Stevenson gleefully throws you into the action and hopes you can swim. Blood Bound by @chettsgenie

Blood Bound

A Gallows Novel

by Sharon Stevenson

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Nineteen-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble - mostly the kind with fangs - but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.

When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…

Praise for Blood Bound

(Goodreads Reviews)

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.

First off, if you like urban and modern fantasy, read this book. Second, if you don't like fantasy but want to give it a chance with a new author and a new series, read this book.

Other reviewers I've seen have immediately pointed out that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will like this book. And while I agree, it was not the first thing that occurred to me. The more I read about the sister and brother team in Blood Bound, Sarah and Shaun, the more I was more inclined to link it to a current show on the air, Supernatural, and for all the right reasons. Stevenson wields her writing, action and sarcasm skills with bravado.

The pacing is fast - Stevenson gleefully throws you into the action and hopes you can swim - as you fall into the middle of the twins' monster hunting lives. Stevenson wisely assumes you will get the gist of her world, explaining only what needs to be explained, even in the moments where she deviates into one of her own creations or an interpretation of other lore (vampires, demons, etc.), in much the same manner an author like Terry Brooks would do. What the characters can do and why they do it evolves with the story as needed. It helps keep the plot moving, the narrative fresh, and the characters and their struggles front and centre.

Author Bio

I am the twisted mind behind this series and if you want to know a bit about me, here it is: I spend too much time indoors and probably watch too many horror films. Some of my favourite things are; Alone time (FYI I prefer the title ‘Eccentric Recluse’ to ‘Antisocial Bitch’ but either will do), people who know when to shut up (surprisingly few and far between), having a drink, eating pizza (usually after having too much drink the night before), reading books, adult swim cartoons, bad horror and sci-fi movies, proper good TV shows (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, etc), and last but not least having a laugh with my hilarious other half – this would usually include some of the above.

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