Unbound (All Good Things #1) by Georgia Bell
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2013
After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.
Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.
Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.
Unbound by Georgia Bell follows Rachel, a shy 18-year-old, who lives with her mom and grandmother and works at a library. She has one friend, Lacey, and doesn’t really have much of a social life. That being said, she does have a secret. Ever since she was a little girl, Rachel has known someone was watching over her. But she doesn’t know who or why.
Honestly I have mixed feelings about Unbound. The story is incredibly well-written and I really enjoyed the plot. It’s rare to have an immortal in a book who isn’t a vampire, so that was a really nice change in pace. I also loved the lore or mythology of how the immortals were created. The way most of the immortals lived sort of reminded me of the Observes from Fringe before they went super power hungry and evil. It was awesome.
I wish we would have learned a little bit more about the council and how the whole thing works, but I know this is a series so Bell did a great job setting the stage with the different factions in this world that hopefully she’ll explore in later books. Along with the council there are the witches, but they’re special. I’m not really sure how to explain it without giving too much away.
So, I’ll just say that these witches were different than any I’d read about before and so were the immortals, which is saying something because I’m big on immortals. I thought Bell did a nice job with her characters as well. I liked the array of personalities.
One thing I felt could have used more development was the relationship between Rachel and Eaden. It wasn’t that I didn’t like their relationship; I just felt everything moved a little too fast. I mean sure he’s been following her forever, but that whole thing was from afar and also a little strange since he’s been watching her since she was a child.
But I would have loved to see more development there, learning about them as individuals and then as a couple. I’m a fan of the slowburn. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next installment!
Georgia Bell was raised on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of her father, a man who loved his family, fishing, scotch, and science (although not necessarily in that order).
Georgia is an avid reader of young adult fiction, and a lover of good wine, music, children, and cats (although not necessarily in that order).