Musing Mondays is a meme started over on Should Be Reading that presents a different literary-themed question every week.
This week’s question is: What is the last book you struggled to read through to the end, even though you weren’t really enjoying it? What made you keep reading?
Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
I had read really glowing reviews of this book for some months now. I first
spotted it on a random browse through the shelves at the bookstore and thought
the back blurb sounded intriguing. After doing a bit of goodreads research, I thought I might have discovered one of those unappreciated gems, a UF in the rough that isn’t polished and purified by hype. Still, it was a few more months until I finally found it on clearance at the local Barnes and Noble and decided that I couldn’t leave it behind. Upon finding its sequel, Shadow Fall, for a dollar at another store, I decided it was fate and prepared to be swept away. While at first, Kellison’s take on the supernatural appears to be a fresh angle, I was disappointed to find that it ultimately all boils down to another version of vampire mythos. True, at least Kellison’s vampires aren’t the erotically charged paramours that infuse so many series today, but are instead suitably vicious for their soulless states. I also found the eventual reveal of Talia’s heritage a nice twist that isn’t utilized very often. However, I found that I was giving myself a mini mental peptalk before turning each new page. I think this is in large part due to inadequate character development. Both protagonists are unforgiveably flat, failing to arouse my sympathies or inspire me to invest in their romance (which, as an example of the driven-by-initial-lust love, does a good job of showing why these types of romance always leave me cold). The entire story, from the plot to the pacing to the character personalities, is just alright. I’m still debating whether to try the sequel or not, and honestly would not even be contemplating it were it not for my curiosity to see how Shadowman’s situation is resolved. By no means the worst I’ve read in this genre, and it may be a favorite read for others. Read the first fifty pages to judge for yourself, and post a comment on your thoughts.