Review: SOULBOUND by Tessa Adams

February 7, 2013 Review 3 ★★★★

Soulbound (Lone Star Witch, #1)

SOULBOUND

(Lone Star Witch, #1)
by Tessa Adams

Genre:  Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: Yes Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by:  Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (February 5, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0451415043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451415042

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Some sex scenes

Description

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…

While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.

Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.

Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…

Review

SOULBOUND, the first book in Tessa Adams new Lone Star Witch series, is a fantastically dark and suspenseful paranormal romance with unique worldbuilding that had me completely absorbed. The pacing is quick and the descriptions of magic and various rituals are so detailed and vivid that I was glued to the story.

Love interests being destined or bound is a much used trope in paranormal romance and I really loved the unique take on the soulbinding between Xandra and Declan. I liked that Declan wasn’t the all knowing ‘alpha male’ who needs to lead Xandra to her full capabilities. He’s wrong at times and along with Xandra doesn’t know what’s going on. This shared confusion makes for some nice bonding moments and puts them on almost equal footing in regards to finding the serial killer.

Beyond the romance, one concept that I really liked was the idea of a  Royal family of witches (I’m hoping that this hierarchy of witches and magical creatures is explored more in future books too). It played a big role in forming the character of Xandra, who has had to cope with being the only non-magical member of the Royal family.  Her mother in particular is one scary, frustrating lady and I applauded Xandra for putting up with her.

(One note of caution for reading SOULBOUND is that there are some possibly upsetting, graphic scenes involving a serial killer.)

The almost too abrupt ending definitely leaves a lot of questions and anticipation for what will happen next with Xandra’s powers and the soulbinding with Declan when the second book of the Lone Star Witch  series, VENGEANCE BOUND, comes out December 3rd 2013 by Signet.

Series

  1. Soulbound
  2. Vengeance Bound

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3 Responses to “Review: SOULBOUND by Tessa Adams”

  1. Mary @ BookSwarm

    So adding this to my TBR right now. I’ve got a glut of UF waiting for me — I need a week off just to read ALL THE BOOKS! This one sounds fantastic (and a 4-bat? Yes, please.).

  2. Denise Z

    I came across this title for the first time today and am really staring to chomp at the bit to read it. Thank you for sharing with us :)

  3. Samantha

    I love the cover for this one and CANNOT wait to read it! It sounds like it was a really good read which makes me want to read it even more ;) I’ve already added this one to the TBR list!