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Blood Bound (A Gallows Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Stevenson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble - mostly the kind with fangs - but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.

When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…


***Be warned this book is Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA. It is not suitable for younger readers as it contains profanity & sexual references.


Product Details

  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JBKV96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, if you like urban and modern fantasy, read this book. Second, if you don't like fantasy but want to give it a chance with a new author and a new series, read this book.

Other reviewers I've seen have immediately pointed out that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will like this book. And while I agree, it was not the first thing that occurred to me. The more I read about the sister and brother team in Blood Bound, Sarah and Shaun, the more I was more inclined to link it to a current show on the air, Supernatural, and for all the right reasons. Stevenson wields her writing, action and sarcasm skills with bravado.

The pacing is fast - Stevenson gleefully throws you into the action and hopes you can swim - as you fall into the middle of the twins' monster hunting lives. Stevenson wisely assumes you will get the gist of her world, explaining only what needs to be explained, even in the moments where she deviates into one of her own creations or an interpretation of other lore (vampires, demons, etc.), in much the same manner an author like Terry Brooks would do. What the characters can do and why they do it evolves with the story as needed. It helps keep the plot moving, the narrative fresh, and the characters and their struggles front and centre.

These books are going to catch on. Glad to see that - at the time of this review - Book 2 in her Gallows series, Demon Divided, has just become available.

4/5
(If you're a big fan of Buffy-like stories, which is why I assume you're here, you can probably rate it a 5.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal world brought into the 21st Century March 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Review for Blood Bound

Firstly I was given this book for an honest review.

If I had to compare this to any other book, it would have to be the Demon Trapper by Jana Oliver, in its style.

The story is told through the eyes of 19year old twins Sarah and Shaun who are fallen. They live in a small house set in a forest, this is their base, a place to retire to after a long day's work, but nothing ever goes smoothly in their personal lives or work. Their jobs are given to them by the council; if it's helping a witch who is enchanted by black magic or slaying a nest of vampires, the list goes on of the supernatural creatures that are in this book, fairies, demons, werewolves, vampires and witches.
With all these creatures the story is fast paced and keep's you reading - hence why I finished it in two days.

Shaun who is one of the 19year old twin's is an amazing character. I love his sense of humour which is dry and his moody personality. I just took to him straight away. His story is a little more complex than his sisters with a horrible run in with a vampire that costs him an eye and a badly scarred body. His experience makes him supress his powers, making his job harder, but through the story he finds his powers, with the help from some people not all good especially Melisa who is just pure evil.

Sarah on the other hand is caught up in a love triangle between Ray and Dev, it' funny throughout the book but I got annoyed by the end with Dev, I don't know what his story is but I am hoping there is more than what meets the eye and hopefully it will be revealed in the next book. I wasn't completely enthralled with Sarah, yes she was exciting and the story through her eyes was fast paced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected treat August 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First things first, I usually don't read anything even remotely smelling of Buffy or Twilight, and with the main characters being teenage demon hunters, this book would normally have never made it to my to-read list. The reason why I read it anyway was something the author said in an interview, how she liked to have her plots based on the characters' decisions. I like writers who respect their characters, so I thought I might give the book a chance after all.
I'm not sorry I did that. It may not be a particularly challenging read, but one can't help root for the characters, who are not just some pawns in an author's game, but real people, with all the faults, compassions and irresponsibility that entails. At one point, I got so carried away that I missed my bus stop, something that hasn't happened to me in years.
Oh, and after having come across some horribly edited books in the past months, I was delighted to find this one to be error-free.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.... December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My first thought on closing the novel was that this was a book the CW should pick it. It's exactly the sort of thing they produce. "Blood Bound" was reminiscent of "Supernatural" or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or other shows that I would know if I were in the demographic to watch them. It was action packed, teen angst (and not in the annoying "Twilight" kind of way) and dealing it all in a way that would be attractive to an older teen or person who enjoys YA or paranormal characters.

Stevenson doesn't take the time to set the stage for us. She very wisely seems to believe that we will go with the flow in what she shows us her world is like. Demon hunters? Why not. Witches? Okay. Fairies? There's a Council? A Council means laws so the paranormal is regulated which opens up a new world that any of us can probably picture. We see them as the characters see them. Shaun and Sarah aren't new to the world and they convey that instant knowledge to us in what they see. Stevenson in no way cheats us of setting with this technique. We are in England today.

"Blood Bound" isn't all heavy plot and dark characters. Humor shines through the narrative in the relationship between Shaun and Sarah. They may be 19-year-old demon hunters but they're also siblings and they battle like siblings. Sarah throws a nasty name at Shaun and Shaun throws one right back. Neither sibling is mean spirited in their taunting, it's all in good fun and their fun lightens the tone for the reader. These characters are there for each other but they don't have to pretend to be happy about it.

In the end, there's really nothing negative to say. I enjoyed this novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I read this book in just two days and I really enjoyed it. I find it a little hard to connect with the main characters in the beginning because there're two of them, but the story... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kassandra Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended paranormal novel!
This is a fantastic entry into the world of paranormal literature. Stevenson takes a no holds barred approach joining fun characters (and monsters) with fast paced action. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Different
I was drawn into Stevenson’s world of Blood Bound right away. Her paranormal world is unique with its own set of rules and Stevenson has a talent for grabbing readers into her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fast paced Urban Fantasy book
Blood Bound is the first book in the series about twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah. From the start we get thrown right into action and I gotta say there isn't a dull moment in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mika
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing concept: Fallen angels as Demontrackers
I loved the book cover. It catches your eye to draw your interest. The story gives each twin their own perspectives throughout the story, which gave the story some vitality. Read more
Published 7 months ago by WhisperingWillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Bound
This book has many of my favorite things: hunters, demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, and most other things paranormal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Engaging Urban Fantasy
Blood Bound is an urban fantasy novel set in Scotland, about twin demon trackers, Shaun and Sarah Gallows. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lenore
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic urban fantasy!
Blood Bound is a witty and action-packed paranormal debut by author Sharon Stevenson. Set in an alternative universe in which supernatural entities have escaped through a void to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed paranormal fantasy adventure
Blood Bound is a wonderful revel in paranormal fantasy adventure, with touches of teen-aged angst. Though a touch overlong, and with a typo here and there, Sharon has penned a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound for greatness!
Before I tell you how easy it is to fall in love with The Gallow Twins, let me tell you that from the start author Sharon Stevenson, creates a seemingly believable world of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Maya Pruett
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I'm the twisted mind behind The Gallows Novels and the After Death Series. If you want to know a bit about me, here it is: I spend too much time indoors and probably watch too many horror films. Some of my favourite things are; Alone time, people who know when to shut up, having a drink, eating pizza (usually after having too much drink the night before), reading books, adult swim cartoons, bad horror and sci-fi movies, proper good TV shows like Dexter & The Walking Dead, and last but not least having a laugh with my hilarious other half - this would usually include some of the above.

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