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Shadow Bound (Unbound #2)

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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;
Paperback, US, 439 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Mira
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With Rachel Vincent I have this really weird thing going on. I am super excited about all of her novels, but once I own them, I have to force myself to start. This time it didn't take me more than a few minutes to start reading, and it took me about two sentences to be unable to stop, but I still felt as if it needed to be mentioned, even if only in the first draft of my review.

This novel made me so freaking angry. Angry for Kori, who went through hell, and angry for myself because her revenge d
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 25, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Pretty
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess Slow burn
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: What a all around well written story
Characters: Well done
Plot: Gritty with enough sweet to keep you going
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Absolutely
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Ian

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints and didn’t here. What a great original new series that was stellar in writing, plot line, romance and character development. There were ugl
Jun 01, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
“We haven’t met… I’m Kori Daniels. If you don’t get that gun out of my face, I’m gonna take it, then I’m gonna break your jaw so I can unhinge it and shove your pistol down your throat. That way the bullet goes through the long way (page 273.)”

It’s been ages since a second book in a series has given me so much pleasure. I loved so many things in this one that not even that slightly clumsy intention revealing internal monologue care of Ian, my favorite character, drew away from my enthusiasm f
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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After giving Blood Bound 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
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

Note that this is a review for both books one and two, so it will be posted at both listings.

I'd say I'm a casual fan of Vincent's work - I only skimmed the first two books of the "Alphas" series (it didn't hold too much interest for me), but I do really like the "Soul Screamers" series. Then I heard about this one, and decided to pick it up. And I'm really glad I did, because I think I can safely say that this series is some of her best work yet. The intensity and unflinching gritti
Lady Jaye
After Bood bound left me on tenterhooks, I couldn't wait to read Shadow Bound. It's probably my biggest disappointment of 2012 so far. Here's the thing: Ms. Vincent creates world-building masterpieces. They are unique and engrossing and just...fabulous. However, her characters usually incite a desire to do violence in me. Reading Shadow Bound made me angry in degrees. I started off angry about the mess the dead girl's selfishness had gotten all of them into. By the time I finished, I was seethin ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Kori Daniels is one of the Skilled, she can travel from place to place by moving through shadows. Kori has worked as Jake Tower’s (one of the city’s major syndicate bosses) bodyguard for years. She agreed to work for Tower and be bound to him in order to protect her sister, Kenley, from Tower after he tricked her into working for hm. As Kori is bound to Tower she is physically unable to resist any of Tower’s order, if she tries to resist his orders she suffers extreme physical pain and s
Jun 06, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

Note: I have made every attempt to write this review free from spoilage about the first book in the series.

It was with both trepidation and excitement that I cracked open* Shadow Bound, the second book in Rachel Vincent's Unbound urban fantasy series.

Excitement because I adored Blood Bound, the first book in the series.

Trepidation because, well, I adored Blood Bound, the first book in the series.

You know how it goes: When
Jun 16, 2012 Manda rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed stepping back into this world. I like how the story is told from the pov of both main characters, so rarely do you get to see what is going through the mind or more than one character in depth like this book. Love the slightly twisted, slightly dark story. Rachel has hit her stride and I look forward to the next time I get to step into the Syndicate's world.
Amber (Books of Amber)
10/10, of course! Did you expect anything less?
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Shadow bound is the second book of the series, we find Kori 6 weeks after the end of the 1st book. Kori did take the fall for the breach in security and has been consistently and severely imprisoned,starved, tortured, violated in so many ways it's a question if she could be sane again. I cannot imagine anyone surviving all this and being expected to perform any duty. Luckily for Kori, she has 2 weeks to whip into shape resembling a human being and play recruiter for the Tower syndicate. Her obje ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Feminista rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5.

So, I remember a bit about Kori from the first book. I remember thinking. What a b****. But I didn't know her back then. Or her motives. In this novel I ended up hating the couple from the first novel. I know, I know, it's like I have a personality disorder, but Rachel Vincent is awesome in securing my loyalty for which ever couple she writes about.

