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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Somewhat. I did enjoy the setup and explanations of the culture, but unfortunately the romance was an afterthought at best. The summary had me expecting a marriage-then-love plot with some court politics, but what I got was a lot of background of the world the characters inhabited with little to no depth given to those characters themselves.
Would you recommend Soulbound to your friends? Why or why not?
No. I feel like friends who enjoy fantasy world-building wouldn't enjoy the shoehorned romance but friends who enjoy romance wouldn't enjoy the drawn out world-building explanations or the very poorly executed romance plot. The author seemed to want to do both, but ended up dividing her efforts too much between them and the story suffered for it.
Which character – as performed by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?
None of the characters were especially relatable or lovable. They all felt shallow and one-note in their characterization. I would say Adams clearly had a favorite, because that character was given the most backstory and explanation of anyone, that being Lyr. While the author clearly meant for Arlyn to be the main character, she feels more like an alternate point of view to a story mainly revolving around her father.
What would have made this romance irresistible?
Actually having spent time on said romance, for one. The summary implies that it is a main plotline but it is actually a background plot that receives little to no development. The characters are just suddenly "in love" with no buildup or effort. While Aryn is initially doubtful about the soulbond, after Kai is injured she is suddenly totally accepting of it. The two only have a handful of conversation in the entire book (most of which is just Kai explaining culture or history to Arlyn) but suddenly they are confessing their love to one another and falling into bed.
Any additional comments?
If you are primarily looking for a romance, this is really not the story for you. If you enjoy believable character depth & development, this is not the book you want. If you simply enjoy fantasy elven culture, you might really enjoy this book, because that is where the main focus is.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book does a good job of showing a sensitive yet strong male lead character. I wasn't sure about it at first but it's good.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This storyline had so much potential I was saddened to see it slaughtered so! No romance what so ever, just three conversations and bed. Terrible characters. A 500-year-old elven guy that is as mature as a 15-year-old. The female narrator turns the protagonist into a whiny kid. No real descriptive prose, anything complicated was avoided. The protagonist spent weeks in the portal, yet we are told nothing about it.
Would you ever listen to anything by Bethany Adams again?
Never ever! Nope! Shoot myself first.
Did Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
Did not like this joint venture, but i would consider listening to Gabrielle de Cuir again.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
disappointment, I came for elves and got inmature 500 year old idiots.
Any additional comments?
Thank god i can give the book back.