Saturday, December 21, 2013

ARC Review: Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim

Blood Bound
Author: Keshia Swaim
Publication: Spencer Hill Press (October 8, 2013)

Description: Starting college a year early is hard. Starting fae college and learning to protect the world from the Unseelie is harder. Brielle Reed has always been an over-achiever, but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Between her crash course in fae politics, struggles to control her new mind-reading ability, training sessions with the demanding Dr. Schwartz, and discoveries about the father who is still a mystery to her, Brielle finds herself longing for a chance at a normal life. But she may not get that chance. Or chance at a life at all, for that matter.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this new urban fantasy about fae who live among humans and who are fighting a war for control of Earth. Brielle Reed has just recently learned that she is half-fae and that the father who disappeared when she was five was an extremely powerful fae and hero to his people. She is just learning about her heritage and about the powers she inherited from him. She is learning to use her mind-reading to see threats to the fae.

Brielle is also adjusting to college life at a fae college and making friends and enemies. Her roommate Pamie is a fashion design major. Her adviser pairs her up with another half-fae who is instantly jealous of what she sees as Brielle's closeness to the adviser. Then there is her boyfriend Alex. Also half-fae, he is studying art and seems to be pulling away from her. 

Brielle gets deep into fae politics and learns more about the father she lost. She also gets captured by the Unseelie fae in an attempt to find out the plans of the Seelie fae. 

The story was exciting and Brielle was an interesting character. I was less enamored with her boyfriend Alex. It doesn't say much for the future of their relationship that, when Brielle was hurt, he couldn't stand to visit her in the hospital. 

Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
Apparently heartache and history papers go hand in hand. Mind-numbing lists of names and dates don't seem so bad when the alternative is visualizing your boyfriend with the cruel yet beautiful slut who stole him  away.
I got this ARC from Spencer Hill Press. You can buy your copy here. 

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