Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

soulboundReviewed by Jen

I love these books. Kristen Callihan has rocked my world for the second installment in a row, with a fantastic new story in an already extraordinary series. She made me laugh. She made me cry. And she made me love these characters.  This book is sexy, surprising, and poignant, delivering 100% on the promise of its premise. I just finished reading it and I already want to go back and read parts of it again.

This is Adam and Eliza’s story, one that Callihan has already laid the groundwork for in earlier books.  Just to recap, Eliza kind of hates Adam’s guts because he chained her spirit to him for years. The thing is, Adam recognized her as his soul mate and knew she was his only chance to end his 700 year curse.  He was terrified of losing her, but handled everything terribly wrong. Now she has escaped him, but finds herself in another prison of sorts. Her grandmother, the Fairy Queen, is grooming her for something horrible. She lives in a gilded cage, but it’s a cage all the same. As she learns more about what kind of monster Mab really is, she realizes she needs to get away.

Unbeknownst to Eliza, Mab has been keeping Adam prisoner for months, torturing him daily. Once Eliza learns the truth, she teams up with her old enemy so they can help each other escape. They set out together, trying to help Adam regain the strength Mab stole and searching for Fae artifacts. All this, while learning if they have a chance to mean something to one another.

Adam has been such an idiot in how he tried to force a relationship with Eliza, but here, I loved him so much. He has been unable to feel during all his centuries as the king of the GIM. Now that Eliza is in his life, he has so much to sort through… so much to lose.  There is no doubt how much she means to him and watching her feelings grow for him is so very satisfying. I felt his fear and desperation, and later his joy, his wonder, and even his heartbreaking sacrifice. I cried, I’ll admit it.

Eliza was pretty great, too. I appreciate how she stood up for herself, yet still kept an open mind. And when she opens her heart to Adam, when she finally tells him, ohmigod it is so good.  There is no game game playing or artifice. Plus, the ending –wow– I never saw it coming. I worry that some people might take issue with it, but I thought it was amazing. This. Book. Is. Amazing.

By the way, we also have some groundwork in place for Sin’s book. It looks to be a doozy. I can’t wait.

If you aren’t reading this series, you should be.  Simply among the very best of the genre.

Rating: A

*ARC Provided by Forever

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Kristen Callihan
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Forever

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