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Shadow Bound

(Unbound #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,160 ratings  ·  331 reviews
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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Edit: I don't read Vincent's books anymore. Her pacing and writing-style is good, it's just that her characters, plotlines and -devices, and the messages within her stories annoy the fuck out of me or seem downright toxic. (Ableism in her YA series, as well as #1 of my issues (see spoiler tag below) being good examples of this)

I was so excited about this book and then didn't dare touch it until I did.

But it made me so freaking angry. I kinda loved it, but I also hated it, and it's not that I fe
I first read Blood Bound when it was published back in 2011 but for some reason I never got around to picking up the rest of the series as they released. I'm so glad I finally came back to the series though because it's so different from anything else I've been reading recently. It was a good job I reread Blood Bound first though because Rachel Vincent has created a complex world with a large cast of characters and I wouldn't have enjoyed Shadow Bound half as much if I'd not been able to remembe ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 07, 2012 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
May 29, 2012 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
usagi ☆ミ
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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review also appears on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!

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
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
Read: January 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

Shadow Bound was an excellent follow up to Blood Bound. Here we switch narrators to Kori - introduced in book one - and Ian who is a 'Blinder'; someone who can create shadows for travellers like Kori to pass through. I really enjoyed their story; the predicaments they were in, their loyalty to their families, and their romance; which was slow to build up and realistic considering everything Kori had gone through in the past.

I can't wait to read the final book i
Sep 13, 2011 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 12, 2012 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
Pam Nelson
Shadow Bound

I gotta say I wasn’t expecting each book in the series to be a different couple but boy am I glad it was.

Kori is a character you won’t soon forget her story is powerful and heart breaking. But soo sweet too because the love she finds is unbreakable.

I really can’t say much without giving a lot away but just know that this book is probably going to be my favorite of the series.

I again loved the narration and can’t wait to dive in to book 3

*You don't have to like my review but its 10
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
Jennifer Estep
Jan 27, 2012 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
Mar 23, 2012 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. ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
10/10, of course! Did you expect anything less?
Sep 14, 2011 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
Vanya D.
May 20, 2012 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
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

The thing I have come to realize about why I love Rachel Vincent's writing is that she can create wonderful, elaborate worlds that are very descriptive and manage to suck you right into the story. For the few hours you read one of her books it feels as if you are being transported there.

When I read BLOOD BOUND, the first book in this series, it was as very few books I've read before. A totally unique concept, characters that I came to care about quickly
Jan 10, 2012 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
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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 wa
Jan 13, 2012 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
Feb 01, 2012 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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SWEET MOTHER OF JESUS. I cannot wait for this book! So many questions!!! And look at Kori! She's a bad-ass hottie! And Ian, mmmm can't wait to meet you! And cannot WAIT for more Cam and Liv!


Bad ass and rebellious, but still in same dark world we know and love. When I read Blood Bound, it had instantly become one of my top three favorite books. Everything about this series is sinister, binding, violent, and yet thrilling and enticing as hell. And, Shadow Bound in no way let me dow
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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for 'The Review Diaries'

I loved the first book in this series ‘Blood Bound’ which was released last summer. It was a gritty dark new adult world that really showcased Rachel Vincent’s writing, her world development, and her absolutely awesome imagination. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on ‘Shadow Bound’.

Whilst Shadow Bound was brilliant as I had been expecting, I did find it a lot harder to read than the first book in the seri
Review originally posted at

I’ve been on a bit of relisten kick lately, ever since late last year. I decided I would relisten to this series. It is one that I really loved and since wasn’t reviewing when I read them the first time, I thought now would be a great time.

So, the Bound series. It is a PNR series that takes place in a world just like the one we live in today. However, their are people in this world that have special abilities. These “skills” (not a complete list, but th
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Sep 29, 2011 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
May 27, 2012 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,
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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
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