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Blood Bound

(Unbound #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,475 ratings  ·  807 reviews
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
Paperback, US edition, 463 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Mira
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Emily May
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal-uf, dnf, 2011

You should be aware that this review is only of the first 200 pages (approximately) because I didn't manage to get any further.

When I read other people's reviews of this I can't help but think that there was big, exciting plot twist just around the corner waiting for me because everyone seemed to love the story. I didn't care for it, personally. Some girls made an oath as kids that means they have to do anything the others ask of them or they will die slowly and painfully. After years of avo
Really cool. 4.5 stars

Finally, 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,
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It feels like you’ve been waiting in line forever! There it stands before you, the craziest rollercoster ride you’ve ever seen! You quickly climb into the seat and make sure your strapped in tightly just waiting for that sudden take-off, and off you go, you can’t seem to take a breathe as your mind is twisted, screaming out your lungs, fearing for your life on the next twist or sudden sharp turn, and when you open your eyes, take a good look ahead of you, you see that your just starting!

Blood B
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (th
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 more 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 ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
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
4 stars

Wow! 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,
Cedo nulli. 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 consider
1st Read - August 2011
2nd Read - December 2017

I'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 more 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
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
That ending! That ending just killed me!
“I 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 h
Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Isamlq

3.5 stars. Huh. I think I just finished a Rachel Vincent book and had a moment of confusion in thinking that I had read something from another author completely.

Am I complaining? Kind of... Crap. I'm sorry. This wasn't supposed to happen because I adore Ms. Vincent. However, I do have more positives than negatives to say about Blood Bound. Actually, I was somewhat impressed with Blood Bound. It just felt extremely odd that I didn't recognize Rachel Vincent in this book. At all. And I kind of mis
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Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Posted on K-Books

It's really hard to put my thoughts on this book into words. I recently read my first adult urban fantasy series and really loved this so when Mel offered to send me the ARC of this that she won I jumped at the chance.
I have Rachel Vincent's other series on my shelf but haven't read anything by her before so I didn't really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprise and think her writing is amazing. I was completely sucked into the sto
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Actual rating: 3.5

Blood Bound holds an interesting premise about a powerful blood tracker called Liv, who is bound by one of the harshest syndicate bosses in history. There's people who are born with abilities, such as Tracking, Binding (contracts), Blinders, and Jammers. They are recruited into syndicates owned by two overarching gang bosses, Jake Tower and Ruben Cavazo.

While this story sounds like it'd be super action-packed with the focus on the abilities, much of the it was actually focused
Read: December 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Blood Bound is a decent, solid urban fantasy. Olivia 'Liv' is a Tracker - which means she can track down anyone with a sample of their blood and/or their name. Due to a binding she took part in as a teenager, she is forced to work for her old friend Anne to track down the person who killed her husband. Helping her in the hunt for the killer is Cam, Liv's former boyfriend with his own Tracker abilities.

I enjoyed this book. Rachel Vincent has been a favourite
*Rating* 2.5 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Dear GR Friends:

It is with heavy heart that I must say to you that I did not much care for this book. Thus, for those who absolutely thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, may I ask you not to read this review? I hate to cause friction and end up walking a tightrope between borderline bravery for my review/commentary, or being hung by my toes until the blood rushes out of my head because something I may say may offend your decency.

Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pretty good - the plot was decent, the romance wasn't bad and the characters were okay.

A few things that I didn't like:
I didn't like the ending with both of them being signed to Cav..After all the hard work Liv did.. I hope they manage to get out of it.
I hated Anna esp when she forced Liv to kill the man who killed her husband and then got all shocked when Liv told her that she should kill him herself if she wanted him dead.. Liv made it clear that she didn't want the blood on her hands
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)

"Skilled people have this much power over names, and blood, and oaths, and contracts, why aren't you ruling the world? I mean, why haven't you guys just kind of... taken over?"

Liv glanced at me, and when I shrugged, she returned Van's somber gaze with one of her own. "What makes you think we haven't?"

What an intriguing world Vincent has created! It's the equivalent to an underground supernatural mafia, which is all kinds of fun for me.
Because three
Tiffany Danner
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Vincent can do no wrong. Yes, I said it and I probably mean it. Over the years I’ve undoubtedly grown as a reader and reviewer, and sometimes my increasingly high expectation as to what makes a truly great urban fantasy novel leaves me feeling unsatisfied with what I come across. Yet, not once has Rachel Vincent fallen under that increasingly high bar. In some aspects I feel as if we have grown together. You know, as much as two people who don’t know each other can, and not in a creepy so ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I can’t remember the last time I got this excited over an urban fantasy debut. I already knew that Rachel Vincent was a paranormal master thanks to her increasingly good paranormal YA Soul Screamers series and adept at injecting just the right amount of romance into urban fantasy in her Shifters series, but her new Unbound trilogy, which begins with BLOOD BOUND, promised a much darker, much grittier story that breaks way outside the box. And having now
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-concluded
The main concept: there are some people with particular skills living in a world where they are not officially acknowledged, but they are nonetheless coerced into using said skills to perform particular jobs for the mafia-lords that rule the city.
There is too little world-building to call this a dystopia, but we can fairly say that the world in which Blood Bound is set is somewhat slightly dystopical-flavoured.

