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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher & Pages: MIRA Books, 463 pages
Blurb: Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.
Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.
But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.
Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner... every touch... every kiss.
Highlight: It contains a world of various paranormal individuals. What more could you want, besides a more thrilling read?
Caution: The beginning is quite lifeless, but hang in there, it picks up after three chapters.
Highlight: The characters have potential to shine, but it seems someone forgot to turn on the lamp.
Caution: Many of the characters lack solid emotions and desires, which causes the characters to fade from existence.
I was drawn to Blood Bound by three things, the paranormal, the mystery, and what I hoped to be complex characters. Being what I’d dub as a classic urban fantasy book for adults, I was dissatisfied by the lack of depth and engagement I expected the story to have.
Yes, the premise was great. The characters have great promise, and of course, potential to grow, but I found it difficult to have sympathy for the characters. Unlike Rachel Vincent’s other works, the Unbound series doesn’t quite live up to the expectation I had conjured from reading The Shifter series.
Liv, the typical female protagonist, was appealing to a certain extent but was strangely devoid of emotions even as the story progressed. Liv had given up on what she wanted in order to protect someone, however, all she worked for was in vain as she finds out there is more at work in the world of the paranormal. Stumped by events and situations out of her control, Liv attempts to do her best to dampen the blow. Yet, unforseen events cause Liv to make a deal that will change her future plans.
Besides trying to find her friend’s daughter and keeping the people from her past safe, her actions are not enough to display how she feels, nor who she is as a character. From a first-person perspective this was frustrating as a reader. Not only was the protagonist a half finished painting, but the change of perspective snuffed out enlightening thoughts and feelings in a scene. Especially when it was meant to be an emotionally driven scene, changing from Liv’s perspective to Cam’s in the middle of the situation smudged images that would have been necessary for the reader to see.
Blood Bound left me wanting more, although it made me wanting more clarification rather than more of what it was presenting. Liv may have had her love rekindled but it lacked the depth it needed to develop Liv as an individual, as well as the plot itself. Whether it’s personal preference or not, the world building and plot is more established than any main character. Due to the story tying in past events and relationships, it failed to re-establish these ties for the reader and reading between the lines was tedious.
My feelings about Blood Bound fluctuated as I read as it was an interesting world, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to prompt me into reading the next instalment.
Star Rating: 2 ½ stars
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