Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

Shadow Bound (Unbound, #2)Shadow bound by Rachel Vincent

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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-or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….

Cam and Liv were successful in their mission, but it wasn’t without consequences. Poor Kori was  tricked into helping them and her boss had her pay the high price, locking her up and torturing her for weeks. An opportunity for freedom presents itself in the form of a sexy man with particular talents, but he has his own agenda. Kori and Ian will have to face-off on a battleground made of oaths, treason and blood. Which one of them will make it out alive?

I’ll start by saying that Rachel Vincent is simply genius and oh-so-amazing and also, how good looking is that cover? The Unbound series is just too amazing for words and I’m glad I didn’t have time to read the second instalment until now because the next book is just a couple of weeks from releasing hehe. I LOVED Blood Bound (you can read me praising here) and I’m often scared of second books because they so often don’t live up to the first book, but it wasn’t the case here. Shadow Bound was Awesome – yes with a capital A.

The Unbound series is like nothing you’ve read before and a bit of backstory is needed here. Vincent’s characters live in a world where some people are born Skilled. Some can track people by their name or their blood (both of which hold great power), some can read the truth from your words, some (like Kori) can walk into a shadow to get out of another one miles away, others (like Kori’s little sister) can bind you to hold a promise and if you fail to do so, you will suffer terrible pain – until death. More talents are out there, but you get the picture.

Where there’s power, there’s corruption. The city is split in two main territory, each led by a mafia-like boss with many skilled people bound to them. Kori is bound to one of them, Tower, and she must recruit Ian or die suffering upon failure.

I love, I mean LOVE, this world Vincent created because it’s so original and the atmosphere is so dark, yet there’s a little tiny bit of hope and the characters hang on to it for dear life. I like how each character have to play the loopholes to try and maintain some semblance of freedom and how strong they need to appear even though they each have a fragility. The relationship between Kori and Ian was so engrossing and somewhat twisted because of the taint Tower put on them from the start, ordering Kori to do whatever he asked for – even sex.

Kori is a very colorful character, to say the least. We met her in Blood Bound and her bold language really set her appart. Here’s a quote from Shadow Bound for demonstration 🙂

I’m pretty good with knives. I’m so good, in fact, that I could sever your testicles with one hand and slice open your throat with the other, and you’d go into shock so fast you’d die without ever knowing you’d spilled a fucking drop of blood.

Many thought she didn’t come off as very likeable, even though she cracked me up, but getting to know her in SB changes that. She is strong and very loyal to her sister, on top of being very funny. I really liked her. Ian was also amazing and I like how mesmerized by Kori he was and how he didn’t push her and respected her. I really gentleman even though he came to Tower to kill her sister.

I think the best part from this series, is how complex and intricate the plot is. It’s hard to figure out the truth in this thick tangle of lies and with everyone keeping their own secret agenda, it’s impossible to see clearly. All you can do is dive in with the characters and go with the flow. The end of Shadow Bound reveal stuff you never expected, hitting you like a truck, and even after I’ve finished reading it for two days now, I’m still trying to put all the details together. I have the strong urge to go back and read the book again now that I have all the unveiled information, that’s just how good it was.

Even though Shadow Bound is a long book (almost 450 pages), Rachel Vincent’s amazing writing kept me right on track. The build-up to action might seem a little slow to some, but it didn’t bother me at all, as I rejoiced every word she penned.

The Unbound series is a MUST READ. Urban Fantasy fan or not, you must get out there and get your hands on those books, like… yesterday! I really can’t wait for those novels to be translated in French so I can have my mom and brother-in-law to read them. Action-packed, full of twist and turns, this heart-pounding series has an amazing story wrapped in a mafia-like atmosphere, topped with a bloody bow. I loved every pages and I’m sure you will too!

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Rachel Vincent’s Before I Wake blog tour + giveaway!

Rachel Vincent Before I Wake Blog Tour

I have exciting news for you all. We’re today’s stop on Rachel Vincent’s Before I Wake blog tour! Rachel’s been on my auto-buy list since I first picked up STRAY. Her books are full of richly developed characters and plots that will keep you guessing and send your emotions all over the map because she’s not afraid to take chances with her stories, which I respect and adore. You know you’re in for a thrilling read when you pick up one of her books!

