Monday, February 23, 2015

*Book Review* Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

Series* Darkest London # 6
Published by Forever
Released: February 24, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-book, 432 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance

*Book Blurb*

Once two souls are joined...

When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...

Their hearts will beat together forever...

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken..

Soulbound is now the sixth installment in the Darkest London series, and the series is still fresh and full of wonderful characters, surprises, action, adventure, romance, and a hint of steampunk. This time out, our pairing is the mysterious Adam, or the King of the GIM (Ghost in the Machine), and American Eliza May who also happens to be the granddaughter of Queen Mab. It's in your best interest to read books in this series as they are released. If you don't, then you will miss some important information that Callihan is trying to impart on you.

For instance, in Evernight, Eliza was freed from Adam by St. John (Sin) Evernight and Will Thorn. As Soulbound picks up, Callihan does a brief but important flashback as to how Eliza and Adam met. Soulbound also has appearances from Daisy Ranulf and Mary Chase, who are Ghosts in the Machines with golden clockwork hearts, and once saved Eliza's mortal life. Evernight also saw the first appearance of Mab. The same Mab who cursed Adam into 700 years of misery for refusing her. The same Mab who has Sin by the short hairs. But, let's remain focused.

Soulbound is about Eliza and Adam and the fact that they are soul mates but when they first met, he was a total and complete arsehole towards her. She despised him so much, that she ended up returning to Mab's court where debauchery is name of the game. It is about Eliza finding Adam imprisoned and tortured in Mab's basement for not falling in love with her, and for keeping Eliza on a chain. It hints on Eliza's past in American and why she ran away. It also hints that there is more to Eliza than just being the Granddaughter of Mab, or chased after by a very disturbed uncle named Mellan.

Adam is the most secretive character in this entire series. Readers have known that he created the GIN, but until now, we had no idea how he was cursed and why it has lasted for 700 years. I think one can respect Adam after learning of his background, and how Mab and another player determined his fate. I also think Adam's complete demeanor goes through a complete overall thanks to Eliza owning a piece of his heart. While Adam and Eliza's storyline has been wrapped up in such a way that gave me pause but respect for the authors choice in endings, we now wait to see what happens to the next featured characters. Have you met Father, the creator of the SOS? If not, get reading! You WILL be seeing this character again, soon.

I would dare say that Soulbound can not be read as a standalone. If you attempt to do so, then you won't have any clue as to who Miranda Ellis & Lord Benjamin Archer (Firelight), Daisy Ellis & Ian Ranulf (Moonglow), Poppy Ellis & Winston Lane (Winterblaze), Mary Chase & Jack Talent (Shadowdance), or Holly Evernight & Will Thorne (Evernight) are. You also won't catch an important revelation about how Archer was cursed in Firelight before he met Miranda.

Callihan has a tendency of not allowing her characters to ride off into the sunset and be forgotten. Each of the above named characters has an appearance in Soulbound. The two most affected by the events of this book are Daisy and Mary. It might be a bit part, but it shows that the Ellis and Evernight families are truly connected, and wouldn't leave anyone to stand alone against the darkness that hides in the shadows of London.

Callihan surely knows how to write sex scenes. In fact, you can pretty much count on the fact that at least one entire chapter (Chapter 26) will be bold, sexy, and steamy. You can also count on Callihan to give you clues and hints as to the next pairing of characters she intends to write about. These characters always make an appearance in the book before, and have their own little story arc to follow.

Should I say who they are? Would you be mad at me if I came out and say who they are? Or, shall we wait until the next books title and synopsis comes out? I shall give you a hint. He has already been mentioned in this review, and has been in the background to certain sisters.

**I received this book for free from (Forever) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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