So Kori, a member of the Tower Syndicate loses her privilege as Jake Tower's personal body guard when she hesitates to save him fr
Vanya D.
May 23, 2012 Vanya D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good urban fantasy/paranormal novel
NOTE: I received this book for review from Netgalley.

Gosh, what can I say??? No words are good enough to explain just how embarrassingly marvelous this book is!!! You'd ask why embarrassingly, I'm sure, and here's the answer: Because it puts to shame any other urban fantasy/paranormal novels I've ever read. Then again, Rachel Vincent is one of my most favorite authors out there, so yeah...

I just want to start off with saying that the world building was freaking awesome! And I mean that with no
Jun 05, 2012 AH rated it really liked it
“I am a Traveler. A shadow-walker. I can step into shadow in one room, then out of shadow anywhere else I want to go, within my range. Sometimes I can look into one shadow and see through another one, somewhere else, like looking through a periscope, or one of those paper-towel-roll telescopes we used to play with as kids.”

Shadow Bound is the second book in Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series. This is not your regular run of the mill urban fantasy series. Shadow Bound focuses on people who have spec
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Paranormal fiction by definition isn’t normal. It’s other, it’s different. But what makes paranormal fiction so good is how it plays with all sorts of supernatural things and makes them feel real and relatable. Even in cases like the Unbound series, where words and oaths are power, where Skilled people can travel through shadows or blot out the sun. There is no question that Rachel Vincent’s worldbuilding captures that perfect blend between paranormal a
Kayleigh {K-Books}
May 19, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Shadow Bound Review on K-Books

"We all have secrets. We all have problems. Part of the process is figuring those things out. One at a time."

Wow. I don't even know where to start with this review because this book was just incredible. All I can think to say it, it's amazing. Go read it NOW! Blood Bound, the first book in this series, was the first book by Rachel Vincent that I ever read and I absolutely loved it. It definitely made me a fan and since reading that book I haven't been able to wait
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 24, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Rachel Vincent is an auto-buy author for me; so much so that I couldn't resist pre-ordering Shadow Bound a month before its release. Then I got my hands on an ARC five days before the publication date which means that I thankfully didn't have to wait for my mailman to show up. The Unbound world is exactly how I remembered it, pure awesomeness. Vincent has a real gift for storytelling and will have you eating out of the palm of her hand in no time. Even though Kori and Ian
Jul 01, 2012 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steph by: Shiran
I read Blood Bound in January this year (recommended by Shiran, huge thanks) and was absolutely blown away. I had never read anything quite like this before. So I have been not so patiently waiting for Shadow Bound since then.
I was worried this book couldn't possibly be any better than the first, but I am so happy to say that I was very impressed. Shadow Bound sucked me straight back into the terrifying syndicate world that I loved so much. I also really liked the fact that the first installme
Jun 17, 2012 Sandra added it
I read the first in Vincent's Bound series, Blood Bound. I enjoyed it, but I totally lost myself reading Shadow Bound.

I love a good thriller and throw into the mix a bit of other-world fantasy and characters that I love, hate or am amused by and I've a winner of a read in my hands.

Kori Daniels, the shadow walker, was bound to the dastardly syndicate leader Jake Tower. This guy has no sense of feeling for others or their pain. Everything is a means to whatever end he's aiming for. In this case,
Aug 20, 2012 Liv rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

Shadow Bound was book #2 to the Unbound series. Its central characters were Kori Daniels (a shadow walker whom we met in book #1, Blood Bound) and Ian Holt (an independent Skilled character who was not attached to any syndicate groups).

Continuing six weeks from the end of the last book, Kori was found beaten, tortured, and locked away in a basement cell of the Tower syndicate, as a result of her involvement in the Cavazos syndicate invasion into Jake Tower's home. Kori was temporarily
I was looking at my review for the first book in the series, and I find this still applies:

If you take away the paranormal elements, it's a story about two mob families, and that's not exactly my cup of tea. The book fell in the "okay" category for me.

This time around we're in the other mob family. And the only real connection to the first book (as the second book opens) is the fact that Kori is being punished, brutally punished. Although, Liv and Cam make cameos later in the book.

