Dienstag, 5. Juli 2016

Review: Bound to Blackwood: House Blackwood Book One by Sharon Lipman

Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King? 

Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life.  Acting first and thinking second is what's saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured.  Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn.  The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.       

With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature's call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don't, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls

My thoughts:

With Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy authors popping up just about everywhere nowadays, I braced myself for another mediocre read. Still, I love vampires, so I bought the novel and started to read.

Let me get one thing straight however; this book is far from mediocre. Sharon Lipman manages to put a new, refreshing spin on vampires. Her world-building is extraordinary and her characters feel real. I was on the verge of my seat several times and found it hard to put the book down. Before I knew it I was halfway through and it was 3 in the morning.

I loved stubborn, reckless Lena. Very often female characters come in two catagories: cold, badass and unlikable or helpless and too-stupid-to-live. Lena is neither. As the only female Guardian she is used to having to prove herself, but she has this underlying insecurity when it comes to Thorn.

Thorn on the other hand is the hot, handsome King of Vampires, but sometimes I wanted to smack him. While he is a strong alpha male (which he needs to be as the king), he was not as unlikeable as some romance heroes. Thorn would rather be in the field, fighting, but after his brother's death he is stuck to rule over the vampires, a responsibilty he never wanted.

There are so many supporting characters, I have no idea where to start. At times I felt as if Kaden and Soraya might steal the show though (I adored those two!). 

All in all Sharon's characters are well rounded, the world is amazing and well thought out, so put this on your TBR list, even if you are growing tired of vampires, because Sharon's are unlike any other vampires.
If I had to compare her spin on vampires to other authors, I'd say it's somewhere between Charlain Harris' True Blood, Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed and JR Ward's Black Dagger novels.


  1. Thank you so much for the amazing review! I'm humbled and honoured that you love the story and the characters as much as I do.

    1. Of course I loved it! You are a brilliant writer!