Review: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Review: Mystically Bound by Stacey KennedyMystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Series: #3 Frostbite Series
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 29, 2013
Pages: 151
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four-half-stars  

We all have our reasons for why we like certain genres.  What drew me in and captured my interest in Urban Fantasy was the focus on a strong heroine who is the type to have a tremendously crappy time getting knocked down physically and/or metaphorically, but still manages to get up, dust off and go at the problem again.  In the Frostbite series, Tess is no exception particularly in this segment of the story.

After the cliffhanger ending of the last installment, I was so eager to find out what happened next.  For those that haven’t heard of this series, it is definitely one that must be read in order and it just builds in intensity so you probably don’t want to read past this point if you don’t want spoilers to the series.

Now in this latest story, Tess, along with her witch friend Gretchen travel to Louisiana to discover if a secret group of magic wielders can help her get to Kip in the Netherworld and bring him back.  The thing is that they want something in return for their assistance.  Tess must help them solve the murder of their Grand Master in exchange for their knowledge of how to bring Kip back.

Tess feels strong-armed and nearly betrayed when even some of the cards are put on the table regarding this group.  Sadly, even with the nasty little revelations she is given, she has to agree to help them to get their help.  As the story unfolds, it becomes obvious quickly that nobody can be trusted and there are secrets layered on top of secrets.  Discovering motives and solving the murder?  Pshht, right!  Everyone acted suspicious at some point.  The tone of this story was this constant feeling of waiting for the other shoe to fall each time Tess entered a new situation.  The atmosphere is definitely getting darker with each succeeding book and it had the feel of a really good murder mystery in a scary old mansion.  Brrrr!  Well actually, I didn’t get scared from the ambiance because I had strong suspicions the whole time and I still think I’m right even if the big revelation didn’t happen in this segment of the story.  Yep, you guessed it- another startling statement and cliff hanger of an ending.  But hey, at least I got a nice strong dose of some Kip and Tess togetherness that I wasn’t expecting and there were a few answers from the last book’s mysteries given in this one not to mention Tess discovers even more about her abilities.

Honestly, this series is a serious addiction for me.  I may need an intervention soon.  With that being said, I recommend this series for the Urban Fantasy lovers who like a blend of ghost story, magic and a torchy pair of star-crossed lovers.

About Stacey Kennedy

Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She loves in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, True Blood and Lost Girl.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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