This month, Rachel’s on tour to celebrate the release of her sixth (and penultimate) Soul Screamers novel, BEFORE I WAKE, which comes out tomorrow (June 26). Soul Screamers is her YA series about Kaylee Cavanagh, a teenager who discovers she’s a bean sidhe in the first book in the series, MY SOUL TO TAKE. Since then, she’s been in one dire situation after another, as you’ll guess from this guest post if you’re not familiar with the series. =)

As part of the Before I Wake Blog Tour tour, there are two giveaways. You could win the daily prize — a copy of BEFORE I WAKE — or the grand prize — a pink iPod nano with “Soul Screamers” engraved on it! But don’t just skip down to the giveaway because Rachel has written a really fun guest post and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it. Get ready for a tour to Eastlake High School, where Kaylee goes to school, with Chelsea Simms as our tour guide.

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So, you’re new? Lucky you.

First of all, welcome to Eastlake High School. I’m Chelsea Simms, and as one of the terms allowing me back on campus, I’ve been assigned as the official tour guide for all the new kids. For the rest of the school year.

What was that? Oh. Because I…well, I got caught using recreational chemicals on school grounds. First offense. No big deal. This tour guide gig kinda blows, but it’s better than suspension, and if I work it right, I think I can claim it as a community service bullet on my college applications. You know—really put a positive spin on it.

Just so we’re clear, I’m also editor of the school paper and a senior member of the yearbook staff. I’m not one of those stoners who can’t remember her own name, so any weird shit you hear on this tour is the God’s honest, not the delusions of a loser pothead. Got it?

Good.

Okay, the first thing they want you to know about Eastlake is that our dance team took the regional title this year and placed eighth in the country. Also, our mathletes took home the bronze Pi. Yes, I’m serious. And it’s not the kind of pie you can eat.

But what you actually need to know first is that we were recently named the most dangerous high school of our size in the country. Yes, in the whole country.

Huh? Oh, about twelve hundred students. But that’s several fewer than we started the year with.

Yeah, I’m totally serious. We’ve lost seven so far, I think. And that’s not including the teachers. Broke the state record for teen deaths in one school, not caused by a natural disaster. We’re kinda infamous.

Nope, no disease. No gang violence. No car crashes either. Different things. Weird things. Well, really, most of them just kinda dropped dead, out of the blue. My mom thinks God got tired of “suffering fools,” but she would never say that to anyone else. Other than me. Wouldn’t be polite.

Okay. Moving on. You’ve seen the attendance office. This is the vice principal’s office. If you get busted for something, this is where your parents will pick you up. Or the cops. The VP has them on speed dial. 911’s not fast enough for him anymore.

That’s the nurse’s office over there. She stays busy. In fact, I heard they increased her budget by thirty percent this year. Since January.

On your left is the math hall, and on your right are the science labs. We lost a math teacher a few weeks ago, in that classroom right there. On the left. He just dropped dead at his desk. Custodian found him the next morning. They didn’t even cancel classes that time, cause we’d run out of unused snow days.

His replacement died too. That was creepy. You probably read about it in the paper, right? It involved a female student and a sharp, pointy object, but that’s all I’m going to say about that…

Upstairs you’ll find English, foreign languages, and all of the government, history, and social studies—

What? On the ceiling…? Oh, yeah, that’s just soot. We had a little fire in one of the chem labs earlier this semester. Someone torched a science fair project. Yeah, on purpose. They haven’t gotten around to replacing all the ceiling tiles yet.

If you take a left at the end of the hall, you’ll be in the electives wing. Art, band, orchestra, theater, plus all the vo-tech stuff, at the very end. And journalism. Nothing weird ever happens down there. My mom thinks there’s something out there protecting students that “stay involved.” Like there’s some patron saint of the arts standing between us and…well, death.

The jocks didn’t get a patron saint.

Through those double doors, that’s the gym. A senior girl died in there in the middle of a memorial service a few months ago. It was really bad timing.

Also, this year’s Snow Queen had a total mental breakdown in the gym girls’ room, when her best friend cut her hair off at the scalp. We’ve got the only half-bald beauty queen in the county. She tried to talk the rest of the queen’s court into shearing themselves in solidarity, but they kind of…laughed in her face.

Through here is the cafeteria. Upper classmen eat out in the quad when it’s not pouring. A girl died out there too, back in September. Just fell out on the grass. It was weird. She was the first one to go.