The novel is written in first-person, from the POV of alternatively the female and the
Blodeuedd Finland
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the start to a new series from Rachel Vincent and after having her Shifter series I knew I wanted this book, and what more can I say then I am sure glad I got it.

The paranormal elements in this series are that some skilled individuals have the power to find someone by a name, by blood, some have binding powers and make contracts you can't break, and some can move from shadow to shadow. There are also more and everyone knows about them, but no countries have done anything about this and p
Amy Jacobs
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

I am speechless for my review of Blood Bound. I did not know what to expect since the only books I have read by this author are her young adult Soul Screamer series. I knew it would be excellent writing, but I didn't realize how well she could execute an adult themed genre book until now.

I will be honest though in the fact that if you aren't prepared for some puzzle solving, you can easily get lost in the first couple chapters. I was scratching my head several times trying to figure out what the
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
New Adult Series. First excerpt released 16th Feb here:

Details from RV's blog (announced 10th Jan 2011):

Series name: The name of the new series is “Unbound.” As in, “An Unbound novel, by Rachel Vincent.” Or something like that.

Title: The first book, currently scheduled for September 1, 2011, will be called BLOOD BOUND.

I know, I know, there's already a Patricia Briggs novel of that name. (I read it years ago. It was awesome.) But because my novel is coming out
Lady Jaye
I am giving this one 4 stars, but I might change it to 5 stars. I gotta think about it.

I told Mimi this book was "good in a bad way", and this review will be my attempt to explain it. *It might be spoilerish, so if you don't wanna read them...*

I also just saw Kristen's status update for this book, and she is like, "Oh no! This book is an emotional roller coaster already and we haven't gotten anywhere yet!" I know exactly how she feels.

Let me start with the good
1. Whatever else I might say abou
Three words: Mafia with magic. It’s the best way to describe this world. In this city there are two rival syndicates. Everyone in each syndicate is bound to the leader via magic meaning they have to do anything the boss tells them to do. They can’t flee because they can be tracked via magical means. Once someone signs on with a syndicate they’re screwed because their life isn’t really their own until their contract is up.

Some people are unskilled which means they’re a person without magic. Plent
Pam Nelson
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Bound

Usually it takes a good while to like a book 1 because of all the story building and world building but I got to say I really enjoyed this book right from the very beginning to the end. It was easy to get swept away in.

I think because it isn’t your regular “paranormal” meaning vamps and shifter.

I liked the oath part of this whole book, and how giving you your word can and does come to bit you in the booty. But the way Liv and her friends work around their oaths really had me intrigue
Michele at A Belle's Tales
“By blood, by word, by magic…”

I was torn between starting the Soul Screamers series or Blood Bound. Then I saw this hilarious quote from Blood Bound: “Cam laughed. ‘You know, my grandmother always said no woman with a decent vocabulary would resort to profanity.’ Kori huffed. ‘My grandmother said, ‘Get the hell out of my house, bitch, before I throw you out on your ass.’”

Fascinating and captivating; these are two words that first come to mind when describing Blood Bound. I loved the concept of
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
BLOOD BOUND was so amazing in every way imaginable that there is no way I could possibly write a review that does it justice. Part of me honestly wasn't expecting to be so into this book that I may have forgot to in for work for a few days.

Liv is our heroine and she is a tracker who is able to track people by their blood. She has the attitude of a bad ass which is why I loved her so much. I liked my leading ladies to take control and not take shit from anyone which is why Liv is so awesome.

Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I love you, Olivia," he whispered, and my heart ached as if it would break in half. “You think we’ll die if we stay together, but I’ve been dying slowly for the last six years. I’m taking my life back, Liv. Our life together. And this time, I’m not going to let you go.” - Cam

Wow, I wasn't expecting that. I thought this was going to be a clear cut story but Rachel Vincent has managed to surprise me yet again. This book is so much more...everything.

This story follows the story of mainly Liv,
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“Cam laughed. "You know, my grandmother always said no woman with a decent vocabulary would resort to profanity."
Kori huffed. "My grandmother said, 'Get the hell out of my house, bitch, before I throw you out on your ass.”
“I realized that I'd rather die with you than live with someone else.” 51 likes
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