Trailer ↠´ Blood Bound PDF by ô Rachel Vincent 1st read August 20112nd read December 2017I m a massive fan of Rachel Vincent s Shifters series so I couldn t wait to get my hands on Blood Bound and as soon as it arrived it jumped immediately to the top of my to read pile The world she has created in this new series couldn t be different from the Shifters books, the story is much darker but it has everything you would expect from this author strong characters, plenty of action and twists that will knock you sideways Blood Bound is a must for any urban fantasy fan and this has the potential to become one of my favourite series, my only disappointment is that I ll have to wait a year before I can get my hands on the next book The world may have known about the Skilled for 30 years but governments and the law still refuse to publicly acknowledge they exist which has created a black market for anyone with enough money who wants to use their abilities Some of the Skilled have the ability to track anyone by either a name or a tiny sample of their blood, some of them can travel through shadows to any destination and others have the ability to bind you to a magical contract that will cause you physical pain and even death if you try to break it As you can imagine these skills are highly sought after and 2 main crime syndicates will do whatever it takes to have control of the most powerful Skilled and earn money by using them Liv is one of the most powerful blood trackers, going on her official range she can track anyone in an 80 mile radius using just a drop of their blood but in reality she can find you even if you are much further away Liv has been running from her past for 6 years now but it is about to catch up with her when her ex Cam arrives on the scene bringing with him one of her oldest childhood friends Thanks to a blood oath between Liv and her friends she is unable to refuse Anne s request for help even if getting involved is the last thing she wants to do Liv resents her friend for forcing her into something but as much as she hates the position she finds herself in she does feel sorry for Anne and deep down she wants to help her What she really doesn t want is to accept Cam s help to do it, although Cam is the love of her life she walked out on him 6 years ago without giving him any kind of explanation and Cam is determined to win her back That is something that Liv can t risk but it takes a while before the reason for this becomes clear.
The story is told from both Liv and Cam s perspectives and I loved that we get to see both of their sides of the story Liv is a strong character but she also has a vulnerability to her that makes you feel protective of her She is keeping a lot of secrets but as you learn about her past her actions become much understandable Cam is someone I loved as soon as I met him, he is so sweet and protective of Liv but he sees her how she truly is and knows she doesn t need to be looked after He has never gotten over her leaving him and is still crazy about her, he can tell she has feelings for him too and doesn t understand why she keeps pushing him away He uses her bond with Anne as a way to get back in her life and isn t going to let her get away from him this time, he wants an explanation and will do whatever it takes to get it The chemistry between Liv and Cam was fantastic and I loved watching these two together There is just enough sexual tension and romance for an urban fantasy it never takes over the main storyline though, just enhances it.
When it comes to the plot I have to admit I found things a little confusing for the first few chapters but this is often the case when you re starting a new series and trying to become familiar with a new world Once the story takes off it will have you gripped to the pages and you won t want to put it down Liv and Cam find themselves caught between the two main crime syndicates and there isn t going to be an easy way for them to resolve things While they care for each other they both have big secrets and if they are revealed it will change everything Can they find a way to help Anne and a way to be together again or are they destined to be pulled in different directions You ll have to pick up a copy of Blood Bound to find out, in the meantime I ll be sitting here desperately waiting for Shadow Bound Occasionally I trade books with a friend and we force each other to read things we believe the other person will like but wouldn t give a chance on her own I gave my friend A Monster Calls on top of a stack of books in line with her standard tastes She gave me Blood Bound and a whole list of rehearsed reasons, one of which actually piqued my curiosity It s like Holly Black s White Cat but with an adult slanted If she hadn t said that I probably would have shamelessly hidden this book under a stack of to reads I m really glad she used that selling point on me and now I m going to use it on you I think if you liked White Cat then you ll like Blood Bound Blood Bound takes place in an alternate universe where a small percentage of the population is skilled The gifts are genetic and run in families Our main character, Liv, is an exceptionally gifted Tracker who works best with blood There are two ways to track, blood or a person s name In this universe, it s very easy to give away your free will with or without meaning to Like with fairies, your full name is important and you shouldn t give it away freely You can be tracked by your name Dripping blood somewhere is even worse Yeah, you can be tracked by a blood sample, but that same blood can be used to seal a contract that you re just not going to want sealed because aside from Trackers there are people skilled with Binding It s very easy to accidentally give away your free will A couple of drops of blood in the hands of a skilled Binder and you could end up a sex slave You still have free will, the ability to say no, but the punishment is your body shutting down and dying a painful death in slow or fast paces depending on what you re saying no to and how powerful the contract is.
