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February 14, 2015

Suped Up: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London 6
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance | Steampunk
Once two souls are joined...

When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...

Their hearts will beat together forever...

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken.



Before anything else, I know a lot of you have never tried Steampunk, and would like to dip your pretty toes in the genre. If you love romance, historical and/or paranormal, Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series is something I'd recommend. The Steampunk element is very light, a few gadgets here and there with some volumes devoid of it, like SOULBOUND, not too overwhelming for Steampunk virgins; the historical aspect is very Victorian London, complete with the necessary accoutrements associated with the era; lastly, the romance is very heavy, totally swoony, breathtaking, and bodice ripping! 

On to SOULBOUND!

This installment is my favorite of the series next to Winterblaze. Like in previous novels, Adam and Eliza's story started a book ahead, so the foundation of their story has been established as well as its conflict. The short of it is Adam has been cursed by Mab, Queen of the Fae who has the hots for Adam. His curse has been active for 700 years and the only way to break it is if he finds his soulmate. Turns out it's Eliza, who is incidentally is Mab's granddaughter and bethrothed to Mellan, an Unseelie Prince and Eliza's granduncle (Yuk!). So it's quite the conundrum with the players having complex connections and motives. The ultimate question is can Adam break his curse and will Eliza acknowledge her role in this considering she hates Adam at the moment?

I absolutely love SOULBOUND. It's very affecting, I found myself clutching my chest, making faces and laughing on a few scenes, tearing up on some, rereading lines and passages, because I'm utterly swept by the story. Adam is probably one of the most tortured and pitiful hero I've ever met, and yet he handled it with much candor, and refused  to play the victim. Eliza is every bit a heroine, sharp, witty, and compassionate to Adam's plight despite her own issues with him.

Adam and Eliza are engaging characters and even more as a couple. I want to highlight their romance because it's so so swoony! For starters, Adam is a 700yo virgin (part of the curse) whose cherry is practically begging to be popped. But sexual innuendos aside, Adam's sincerity and brutal honesty tugged my heartstrings hard. So many lovely quotable quotes, Hallmark would be jealous!

The fae angle was well developed too.  KCallihan adapted the fae myth well and its incorporation to her series didn't disappoint. I also enjoyed cameos made by other characters and previous couples. I didn't realize how much I've missed them and delighted in getting news of their current situations. It seems all's well in their respective paradises.

SOULBOUND is a book that sent ripples through the world KCallihan created. Adam touches a lot of lives and his imprisonment and Mab's cruelty affected Darkest London in many ways. It gave us a glimpse of something apocalyptic if Adam doesn't survive Mab and as a reader, you will definitely feel the pressure and how high the stakes are here. SOULBOUND is nothing short of fantabulous, it's superlative in every way. The final confrontation in particular, though the outcome was expected, was fantastic! It's one of those scenes where it will make you exclaim WTF! out loud and if not for the guaranteed HEA, you'll feel grief and helplessness.

Another thing that I love about this series is how the novels are set up. Once again, the premise for the next book has been started which will feature the Ellis sisters brother, St. John "Sin" Evernight. I'm a little anxious about his book because the plot feels big at this point and I can't see how he can BE and still have his HEA in the end. 

Please read SOULBOUND. I promise you, mine won't be the last gush-filled review  you'll ever read in the coming days. It is VERY VERY VERY good, if Valentine's is a fantasy/paranormal book, this would be it!










30 comments:

  1. I have the first two books in this series and I really want to dive in and hope to soon, but right now I am a bit put off by steampunk since I read one last week that was dismal.

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    1. Take your time them. As a reminder though, this is very light on the steampunk and heavy on the romance/fantasy aspect. The first two are really good!

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  2. I've been wondering about this series. Thanks for mentioning that the steampunk element is light. Is it like that with all the books so far in the series?

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    1. Fantastic! I'm putting these on my TBR mountain, er, pile, er, list.

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  3. I need to catch up with this series. You got me all excited for it again, lols. Great review!

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    1. Where are you in the series? Skip to this, she did a good recap.

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  4. I read the first book and loved it, I really need to continue this series.

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    1. Oh yes, that one reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast/Firestarter

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  5. I have been looking for something to jumpstart my deader-than-dead interest in steampunk. This sounds like a good place to start!

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    1. Bwhaahaha! Try this one then, the very first one is a prequel novella so that should be a good appetizer.

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  6. I totally agree with you, I really really loved this one! Eliza and Adam were so interesting to follow. I'm glad it was the same for you. Great review!

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  7. I haven't tried streampunk yet, but I'm making a list of the ones I want to try when I finally do. Adding Soulbound. :)

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    1. This is not steampunk. Sorry if I'm confusing, the series has light steampunk elements, Soulbound, though awesome, is not steampunk.

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  8. This is a series I've been wanting to read since the first book released. I love steampunk but I'm okay with it being light. :)

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  9. Do you think it's ok if I haven't read the one before this?

    I've only read up to and including Winterblaze but I have th eNEtgalley widget for this one.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. She did a mini recap so maybe you can get away with it.

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  10. One day one day one day. I had really considered this one for review but being so far in the series decided maybe no.

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    1. Hmmm yeah it might be trick if you haven't read at least one of the books. There's a lot of cameos here so that might get ou scratching your head.

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  11. I also liked this one. Adam really is a swoon worthy hero.

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  12. Darkest London, I need to read this series !! And wow, look at that cover ! I'll get to it one day, soon I hope ;)

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    1. This is one of the best para-historical series out there.

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  13. Oh man. I have got to catch up on this series. I loved the first two books but when Poppy's story rolled around I got bored so I stopped reading the series. This one sounds really good though. I like that his soulmate is the granddaughter of the person who cursed him in the first place.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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    1. Oh sorry to hear that. Poppy's is a favorite of mine... the books after Poppy's are good. Def not marriage in crisis

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  14. Yep, yep, yep! You summed it up superbly enthusiasm included. I loved this story too.

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