Review: Binds by Rebecca Espinoza


2 stars

Read from November 17 to 19, 2014

Synopsis: Ophelia Brand’s life is in shambles. Married to an abusive man and forced to act like the perfect politician’s wife in public, her freedom has been completely stripped away. Alone and without purpose, Ophelia feels as if there isn’t much in this world to live for. Everything changes when an employee kidnaps her from a state dinner. Ophelia is thrust into a new world filled with people who claim to be an ancient race of Mages. They also claim that she is one of them.
While the country falls into the hands of a tyrannical dictator, Ophelia finds herself torn between the friendly Reece who wants nothing more than to protect her, and Spencer, the leader of the resistance who sees her as a tool to fight the war. Tensions run high as Reece and Spencer both try to help her master her powers and unravel the spells that restricted her from using them. As revelations of her past come to light, and the war is brought to her feet, Ophelia must quickly make a choice of who to trust.

Binds is the first in a series of adult urban fantasy novels with sexy Mages, a sugar skull army, and an unfortunate set of Hello Kitty pjs.

Bookish Things: 235 pages. The cover is lovely to look at, though I’m not too sure how it really fits with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.05 or paperback for $9.00

My Review: 

Binds brings together magic, betrayal, the fae and mages in a rather strange mix.

I didn’t enjoy the first person present tense POV.

I really didn’t like any of the characters either, they all felt 2D, flat and cliche.

I liked the idea that was the world setting, but alas the characters just couldn’t maintain the story.

There’s some fairly brutal assault in this book, domestic, spousal, whatever you want to call it. It’s in your face and constantly rehashed.

I hated Ophelia’s mental state, she made me want to punch her in the face, slap her silly and shove my foot up her butt!

The ‘love triangle’ was rubbish and completely useless in terms of plot progression.

All in all, this read like a draft without the polish of a professional novel. Lots of ideas and potential, but failing to deliver.

A few things I noticed:

8% – …by three huge me(n), grabbing me,
36% – NOW used instead of NWO
50% – Phee is written as Fee.
92% – if you change a characters name, stick with it, don’t jump around with what you call them. It’s really confusing.
93% – rapidly (-redundant) hurrying…

**Note: I won an electronic copy of this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways**


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