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Unbound

Unbound


Unbound

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Mar 13, 2012
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5 of the hottest, New York Times bestselling authors in urban fantasy--KIM HARRISON, MELISSA MARR, JEANIENE FROST, VICKI PETTERSSON, and JOCELYNN DRAKE--come together in one spellbinding anthology. From the Hollows to Sin City, from New Orleans to Savannah, discover some of the most intriguing heroes and heroines who work on the supernatural borders.

Kim Harrison reveals a hidden adventure, as Jenks and Bis investigate a strange haunting...and find far more than they ever expected. Melissa Marr delivers her first adult story, featuring a young woman struggling to escape the supernatural fate of her family. Jeaniene Frost goes to New Orleans, where Bones must face down a ruthless pair of serial killers, while Vicki Pettersson returns to Sin City and, one man's fight for his soul. And Jocelynn Drake goes to Savannah, where a strange murder calls the balance between human and nightwalker into question.

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The only girl in a large family of boys, former tomboy Kim Harrison invented the first Brigadier General Barbie in self-defence. She shoots a very bad game of pool and rolls a very good game of dice. When not at her keyboard, she enjoys lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching action movies with The-Guy-In-The-Leather-Jacket. She plays her Ashiko drum when no one is listening, and is hard to find when the moon is new.

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  • (4/5)
    I just read the Kim Harrison story about Jenks and Bis. I enjoyed it!
  • (4/5)
    Originally picked up this book for the Melissa Marr story. Turns out it was my least favorite in the collection. It gave me a chance to discover Kim Harrison' Ley Line Drifter which is a short story from her Hollows' world. Next was Jeaniene Frost's Reckoning. I've never read her work before but I may start after this story. The same holds true for Jocelynn Drake's The Dead The Damned The Forgotten. After Marr's story, Two Lines, the other story I didn't care much for was Dark Matters from Vicki Pettersson. All in all, it's a good read and I ended up discovering a couple of authors I now like.
  • (3/5)
    I didn't like this book as much as the first. I found myself having a really hard time with the plot. I wasn't buying it, I wasn't liking it, and I wasn't able to swallow it.

    .... SPOILER ALERT .... there are spoilers in here

    First,
    Matt did something I don't see as forgivable. I think what he did was totally unacceptable and I don't see how everyone was so instantly able to put aside how fucking WRONG the 'hero's' actions were and to encourage her to get back together with and forgive him, let alone marry him!! WTF??! It certainly helped (a LITTLE) to hear it from Matt's POV, (in fact, I preferred his to hers!) but it still didn't justify or excuse him!

    Secondly,
    all through the book the heroine was whining about how the Pentagon boys so royally fucked her over... um, hello, her ex sister-in-law committed suicide over what they did!!! Now, granted, as far as I'm concerned, that girl deserved what she got, but still, to whine about her loss when someone else died over it seemed lame. And because she so instantly rolls over and takes what they give her, I find it really hard to feel empathetic towards her.

    For example: That debt she took on made me wanna bitch smack her. It just seemed like she was too quick to take it on, and too stupid about it. - Which reminds me of a big sticking point in book one... at the friend's wedding when the ex comes up to talk to her... (what the fuck is he doing coming up to chat with her for in the first place), and afterwards the book builds it up for a big scene (saying stuff like the ex can't handle seeing her with another man and is likely to make a scene) and then nothing at all happens, nothing is addressed. He just disappears! So we're expecting something, and it more than fizzles, it just ceases to exist.

    Thirdly,
    I wasn't impressed with her security detail, seems that a REAL professional security detail would have been able to handle BOTH situations better. The first, that seemed like a rookie solution, and the second, that just seemed unlikely. Security isn't likely going to say, 'aw well, she's going somewhere we think she'll be safe' and leave it at that! Someone should have been watching her! Well, if they are a good security team that is!

    Fourthly,
    the plot (and I realize it's not been fully revealed yet) was just too wtf-ish, it just didn't make any real sense. And it wasn't consistent, at one point that love-able Matt (dripping sarcasm), who had put security on Perla because, as he said, he knows what these guys (from the Pentagon Group) are capable of (and it's life threatening), and yet the author continually throws in things to make them all look like saints, how they are loyal and generous and kind. HUH? How does that even make sense? It's not consistent, how can they all be capable of hideous things, like killing her, and also so 'endearing'? It just made no sense.

