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Soul Bound Paperback – Jun 4 2013
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—4.5 Stars, Top Pick, RT Book Reviews
“Hope creates the epitome of soul mates in Jace and Lia…the intriguing story line and depth of supporting characters will leave readers ready for the next in the series.”
“Be sure to keep an eye on rising star Anne Hope, who just may become a favorite author.”
—Ecataromance on Where Dreams are Made
Lia never put stock in destiny until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories. Except Jace is no longer human. He’s something destined to kill.
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Jace and Lia are drawn to each other, they don't know why as everything else around them crumbles and falls apart what they have continues to grow stronger and try as Jace might to break that bond the pull is to strong and he finally gives in cementing what was written long ago. Their destiny's, there is something they are both meant to fulfill and no matter what it will play out how depends on them but either way what was written long ago will come to be.
Battle between good and evil is within just about every page of the book, Jace is a hybrid born of a human and a nephalim but he is not like the others, he is different, his soul and that of Lia's are stronger and united they are just about unbreakable, or are they.
I like how the book takes you through Jace's death and transformation into this hybrid that he is, a supposed soulless creature that feeds off the souls of others if he chooses and the battle he goes through every day to contain that evil side of him. How at first he struggles to understand what he is and what he has become. And how Lia is in a way thrown into his world not knowing that there is something about her that draws her to Jace and Jace to her. This pull, this cord that keeps them together also tears apart her own real world and as she battles to understand and to accept she faces great loss.
There are some great side story lines in here in regards to Jace's life growing up, his father, his mother and Lia and her sister Cassie. As well as the life of the "Watchers" and what their purpose is on earth. Who they are and why they are there. And then of course there is always the bad guy the evil immortal Athanatos and his first born son Kyros and the female who always wants to be at the right hand of the bad guy Diane (or Diahnn as Athanatos calls her) she is a nasty one I tell you.
This was a great story from start to finish and it ends with the possibility of another book to follow (I personally hope there is another one) if you like YA Paranormal Romance then you need to hurry and get your copy of Soul Bound: Dark Soul
What if legends became reality and the Nephilim and their descendants continued to roam undetected on Earth?
Soul Bound by Anne Hope is an urban fantasy about those giants who survived and multiplied over the centuries, while protecting and corrupting humans in equal measure.
A fantasy romance of this sort won't be complete without the forbidden fruits - the humans and their souls - playing their part. For Lia Benson MD, the fateful day at the Oregon hospital seems to stretch on forever until Jace Cutler is brought in with a deadly stab wound. The doctor's despair turns into an unexplainable sense of relief and pleasure when he is miraculously revived shortly after dying on the ER table.
Jace, her sister Cassie's ex-boyfriend, wakes up but without a memory. Poor Lia's nightmares don't end there. Strange happenings at the hospital and Jace's sudden departure leave her baffled and saddened. Jace has changed; physically stronger with special abilities, an increased longing for darkness and an unquenchable need for Lia. A strange connection is forged with Jace which brings the two closer, but also brings dark, soulless and truly evil creatures closer still.
Even as they struggle to accept the new realities, trouble is brewing with humanity's future at stake. The immortals they meet are both good and evil. Trusting the wrong ones could sound the death knell for them. Should they fight with the Watchers - the half-humans or Hybrids like Jace who defend humans from both rogue hybrids and evil descendants of the Nephilim - the Kleptopsychs? Is there a price to pay? Will the soul mates be torn apart forever?
While the romance elements can scorch your screens (falling into the spicy category), the action sequences are equally absorbing. The narration moves at a fluid pace and the back story is artfully weaved into it. The side stories are well developed and the author gives you an insight into the minds of the humans, the Nephilim and Hybrids alike. Jace and Lia are interesting characters in their own right.
If fallen angels and their spawn of destruction fascinate you, this fictional tale is right up your alley.
It takes a polished mindset to blend romance and the paranormal without caving into the extremes of either. Ann Hope manages that in SOUL BOUND. The introduction of bodies taking on a different identity instead of dying may not be new but Anne makes it intensely real right up to the surprising Epilogue of this book. From the opening chapter in which Jace Cutler, a rather bizarre soul from the author's description, suffers a life threatening would from a barroom scuffle with a filthy biker known as Viper. Instead of feeling the agony of the wounds he sinks to the floor feeling numbness. Jace is brought into Dr. Lia Benson's Rivershore ER where Lia recognizes him as one of her sister Cassie's exes. Attempts to save his life fail and Jace Cutler dies - and mysteriously comes back to life: he is compelled to take someone else's soul so that he will live on. In deference to the terse synopsis, Jace awakens in a hospital room with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Lia who has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he's near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she's consumed by odd dreams she's convinced are Jace's lost memories. When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who--and what--he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he'd sacrifice everything to protect.'
A story of such intensity often crumbles in the hands of lesser writers, but Anne Hope understands that fine line between the sensational (read paranormal) aspects of the story and the honest raw romance and passion that inevitably rises to the forefront whenever the story borders on the incredulous. That is the mark of an author who has master her genre. She holds the reader like a magnet all the way through. Grady Harp, October 14
This is the way the blurb reads - and it's accurate. Jace dies, but comes back to life and Lia is the only one who knows. Everyone else has "forgotten" - thanks to the mind-twisting done by Diane, a nurse and minion of Athanatos, a nasty fallen angel.
Lia and Jace are destined for each other, but that destiny includes him taking her soul and her dying. Unfortunately, destiny didn't plan on the two of them falling in love.
The world building in this story is amazing - though it does get bogged down at times. Still, it is very well done. The characters are believable and sympathetic. The situation - okay, not real, but well-done. There is lots of action, and a very satisfying ending - though it definitely leaves doors open for future books. Fortunately, they are just cracked open and won't leave you hanging.
For lovers of paranormal romance, you won't go wrong with this one. A definite good read.