Huh? No, I didn’t know her. I mean, I knew who she was, but we weren’t friends or anything.

Past the quad and to the right is the parking lot. You can’t park there until the office issues you a tag. And assigns you a spot. You’ll be at the back, since it’s the end of the year and all the good spots are taken.

Oh, wait, I forgot. A space near the front just opened up—our third baseman died in his car a couple of weeks ago. He was a senior, so he had a good spot. No, I don’t know what happened to him. Lots of people here die for no reason. They just…die. But my point is that if they haven’t given his spot away yet, you might get it.

What? Yeah, I guess it’s a little creepy to inherit a dead guy’s parking spot. But if you’re scared to walk in the footsteps of a dead guy, you probably also want to avoid the dance team. And the football team. And the baseball team.

Huh. I never really thought about it, but there’s kind of a high mortality rate for athletics at Eastlake. Maybe you should think about working for the newspaper. Journalists tend to live longer around here. Can you write? Or take pictures?

Oh, wait, what we really need is someone to work on a couple of memorial page layouts. ASAP. We’ve already had to stop the presses on the yearbook to get them included. I could hook you up on that, if you’re not creeped out by looking at pictures of dead people. Before they died, of course.

Interested? No?

Okay then. That’s pretty much everything. But let me just leave you with a little bit of advice, survivor to new kid: Keep your head down. Other than that, there’s only one thing you can do to tip the odds in your favor at Eastlake, and for once, my mom and I agree. Ready?

Pray.

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Here’s the scoop on BEFORE I WAKE:

Rachel Vincent Before I WakeI died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.

The good news? He didn’t get it.

The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school….

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

And here are the rest of the books in the series including the novellas My Soul to Lose, Reaper, and Never To Sleep:

Rachel Vincent My Soul to LoseRachel Vincent My Soul to TakeRachel Vincent My Soul to SaveRachel Vincent My Soul to KeepRachel Vincent My Soul to StealRachel Vincent ReaperRachel Vincent If I DieRachel Vincent Never To Sleep

You can get the My Soul to Lose, MY SOUL TO TAKE, and MY SOUL TO SAVE in SOUL SCREAMERS: VOLUME ONE.

SOUL SCREAMERS: VOLUME TWO will be out later this year and it will have MY SOUL TO KEEP, MY SOUL TO STEAL, and Reaper.
Rachel Vincent Soul Screamers Volume OneRachel Vincent Soul Screamers Volume Two

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Here’s the full tour schedule:

Monday, June 11th – Fiktshun
Wednesday, June 13th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Friday, June 15th – All Things Urban Fantasy

Monday, June 18th – I’m Just Sitting Here and Read
Tuesday, June 19th – Book Soulmates
Wednesday, June 20th – Late Bloomer Online
Friday, June 22nd – Mimi Valentine

Monday, June 25th – Tynga’s Reviews
Wednesday, June 27th – The Page Turners
Friday, June 29th- A Cupcake and A Latte

You can sees get more info by visiting the Kismet Book Touring page.

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Kismet Book Touring is graciously offering two giveaways. The first is just for readers of Tynga’s Reviews: one (1) copy of BEFORE I WAKE. There’s also a tour-wide giveaway of one (1) engraved iPod Nano!

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Daring You to Read… Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

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In order to follow my own six months rule, I’ve been anxiously awaiting to dare you to read my favorite read of 2011, Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent!

I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s adult books and was extremely sad when her Shifters series came to an end, but I was in for quite a treat when I picked up Blood Bound, the first novel in her Unbound trilogy.

I find it really hard to explain the world Vincent created because it’s so intricate but I’ll do my best!

Imagine a world in which the promises you make become unbreakable oaths. Liv lives in such a world because some people were born Skilled and within those wide range of talents, one of the powers is Binding. Binders can work their magic with words, blood or skin but once a promise is sealed you have to keep it, or die resisting the compulsion. Literally. Liv learnt the consequences the hard way because when she was a teen, she promised, with three of her friends, to always be there for each other. Little did they know, the baby sister sealing the promise was one of the most powerful Binders she’s ever known. This promise will change her entire world when her friend Anne asks her (see forces her through the oath) to find her husband’s murderer and kill him. Olivia is one of the most powerful blood tracker (she can find people using the magic force of their blood) and paired with her star-crossed ex boyfriend Cam (a name tracker), she will discover a lot more trouble than they bargained for.

