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Shadow Bound (An Unbound Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Unbound Series

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"One of my favorite authors! I always look forward to a Rachel Vincent book."

-New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost

"Blood Bound offers a little something for everyone: a convincing magical system for urban-fantasy fans; for romance readers, a love that time and distance can't break; and a twist-and-turn plot for mystery buffs....A gritty, dangerous world of sorcerous bindings and forbidden love."
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"With Blood Bound, Vincent has created an original new paranormal universe full of interesting characters with awesome powers or Skills, as they are called in the book. Readers will enjoy getting to know Liv, an exciting heroine with a complicated past."
-RT Book Reviews

"Blood Bound is a strong, cohesive work founded on a unique paranormal premise and will lead nicely to the rest of the trilogy."
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"[A]ction-packed, clever, and full of twists...a series into which everyone interested in the paranormal genre can sink their teeth.
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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She’s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.


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Product Details

  • Series: An Unbound Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313434
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AJ VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Paranormal fiction by definition isn't normal. It's other, it's different. But what makes paranormal fiction so good is how it plays with all sorts of supernatural things and makes them feel real and relatable. Even in cases like the Unbound series, where words and oaths are power, where Skilled people can travel through shadows or blot out the sun. There is no question that Rachel Vincent's worldbuilding captures that perfect blend between paranormal and plausible, but unlike the previous book in this series, nothing else does.

I'm not used to having to be critical of anything Rachel Vincent writes, so bear with me.

If only the characters had been half as good as the worldbuilding, this would be a much more favorable review. But they weren't. Kori was grating from the start. I didn't believe anything about her. SHADOW BOUND begins with Kori being released from weeks of hellish torture where she was starved and brutalized in everyway possible. A couple weeks later she tops the scales at one hundred pounds and yet she knocks out massive skilled body guards and attackers left and right. Didn't buy it. Nor did I buy how quickly she started having romantic/lust filled emotions for Ian hours after meeting him (considering her rape and torture only two weeks ago). Worse still was the complete lack of chemistry between these two. Kori was over the top hard with temper issues, endless clichéd gripes, and one stupid move after the next (every time they go outside they get attacked...the solution is to obviously keep going outside and act surprised when an attack happens). Ian wasn't much brighter. He has an endgame that will 100% make Kori loathe him forever, but he wonders constantly about making sure her feelings for him are genuine.
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Kori Daniels is facing the consequences of her inadvertent assistance in the activities of the first book in this trilogy when the story begins. Kori is being tortured, starved, and otherwise being abused in Jake Towers' basement having been ordered by Jake not to fight back. She is released only to serve as a lure for a Skilled man named Ian Holt who Jake wants in his syndicate.

Ian has his own reasons for bringing himself to Jake's attention. Ian brother Steven is dying from breaking an oath that was bound by Kori's sister Kenley. Ian wants to get close enough to Kenley to kill her in order to free his brother.

Once he meets Kori his plans undergo a revision. He falls for her because of her courage and strength. Unfortunately, Kori has been ordered to do whatever Ian wants so she can't trust his feelings or her own.

This was an amazingly difficult book to read because Kori had so many awful things happen to her. She is bound to Towers's service in order to protect her sister Kinley but she feels, and is, powerless against the bonds that have been imposed on her by Jake Towers. Ian also has a very difficult time because, for a while, it looks like he will be forced to choose between his brother and Kori. It doesn't look like there is a way to save both of them.

This is the middle book in a trilogy and has the same wonderful world building as the first book. People who have Skills are bound by oath into crime syndicates. They literally cannot break orders given to them by their masters. There is no way out for the most Skilled. As long as they have people the love, harm to those loved ones can be used as a threat to keep the Skilled one in line.

I can't wait to read the third book in this series to see how things are resolved.
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Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

Goodreads Description:

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light...

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she's ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else... The job? Recruit Ian Holt--or kill him.

Ian's ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he's on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower's top Binder: Kori's little sister. Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they'll have to choose between love and liberty....

Why did I pick this?

If you don't know by now, you should know that Rachel Vincent is my favorite author. I fell in love with this world in Blood Bound. I could not wait to get myhands on the second book in this series. I think I actually drooled a little bit. ;-)

What did I think?Like I mentioned above, RV is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. But.... From the very beginning paragraph, the mood is set for the entire book.

If you live in the dark long enough, you start to forget what light looks like. What it feels like. You may remember it in an academic sense. Illumination. A possible source of heat.
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