Review – Life Bound by Aubrey Winters

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from the author.**

Title Life Bound
Author Aubrey Winters
Release Date December 25, 2020
Date Finished December 26, 2020
Availability Free with Kindle Unlimited

Description

When a vampire throws you out of a window, don’t make him your personal body guard.

But when my Nana disappears, he has no choice but to stick with me if he wants to stay alive.

My life turned upside down when I walked in on the world’s oldest vampire attacking my grandmother. Everything I knew about myself was a lie. My parents weren’t killed in a tragic car accident, my Nana wasn’t a normal little old lady, and a whole supernatural world exists parallel to ours.

I’m desperate to find Nana. Kol is desperate to break this spell that binds my life to his. Together, we have to make sure I stay alive long enough to find out who I really am before an underground war between the supernatural races tears the Shadow world apart.

Initial Thoughts

I saw the author was looking for reviewers on Facebook and this book sounded right up my alley. I don’t read a ton of vampire books but I tend to really like the ones I have read.

Some Things I Liked

  • Banter and romance. I loved that this story had some of my favorite romance tropes: enemies to lovers, slow burn, and fantastic witty dialogue. I can’t wait to see what happens with Kol and Elle.
  • World building. I thought the idea of the Shadow World was really interesting and I found that the way the author incorporated the real world into it was quite well done. Often times, I find that paranormal stories set in the modern world have too many deux ex machina type of fixes. One example is money. Vampires always seems to be loaded and nobody ever questions it. I liked the way this series addressed Kol’s spending and acquiring of items.
  • New Adult. I also really enjoyed the fact that the characters in this series are a bit older than YA characters. I think this book could easily be enjoyed by a YA reader but it also appeals to older readers as well as readers who lean more toward adult paranormal books.
  • The Originals vibes. For anyone who knows the TV show The Vampire Diaries, you probably also know the spin-off, The Originals. This books gave me all kinds of those vibes and it almost felt like the redemption story I always wanted for Klaus.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • There were some minor typographical errors. One that really stood out was the reference to what I can only assume, was the wrong character in a scene.

Series Value

I would definitely continue with this series. This was a fast paced read and I read it all in one sitting. Furthermore, that ending left me speechless and I need to know more.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. As mentioned above, I don’t read many paranormal books but I hope this can be the start me reading many more.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – if you liked the idea of a salty vampire and an unsuspecting lady going on adventures, try this series. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Broken Souls by Toni Miranda Jones – if you liked the world building and road trip aspects of this series, try the Broken Souls series.

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