To put it simply, Blood Bound is sheer genius. The whole concept of Skilled people reminds me a bit of the movie Push, but taken to a whole new level and so much better. An element I didn’t mention in my description is how power often ends up in the hands of criminals. In Blood Bound, the city is split between east and west territories and each side has its own mafia-like boss. Each with unknown numbers of Skilled (or not) goons, magically contracted (see bound by a tattoo) to obedience and secrecy to their leader. Those “employees” are forced to execute every order and are physically unable to betray their respective leaders, or their secrets. The whole set-up comes together to create an extremely suspenseful and gripping world.

Reading this book left me completely breathless and I kept thinking about it weeks after I was done reading it, considering all the what-ifs the story brought me. I suggested it to everyone who would listen to me and it’s now your turn to hear my song lol

Let me make this clear: You Must Read Blood Bound. MUST.

The second book in the series, Shadow Bound, is scheduled for May 22nd, 2012 and I can’t wait to read it. I preordered it as soon as it was possible to!

More about Blood Bound:

*Beware official product description contains spoilers*

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 trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Read my review

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Other books in the series:

Shadow Bound (Unbound, #2)

Want to participate in Daring You To Read? Here’s how:

– You choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read!

– The book you choose must be an older release (at least 6 months ago), because let’s be honest, we’re all quite aware of the latest releases.

– Write your own blog post, using the button and linking back to Tynga’s Reviews, inviting your readers to read your chosen book.

– Come back on Tynga’s Reviews and put your link in the linking tool.

– Browse other bloggers Dare and let them know if you’ve read their featured book, or plan on reading it.

– Super easy and an awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

Don’t forget to add your own Daring You To Read… post in the linky below.

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A Christmas With… Rachel Vincent

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Rachel Vincent released the first book in her brand new adult series, Blood Bound, back in August and since it was my favorite read of 2011, I had to invite Rachel to the event! I will let you guess how excited I was when she accepted *g*

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1- Blood Bound is the first book in your new series, how hard was it to create a whole new world that’s so different from everything out there?

Very, very difficult. And I’ve already heard that it’s "too similar" to another book I’ve never read, so really, it feels impossible to create something totally new. The best we can do as writers is to write everything from our own perspective and try to bring some new slant even to old ideas.

2- Blood Bound has been my favorite read in 2011, what’s been the fan response like?

For the most part, people really seem to like it. One blog reviewer said that she liked it, but didn’t plan to continue because she can’t imagine the world not getting darker with each book. And I think that’s a valid point. These aren’t light, fluffy stories. These are stories about people who have to make horrible choices and tragic sacrifices. That’s never easy, and a world that forces those kinds of decisions will never be full of rainbows and sunshine. 😉 But yes, I’ve been thrilled with the critical reception so far.

3- Shadow Bound, the second book in the series, features Kori & Ian, will we see more of Liv & Cam? I really liked them and feel like there’s more to their story!

Yes, Liv and Cam will both be in the book a little bit. But they’ll be on the other side of the great divide this time. 😉

4- How many books are planned in the series? I was sad to say my good byes to the Shifters series last year, but I’m happy to have a new amazing adult series to sink my teeth into!

Three. This will be a trilogy, unless something changes drastically.

Now onto some Christmas-y questions:

5- What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

"It’s A Wonderful Life." That may be a cliched answer, but it’s true. I’m fascinated with the concept. I’d love to do something with that "what if I’d never been born" concept some day.

6- What’s a typical Christmas like in the Vincent family?

Lots of baking. A real tree. Traditionally colored wrapping paper and white lights outside. I like a traditional Christmas. So it’s kind of unfortunate that I live in San Antonio, where it was 70 degrees on Christmas day last year. 😉

7- How is it different from when you were a kid?

Now I’m an adult and I buy presents. And I pick the menu. And bake the pies.

8- Is there any Christmas wishes you’d like to share with our readers?

I hope everyone gets at least one new book for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) this year. You can never go wrong with reading. 😉

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If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Blood Bound

*Beware official product description contains spoilers*

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 trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Read my Review

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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Rachel would like to offer one of you a copy of Soul Screamer omnibus vol1!