    .... End of SPOILERS ....

    So, yeah, the plot didn't work for me at all. The seemingly inconsistency of characters' traits and personalities didn't make sense to me. And I just was pretty disgusted by the lot of them!

    I did like her life changes though! That was fun to read about!! I liked the day to day living the author narrates. I like feeling like I'm there. So, I liked the subplot. Maybe it's because I was a BIG Secret of My Success fan! hehehe.

    But all that said, I still thought the book well written, and I didn't see (or notice anyway) any typos and grammatical errors. That is sooooo rare!! For that alone I was tempted to give 4 stars!! I HATE blaring errors, you know the kind that if anyone had actually looked at the words they were reading they'd have seen! Basic editing!! Well, like I said, this book had it! I didn't glitch over anything, so THAT in itself is worth the cost of the book. And I like the author's writing style. I like how kind of slow and steady it is. Granted, I didn't find it to be great for the sex scenes as they tended to bore me, but I don't really care for them even when they are well written.

    All in all, I will be reading book 3! Iz got to know how it ends!! However, I'm not too sure if I'd read the other books in the Pentagon Group, I was pretty disgusted by all of them and am not too keen to be won over. I'd rather just hate them all and move on! hehehe.
  • (4/5)
    To be honest, I read this book only for Melissa Marr's (author of Wicked Lovely, etc)short story. I am not a fan of Kim Harrison, and so having never read her series, I had a hard time with the first story--it involved characters, and referenced many plot lines, from her main series. It was hard to read as a stand-alone. Apart from that issue, I very much enjoyed this collection--very diverse points of view and feelings to each of the stories, but each was entertaining and smart. I especially enjoyed Marr's character Eavan, and her struggles with the duality of her nature. It makes me hope that this character returns--I'd be very interested in how her story (and struggle) continues.
  • (4/5)
    This anthology includes 5 new stories by popular paranormal authors. In all cases (except for Marr's story) the stories are set in preexisting worlds created by the authors. My favorite of the bunch were "Ley Line Drifter" which gives you a closer look at Jenks' family and "Rekoning" which introduced me to Jeaniene Frost's writing. This book made me want to learn more both about Frost and Drake and read some of their series. "Dark Matters" by Petttersson is an important read for those of us reading the "Signs of the Zodiac" series as it explains in full some of the events that happened in "City of Souls". Marr's first adult story "Two Lines" was also a pleasant surprise and I liked it quite a bit more than her young adult series.In general the stories in this book tend more towards action/urban fantasy than romance. I personally enjoyed that. All in all a great collection of stories. See below for more detail on each story in this anthology."Ley Line Drifter" by Kim Harrison (5/5 stars)An excellent story set in Harrison's Hollows world, it's about Jenks helping a fellow pixie. You learn more about pixie culture and there is a ton of action. Given the ending I am wondering if what Jenks and Ivy unleashed will come back to haunt them in the next Hollows book."Reckoning" by Jeaniene Frost (5/5 stars)A prequel to the Night Huntress series by Frost. This story tells about a vampire named Bones who is hired by the New Orleans Queen vampire to take out some serial killer Ghouls. On top of this hunt for the killers, someone is trying to kill Bones. I have never read any of Frost's Night Huntress books but based on this story I will have to check them out. I like her writing style; no-nonsense and lots of action. Bones was an intriguing character and Frost creates an interesting variation on paranormal alternate worlds."Dark Matters" by Vicki Pettersson (3/5 stars)This is a prequel to her "Signs of the Zodiac series". It tells the background/history of JJ/Hunter. It was good to read a story that made the events in the "City of Souls" (book 4) make more sense. I still don't understand why "City of Souls" couldn't have explained what this story did. If you are reading the "Signs of the Zodiac" series then reading this story is a must. As for the story itself I didn't like it all that much (aside from the info it gives). The story is more a romance than anything and much of the action is pushed aside for numerous sex scenes. It was okay, but nothing to write home about."The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten" by Jocelynn Drake (4/5 stars)Prequel to the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake; I have not read any books in this series. This story follows Mira as she tries to track down a nightwalker killer and avoid assassination herself. Both Mira and Knox are intriguing characters. The story was action packed and hints at an interesting world. An enjoyable read. I will have to check out the Dark Days series eventually to see how I like the full novels."Two Lines" by Melissa Marr (4/5 stars)This story tells about Eaven, she is a human that will become a glasitig is she ever does two things: kill and have sex. She is hell bent on staying human. Things get out of control when she starts hunting a drug lord. When her grandmother provides a sexy bodyguard for her Eaven begins to wonder if her desire to stay human is worth the sacrifice. Not as much action as the other stories, this story presented a very unique world with supernatural creatures different than I was used to seeing. I actually like Marr's writing style in this story quite a bit more than her writing style in her "Wicked Lovely" series.
