and a pretty girl at that: sixteen-year-old

Tolis. Despite still having control of his body most of the time,

Shax can hear Tolis’s voice inside his head and feels what she

feels constantly.

Shax’s mentor claims that Tolis hides an ancient, powerful grimoire, a book

of spells, and proposes a deal: if Shax finds it, he’ll help Shax

get work as a dragon keeper—Shax’s dream job. Tolis swears she

doesn’t have the grimoire and asks Shax to help her father, whose

soul is turning evil by the minute. Unless Tolis does something, her

dad’s soul will end in Hell. Hoping to convince her to give him the

grimoire, and not because Shax cares about the man’s soul, he

agrees to help.

Goodness is overrated. Since Shax decided to help Tolis, his life has turned

into a hurdle race. Thugs chase him, the scientists in Hell want to

prod and examine the first possessed demon in history, and he can’t

find the darn grimoire.

And the worst part? Due to the unavoidable presence of Tolis, who keeps

intruding into his evil thoughts, Shax discovers an almost decent

side of himself. In no time at all, he catches himself doing actual

good deeds. Is he becoming—yuck—good?

I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say

that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have

always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring

and fell in love with fantasy novels.

When I discovered cozy mystery and crime novels, I fell in love with

Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,

I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.

PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.

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  • Barbara

    Thank you for hosting me 🙂

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