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Shadow Bound Twenty six years ago, the fae known as Death stepped through the veil between Shadow and loved a woman incandescent of soul, breaking the laws of Shadow to do so and setting into motion events with far reaching repercussion Chaos has spread like a stain across the country ever since, spawning soul eating and immortal wraiths with voracious appetites That s not all that was spawned that night, however.At twenty six, Dr Talia O Brien has always known she s different, not quite normal, otherworl Twenty six years ago, the fae known as Death stepped through the veil between Shadow and loved a woman incandescent of soul, breaking the laws of Shadow to do so and setting into motion events with far reaching repercussion Chaos has spread like a stain across the country ever since, spawning soul eating and immortal wraiths with voracious appetites That s not all that was spawned that night, however.At twenty six, Dr Talia O Brien has always known she s different, not quite normal, otherworldly, and has yearned for nothingthan peace Brilliant she may be but fear of her differences keep her insulated from humanity, until a knock on the door and the death of her roommate stripped the blinders from her eyes and forced her to realize there were creatures out there that were hunting for her, and they were even less normal than she was.Adam Thorne is intensely motivated to find out as much as he can about the wraiths, desperate to discover the way to kill them Six years ago he watched his older brother Jacob attack and eat his mother, then his father, and only luck prevented Jacob from consuming him too Since then he s kept the creature that used to be his brother contained in the bowels of the Segue research facility as Adam does everything in his power to find a way to kill him With only a worda name Shadowman as a clue to stopping the wraiths in general and his brother in particular, he stumbles across a doctoral dissertation on near death experience that gives him the first the only other mention of Shadowman he s ever seen A dissertation by Dr Talia O Brien.Talia s on the run from horrifying monsters, physically and mentally spent when Adam finds her and brings her back to Segue, saving her life She doesn t trust him She s not sure what s going on She doesn t even know the full extent of her powers or why she has them All she knows is that Adam is a beacon of hope and his cause, while motivated by an unhealthy, if understandable, obsession, may be the only way for Talia to survive what she realizes instinctively is a coming war.With a breakneck pace and slick, tight plot that is deliciously original and unique, Kellison has jettisoned herself into the ranks of the upper echelon of paranormal romance series The narrative is smooth, balanced and lyrical of prose and at times and gritty and coarse, drawing the reader along and perfectly setting the tone for each scene, adding an intangible layer of excellence to this sophisticated, polished story.Talia and Adam are complex characters, flawed and complicated, and often at cross purposes in their motivations, but their interactions are pure, rich, meaty entertainment and I absolutely love the disciplined and deftly crafted development of their characters Their evolution as individuals and together as a pair felt organic to the story, each step carefully executed, imbuing each of them with depth and personality that makes them shine.I loved it I loved everything about it I loved the plot, which was fresh and well told I loved the narrative, with the smooth writing style that added the invaluable tone to the plot, enhancing the reading experience I loved the characters, heroes and villains and everything in between, which supplied the story with such fantastic emotion and a true sense of threat and sacrifice And romance.I loved it Unqualified Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another If this book isn t on your wishlist yet, it needs to be Go ahead, add it now I ll wait.Shadow Bound is Kellison s debut novel, and it is one hell of a debut The story is richly imagined, fast paced, and engrossing, and the characters are well developed and utterly believable It is also a nicely original entry to a genre that s quickly becoming oversaturated.Adam Thorne is a driven man He s poured most of his inherited family fortune and the last several years into the Segue Institute, a fou If this book isn t on your wishlist yet, it needs to be Go ahead, add it now I ll wait.Shadow Bound is Kellison s debut novel, and it is one hell of a debut The story is richly imagined, fast paced, and engrossing, and the characters are well developed and utterly believable It is also a nicely original entry to a genre that s quickly becoming oversaturated.Adam Thorne is a driven man He s poured most of his inherited family fortune and the last several years into the Segue Institute, a foundation devoted to studying the frightening, vampiric wraiths Adam s motivation isn t all