Feb 20, 2015

ARC Review--Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

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...

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

OMG. I cannot, repeat CANNOT get enough of this series!! I remember liking the first book, but I wasn't completely and totally sold on the series until I read the second and then oh wow! It's been nonstop fun and excitement ever since! Kristen Callihan continues the adventures with Soulbound as we delve into the relationship that is Adam and Eliza.

Adam is sort of our GIM leader, he creates the GIMs and takes care of them in someway. But for the past several hundred years he's been searching for his soul mate, in order to finally know love and be in love and all that jazz. Then when his GIM agents call him in to see about making a newly murdered victim into a GIM, he's stricken stupid...for Eliza is his soul mate. He always knew he would recognize his soul mate once he saw her and now he knows. Though he goes about everything all totally wrong, such as chaining up his beloved.

Yeah, not the smartest move ever. He needs to have his soul mate accept him so he can be free of his chains that makes him a prisoner to the fae. And when Eliza rejects him and his oh so "romantic" gestures, he's even more in a pickle. Can't say I blame Eliza at all in that matter, but I must say Adam goes about making it up to her very nicely!

Eliza's aunt and who played a part in her rescue is Mab, the Mab of the fae! And for the past few years, she's contently lived with her. She's had a rough go of life since her rescue and she's got her own scars that she keeps hidden, but she is beyond surprised when she finds Adam chained in her aunt's basement.

Adam needs her help in escaping, obviously, and Eliza wants his help as well in trying to get away from her aunt and her granduncle who is yet another monster from her past. They make a rather shaky agreement and are off and away. But there's yet another problem in their world, the GIM, Adam's creations, his children, so to speak, are dying or just disappearing. And as we know, two of our past heroines are GIMs as well.

I have to say, the story was quite fascinating and heart racing! True, I didn't agree with Adam's past actions when it came to wooing Eliza, but I must say that I enjoyed this new side to him. He shows more consideration and even admits to his faults. He has his own secrets and scars that he's kept hidden and it's Eliza who brings happiness and light to his life.

The love story was truly endearing, because, despite these twos' past, the romance was one that took awhile to form. There was lust of course, that instant burning attraction, but it wasn't romantic, at least not yet! And the simmering burn was just delightful! Adam can be quite charming when he wants to, and there were a few laughs along the way too.

The story was enticing! As all Kristen's books are! And I always love seeing returning characters! We pretty much see everyone we've met before! And are given the hint to the next novel staring couple! One I really look forward to seeing after getting his point of view for a few chapters!

I normally don't read too many historical fiction kind of books, but this one is different! It is set in the past, 1888, but there are still strong paranormal elements in it! Combined with amazing characters and engaging plots, the setting doesn't make me struggle with reading at all! There's no overly historical concepts to be fully knowledgeable on in order to enjoy and understand the story! It's a smooth read and a beautiful one!

The ending was quite shocking too! I was starting to get worried when there was a little less than 1/4 of the book left and wasn't entirely sure how things would turn out. Though it was surprising, I must say I was thrilled with it overall!

Needless to say that I am anxiously and at all patiently waiting for the next book in the Darkest London series!! Kristen Callihan is must read author for all paranormal fans looking for that little something different to their reads! I highly recommend it! Even better is that each book is a sort of stand alone. There are characters that you'll meet here that were already introduced, but it's not a pressing matter to have read them all in order. Though, in a sense you will be spoiled as to romantic outcomes, it would be just as well to start at the beginning of this amazing series!

Soulbound was a fantastically beautiful read that kept me on my toes and had my heart racing in all senses of the word! I cannot recommend this series enough! Go forth to the bookstore (or library) and enjoy!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Soulbound releases February 24, 2015


  1. Awesome review, Jessica! Sounds like my kind of book! Adding the series to my TBR!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

  2. I have not heard of this series, I am HIGHLY intrigued now!


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