Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent Review: Two opposing gang members fall in love

September 14, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent Review: Two opposing gang members fall in loveShadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
Series: Unbound #2
Published by Mira on May 22, 2012
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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If you live in the dark long enough, 

you begin to forget the light... 

Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she's ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else.... 

The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him. 

Ian's ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he's on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower's top Binder: Kori's little sister. 

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they'll have to choose between love and liberty....

After giving Blood Bound (the first book) a three star rating, due to heaps of world building and character development (and not enough action), I was certain that this one would be a better title. That’s usually characteristic of urban fantasy; after you’ve gotten the setting after the way, they usually get better as the series progresses. Sadly, I wouldn’t really call this an urban fantasy. It’s more a paranormal romance, with some action sequences in it.

Rachel Vincent has created an interesting world in the Unbound series. Two syndicate leaders, Cavazo and Tower, seek to bind workers who are born with abilities. They are pretty much as bad as each other. The first book focused on the perspective of a blood tracker named Olivia, who worked for Cavazo, and this one focuses on her childhood friend Kori, a Shadow walker or Traveler who is bound by Tower.

In Shadow Bound, Kori meets Ian Holt, a handsome stranger who she must convince to sign up with Tower’s syndicate. However, he has his own motives for wanting to get close to Kori, and the dual perspectives show what each character is thinking.

I was interested in Kori’s perspective, as she’s got a lot of spunk, strength and a filthy mouth. However, as the story unfolded, you realise that she’s just a really angry, unpleasant person. Granted she has gone through a lot, especially being tortured and whatnot in Tower’s basement, but it seems like she already started out that way based on her personality in the first book.

Unfortunately as I got into Shadow Bound, I realised the book was plagued with the same problems of the first. There’s so much talking, character thoughts, and character development that pretty much nothing happens in the book. In fact, you could pretty much read the beginning, somewhere in the middle, and the end and you wouldn’t have missed much of the story. The end was very abrupt and the final reveal wasn’t very shocking at all. Or perhaps, that’s because I just didn’t really care about these two characters in the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5 


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