Title: Mystically Bound
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Frostbite, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Review copy from author
*Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series*
“Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, vanished into the Netherworld without a trace. Now, she finds herself in White Castle, Louisiana, surrounded by the Animus—a secret society of the supernaturally gifted. To make matters worse, they present her with an offer she cannot refuse.
If she helps solve the murder of their Grand Master, they will assist her in saving Kipp. Soon, Tess will land herself lost in another mystery she doesn’t want. But she will have to trust her enemies to gain what she most desires—a life with Kipp.
Only problem? People are hiding secrets and dark pasts. Tess will soon discover that nothing is as it seems. She might want to save Kipp from his ghostly state, but someone has decided it’s better for her to join him…”
Mystically Bound is the third book in the Frostbite series by Stacey Kennedy.
After learning that Kipp is in a coma and not dead Tess is willing to do whatever is necessary to get his soul back into his body, but now that Kipp has vanished to the Netherworld things are not only more complicated for Tess but out of her realm of understanding.
Tess’ friend Gretchen knows a group of magic practitioners that can help her, the Animus. Together they travel to Louisiana in search for their help.
The Animus has the spell Tess needs to get Kipp’s soul back into his body, but they will only share it with her if she can help them solve the murder of their Grand Master, Alexander. Not having any other option reluctantly she accepts, but as always with Tess this case is more complicated than she could have imagine, Alexander’s ghost is like nothing Tess had experienced before, so different that she will be force to use very unconventional methods to solve his murder.
After the cliffhanger-end of Demonically Tempted I’ve been eagerly waiting for the release of Mystically Bound and I’m glad to tell you that Mrs. Kennedy delivered another winner.
We have seen Tess grow page after page and there was not an exception in Mystically Bound, she has come a long way and has experience a strong transformation. In this installment she also learns a lot about her powers and what she is capable to do, but the most important thing she has learned is that she needs to trust herself and that she’s not alone, she has a good supporting group of friends she can count on.
Because Kipp has vanished to the Netherworld he is not very present in the story, but in the few scenes he was present he was a force to reckon with. We learned why he vanished to the Netherworld and few other things about him are also explained.
One of the best things about this series are the secondary characters, they all have a very important part in Tess life and have played an important role in helping Tess become the woman she is nowadays. I wasn’t so sure about Gretchen but in Mystically Bound she proves us that she is a real friend and will be there for Tess whenever she needs her.
The mystery surrounding Alexander’s murder and the Animus was enthralling and with a good amount of spookiness. Despite many of the mysteries in Mystically Bound not having a resolution I was left with a feeling of satisfaction.
Mystically Bound is a very well written story with a strong plot, a well-balanced amount of mystery and romance and multidimensional characters. A story that will keep you glued to its pages from beginning to end and will leave you wanting for more.
Frostbite series is almost coming to an end and even though we learned some secrets in Mystically Bound there are still a lot of things left to be discovered, luckily we won’t have to wait for long, next and last book in the series, Eternally Devoted, will be release next month.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
Eternally Devoted (March, 2013)
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