Locked in the darkness all hope should be lost but Maya has never felt so alive. She will have to fight for her survival even harder than before but she’s never had so much to live for. Everything has changed again and there are many obstacles in her way but she can’t give up now. Fate keeps conspiring against her but she is determined to get back to the city which owes her so much. They took her family, her home and the truth from her and she won’t stop until she’s paid them back
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Spoiler warning: It’s advised not to read this review unless you’ve read the books prior to this (it is book 4, so that kind of goes without saying)
And the plot thickens! Bound is the fourth instalment in the Cage of Lies series and I’ll say this now: this series is just getting better every time I come back to it. We pick up right about where the third (also the short novella Embers) ended so we don’t miss anything.
At the beginning we meet up with Maya and Coal and they’re still in that cell but we don’t care because they’re together and that’s kind of the important thing here…for the moment. Maya and Coal make such an amazing team, it’s like back in the beginning stages of the series when we saw Coal and Alicia fighting: so much grace, so in sync. Also, the fact that Gregor almost pissed his pants because he knows- he knows– that with those two together, he can’t win (hell, he can’t win with them one on one) made me cackle with glee. I still hate Gregor. Nothing will make me like him.
Characters: I honestly can’t say whether I prefer this Maya or ruthless Maya. Ruthless Maya being the one in which Coal is dead. She wasn’t as dependant as she was before so I think she’s a lot better now. Granted the AWOL-ness she possesses hasn’t gone away but it can be dealt with.
Coal, my precious, my love. He can do no wrong. He is amazing in every sense of the word. Perfection right there.
Alicia is so untrustworthy. I’d say it’s understandable because guys are always approaching her but she’s making that all they’re capable of. She’s still badass, that’s no argument though but I think with her only trusting 3 people when there’s so many other people she has to count on to have her back, it’s kind of ridiculous.
Taylor is an idiot. There was never a great like for him in the beginning and with every new stupid thing he tries, the scale leans towards dislike. He changes constantly from nice guy to a**hole. Crystal is still a nuisance but she’s more or less faded into the group now.
Hunter/Laurie/Blane/Luca/Lee: all of these people are amazing and I honestly think they make a great team. Of course they each have their own individual qualities that help make this story great.
Likes: I liked how this book focused more on the creepers. The warden story wasn’t getting old but a change is always welcome. WARRIORS! That’s what the group is called now and I love it so much! There are absolutely no dislikes.
Overall Thoughts: I didn’t like this as much as the other books but not for any specific reason. I just felt this was more a 4-4.5 star book than a 5 star. The plot as well as the pace was excellent. As always amazing written action scenes. I legit can’t wait for the next book. Next stop: the city. Bring. It. On!
Read: 23 March 2016
Publication Date: Amazon
Publication: 18 March 2016
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Susanne Valenti
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