I really enjoyed this dark fae tale. Fae, in general, are not my favorite, but I really enjoy the darker lore Holly Black brings to her books. The narI really enjoyed this dark fae tale. Fae, in general, are not my favorite, but I really enjoy the darker lore Holly Black brings to her books. The narration was well done. ...more
Terra is a shiftless wolf, by choice. She's run away from her pack, mainly her cruel alpha father, and now spends her time working as a park ranger. STerra is a shiftless wolf, by choice. She's run away from her pack, mainly her cruel alpha father, and now spends her time working as a park ranger. She's been avoiding weres for ten years and chooses to get her "pack fix" from books instead.
While sitting in a bookstore reading one of Patricia Briggs' books, she spots a man with a dog. Well, it's not a dog, it's a werewolf - on a leash. Chase introduces Wolfie (very original, I know), his milk brother (nursed by his mother, raised like a brother), and asks if they can talk to her. She's nervous but intrigued, so she takes them up on their offer. When Chase asks which pack she belongs to she freaks out and runs off. However, when she runs into these two again while visiting the family of her deceased sister she cannot run from the situation. Now it's personal.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I wish it was part of a series. It should be considering how it ended. I just checked Amazon and it's listed as the first book in a series - "Wolf Rampant" and Bloodling Wolf is listed as the prequel. I'm anxious to read more! ...more
Affairs of the Dead introduces us to Necromancer Selene Vanream. She works for the Affairs of the Dead and helps ghosts with their unresolved businessAffairs of the Dead introduces us to Necromancer Selene Vanream. She works for the Affairs of the Dead and helps ghosts with their unresolved business so they can move on.
You know you're in for a wild ride when, at the start of the book, the main character is at a strip club with a ghost who is stuck because she died a virgin. Selene is feeding Julia the ghost energy to make her more substantial and help her find a willing partner who will relieve her of her virginity, thus allowing her to move on.
Selene has a tendency to go above and beyond for the ghosts in her care. She will spend her own money, utilize and drain her personal power, basically anything she can legal or otherwise to help them. This causes problems for her at work. As a result, she's been demoted to track and retrieval. While on the hunt for ghosts who were hiding instead of reporting to Affairs of the Dead, she stumbles upon a man who appears to be a ghost, but insists he's not dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the world where ghosts and necromancers were "normal". Locke's descriptions of the necro businesses and their buildings, which draw ghosts to them, was very unique. I'm bummed to see that it is a stand alone and not the beginning of a series. Why isn't this a series? There was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, so I'm hoping that means there is more to come. Pretty please!
Listened to audiobook with hubby. Interesting narration - each character had a different narrator. The first 1/2 was a slow (sometime too slow) buildListened to audiobook with hubby. Interesting narration - each character had a different narrator. The first 1/2 was a slow (sometime too slow) build up to a nice character blended and faster paced second 1/2. The second 1/2 makes the first worth the wait. We would classify this as a supernatural mystery rather than horror. The epilogue did a great job of answering any questions remaining for the characters and the readers. ...more
Unlike most fated-to-be-mated stories, Forbidden Bond finds these two doing their best to distance themselves from each other and the unexpected bondUnlike most fated-to-be-mated stories, Forbidden Bond finds these two doing their best to distance themselves from each other and the unexpected bond that forms while they are teens.
Shortly before Eion is due to graduate from high school, an accident leads him to get closer to his best friend's little sister, Olivia. Closer than he'd ever allowed himself in the past despite his attraction to her. For one, she's his best friend's little sister. Second, she's human and he's a wolf shifter set to assume his role as alpha. Last and most importantly, human-shifter relationships are forbidden. So, he resists his and his wolf's urges and returns to his pack in hopes that the bond will diminish over time and distance.
Flash forward twelve years, he's returned to Little Crow Pass, Wyoming to sell his farm neighboring Olivia and BF, Kris' farm. His plan is to quickly take care of business and head back to the pack. Plans change when he learns his friends' farm is in financial trouble and his bond with Olivia is stronger than ever.
There were many things about Forbidden Bond that were both positives and negatives for me. (view spoiler)[(1) The romance while instantly sparked was not instantly reacted upon; (2) Much (maybe too much, in some cases) time was spent allowing the reader to see how hard Olivia is trying to move on with her current boyfriend, Taylor; and finally, (3) While the rule that human-shifter mating is forbidden is not new, I found it rather hard to believe the intense reactions Eion's father (and current pack alpha) had upon the discovery of Eion's bond to Liv.
I would've thought, since, in Jessica's shifter world, shifters are born, not made he would have the best understanding of the situation. Eion spells it out clearly to the reader and his irate packmate, "... no one allows a bond to occur ... it's beyond our control." It made his father's reaction all the more unbelievable.
And, while I liked the delayed gratification of Eion and Liv's romance, I wanted more. Their bond is sparked, they separate for many years, he returns, she's understandably hesitant, then boom. It was almost like their feelings were on a rubber band that was pulled tight while apart only to slap you in the face at the end. The book isn't very long, coming in at less than 300 pages. So, maybe less time discussing the status of the farm, the relationship between Liv and her vet partner boyfriend and more time spent on the "I don't care what my pack thinks, I cannot resist you any longer" feelings between the pair that have the Forbidden Bond. Also, I really liked Kris, Liv's brother. He is a vet recovering from an injury that keeps him from working his family farm. Yet, we're given this tiny insight repeatedly and not much else.
The epilogue, which takes place six months after things come to head with Eion and his pack, was well done. I enjoyed seeing how the couple was moving on together. (hide spoiler)]
Despite these issues, I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the depth of the story and the characters/world she created. Too bad it's not a series; I think there's a lot left to tell in this story.