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USA Today bestselling author Sharon Stevenson lives in Scotland with her husband. She probably spends too much time indoors, binge-watching Netflix shows and finding new and irrefutable reasons to order takeaway food instead of cooking. Her urban fantasy novels include the bestselling Gallows demon tracker series, and Edinburgh set magically animated zombie series, Raised, which readers often recommend to fans of Jim Butcher.
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M. H. Soars
on June 05, 2014 :
Blood Bound is the first book in the series about twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah. From the start we get thrown right into action and I gotta say there isn't a dull moment in this book. Shaun and Sarah have polar opposite personalities and the banter between them is quite funny. It made me laugh out loud several times and I don't remember that last time that happened when I read a book.
Being a demon tracker is a job for Shaun and Sarah, something they get paid for and were born to do it. But unlike Sarah, Shaun hasn't yet accepted his duty. I think it's safe to say that Shaun was my favorite character. Don't get me wrong, Sarah was awesome and a total bad****, but Shaun's sour puss personality and dry sense of humor was a fantastic combination.
So many things happened in the first book that if I dwell on them, I'll take away the fun of reading the book. The only thing that kept me from adding the extra star was the romance part. I'm a sucker for romance. You can totally see that when you read my book. There was a great, great opportunity here in the romance department and I was sad that it wasn't more developed. I wished that the pace had slowed down a bit so we could get more into the romance aspect. I mean, I wanted to root for Sarah and ... (I won't mention his name so not to spoil it). But the revelation that Sarah loved him came out of nowhere. By the end of the book I think I liked the vampire better.
Overall, great book I will definitely be reading the next one.
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on Dec. 04, 2012 :
My first thought on closing the novel was that this was a book the CW should pick it. It’s exactly the sort of thing they produce. “Blood Bound” was reminiscent of “Supernatural” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or other shows that I would know if I were in the demographic to watch them. It was action packed, teen angst (and not in the annoying “Twilight” kind of way) and dealing it all in a way that would be attractive to an older teen or person who enjoys YA or paranormal characters.
Stevenson doesn’t take the time to set the stage for us. She very wisely seems to believe that we will go with the flow in what she shows us her world is like. Demon hunters? Why not. Witches? Okay. Fairies? There’s a Council? A Council means laws so the paranormal is regulated which opens up a new world that any of us can probably picture. We see them as the characters see them. Shaun and Sarah aren’t new to the world and they convey that instant knowledge to us in what they see. Stevenson in no way cheats us of setting with this technique. We are in England today.
“Blood Bound” isn’t all heavy plot and dark characters. Humor shines through the narrative in the relationship between Shaun and Sarah. They may be 19-year-old demon hunters but they’re also siblings and they battle like siblings. Sarah throws a nasty name at Shaun and Shaun throws one right back. Neither sibling is mean spirited in their taunting, it’s all in good fun and their fun lightens the tone for the reader. These characters are there for each other but they don’t have to pretend to be happy about it.
In the end, there’s really nothing negative to say. I enjoyed this novel. The next, “Demon Divided” was out in November with the plotline continuing the story of the first with Sarah dealing with choices she’s made.
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on Oct. 26, 2012 :
This is a very entertaining and extremely well written book, which will be part of a series. It starts off with a brief intro into its world, one where humans live alongside fairies, vampires, werewolves, witches, and their ilk. We then enter the lives of the twin Demon trackers, Sarah and Shaun Gallows, the former blonde, feisty, and attractive, the latter looking like a tall serial killer with one eye and a downbeat, sarcastic personality - though the former also has this last quality. But they work well together, dispatching the evil creatures of this world on the instructions of the Council.
The plot is about them encountering a dark creature whose type they cannot quite understand but who is very dangerous to them and to the other inhabitants of this world. In trying to find out more about her and what she is up to, they encounter many of the above types of creatures in various situations, all of them dark but also with an offbeat, comic, dare I say `gallows humour' feel. Indeed, the whole book is filled with this half sarcastic(in a banterish way)/half serious tone, which is a delight to read and must have been difficult to write. What is more, there are some great characters and subplots, like a half goat/half human, who gives oral sex but who demands blood in return for her own purposes, and a love triangle involving Sarah and two laid-back, hippy types, who she saved from a werewolf.
On a superficial level, you could say this is a British `Buffy the Vampire slayer', but this would be too simplistic; for this is far more sophisticated in its humour, idiosyncratic characters, and world, and does not take itself as seriously. Furthermore, I would say that to pigeon hole it merely as a genre piece is a mistake, for the writing is excellent, conjuring up images in your mind of the book's scenes without any ambiguity and with lots of `life-colour'...A very talented writer, whose next book I will be delighted to read.
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