Open to US Only

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)

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Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series about a werecat named Faythe Sanders, who is learning to define her own role in her family and fighting to claim a place in her Pride. Her new adult series, Unbound, will debut September 1, 2011 in the US, Canada, and the UK with Blood Bound.

Rachel’s young adult urban fantasy series, Soul Screamers, is about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she’s just discovered. My Soul To Take, My Soul To Save, My Soul To Keep, and My Soul To Steal are available now. Look for book five, If I Die on October 1, 2011 in the US and Canada.

A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her office with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks—seriously—and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

You can visit Rachel here.

More Rachel Vincent‘s books:

Stray (Shifters, #1)Rogue (Shifters, #2)Pride (Shifters, #3)Prey (Shifters, #4)Shift (Shifters, #5)Alpha (Shifters, #6)My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Take (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Save (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Steal (Soul Screame...If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers...Immortal: Love Stories with Bi...Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Pa...The Mammoth Book of Vampire Ro...Enthralled: Paranormal Diversi...Chicks Kick ButtSoul Screamers, Vol. 1: My Sou...Shadow Bound (Unbound, #2)

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A Christmas With… Rachel Vincent

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Rachel Vincent released the first book in her brand new adult series, Blood Bound, back in August and since it was my favorite read of 2011, I had to invite Rachel to the event! I will let you guess how excited I was when she accepted *g*

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1- Blood Bound is the first book in your new series, how hard was it to create a whole new world that’s so different from everything out there?

Very, very difficult. And I’ve already heard that it’s "too similar" to another book I’ve never read, so really, it feels impossible to create something totally new. The best we can do as writers is to write everything from our own perspective and try to bring some new slant even to old ideas.

2- Blood Bound has been my favorite read in 2011, what’s been the fan response like?

For the most part, people really seem to like it. One blog reviewer said that she liked it, but didn’t plan to continue because she can’t imagine the world not getting darker with each book. And I think that’s a valid point. These aren’t light, fluffy stories. These are stories about people who have to make horrible choices and tragic sacrifices. That’s never easy, and a world that forces those kinds of decisions will never be full of rainbows and sunshine. 😉 But yes, I’ve been thrilled with the critical reception so far.

3- Shadow Bound, the second book in the series, features Kori & Ian, will we see more of Liv & Cam? I really liked them and feel like there’s more to their story!

Yes, Liv and Cam will both be in the book a little bit. But they’ll be on the other side of the great divide this time. 😉

4- How many books are planned in the series? I was sad to say my good byes to the Shifters series last year, but I’m happy to have a new amazing adult series to sink my teeth into!

Three. This will be a trilogy, unless something changes drastically.

Now onto some Christmas-y questions:

5- What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

"It’s A Wonderful Life." That may be a cliched answer, but it’s true. I’m fascinated with the concept. I’d love to do something with that "what if I’d never been born" concept some day.

6- What’s a typical Christmas like in the Vincent family?

Lots of baking. A real tree. Traditionally colored wrapping paper and white lights outside. I like a traditional Christmas. So it’s kind of unfortunate that I live in San Antonio, where it was 70 degrees on Christmas day last year. 😉

7- How is it different from when you were a kid?

Now I’m an adult and I buy presents. And I pick the menu. And bake the pies.

8- Is there any Christmas wishes you’d like to share with our readers?

I hope everyone gets at least one new book for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) this year. You can never go wrong with reading. 😉

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If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Blood Bound

*Beware official product description contains spoilers*

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 trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Read my Review

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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Rachel would like to offer one of you a copy of Soul Screamer omnibus vol1!

Open to US Only

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)

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You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway.

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Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series about a werecat named Faythe Sanders, who is learning to define her own role in her family and fighting to claim a place in her Pride. Her new adult series, Unbound, will debut September 1, 2011 in the US, Canada, and the UK with Blood Bound.

Rachel’s young adult urban fantasy series, Soul Screamers, is about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she’s just discovered. My Soul To Take, My Soul To Save, My Soul To Keep, and My Soul To Steal are available now. Look for book five, If I Die on October 1, 2011 in the US and Canada.

A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her office with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks—seriously—and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

You can visit Rachel here.

