Guest Blogger: Bon Bons and Reveries reviews Shadow Bound + Giveaway

Today, we welcome guest blogger Caroline from Bon Bons and Reveries. To give you a little taste of what life over at the Bon Bons and Reveries blog is like, Caroline is reviewing Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison. Readers become listeners as all Bon Bons and Reveries reviews include a playlist for the book. So whether you’re new to the Shadow series or not, take a listen as you step into Shadow…

Take it away Caroline!

Title: Shadow Bound
Author: Erin Kellison
Series:  The Shadow Series
ISBN: 9781428511293
Publisher: Leisure Books
Pub Date: June 29, 2010
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Author’s Web site | Segue Institute Web site | Excerpt | Deleted Scene

Synopsis:
Death
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.
Wraiths
Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.
Segue
Adam Thorne founded the Segue Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.
Twilight
This is the place between life and what comes after—a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

My Reveries and Ramblings: Everything changes for Talia when she witnesses wraiths murder her roommate. Talia spends months running and hiding from the Wraiths who have taken a specific interest in her. Found on the verge of death by Adam Thorne, founder and head of the Segue Institute, Talia is brought to the institute to help find a solution to the wraith-problem. Talia, at times manipulated and at times protected, finds herself pulled into a full-blown war between the humans and the wraiths. And she just might be the key to it all.

The villains in this story are Wraiths that are nearly impossible to kill. They are horrifying. Wraiths are people who have sold their souls for immortality. However, in order to keep that immortality they have to feed on the souls of others. Humans cannot kill them, only injure them. Even then, a person only has a short time to run away before they regenerate.

The writing itself was such a treat to read. It wasn’t just the story, it was how she strung the words together. It flowed like a fairy tale; only, a dark and very adult fairy tale.  The author was not afraid of killing off characters. People die. That’s the reality of an apocalypse. Many authors have full out wars with no or very few fatalities. Not Ms. Kellison. She is fearless in that area, which is very refreshing.

Ms. Kellison’s characters were so well-written. Compared to most heroines, Talia is very unique. She has a Ph.D., which by itself is different. That combined with her ability to manipulate shadows and the fact that she is Death’s daughter makes her a very kick-ass heroine. I really admired Talia. She never had a pity-party. Instead she found a way to solve the problems she was faced with. With each obstacle she overcame, she became stronger. Talia went from being the victim, afraid and cautious to strong, powerful and fearless.

Adam, Talia’s love interest, really got under my skin in the first half of the book. He initially came off as very demanding and selfish. However, about 2/3 through the book, I was just as in love with him as Talia. Ms. Kellison gave him brains! Who doesn’t love a smart man? He has solutions and back up plans for most every situation—very helpful—and he figures out what Talia is (and doesn’t put her in the freak column along with the Wraiths). Also, Adam depends on Talia and her intelligence and expects her not to become the damsel. However, Adam does battle with how he feels for her as a man and how he needs her for his own Wraith-related goals. Ms. Kellison juggled these two sides to his personality effortlessly.

The romance compliments the story nicely. It starts out with frustration and dislike on both sides. Adam, who is used to having others follow his lead, has to deal with Talia’s stubbornness. For the first time in a long time, he needs to earn someone’s trust. Talia, who has been alone and on the run for so long, doesn’t quite see Adam as her knight in shining armor. His focus is soley on defeating the wraiths, which means putting Talia in harm’s way. Not exactly the best trust-building technique. However, she soon realizes that Adam and his resources are her best chance of survival. As the two work together, dislike evolves into respect and then to love. And, love always leads to (if not the other way around) very steamy sex scenes. Ms. Kellison not only delivers when it comes to these explicit scenes, but she writes them with such beauty that they almost seem melodic.

EPIC! Seriously, it was awesome! Ms. Kellison developed a strong plot with amazing characters. Shadow Bound was fast paced and never once lagged. With all the violence, gore, and death, one would think any reader would get depressed. Nope. It was so exciting! All the action and romance is so entertaining. I was transported right into the mayhem with Ms. Kellison’s first few words. I highly recommend this novel! It is a one-of-a-kind epic fairy tale paranormal romance.

My Shadow Bound playlist

Giveaway: Dorchester is giving away a copy of Shadow Bound in trade or e-book (winner’s preference) to one lucky commenter. Let me know what you think of the playlist—do you like to have music playing in the background while you read? Do certain books put you in the mood for certain music? How about vice versa?

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6 Responses to Guest Blogger: Bon Bons and Reveries reviews Shadow Bound + Giveaway

  1. Christy says:

    I do like to have music playing in the background while I read ~ usually Enya, Norah Jones, etc.

    I’d love to win a trade copy of this book!

  2. noraadrienne says:

    Actually I read in a quiet room, comfortable in my lounger. I can’t concentrate with music playing anymore. When I was younger (30’s and 40’s) I could still do that.

    I’d love to win a trade copy.

  3. Jen says:

    I completely agree with you, Caroline!

    Also, nice playlist. I’m not surprised Evanescence showed up on there. Definitely seems fitting for the book. =)

    • Allison Carroll, Editorial and Web Coordinator says:

      Congratulations Jen—you’ve been randomly selected as the winner of the Shadow Bound giveaway!

      To claim your prize, simply e-mail contests@dorchesterpub.com with your shipping address and we’ll get your trade copy of Shadow Bound in the mail to you.

      Thanks for being a voice on the Dorchester Community Blog. Keep reading (and listening:).
      Cheers,
      Allison Carroll
      Editorial and Web Coordinator
      Dorchester Publishing

  4. I’d love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

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