altruism, though his brother became a wraith, and Adam is determined to find a way to kill him.Talia O Brien, a young academic with strange powers, seems to be the answer to Adam s problems She can use the darkness to cloak herself so that even wraiths cannot find her Her mysterious heritage and powers are at the center of the story, and she must accept who she is if she s to survive.The story expertly blends the supernatural into a mystery thriller, and there s nary a vampire or werewolf in sight The wraiths are soul sucking creepy creatures, and a major player in the story is Death himself, called Shadowman here The Fae are mentioned repeatedly, though they re not really explained, which leaves a nice set up for future books in the series.While the story is gripping, I think my favorite part is the growing romance between Talia and Adam I love that Kellison doesn t rush right into it with some kind of tired trope about love at first sight They re attracted to each other immediately, but their relationship grows at a believable pace It s quick, but at the same time, they re in a very stressful situation I think that is so muchconvincing than if they immediately fell for each other and didn t hit any bumps on the road to romance Talia s trust issues and reluctance to let herself believe that she is desirable add another nice layer of tension on top of the danger that they re in.I feel like I m not saying enough about this book, but I can t say enough about it I procrastinated on so much schoolwork to read this book, and I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish it As a grad student with a serious aversion to getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night, it s pretty amazing when I stay up until the wee hours when I have to be at work in the morning The book comes out in July, so wishlist or preorder it if you want to read an original, excellent urban fantasy When A Demon Breaches The Barrier Between Death And Life, The Salvation Of The World Depends On The Passions Of A Beautiful Banshee Just Coming Into Her Power And The Man Willing To Use Her To Avenge The Destruction Of His Family I m not sure how to rate this one or review it really I liked the concept of the book, it was different from other things and while I was reading I didn t find myself knowing everything that was going to happen It was a unique storyline However, I did have some problems with it as well Some things just didn t make sense, there were also some grammatical errors and errors in the plotline that bothered me.Also, when we learnabout what Talia really is, it is evenconfusing than when I m not sure how to rate this one or review it really I liked the concept of the book, it was different from other things and while I was reading I didn t find myself knowing everything that was going to happen It was a unique storyline However, I did have some problems with it as well Some things just didn t make sense, there were also some grammatical errors and errors in the plotline that bothered me.Also, when we learnabout what Talia really is, it is evenconfusing than when we didn t know It s like we kept getting conflicting ideas of what she was and what her abilities were That was really annoying One minute she s xyz, the next minute they are calling her qr but she still has xyz s powers Really strange And it s hard to really go into detail when I don t want to spoil anything for anyone.Also, I really disliked the hero Adam First of all, he s a lunatic Going through rages and such Then he was whiny and all woe is me, my life is terrible I really don t like male characters like that Call me sexist but I like my male characters to be alpha s I like them strong and he manish not a word, I know And yes I did just say that but hey I can t help it, whiny men don t do anything for me Especially when they act like asses one minute then get all angry and try to act tough Sorry Adam, I just don t like you.I think I will read the next in the series just to see if I get any clear answers as to what s going on Why I read Publisher sent for review.Adam Thorne watched his brother turn into a monster and murder his parents That horrendous scene started Adam s life on a path for revenge and answers His brother Jacob, became a wraith, an extremely strong, immortal being that feeds on other s souls Wraiths are multiplying and organizing into a group called the Collective Adam escaped that day, and miraculously captured his brother With his extensive funds, he built the Segue Institute, a place where t Why I read Publisher sent for review.Adam Thorne watched his brother turn into a monster and murder his parents That horrendous scene started Adam s life on a path for revenge and answers His brother Jacob, became a wraith, an extremely strong, immortal being that feeds on other s souls Wraiths are multiplying and organizing into a group called the Collective Adam escaped that day, and miraculously captured his brother With his extensive funds, he built the Segue Institute, a place where these