Oath Bound by Rachel Vincent

Oath Bound by Rachel VincentOath Bound by Rachel Vincent
Series: Unbound #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

The Tower Syndicate will fall...

The secret daughter of the head of an infamous Skilled crime family, Sera Brandt has hidden her past, her potential and especially her powers. But when a tragedy strikes her other family, Sera needs justice. And the only way to get it is to reveal her heritage–including a rare Skill–and take the reins of the Tower Syndicate from her cunning and malicious aunt.

If he can figure out how...

Kristopher Daniels might have the answer. He's fought the syndicate to protect his sisters, but he'd never realized just how close to the new heir he needed to get....

And if they can survive

Neither is used to trusting. But there's something between them that can't be ignored. And so Sera is on the run with a man she can't figure out, a target on her back and the new knowledge of just how powerful she really is...

Series enders are always difficult to take in, especially when they’re the end of my favourite series or trilogies. The Unbound trilogy is one of my favourites, and the reason it took me so long to read the final book is that I didn’t want to be disappointed. The first and second books are so amazing, and I wanted the trilogy to end on a high note. Sadly, everything must come to an end (and all that) and I eventually picked this one up. And even more sadly, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason MottThe Returned by Jason Mott
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.  All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.   With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

This was not a good book t b h. This was one of my first reads of the new year; I’d requested it late last year because the description intrigued me but the novel wasn’t at all what I’d expected, and not in a good way either. Basically the plot describes a phenomenon in which the dead return to life – instead of an undead uprising, this novel presents the dead as they were in life. Government authorities are formed to deal with the phenomenon, mostly to return the dead to their families, which presents many unforeseen problems. Our main characters, Harold and Lucille, an aged married couple face this issue – their eight old year son, drowned in an accident many years ago, is returned to them. The plot drags literally from the first page; literally nothing interesting happens, then something mildly interesting happens but don’t worry it soon becomes boring again, until the end in which bemusing shenanigans occur before boredom gets settled again. Soooooooo much talking, by characters I didn’t care about, and not much doing. I just…

Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

Taste of Darkness by Maria V. SnyderTaste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #3
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat: The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Okay, so this entire series has been one giant letdown for me. I am a huge fan of Snyder’s Study and Inside series, but the Healer series has been disappointing me the whole way through. Why did I keep reading? I hear you ask. I hoped it would get better. Like I said, the previous two series of Snyder’s (that I have read) were fantastic. Poison Study remains one of my all time favourite books. I couldn’t not try.
But my attempts didn’t work. I just really dislike this series as a whole. There was no epically grand finale to pick this series up, and the book itself fell flat.

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