Before Liv knew what she was, she signed a friendship pack with her three childhood best friends It was sealed by a little girl who didn t know she was a Binder The pack said they d always help each other no matter what If you ve seen the movie Now and Then, think that but with a or you ll die compulsion The girls eventually made another binding where they agreed to never ask each other for anything until one day Anne, one of Liv s childhood friends, shows up in Livs apartment and asks for help killing the person who murdered her husband She burned the contract and now Liv has no choice.
This is where I experienced some annoyance, because despite Liv being extremely reluctant to kill Anne forces her to anyway It s one thing to ask a Tracker friend for help they might have given you freely It s another thing to demand someone commit murder for you, on pain of their own death That s not friendship To make matters worse, the male romantic lead, Cam tells Live to just do it because her hands are already dirty and Anne s hands are or less clean Oh ho If I had an irritation thermometer it would ve shattered at that point Kill someone else because your soul is dark already And how are Anne s hands clean if she s ordering a murder I m sorry, but if you re forcing someone to kill against their will than you re even worse than a murderer If you re going to do a horrible thing you should do it with your own hands, that way you can look at the reality of your choices as you make them.
After the above happened I was like oh Rachel Vincent, you are up to your usual tricks I lamented never being able to like anyone in a Rachel Vincent novel, but I eventually found myself liking Liv and disliking just about everyone else It took awhile to get over the prejudice ingrained by past experiences I should really be ashamed about that than I am, but I subscribe to the fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me school of thought Telling Liv she s already dirty isn t the last awful thing Cam, our big romantic lead, does view spoiler In fact, he fucked Anne the night Liv broke up with him and suspects he might be the father of her child for a good part of the story without ever telling Liv hide spoiler Really cool 4.
5 starsFinally, a paranormal book without a single vampire, were, or other paranormal creature Yes, it can be done I loved the concept of this book.
Blood Bound has a rich and extensive world This is a world where a single drop of blood holds the power to expose one s whereabouts, and where a full name allows a person to be tracked In Blood Bound, people with specialized Skills are highly sought after commodities Many different Skills exist Trackers, Binders, Seers, Readers, Travelers, Blinders, Jammers, etc Some Skills are desired than others.
The crime syndicates stepped in collecting people with these Skills Most Skilled people are affiliated either with Ruben Cavazos or Jake Towers syndicate These syndicates play dirty and their recruiting methods are cruel but effective The Skilled often find themselves bound to years of service to these syndicates They are bound with tattoos that signify their rank and length of service These bindings ensure that no one disobeys direct orders A clever Skilled person always finds the loopholes in their binding and quickly learns how to be creative I loved the main characters Liv and Cam Both are Trackers and they have a history together, even though they had been apart for a while They are very much attracted to each other but they find themselves in opposing syndicates Cam was wonderful I loved how devoted he was to Liv Liv was such a contrast to Faythe in the Shifters series Liv behaves like a mature young woman, carefully weighing all of her options She is smart, resourceful, and stands up for herself against Cavazos abuse While there is a romance between the main characters, I did not find it first and foremost to the plot Yes, I was rooting for the main characters Who doesn t love sexy times The focus of this story was not the romance, but finding the missing child The secondary characters were interesting Ruben Cavazos made a ruthless crime lord, but by the end of the book I was quite impressed with his character Michaela was Ruben s unbalanced and vindictive wife Quite scary Liv s friend Anne was a Reader, a human lie detector, while her other friend Kori was a Traveler, a person able to travel from one place to another through shadows The book is written in first person point of view I did find the change in point of view a little confusing at first, but I did enjoy the book I was surprised to learn that the book only spanned a few days It is jammed packed with action, flashbacks, and information I really could not put the book down This is a great start to the Unbound series and I highly recommend it The next book in the series is Shadow Bound Can t wait to get my hands on that book Review posted at Badass Book Reviews Check it out Definitely not as good as the Shifters series which is in my top 5 series of all time This book, the first in a trilogy, took me 3 months to read There were times when I read it so very quickly, and then I d put it down for three weeks But I finally pushed through it It s told in dual perspective but I also felt like the voices weren t very different I was often confused at which perspective we were in However, I did really love this urban fantasy, it was super unique and very original though I felt there were sketchy loopholes with these powers some of the characters possessed I m continuing with the trilogy and I m hoping it ll get better with each book.