creatures can be analyzed With Jacob in a secure prison for the past six years, Adam wants to know how he became a wraith and how to kill him And he thinks he knows just the person that can help him after reading one word from her dissertation Shadowman.On the outside, Talia leads a bright, normal life studying near death experiences Having experienced one herself when she was fifteen, and subsequently seeing the Shadowman, she has devoted her life to researching this subject Hoping to get an Assistant Professor position at Berkley, Talia is ready for this step in her life But it all comes crashing down when her roommate opens the door only to have her soul sucked out of her by wraiths Confused and scared, Talia retreats literally into the shadows Talia is actually half fae, and can call upon the darkness to hide herself, although she can see the action going on around her This is how she escapes these wraiths and lives on the run for the next two months aswraiths track her.Adam, desperate to find Talia, knowing she is a source of information that could be vital on this war against the wraiths tracks her down Filthy and living on the streets, they both find themselves cornered in an alley with wraith Together they escape, and Adam takes her back to Segue in hopes of drilling her for information about this Shadowman But the wraiths want Talia, alive, and will kill everyone around to get to her The war has just begun.Shadow Bound wasn t the book I was expecting maybe the cover threw me off The tag line reads Dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale Oh, it is dark Death is an actual character and a twist on a fairy tale but it is very much a romantic suspense book The paranormal aspect is brought in with wraiths out to rule the world and Talia able to enter Twilight But it really contains a ton of great action, suspense and thrilling scenes.It is light on the romance, but I actually think it didn t need anyIn one regard, Adam and Talia are constantly fighting, on the run and utterly exhausted no one could find the energy for a physical romantic relationship Their relationship starts with no trust between them but as they fight together, and they both start sharing vital information, a bond forms The emphasis in this book is on their relationship to survive To fight this war And what an intriguing war it is Adam s brother Jacob, who is a wraith really brings in some creepy scenes as he taunts Adam and Talia from his prison cell.Adam has a one track mind to find a way to kill wraiths He is very stubborn when it comes to this goal Many times using Talia just for her gift or information she has He always protects her, and puts her first when it comes to getting out of danger, but I liked that he never forgets what his ultimate plan is I think I almost would have liked it better if there had not been a declaration of love at the end I felt their romance was rushed and would have been satisfied without the big HEA.As the action progresses, not everyone makes it nor can everyone be trusted Erin Kellison really never lets the pace slow, and for that reason it was really hard to put this book down Shadow Bound is a high energy, really fun, suspenseful book When Death breaks the rules to consumate his love for a mortal woman, they create a child who straddles both worlds and it also results in a breach between Death s twilight shadowworld a ths one which allows darkness into the mortal world In the years that follow the darkness spreads across the Earth creating deathless soul eating minions called Wraiths Adam is a man who has lost his brother to darkness searches for a weapon to stop the Wraiths but findsthan he d hope in Talia, the wom When Death breaks the rules to consumate his love for a mortal woman, they create a child who straddles both worlds and it also results in a breach between Death s twilight shadowworld a ths one which allows darkness into the mortal world In the years that follow the darkness spreads across the Earth creating deathless soul eating minions called Wraiths Adam is a man who has lost his brother to darkness searches for a weapon to stop the Wraiths but findsthan he d hope in Talia, the woman with the power of shadow.I liked Shadow Bound a great deal I found the Talia to be an extremely interesting character and one who transforms during the course of the story from a frightened waif to a strong woman who will do anything to save the brave and stubborn Adam I also liked the folklore tie in between Talia s powers and her relation to her father And I liked that even though it was not the right time with the battle against evil looming, the pair manage to find the love which allows them to move past their fears and hates and ultimately bring Talia to the physical and mental place where she can defeat the enemy Oh My God This book is shockingly good I freaking heart it.It s a Paranormal Romance, but with a difference It readslike an Urban Fantasy revolving around the fae, really A dark, gritty, violent, bloody, the world has gone to