23 November 2011

After Eight(-een)s: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent & Giveaway

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
Unbound #1
Release Date: September 1, 2011 (UK)
Publisher: Mira
Age Range: 18+
Rating: All Time Favourite 
As a bloodtracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv's learnt to survive by her own rules.
Rule number one? Trust no one.

But when a friend's daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can't rest until the child is safe.
And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.

A sinister prophecy tells that she and Cam will be the death of each other, yet Liv's tired of being a slave to destiny. She's ready to play the forces controlling her world at their own game. - Goodreads
Before I start talking about characters and writing style and such, I would just like to say that this book is PHENOMENAL. I was expecting the usual top quality from Rachel Vincent but Blood Bound blew my mind in so many ways. I can’t express how fantastic this story is in just words. Imagine me doing the ultimate happy dance right about now!

The plot of this novel is so well thought out, but it is nothing compared to the world that Rachel Vincent has created. The different abilities play a huge part in this underground world, and it was fantastic to read about them and it gave me chills every time I thought about Binders and Trackers and Seers. I’ll leave you to find out what those titles mean, but I bet you’ll be amazed.

This first novel in the trilogy focuses on Liv, who is a Tracker. Her old friend’s daughter goes missing, and she’s bound to help find her, but she can’t do so without the help of her ex-boyfriend, Cam. From there, the plot gets more and more complex and Rachel Vincent must be a mastermind to have come up with such a well thought out story. There are several different plots all woven into one, and they all connect to each other in some way. It’s truly fantastic, I cannot stress that enough.

Blood Bound is told from two alternating points of view – Liv’s, and Cam’s. I think that this was an excellent choice by the author, as I loved reading from both of their perspectives and learning what was going on in both their heads.

Liv was a fantastic protagonist, as Rachel Vincent’s female leads always are. She’s downright fierce and on top of that loyal towards her friends in a way that I can’t begin to describe. I loved watching her relationship with Cam rekindle, as I just love those two together. I enjoyed watching as they fought their restrictions and found a way to be together despite the danger that they were facing. Being Bound is really a dangerous thing.

I don’t feel I need to comment on Rachel Vincent’s writing style, but I’ll tell you that it’s great anyway. It’s actually more than great, but I’m running out of vocabulary just thinking about this book again. I highly recommend this book to anyone over 18 who wants to dive into a dark, gritty novel with a complex storyline and fiery characters. I’m definitely going to have to reread this before the second book comes out next year, and I already know that it’s going to blow me away again.


I'll be giving away 5 postcards showing the Shadow Bound cover. All postcards are signed by the author.



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