4 starsWow What an emotional adrenalin rush and exhausting read this book turned out to be Blood Bound is a fast paced, well written, creative, action packed, emotional, and highly engrossing book I had a hard time putting it down I m not going to recap the story s plot, since the synopsis of the book does a decent job however, I will tell you what worked and didn t work for me What I loved about Blood Bound was the paranormal world Rachel Vincent created It was well developed, fast paced, intriguing, and easy to understand The cast of characters were fascinating, flawed, and authentic I was easily drawn into their complex world Now for what bothered me While it s true the author excelled in creating an intriguing and developed world, I felt there was little to no emotional response from the characters as they dealt with the consequences of past decisions that ultimately had catastrophic ramifications Consequently, I felt I was the only one experiencing what should have been their emotions therefore, it became difficult, and frankly frustrating, to understand and connect with them While the ending was clever and whets the reader s appetite for the next book due out this summer , I, personally, prefer endings that are wrapped up in a nice, neat bow, which this book did not deliver That being said, I truly enjoyed reading this story and highly recommend it.
YES I m done I can t believe how difficult it was for me to finish this Looking at all the good reviews this book has made me wonder why on earth I didn t like it Since I don t want to be unfair or moody or God knows what s wrong with me these days I said I ll take a piece of paper and a pen, draw two columns, one with the things I liked and one with the things I didn t like So I did just that and placed my likes and dislikes there, drew the final line and compared results Since I m a nice girl I will share those results with you.
Things I didn t like Liv is annoying Cam s POV ruins the guess the dude s feelings for the chick game The book tends to go towards marriage counseling and not action packed adventure The desperate look Cam has each time he lays eyes on Liv For an unknown reason it got me sleepy each time I was trying to read it My total fell asleep while reading this number ended up being four Seriously is this normal Do you remember Tom Tom Jerry not wanting to fall asleep and using matches to keep his eyelids up I m going to try to fetch and image if I can find one lucky me, I did That s exactly what I m doing right now My eyes are betraying me I m not a fan of the story I didn t like it Switching between the characters POV got confusing at times Too predictable.
Things I liked Cam was a nice hero Not the best but ok Interesting concept Who needs chips when you can rack a person by blood.
Omg, right Those are the things I liked Not cool.
Close to the end I was stuck between giving it one star or two stars So I said if I solve the who s the father puzzle I ll give it one star If I don t I ll give it two stars Check the rating I m that good.
I yield to no one.
For the past few months, I ve been feeling rather down because of my apathy regarding nearly all of the books I ve read recently I simply couldn t bring myself to care for or feel the characters At first, I blamed myself and tried extremely hard to lose myself in a book When that didn t work, I blamed the books for being redundant and alternately read a CR, HR, PNR, and UF novel in hopes of the genre being the problem When even that failed, I seriously considered giving up this obsession of drinking in books like water and taking up another hobby Thankfully, I still had a few highly anticipated releases to get through before my heart would accept moving on Most of those releases left me with this expression But I am so so glad I didn t give myself a break from books before reading Blood Bound, because then I might never have gotten around to it which would have been tragic, since this book is what has made me fall in love with reading again Liv is a freelance Tracker, specializing in tracking down people through their blood She can tell the age, background, powers, and location of a person based on his blood and that s why she s hired by extremely dirty blackmailers powerful men to hunt down and sometimes execute people Cam is her ex, who she broke up with at a party, in front of everyone, right before he planned on proposing to her, without a single reason or explanation He s still in love with her after all these years and, through some careful maneuvering, manages to convince Liv to work with him on solving a case involving a mutual friend, all the while hoping that he ll finally convince Liv to tell him why she left all those years ago.