shit yet we still hopelessly persevere and we WILL go down but we re going to drag at least ONE bastard wraith down with us Urban Fantasy The writing s impeccable The world building and story will take your breath away You shouldn t for a second think Oh My God This book is shockingly good I freaking heart it.It s a Paranormal Romance, but with a difference It readslike an Urban Fantasy revolving around the fae, really A dark, gritty, violent, bloody, the world has gone to shit yet we still hopelessly persevere and we WILL go down but we re going to drag at least ONE bastard wraith down with us Urban Fantasy The writing s impeccable The world building and story will take your breath away You shouldn t for a second think that the characterization suffers as a result, though.Adam is an astoundingly complex man You ll hate him and you ll love him and then you ll hate him someJesus He s absolutely fucking REAL Alpha to the core and not your standard Paranormal Romance alpha, either This guy does alpha like Barrons does alpha Adam strides through life with one goal in mind finding a way to destroy his monster of a brother He is pure, compressed rage and is willing to give up everything including his life and other people s lives, too, to be brutally honest for a means to this end There s an intense scene where Talia has passed out from exhaustion when HE needs her AWAKE RIGHT THEN IF HIS BROTHER IS TO DIE and holy crap his long time also, long suffering buddy, Custard, has to talk him out of smacking her across the face until she wakes up Adam s cold ruthless and driven like you won t believe He s an asshole, but he s nothing short of a believable one, which is great.Talia s pretty cool, herself, and undergoes an incredible amount of character development throughout the book, to the point where she can stand toe to toe with the force that is Adam, but it s her father, Death a.k.a Shadowman who s the real show stopper You don t find out a lot about him YET Book 3 appears to be his D but the scenes that he does have are breathtakingly powerful However, Custard totally steals the spotlight in the epilogue, when he trades his place in Heaven for Shadowman s Twilight OMG, B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T and wonderfully so, since the next book is his and now I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to find out what happens next I m so glad I won this book, because I d never have heard of it otherwise Awesomesauce Hoo boy.I saw this on my Nook store the first time I powered it up and messed around with it It popped up as a free download, and after reading the little description it looked to me like an interesting urban fantasy Not usually my cup of tea, but they re sort of the new hotness, so why not give one a try I got about five pages in before one of the characters started making sweet, metaphor laden love to the Grim Reaper and I realized my mistake This is a paranormal romance, isn t it Sigh I Hoo boy.I saw this on my Nook store the first time I powered it up and messed around with it It popped up as a free download, and after reading the little description it looked to me like an interesting urban fantasy Not usually my cup of tea, but they re sort of the new hotness, so why not give one a try I got about five pages in before one of the characters started making sweet, metaphor laden love to the Grim Reaper and I realized my mistake This is a paranormal romance, isn t it Sigh I should have expected that, given how urban fantasy and paranormal romance are interchangeable terms, but in my defense, the cover didn t give it away, either But hey, it s free, right Plus, I still hadn t read anything like it in quite some time, so I gave it a shot anyway.Talia O Brien, a recent PhD in a vague, paranormal type field of study, is searching for work and navigating the waters of post academic life Her plans, however, are violently interrupted by the appearance of soul sucking creatures called wraiths She is hunted for months by the beasts, and nearly killed one day before being rescued in the nick of time by one Adam Thorne, the independently wealthy head of the mysterious Segue Institute Turns out, there are thousands of wraiths prowling the streets, and their numbers are growing They have even organized under the name of The Collective, and the Segue Institute is dedicated to learning how to stop them from taking everything over Adam has been searching for Talia ever since reading her dissertation on near death experiences, convinced that she could help in the upcoming war But she isessential than even Adam realizes born from a dalliance between Death and a mortal woman, her unique Faerie ancestry and its associated power may be the only thing that can stop the force behind the wraiths.So, yeah Pretty standard supernatural fare I did like what Kellison did with the Faerie angle, and I particularly appreciated how the various supernatural parts come together for example, the contrast between the lifeless ghosts and the deathless wraiths All of