Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blood Bound by Sharon Stevenson

This book was given in exchange for an honest review
   This story has a great plot line and interesting characters.  Sarah and Shaun Gallows are twin demon trackers whose job it is to track down and eliminate supernatural creatures.  While out on an ordinary job the twins meet up with Melissa, the first tracker their own age that they have ever met.  She draws them in to a web of lies and magic that they try desperately to unravel, especially since it appears Shaun may be bound to Melissa.  Once you think you may understand what is happening a new twist appears and you are left wondering what is going on once again.
   The book is full of amazing characters, both main and supporting.  Sarah is feisty and impetuous, always running in to situations without thinking but she has a great heart and is always trying to save everyone.  Shaun is her complete opposite; quiet and brooding, he is always trying to save Sarah from herself.  Next throw in Dev and Ray, two human guys that are completely in love with Sarah and best friends.  They certainly throw wrenches in Sarah's plans by both competing for her attention.  There are a few other characters that are a key part of the story but I don't want to give away any more.  All of the characters are so well written it is impossible not to love all of them.  Even Melissa grew on me towards the end.  She is the perfect popular, rich girl with a whole lot of psycho thrown in.  She is truly one crazy character. 
   I really only disliked two things about the book, the language and the sexuality.  I am a pretty conservative reader and tend to steer clear of any book that has more than PG-13 type content.  This book contains an exorbitant amount of language and sexuality runs rampant throughout the book.  Despite having a very hard time with some of the content I was still drawn in to the story and I am now debating on whether or not to read book two.  I desperately want to know what happens, because there are so many unanswered questions at the end of book one, but I am not sure I want to deal with the content to find out.  If you don't mind this kind of content or are willing to overlook it then this would be a great book for you. 
  One other thing that I should mention is that the author is from the UK and the book takes place in Scotland so much of the book contains slang words and phrases.  Most of the time I was able to infer the meaning from the context but there were several times that I was just stumped.  I did not come across any slang that inhibited me from understanding what was going on in the story but if you are the kind of person that must know everything that is said in a book you may need to look up the meaning of some of the slang.

Parental Guide:  Extreme language throughout.  Sexuality is prominent throughout the entire book, including several scenes where a characters are described as being naked and several scenes of seduction.  If this book was given a rating based on the guidelines used for movies it would have to be rated R.

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