The entire book spans just two days, and that s part of what makes Blood Bound so captivating Vincent does an excellent job of moving the plot and romance alongside each other, without slowing down either The mystery in this book was actually interesting, as opposed to simply boring I even loved reading about the criminal and all the details pertaining to his crime I admit I saw than half the plot twists coming way before they happened, but that didn t bother me too much It only increased my joy even , because it meant that I was actually becoming involved with the story and characters How exciting The depth of love between Cam and Liv is breathtaking I love Cam s devotion to her and Liv s loyalty to him Their relationship is wonderfully well developed I loved seeing Cam breaking down Liv s walls, piece by piece If this book is any indication, these two are sure to become one of my most favorite couples everI d rather die with you than live with someone elseI loved Liv from the very first page She s an amazing, badass, fierce, loyal, honest, and lovable heroine It is extremely easy to relate to her despite the vast difference between her situation and an average reader s Cam is a lot like Marc, but I never felt as if Vincent was trying to give us a copy of the latter just to make this book likeable, or whatever the running theme seems to be these days Cam is an amazing character in his own right, and I absolutely love him And when the shit with Cam went down, my heart was literally pounding I think the last time it did that while reading a book was back when I read Shadowfever In other words, it s been a really long time, and I m so glad that Vincent still has the ability to make me feel like this.
I adore this book and I adored reading it even , which, as I ve learned recently, are two different things I didn t particularly like the ending, but hopefully it won t lead to a sequel that ruins even the first book.
That ending That ending just killed meI realized that I d rather die with you than live with someone else I am seriously impressed with the world building and how much well written action this book contained It was fast paced and just plain fun to read Sometimes the urban paranormal genre gets bogged down in explaining every little detail of the new world and it is either boring or confusing but this was fairly easy to follow along Olivia Warren and Cam Cabellero used to be happily in love until a secret forces them apart and Liv hasn t seen Cam in six years Liv is now a bloodtracker Give her a sample of anyone s blood and she can hunt them down, no matter where they hide She is the best in the business and works independently from the two major gangs that run the city At least that is what she tells everyone, but she is actually bound to Ruben Cavazas, a syndicate boss She must find his missing son in two years or she essentially becomes Ruben s slave and he can force her to do anything for him Ruben already pushes the boundaries with Liv, hitting her don t worry too much, Liv hits him back just as hard and touching her without her consent, so Liv is terrified of what he d do if he had absolute control over her The term bound in this novel isn t just some signed piece of paper, Binders are people who can literally force others together and it takes away all their personal freedom.
When Liv is contacted by her oldest friend Annika to hunt the person responsible for her husband s recent death, she comes face to face with Cam and old feelings quickly resurface Cam doesn t make it easy as he makes it very clear his feelings for her never went away He still loves her and doesn t understand why she left him so abruptly six years ago Cam is also a tracker like Liv, but instead of blood, he uses people s name to find them Annika forces Liv to work with Cam and Liv can t refuse unless she wants to face excruciating pain and then death, as she became bound to Annika when she was a kid This was the part of the novel that I loved the most The whole idea of binding was really cool and unique It created the biggest amount of suspense and intrigue I really loved Liv and Cam Liv slightly falls into the stereotypical badass urban paranormal lead aka Cat Crawfield, Mercy Thompson, Jaz Parks, Charley Davidson, Kate Danielsshall I go on but I still really liked her I liked Cam in the beginning but he grew on me even as the novel went on and we got to know him better After reading that ending I immediately went on Goodreads to see what the next books synopsis was and I was so so so disappointed to find out that the next book isn t a continuation but in Kori Daniels POV What How can the author leave us with such a cliffhanger ending and not continue the series in Liv s POV Reading a few reviews I guess Liv and Cam make appearances in Shadow Bound but it isn t really about them I ll still read the rest of the series, as I love the world Rachel Vincent has built, but this has definitely dampened my spirit Hopefully Kori Daniels POV is just as good Featherbrained books Blog Twitter