Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: Soulbound

Soulbound (Darkest London - Book 6) by Kristen Callihan

Publication Date: 02/24/2015
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
ISBN-101455581666
ISBN-13978-1455581665

(Received for an honest review from Forever)

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Books in the series:

Darkest London

1. Firelight
2. Moonglow
3. Winterblaze
4. Shadowdance
5. Evernight
6. Soulbound

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Excerpt from, Soulbound, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature

Synopsis:

Once two souls are joined . . . 
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . . 

Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .


Thoughts:

Kristen Callihan brings readers an exciting new chapter in the Darkest London series. If you are a paranormal romance fan, you must read this series! Soulbound is the eighth book in the series and features a man literally in chains after his soulmate leaves him. This is story about what it means to be truly free and I think it will resonate with readers on many different leaves. At it's most basic part it is a paranormal romance, with historical overtones, but it's more than that and readers will love all the things that makes this book so different.

Darkest London has to be among my top five favorite paranormal romance series'. There are a lot of reasons for that. Callihan not only gives readers an amazing world of paranormal characters, but she sets her series in Victorian London. I am a former history major and that little detail alone, was enough to pull me in. But every once in a while in a good series, there is book that is a little more potent then all the rest. It seems to strike a cord that maybe the reader had never recognized before and that's how Soulbound was for me. There was something about it, that will stick with me long after the reading of it. 

What is freedom? Now there's a deep question and I think Callihan answered it, even if that wasn't the intent. Maybe it wasn't meant to be quite that deep, but for me it was. Are you free when you have no strings or chains attached to you, like Eliza did or are you free when you realize that chains can't really hold you when you have love. I don't know, but I really liked this one. It had a double meaning for me. 

I loved Eliza and her strong character and disposition. I understood her need to run from Adam even though she should have been running to him. It's a whole lot of pressure. How would you like to be the reason someone starts to have feelings and emotions after 700 years? It was such a good feeling he chained her to him and I sort of kind of understood that too. So it was one of those situations where they were meant to be, it just took a little while to realize it. What a great couple!

Adam was simply amazing. I truly enjoyed his story and from a paranormal perspective, this couldn't have gotten any better. Adam was sexy, and impulsive and possesive. He was a true alpha, I mean really who chains their soul mate to their side? LOL. He was a real gem of a character. He made you want to just swoon at times and pull your hair out at other times. My favorite kind of hero!

Bottom Line:


All the right paranormal characters, all the fantastic world building, which was even more amazing because of the historical context. Amazing characters and so much heat. I loved Eliza and Adam together and apart. I loved the undertones in this book and it really resonated with me. I can't recommend it enough. Even if you aren't a paranormal enthusiast, this book will speak to you.

Soulbound is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!





About the Author:


Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers' Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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