Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: Unbound by Emily Goodwin

Book Blurb:

The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own.

Then she meets Ethan, a handsome and mysterious stranger who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and the Coven she hails from. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?

My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Ghosts, Supernatural, Witches--

Anora has spent her life feeling different and alone due to the fact she can see ghosts. When she finally has a boyfriend, she is devastated to overhear at a party that he just had a bet going to sleep with her. After storming out of the party, Anora runs into the attractive and mysterious Ethan, who she is instantly drawn to. To complicate matters more, Anora's quirky great aunt passes away and leaves all of her possessions to Anora, including her surprisingly large collection of spell books and vast array of odd weapons. Anora has no idea what is gong on, but she knows that there is danger near and it is hunting her.

I was not sure what kind of story this was when I picked it up to read. To be honest, I chose it because the cover is pretty and caught my eye and I have heard good things about Emily Goodwin. I was interested how the book would play out. I thought this was going to be a teen paranormal story, but I think I would classify this as a Paranormal New Adult book instead based on the content and actions of the characters. There was a whole lot of love and lust, but there was also a huge focus on Anora and what she could do. I liked the ghost elements of the story as well as the witchcraft and spells performed.

I was a little disappointed in Anora at the start of the book. She is dating a guy she so obviously doesn't like who is so incredibly rude to her and she lets him grope her and goes through the motions just to fit in. It made me feel a little icky for her and I wanted her to punch him or at least dump him. She does end up growing some back bone which totally cheered me up, but then she went the extreme route and had too much confidence in herself that she found herself in dangerous situations she was unprepared for. I absolutely love her hodge podge assortment of animals and the role they play in her life as well as the ability to read her emotions. Also, Anora could not have dreamed for a better best friend than what she was given (Laney was awesome). Totally random, but I like the name Anora and I thought it fit who she was but I hated that she liked for people to call her Annie (not that there is anything wrong with Annie, but if you are named Anora, you should totally rock it). Side note, I am fine with responsible teenagers having sex in the story, which occurred a lot in this book (but really she was 18 and he is 22, so whatever) but they had sex with everyone around at both of their parent's houses and I found that to be super awkward. Maybe wait till you are by yourself? There were a few times Anora became embarrassed that other overheard the sex, and my solution is to not have sex with everyone around! Sheesh.

Overall though I found the book to be interesting and I kind of liked how the ending played out. Things almost wrapped up as if this was a stand-alone, but I am pretty sure this is the first in a new series and I can't wait to see what will happen next.

I received this title form the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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