that is kind of secondary to the contrived sexual tension between Talia and Adam, though I don t understand what s so appealing about Adam He s a complete turd from beginning to end, exhibiting the most crass and overdone manly stereotypes and not evolving as a character in the slightest He s rich and handsome Tall and smells dark and spicy Brooding and angsty, with just enough of a dark side to be a bad boy without actually being bad in any real way Overprotective of our heroine, and noble to the point of genuine stupidity And let us not discount the virtues of his six pack And that s what it s written as, because apparently abs, stomach muscles, or hot washboard of love would be too clinical.In short, everything likeable about this man is skin deep at best, and yet Talia, an intellectual, independent, dangerous woman, falls in love with him after a week or so Which passes for careful deliberation, here, since he declares her his soulmate after only a couple of days I mean, I get it I know how romances work, and this one works just fine I m just saying.My biggest complaint is how abruptly the writing changes once we get into the steamy confines of this relationship Despite the setting and story being somewhat run of the mill, Kellison is a pretty good writer The world building she does is interesting, and Talia is a neat character, both in the mundane details and in the supernatural powers and legacy she possesses But as soon as these two start hooking up, the storytelling goes all askew Suddenly we aren t dealing with two mysterious adults any, but with whiny teenagers in luuurve, both in style and substance Things start to go downhill around the Ferrari vs Lamborghini car chase, and bottom out about the time we get to the puzzlingly unnecessary King and Queen of the Goths party And it s not just the story that gets sidetracked, but the writing, as well All of the neat stuff Kellison was doing in the beginning gives way to multiple passages on the direction of Adam s blood flow any time Talia does anything.If you see what she s doing, there Wink wink nudge nudge tee hee BONERS.Sorry, I don t know why I can t take harlequin romance seriously, but it really does defy my attempts to read it with a straight face Between my various experiences with erotica, pornography, and simple sex scenes in books and movies, I guess I m just accustomed to aserious, straightforward form of titillation, be it by what they are showing me or by what they are not showing me So, when the florid, overblown romantic scenes in a book like this really start going, I find myself reacting in the manner which I imagine women do at male strippers slight, incidental interest, tempered by a heaping serving of unintentional hilarity Which is not a problem in itself, but once I got to the second half of the book, I couldn t help but feel like everything, from story to characters, was really just a crude excuse for creating sexual tension between two ciphers and then having it consummated And this is romance, so of course, that s exactly what it was I don t think this is a bad book In fact, I kind of liked it But I feel about it like I felt about Twilight it s a book that is surgically aimed at its target readers, among which I am most definitely not This is a must read for paranormal romance fans, as far as my limited experience with the genre can tell, because the world is interesting and the romance doesn t lack for heat If you re just looking for a good supernatural fantasy, though Meh Find something withmeat to it than this one 3.5 StarsShadow Bound is the first book in a new series by Erin Kellison It is also the authors debut The press release states it s a fusion of dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, religion and paranormal romantic suspense phew, that s a lot of genres To me this book leanstowards one paranormal romantic suspense, the other genres mentioned are a bit misleading.However, I enjoyed Shadow Bound I was sucked into this book from the prologue where we meet Shadowman and a mortal woman 3.5 StarsShadow Bound is the first book in a new series by Erin Kellison It is also the authors debut The press release states it s a fusion of dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, religion and paranormal romantic suspense phew, that s a lot of genres To me this book leanstowards one paranormal romantic suspense, the other genres mentioned are a bit misleading.However, I enjoyed Shadow Bound I was sucked into this book from the prologue where we meet Shadowman and a mortal woman, Kathleen, who has been ill and close to death for many years She knows he is there but has never seen him and yet through all this they have fallen in love Against his better judgement, Shadowman reveals himself to her from the shadows even though he s not meant to until she passes away They fall into each others arms and this one brief moment together produces a child called Talia.From here time moves forward twenty six years, to the present day where Talia is at college and