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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Review: Grave Bound by T.R. Graves

My Rating: Kiss

Genre: New Adult Romance/Thriller

Steam Level: Warm – Hot

Grave Bound is very hard book for me to rate/review. My feelings ranged from 1 star – 5 stars at different times throughout this story and I finally ended up somewhere in the middle. It is very slow paced, especially in the beginning. When I picked up this book I was looking for something different and unique and it certainly delivered in that aspect. Its premise is something that hasn’t been done before. Emily lives in a patriarchal commune that is ruled by her father. She has never known a life outside of the commune, but when a day of hooky turns into a chance meeting with two outsiders Emily’s life as she knows it begins to unravel and feelings she never thought possible begin to blossom.

The Commune or The Community as they call it grabbed my attention from the beginning, however I felt like there were a lot questions left unanswered. Some of the situations and lifestyles were a bit unbelievable and it was never exactly explained what the community was or why it was formed. And when some of the community secrets were revealed in the end I was left a little…underwhelmed? After all the buildup  I was expecting something a little more, but there is a second book coming out so maybe more information will be revealed at that time.

Emily was a very interesting heroine. While I loved Emily’s personality, I didn’t really understand how she turned out to be so outgoing, strong willed, and a little spit fire with the circumstances of her upbringing. Her dialogue also bothered me, it felt very redneck and uneducated (and that’s saying a lot coming from me who was raised in Alabama) and it was also inconsistent. She spoke with this very country accent but it didn’t transfer over to her thoughts or inner monologues. She was prone to overreacting and had NO patience.

Levi was definitely a swoon-worthy alpha male, almost too perfect! I’m not usually a fan on insta-love and this book was no different. The connection between Levi and Emliy came on too sudden and too perfectly for me to feel the chemistry between them, at least at first. But by the end I had warmed up to the connection between them, however they had only known each other all of about 2 or 3 weeks.

My favorite part of this book? The ending! The pace and writing really picked up in the last third or so of this story as the plot started to come together. And the last chapter or so? Holy crap, I never saw that ending coming! Obviously I can’t say more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say it was heart-stopping, gut-wrenching, and will leave you hanging! But don’t worry, the second book Under-Ground will be released sometime the summer.

This book is full of friction, sexual tension, and danger. If you’re looking for a unique and jaw dropping premise that has a little romance mixed in then you should add this on to you TBR.

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About the Author
The author of The Warrior and the Secret series—currently available—and the Moral Dilemma and the Underwater series—to be released in 2013/2014.
She lives in Texas with her husband, their nineteen-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as an administrator and registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.


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