New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

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24 SoulboundSoulbound by Kristen Callihan
Book #6 in Darkest London
Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steam Punk
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
ARC Provided by Forever and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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…

 

AH & Christal’s Review –  4 Skulls – B+

Christal: Kristen Callihan does it again!  I was a little worried going into Soulbound.  I didn’t expect to like Adam and Eliza May — I mean he chained her up for goodness sakes!  Adam had come off pretty cold in his previous appearances, but I quite liked him and his cheeky humor here.  They way that he treated Eliza May here and the explanations he gave for his previous actions did end up melting my heart.

AH: After having read 5 books so far in the Darkest London series, I was really curious about Adam. I mean, he is really quite the enigma, almost godlike with the power to bring people back to life as GIMs (Ghosts in the Machines). He was not what I expected at all. That’s why I enjoy this series – Kristen Callihan tells amazing stories and the characters always seem to surprise me.

Christal: Speaking of surprises, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Eliza May’s character; she was such a firecracker!  I admit she came off a little brash for me in Shadowdance, but she was perfectly balanced here.  She was confident, funny, and endearing.  I loved how she would tell pretty much anyone exactly what she was thinking or feeling.

AH: Agreed. When we first met Eliza May, she didn’t say much. In Soulbound, she shines. We learn more about Eliza May and her heritage and why she is so important to Adam.

“A rush of pure, exquisite emotion punched through him, battering him about like a cork on a monster wave.

Holy God. It almost hurt, this feeling. He allowed himself a small breath. He was feeling. After all these years.”

Christal: I loved the story behind Adam and Eliza May’s connection.  Literally having two people sharing one soul was a creative take on the “soul mates” trope.  I also thought the way Kristen Callihan included the bean sí (banshee) myth was very clever.  It made sense when you thought back on what happened, but wasn’t super obvious at the time.

AH: The more I read this series, the more I like it – it has elements of historical romance, paranormal romance, and steampunk. I loved the inclusion of the banshee myth as well.

Christal: I really enjoyed the parts with the faeries and Mab especially, as sadistic as she was.  I loved how evil Kristen Callihan made them.

AH: Whoa, Mab and Mellan were nasty. Mab was very cold and calculating and a bit of a sadist. Mellan was very creepy and I just couldn’t imagine him with Eliza May.

Christal: I for sure could not imagine Eliza May and Mellan together; I feel like he would probably end up killing her either emotionally or physically.  I’m so glad he got what was coming to him.  Oh, another thing, it was nice to get a little catch up with some of the earlier characters like Daisy, Ian, Miranda, Archer, Jack, and Mary.

AH: I always love the cameo scenes with the earlier characters. It gives the series a continuity and it’s always nice to see how they are doing. The ending surprised me but I liked how it opened up the possibility of another book in the series – yay!

Christal: I am actually very excited to get a Sin story in the next book.  He’s always been a bit of a mystery but I can’t wait to see the curtain pulled back and to learn more about his new… situation.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

For optimal reading enjoyment, the Darkest London series is best read in order starting with Firelight. You can, however, read each book as a standalone.  This series is a Badass Book Reviews favorite and one that we highly recommend, especially for lovers of paranormal or historical romance!

Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Series Reading Order:
0.5. Ember
0.1. Firelight
0.2. Moonglow
0.3. Winterblaze
3.5. Entwined
0.4. Shadowdance
0.5. Evernight
0.6. Soulbound

 

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