  • (3/5)
    Nice, light, easy reads.
  • (3/5)
    The only story I've read is Kim Harrison's, but that's what I got the Kindle book for. I rate this one 3*** but that's because it's Jenks, who's my least favorite of the Vampiric Charms characters. Not that I dislike him, mind, but only that Ivy's far and away Number One and Rachel comes in second. Still, it's a must-read for Hollows backstory.
  • (1/5)
    I could not get into a single one of these stories...and I really tried. They didn't feel as though they were written for adults and were not at all what I expected. Though it's branded as supernatural, I think fantasy suits these works better.
  • (3/5)
    A book of short stories in the modern urban fantasy genre. "Ley Line Drifter" by Kim Harrison was a fun little tale featuring Jenks in a story of his own. It is part of a series I've enjoyed, so this tale of the Pixie detective both stood on its own and filled a place in the larger universe. "Reckoning" by Jeaniene Frost is set in New Orleans, and is creepy in a good way. "Dark Matters" by Vickie Petterson was a story of superheroes and supervillians that had an interesting twist. "The Dead, The Damned, and the Forgotten" by Jocelynn Drake was set in a world I didn't quite get, but the story was compelling. "Two Lines" by Melissa Marr has a glaisig as a central character. But I never did figure out what a glaisig was, except another kind of monster that needed sex and death to transition from human to Other. This story was not to my taste. Otherwise, a reasonable anthology. I recommend the first two stories the most.
  • (2/5)
    Disappointing. I bought the book for the Kim Harrison story, which I did enjoy - great to see more of Jenks and his family, but I was hoping to find some new authors to read and enjoy too. I had read some of Melissa' Marr's other works and found her story to be entertaining, but sadly I didn't rate any of the others. Perhaps it's not fair to judge on a short story, but I didn't feel any connection with the characters and have no interest in reading their future adventures.At least I have been warned before I wasted money on novels and series I am unlikely to enjoy!
  • (4/5)
    So good - 4.5 stars. Would have been 5 stars if it had an epilogue.
  • (4/5)
    Loved the visual of the Highlands and this small cottage.
  • (4/5)
    "Unbound" is a collection of five stories by various different paranormal authors. I bought this book the day it came out for Kim Harrison and Jeannene Frost's stories. I am not a huge fan of anthologies in general but I had to get this one. "Ley Line Drifter" by Kim Harrison - * * * This is the story of Jenks the pixy and Bis the gargoyle attempting to solve a paranormal private investigation case. Jenks usually works with Rachel, but he is eager to help save another pixy's young children. I adore Jenks, always have and always will. Unfortunately a closer glimpse of Jenks and his family is the only thing recommending this story. The mystery of two statues inhabited by a demon and a nymph is too vaguely constructed to be compelling and the ending is far too abrupt. I get the feeling we will hear from these characters again in the future but in this story I didn't' find them too interesting. As a whole the story was unsatisfyingStill the pages of family time visiting Jenks, his wife and their children was definitely enjoyable and worth reading. "Reckoning" by Jeanene Frost * * * * * This novella is about Bones, before he met Cat, and how he came to be hired in New Orleans to kill a pair of ghoul serial killers. In sixty pages, Frost manages to tell a complete and engaging paranormal tale. It beings with Bones getting a call to New Orleans and follows him as he hunts and finds the killers. There are several other characters who appear through the tale whom we have never read about in Frost's series. Still Frost makes us feel like we know these fleshed out characters. This story isn't going to change how you read the "Night Huntress" series and you won't miss anything vital if you don't read this novella. Still every page is entertainment in its purest form. Unlike Harrison's tale before it, "Reckoning" has a complete ending which I was completely happy with. "Dark Matter" by Vicki Petterson * * * * This is a short story set in the same superhero world as Joanna Archer's, where Light agents battle Shadow