More Rachel Vincent‘s books:

Stray (Shifters, #1)Rogue (Shifters, #2)Pride (Shifters, #3)Prey (Shifters, #4)Shift (Shifters, #5)Alpha (Shifters, #6)My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Take (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Save (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamer...My Soul to Steal (Soul Screame...If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers...Immortal: Love Stories with Bi...Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Pa...The Mammoth Book of Vampire Ro...Enthralled: Paranormal Diversi...Chicks Kick ButtSoul Screamers, Vol. 1: My Sou...Shadow Bound (Unbound, #2)

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Daring you to read… Stray by Rachel Vincent

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This week, I’m daring you all to read The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent, one of my all time favorite! This is a 6 book series which started with Stray in 2007 and ended with Alpha in 2010. Stray was Rachel’s very first published book and even thought it has a few flaws, I thought in was amazing and I even hunted down a copy of Rogue, the second book in the series, in the UK so I could read it because it was out of print is US & Canada.

Each book in the series gets better and better and you really care for the awesome characters Vincent created. I burst out laughing, felt like throwing my book my across the room (which I would never do, mind you!) and got me weeping a couple of times (especially in Alpha).

Rachel Vincent created a very engrossing world featuring werecats and the relations within the pack and with its ennemies, along with a great love story will keep you begging for more.

The series is now over, so if you pick it up now you won’t have to wait for any releases (lucky you!), but I was really sad to see it end =( I LOVE the characters and it is really hard to let go.

Here’s a bit more about Stray and the rest of the series:

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays—werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back…for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever—and whoever—I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays—’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them….

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– You choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read!

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Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Book Stats:
Genre: Paranormal
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release date: August 23, 2011

Series: Unbound #1

Source: Rachel Vincent

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

*Beware official product description contains spoilers*

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 trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

Imagine a world in which the promises you make become unbreakable oaths. Liv lives in such a world because some people were born Skilled and within those wide range of talents, one of the powers is Binding. Binders can work their magic with words, blood or skin but once a promise is sealed you have to keep it, or die resisting the compulsion. Literally. Liv learnt the consequences the hard way because when she was a teen, she promised, with three of her friends, to always be there for each other. Little did they know, the baby sister sealing the promise was one of the most powerful Binders she’s ever known. This promise will change her entire world when her friend Anne asks her (see forces her through the oath) to find her husband’s murderer and kill him. Olivia is one of the most powerful blood tracker (she can find people using the magic force of their blood) and paired with her star-crossed ex boyfriend Cam (a name tracker), she will discover a lot more trouble than they bargained for.

I actually find it really hard to explain the world Rachel Vincent created because it’s so amazing, intricate and different from anything you’ve ever read. One thing I can say though, is that Blood Bound is sheer genius. The whole concept of Skilled people reminds me a bit of the movie Push, but taken to a whole new level and so much better. An element I didn’t mention in my description is how power often ends up in the hands of criminals. In Blood Bound, the city is split between east and west territories and each side has its own mafia-like boss. Each with unknown numbers of Skilled (or not) goons, magically contracted (see bound by a tattoo) to obedience and secrecy to their leader. Those “employees” are forced to execute every order and are physically unable to betray their respective leaders, or their secrets. The whole set-up comes together to create an extremely suspenseful and gripping world.

The characters are just as amazing. Liv is troubled but fierce, strong and she always tries to do the right thing, always working the loopholes of the contract binding her to the east side leader. As Anne’s command brings her deep in west territory, she finds herself in life threatening situations. The narration alternates between Liv and Cam, providing an intimate window to their feelings, and got me to really like the guy! He is one tough dude but would give anything for Liv and their hot and cold relationship knocked the air out of me at more than one occasion.

I can’t find words strong enough to praise Blood Bound’s plotline to should I say plot-spider web? A lot of events seems unrelated at first but as the story progresses the links are revealed and the repercussions will knock you off your seat.  There are times the tension becomes unbearable and I would put the book down to catch my breath and slow that crazy heartbeat of mine. Days after I finished reading the novel, I kept thinking of the what-ifs. What if she’d done this or that, what if Cam had taken a different decision, etc. This is just how amazing Blood Bound is.

I would strongly recommend this book and not only to paranormal lovers. Its non-stop action and mafia-like drama will appeal to a wide range of readers. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the second book in the series, Shadow Bound, scheduled for release in June 2012. This is trilogy and I’m really sad to know there is only two more books to look forward to.

In conclusion, go buy this book, you won’t regret it!

