- File Size: 1087 KB
- Print Length: 355 pages
- Publication Date: September 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JBKV96
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood Bound (A Gallows Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
(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.)
While the author warns readers her book that despite the age of her two main characters [their 17 years old], twins Shaun and Sarah Gallows, is that a not YA novel; I feel it might qualify as still being appropriate for the upper range for a NA [New Adult] novel.
These twins, although they’re demon trackers, a job they’re paid to do by the village by their council, they’re different as night and day. While Shaun wants to forget about the powers he has, his sister Sarah embraces them fully.
This difference comes into play when they’re confronted with another demon tracker their age, Melissa Carling, who’s abusing her powers by going after those with super-natural powers who have done nothing wrong. Sarah wants to give her what’s coming to her, but, Shaun become infatuated with her the moment he sees her in a way he has never done before with a girl his age.
If you’re into fantasy and its creature, than this book should please you as it has: demons, fairies, vampires, werewolves and for good measure, witches.
The bad thing about being a Book Reviewer is not really being able to have the luxury to continue reading the next book in the series once you’ve found one which has piqued your interest. This is why, I’m happy to give Ms. Stevenson 5 STARS for the first volume of her Gallows novel series of books.
I read this book from 4/12 – 4/13/15 but due to personal issues I am only posting my review here now.
Sarah and Shaun are twins and like ying and yang. They're dedication to one another and fun arguments were entertaining. They're so different, yet very much alike, especially in their new found personal problems.
Given assignments, they find themselves in the middle of a mystery that involves a gorgeous redhead, blood bonds, and the possibility of soulmates. I did enjoy the action in this book. They had a lot to face and I didn't find it repetitive or boring as each new fight was usually against something new. Vampires were a big focus, but not the only evil thing that lurks in the world. As demon hunters they are superhuman in many ways with enhanced senses, they're also under the thumb of a higher power called the Council, which complicates things, but keeps the reader interested.
I love that it's set in Scotland and had to look up what the heck crisps were. The twins were wonderful as a team, and as individuals. How they face the changes in their personal lives affects not only one of them, but sometimes both of them in minor ways. Sarah especially will have some problems ahead. I did find that some of the subplots were drawn out and hindered the progression a bit, but this could be just me. The overall story was quite entertaining and the main storyline and characters were fun to get to know. Despite the twins claiming not to be human, they had some very human issues and emotions, which made them relatable.
I liked the two main characters. Sarah and Shaun make a fantastic duo. They're also distinct individuals with their own personal problems. I think urban fantasy fans would love this story!
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.Read more ›
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The two main characters are demon hunters, 17 years old, and brother and sister. They are almost completely different from each other. Read more
A well developed paranormal/supernatural series starter which contains action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J Phillips
Could have been a 4/5 star book, if it weren't for the butchering of the English language, by an Author who speaks "The Queens English". Read morePublished 13 months ago by EDSA
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Angelika Rust
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Avid Reader
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Jill
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 21 months ago by WhisperingWillo