agents in a war of good versus evil. Joanna, the main character from the Signs of the Zodiac series, is missing here (mostly) as the story takes place before Joanna learns that she is to be the Kairos, a powerful woman made up on fboth light and dark who would tip the scales in favor of which ever side she chose to fight with. Instead this is a story about another Light agent J.J.. JJ falls in love with a shadow agent, and must deal with the fallout from that. This story is gripping and easy to read. My complaint with the Zodiac series is that it is bogged down and events unfold so quickly that it is hard to keep track of everything. Not the case here. Dark Matter is a powerful story that should be a must read for follower's of Petterson's series. It was sad and somewhat shocking at the end, but that only made me want to rush to read the newest book, "City of Souls". Maybe if I had already read that fourth installment, I wouldn't have been as shocked by the ending. Still this story was gem. "The Dead, the Damned and the Forgotten" by Jocelyn Drake * * * * * I have the first two books by Jocelyn Drake but I haven't read them yet. The good news is that the story makes me want to hurry up and get to them! Mira, a vampire, runs a domain of the undead in Savannah. She is called to the morgue to find a dead vampire. As she and her assistant Knox race to find the killer it becomes quickly apparent they are in deeper than they bargained for. An ancient vampire shows up from the head Coven in Venus and threatens to send Mira back to live under their rule if she can't get ahold on her own territory. The stakes are raised as they learn werewolves, hit men, and humans are all involved. Drake writes an intriguing story here. The world really appealed to me but I can tell there is probably more blood and violence than in most of the other urban fantasy stories. These people don't mess around! Although the story has to do with an existing world and some established characters I never felt lost. There was nothing about the story I didn't like. Easily a five star story. "Two Lines" by Melissa Marr * * * I have never read Melissa Marr before, and I liked her writing. This story was good but not great. It's the story of a girl named Eavan "Eve", who belongs to a family of glaistigs. Glaistigs are woman with goat bodies on their lower halves but are beautiful and human on the top half. They occasionally have to kill to live eternally. In order for Eve to be a real glaistig and leave her humanity behind, she must kill and have sex. Scared of changing over, she avoids both like the plague. This story has her fighting the urges to change, and stalking a human killer as he gives woman a zombie potion and then mutilates them. Enter Cillian, a paranormal police officer and you have her love interest. The story wasn't bad, and I had no trouble reading through it. If this became a series, I would give it a chance. This was still overall my least favorite of the five stories. Overall this was a rocking anthology. I usually have a couple stories I really can't get into, but this was a treat. I recommend this one to all the urban fantasy lover's out there who don't mind a good anthology.
  • (3/5)
    Very distinctly different stories. I very much liked the story about Jenks by [[Kim Harrison]] and the stories by [[Jeaniene Frost]] and by [[Jocelynn Drake]]. I would like to read more of their stories. The two stories by [[Vicki Petterson]] and [[Melissa Marr]] were ok, but did not my hart beat any faster. This anthology provided some nice relaxed reading time, and kept my attention focused. That is a good thing, if you travel by train to get to work.
  • (3/5)
    So the three stars are for the first story; the rest are more like two.

    Kim Harrison did a great job with the Jenks story, but I think a lot would be lost without having read the series the story is based around. As it is, I've read the series, and the story is a wonderful detail of a life we don't get to glimpse most of the time.

    Jeaniene Frost's Reckoning was fun. I've never read anything else by her, and even though she took a bit of an easy way out (the villains were based on historical figures who really did terrible things to slaves rather than original villains she would need to establish) the hero was intriguing.

    Dark Matters from Vicki Petterson was all over the place. This should have been a full novel rather than a short story; the world was too complex, the span of time too long, and the end so absurdest that I think I just rolled my eyes when it was over.

    The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelyn Drake was ok. I was rather uninterested in the characters, but the plot was fine.

    I've read YA books by Melissa Marr, and while Two Lines was supposed to be her first adult supernatural thriller the main character was still quite juvenile. This is another that felt too complex to be a short story, and it was too uncertain about where the line between YA and adult should be. To be truly an adult story the main character just needed to be more mature.