living a fairly normal life Her mother Kathleen died while giving birth and Talia has been living with her aunt Although Talia knows she s different because of the things she can do with the shadows, she tries to ignore it and lives her life as normally as she can, until one day, without warning, two Wraiths come into her life and kill her room mate.Talia is a good character, but I didn t feel as though I really got to know her She s also not particularly kick arse until the very last chapter , she sinto running away and hiding I would have liked to see her grow a bit , to see her harden to the world and come back fighting a bit sooner than the last few pages Most of the time she is being protected by Adam.Adam is a great character and felt I got to know him a lotthan Talia He s a bit bitter and twisted and at times rather arrogant, but his life over the past six years has been traumatic to say the least His mother and father were killed by a wraith, which Adam captured and is keeping prisoner in the basement, and to make things worse the Wraith is also his brother, Jacob Adam s also the head of an organisation which is studying Wraiths and how to kill them It s a slow process and time is running out But when Adam meets Talia and finds out what she can do, he thinks he has the weapon that will save the world.I did feel there were too many names for the same thing The Shadows is also called Twilight and Shadowman is also called Death and as well as being Death he is also faery, and the Demon who is offering immortality for souls is called The Death Collector , which is a bit confusing when Death is Shadowman You see my point.With that aside, the world building is pretty good and I enjoyed Kellison s descriptions of a world filled with Wraiths, which are nasty soul sucking demons I did want a littledetail about the Shadows, but I did get a feeling that it is quite an eerie place A place between this world and heaven, where once you die, Shadowman takes your soul from this life to the afterlife.Shadow Bound is full of suspense with a smidgin of romance, which I really liked and both go hand in hand very well Talia and Adam have lots of sexual chemistry, which they try and ignore by looking at the bigger picture, which is they have a Wraith war to deal with first before succumbing to their feelings of course, they don t stick to this but I really liked the way their relationship grew It was lust at first sight on both their parts but I felt as though the author held back with their relationship and took it slowly, nothing was rushed, so the end result was very satisfying and the relationship realistic.VERDICT Shadow Bound is a very promising debut The ending gave me a flutter of excitement as it sets us up for the second book in the series, Shadow Fall, which I luckily have at hand I think readers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and suspense will enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it 3.5 starsThe story felt original at the start, but the inclusion of the Fae and other recognizable otherworldly creatures dimmed my excitement Still, the Shadowman s love story was something special to read it was bleak and lovely The heroine is someone who thinks outside the box and I wish the plot would have continued at the H h s intellectual level rather than ditching their logic for raw meat ion, which arrived too soon for my taste.The story begins with Talia outwitting the wraiths the 3.5 starsThe story felt original at the start, but the inclusion of the Fae and other recognizable otherworldly creatures dimmed my excitement Still, the Shadowman s love story was something special to read it was bleak and lovely The heroine is someone who thinks outside the box and I wish the plot would have continued at the H h s intellectual level rather than ditching their logic for raw meat ion, which arrived too soon for my taste.The story begins with Talia outwitting the wraiths then briefly introduced to Goth dressed or maybe it was Punk humans in their underground culture aware of the end of days The Goth return felt too superficial for me to embrace and seemeda way of window dressing Talia in some sort of Matrix chic clothes for cool factor Tsk tsk But, hey I could be wrong, but this wardrobe change didn t feel a good fit, or there wasn t enough Goth story elements for it to be less awkward.Back to the good A hero who isn t The One Matrix reference This book would make Talia the Neo and the hero is Trinity Ha The best parts are at the beginning and within Segue I would have been perfectly happy remaining in Segue s supernatural and paranormal studies The action, intellectual prowess were strongest within the institute s setting than later in the story, which became easy to put down and also the point where my interest waned I may or may not continue this series There is a novella about Shadowman, so perhaps my interest may be rekindled Shadow Bound is the first in the series Some series do get better

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