Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

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  • Critic Score:93/100

    Our Review Ranking:

    A Truly Exceptional Read

 

Our Review

Cover:

The cover definitely suggests something paranormal. I like the color scheme and typography. If I were browsing in a book store, this would catch my eye and lead me to read the blurb.

Book Blurb:

The book blurb is concise and interesting. It introduces the main characthers and the main conflict. It reinforces the paranormal aspects of the book and perfect summarizes the major conflict in the story.

Formatting :

No major issues. I did notice that spacing between some of the sentences at the beginning of several chapters seemed off, but it did not distract from the story. It appears that this happens with the first paragraph of each chapter. It's possible this was done intentionally, and may not be as noticable depending up on the reading app used.

Grammar & Spelling:

This book read so smoothly. I am greatly appreciative of the time and effort to proofread. I did not notice a single spelling or grammar mistake.

Character Development:

I adored these characters. Set against the backdrop of the romantic and mysterious French Quarter, Lexie is a stong, interesting character. I enjoyed her struggle, and rooted for her from the very first chapter. Watching her battle with her self-confidence as she progresses in her duties as Mambo felt very authentic and I can't wait to read the next book to see how she comes to term with her new light/dark powers. 

This book left me very curious about Magnus and his background and what led him to Lexi (guess I'll have to read the first book!). He is paying his penance and there is some interesting tension brewing between him and Will.

The supporting characters are colorful and unique and I could see and hear them so clearly. 

What I really loved about these characters is that I felt I knew them by the end of the book.

Plot & Structure:

Bound offers and expertly crafted story arc with a highly satisfying climax. As the second book in the series, this book stands well on its own. Not having read the first book, I might have liked just a bit more descripton of the character's physical appearance, and an additional sentence or two when referring to specific occurrances/characters from the first book.

Pacing:

Pacing was excellent. The story moved along very well and finished up nicely. The subplots worked well and I liked that the ending clearly set up conflict for the next book.

Use of Language:

This book flowed nicely. Sentences varied in length and structure. Descriptions were complete without being overly done. Some words felt slightly overused (mist, swirled), but I appreciate that the authors didn't try to use creative synonyms instead. That can make the reading heavy and unneccessarily clunky. 

Originality:

I love the idea of crime/investigations in conjunction with this voodoo twist. The connection between Lexie and Magnus was also very unique to me. 

Overall Readability:

This was a great introduction to this series, and I enjoyed reading it. It was interesting enough to keep me turning pages and I look forward to seeing what the next book will bring. If you like paranormal stories, with a great historical city as a backdrop and some intrigue thrown in, you'll love this book.

A Note From the Critic:

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book. The characters and overall feel of the book really worked. It was an easy read, with well-developed characters and an interesting, yet easy to follow story arc. I have already recommended this book to friends and look forward to reading more from the series.

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