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ARC Review: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Submitted by Doll Believer on August 15, 2011 – 4:04 am5 Comments

Author: Rachel Vincent
Book: Blood Bound
Release: August 23, 2011
Series: Unbound 1
Source: Book Expo America
Purchase: – Book Depository

By blood, by word, by magic…

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.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

An exciting action packed thriller! Watch out Hollywood – you just found your next blockbuster!

Olivia Warren is Skilled. A Tracker able to find anyone she’s looking for using only a sample of their blood. In a world where the Un-Skilled, look the other way, and the Skilled are quickly allied either by deception or coercion with organized crime families, Liv is an Independent fighting for her life. Cameron Caballero is a Skilled Name Tracker, desperately in love with Liv and unable to get over the fateful night six years earlier when Liv walked out on him and everyone she knew without a word. Now, fate brings them back together when a childhood friend’s husband is shot in cold blood and the police refuse to investigate. Desperate for answers, Anne Lawson turns to Liv & Cam for help tracking down her husband’s killer and unraveling the mystery surrounding his death. Soon the friends find themselves entangled in a web of treachery so deep it threatens to tear apart the world as they know it.

Blood Bound is the first installment in a three part series. Vincent lays out a structure for organized crime in her paranormal world that is new and exciting. Easily set apart by the variety of Skills her characters exhibit, Vincent has struck a nice departure from typical UF. But it was the level of action and mystery that sucked me in and made the pages turn faster and faster. Vincent’s Liv Warren is one tough chick, smart & too stubborn for her own good. Her struggle to find a moral balance in the cesspool of her professional life is both admirable and endearing.

Frankly, I would cut out a few pages and this book would be a lean mean 5 star page turner. But there were also moments when I found myself re-reading a line to savor its simple perfection. Either way, this book has hooked me and I’m chomping at the bit to see what Vincent has up her sleeve in the next installment, Shadow Bound.

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read story books. She devoured them because they were full of magical possibilities with every turn of the page. Then the little girl grew up and school work occupied more and more of her time. Eventually the little girl graduated from school, trading in poets & prose for business management & autobiographies. Magic was left behind in her quest for the top and the world became a place filled with “paradigm shifts”, ROI & financial reports. Before she knew it, the girl was a woman who felt out of touch with the world’s magic until she met Birth and her sister Death. While Birth filled her with wonder & happiness; Death filled her with sadness & loss. And so one day she set aside the management books and instead picked up a paperback story filled with vampires, shifters & telepaths. Lo and behold, her passion for these stories blossomed and the woman became a believer in the magic of reading, again. My name is Believer9200 and I believe in the magic of stories because they give me hope.
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