Kori initiall
Jennifer Estep
May 26, 2012 Jennifer Estep rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Book: Shadow Bound

Author: Rachel Vincent

Series: Unbound #2

Genre: Urban fantasy

Summary: Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, which means that she can journey from one shadow to another. That skill, along with others, makes her valuable to the Tower syndicate, but Kori has spent weeks being tortured after her boss, Jake Tower, was shot while she was protecting him. Jake tells Kori that the only way to save her sister, Kenley, from being tortured the same way is to lure the mysterious Ian Holt into sig
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Too depressing for my tastes.

You'd really have to be in the mood for some darkly disturbing stuff to enjoy this because Kori's character is really not in a good place after being raped, tortured and confined for weeks prior to the beginning of the story. Add in the deceptive, manipulative thoughts from the love interest as it's told once again in alternating first person POV's between the H and h, and it's clear it's not going to lighten up any time soon.

This was a DNF for me, despite reaching
Jan 06, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. Just wow. So unbelievably amazing. I thought I loved Blood Bound. This one is just... Wow!
May 26, 2012 Taz-xo rated it really liked it
Already pre-ordered this one! Bring on June the 1st! CAN'T WAIT!!


EDIT (26/5/12) - I was sooo excited when my pre-order of Shadow Bound arrived yesterday. What made me even happier was the fact that it was the US copy, which means my copy of Shadow Bound matches Blood Bound = BONUS!

I'm gonna keep this fairly brief. Everyone knows how much I love Rachel Vincent's writing. She's one of my favourite authors, right up there with Jennifer Armentrout. I love all her books regardless of whether it's he
Jun 12, 2012 Krystien rated it it was amazing
When I read the first description of the novel, I was mad to be honest. I didn't want a new protagonist. Screw Kori! I wanted more Olivia and CAM! Yes, their story ended up somewhat happily ever after, but i fell in love with Liv and wanted to know MORE! But after reading this novel, I was blown away. I seriously think this is Rachel Vincent's best writing, best plot, best series, best protagonist. PERIOD. Kori is raw and real, and also a little bit psycho, but with good reason. I was so intrigu ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
This is the kind of paranormal romance that I like. I understand why a lot of people like the light and breezy kind, I enjoy the occasional tale myself, but in general I get annoyed by suddenly-we're-in-love-even-though-we've-just-met stories. And although the couple in this book also sufferers from sudden-attraction syndrome, the whole book takes place over the course of three days I think, there's also a really well-developed emotional story here; it gave me a lot to root for about the couple ...more
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My experience with Rachel Vincent's books is kinda rocky. I wasn't a big fan of a series but I loved Blood Bound. That's why I had so many expectations from this one. Fortunately, it really exceeded them.

I honestly don't know where to start. From the fantastic couple or the very engaging story. Bottom line, this book has it all. It managed to grip me from the first page, I couldn't really stop reading. The events happening leave you breathless. So many twists and turns combined with themes of de
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*

"One moment she looked vulnerable and bruised, and I wanted to bandage wounds I couldn't even see. Then a second later, that woman was gone, and in her place stood a fierce hellcat, angry at the world and spitting flames with every word, and I wanted to poke her just to see the sparks fly." - Ian

Vincent's second in the Unbound series is darker and more intense than the first while still managing to have the same superior world building. Shadow Bound follows a new couple - Kori and Ian - in the s
May 20, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
Rachel Vincent sure does know how to write a page turner. I am always a little sad when I learn that the series I'm currently invested isn't led by the same characters in each book. Because a lot of the time I don't have to same warm and fuzzy feelings for each couple. So when I learned that the second book in the Unbound series did not have the same lead characters as the first book I was a bit concerned. I should have known, however, not to be. Vincent knows exactly what she's doing. Kori's an ...more
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“Son of a motherfucking, ass-reaming, shit-eating, hell-dodging soulless bitch!” 23 likes
“We haven’t met… I’m Kori Daniels. If you don’t get that gun out of my face, I’m gonna take it, then I’m gonna break your jaw so I can unhinge it and shove your pistol down your throat. That way the bullet goes through the long way.” 19 likes
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