Not convinced yet (are you crazy? lol), read the first chapter!

tyngasig

Cover Reveal: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

If you follow Rachel, you’ve know for a while now that she’s working on a new series, and Blood Bound is the first book. Rachel Describes it as:

"Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather." It’s very dark and kind of twisted. Oh, and for those who have been asking me what Liv is, she is a Tracker. Kind of like a paranormal bloodhound. She finds people who need to be found. Most of whom don’t want to be found. If Blood Bound were a movie, it’d be rated R for L, V, and SC

I truly can’t wait to get my hands on it as I love everything Rachel writes and thankfully I won’t have to wait much longer since the release is scheduled for August 23rd, 2011!

Here are both edition of the cover, US first, than UK.

I’m not quite sure which one I love best, I think both are gorgeous in their own way!

What do you guys think? Will you buy this series?

Cover Reveal: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

If you follow Rachel, you’ve know for a while now that she’s working on a new series, and Blood Bound is the first book. Rachel Describes it as:

"Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather." It’s very dark and kind of twisted. Oh, and for those who have been asking me what Liv is, she is a Tracker. Kind of like a paranormal bloodhound. She finds people who need to be found. Most of whom don’t want to be found. If Blood Bound were a movie, it’d be rated R for L, V, and SC

I truly can’t wait to get my hands on it as I love everything Rachel writes and thankfully I won’t have to wait much longer since the release is scheduled for August 23rd, 2011!

Here are both edition of the cover, US first, than UK.

I’m not quite sure which one I love best, I think both are gorgeous in their own way!

What do you guys think? Will you buy this series?

New Series by Rachel Vincent

The details to Rachel’s new series have just been released and it does sound awesome!

I’m gonna quote the whole thing from her facebook profile so I don’t mistakenly report anything.

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 years after hers did and because the subject matter of my book is NOTHING like hers, I’m not anticipating much title confusion. My original working title for the book was “Bound In Blood,” and we went through literally a dozen or more title possibilities with the awesome people at Mira before finally deciding (unanimously, as far as I know) that nothing else captures the feel and subject matter of this book better than BLOOD BOUND. So, BLOOD BOUND it is.

Genre: The Unbound series is paranormal. It’s a little more romance-heavy than the early Shifters books are, and about in line with romance/relationship content of the last couple of Shifters books.

Audience: The Unbound books are intended for adults. As my editor said, BLOOD BOUND is “twisted.” (Is it wrong that her quote makes me smile? ;)) If this first book is any indication, these books will be very dark and gritty, violent, and tense, but with some humor (mostly dialogue) to take the edge off.

The world: The idea behind the Unbound world-building is simple. The execution is a little more complicated. For me, it all started with the cliché “a man’s word is his bond,” then grew to include, “the pen is mightier than the sword” and the concept of “word of mouth.”

“What…” I thought, as I was brainstorming, “…if those clichés could be taken literally?”
What if a person’s word really was his or her bond? What if, once given, a promise could never be taken back? Would you be more careful what you say? Wouldn’t we all, if we were bound to our words?

Then I took it a step further. If the spoken word carries that much power, how much more would the written word carry? What about words written in (or sealed in) blood? What about words written in (and sealed in) flesh? Tattoos and graffiti take on a whole new meaning, huh?

Needless to say, once I headed down that thought-path, the world-building exploded—there’s much more to it now (but I’m not going to give you any more just yet). The story lines grew from the world-building possibilities and conflicts. The characters developed based on the experiences they would’ve had, growing up in this world.

The bad guys are bad (twisted, according to some…), but they have very human motivations.

The good guys are…not exactly wearing white hats. But the innocent are still innocent, and someone has to fight for them. (This may, in fact, be the only thing Shifters has in common with Unbound.)

The characters:
Olivia Warren owes her friend Anne a favor. Anne needs someone found and brought to a very quick, private justice.

The catch? Olivia must work with Cam Caballero to complete this favor. The problem? Cam is Olivia’s ex—the man prophesied to either kill her or die by her hand. It’s a tense reunion, at best.

As Olivia and Cam chase their target through public streets, private lives, and a dangerous criminal underworld, everything they thought they knew comes into question. In the end, they can only be sure of three things…

No one can be trusted.
Everyone’s lying.
And someone’s going to pay.

 

It sure sounds promising & original! The Shifters series is one of my favorite, and even though this new series will be very different, I can’t wait to read it! Tentative release date is Sept. 2011!