Soulbound Review


Soulbound (Return of the Elves, Book 1) by Bethany Adams

Synopsis: A deathbed promise

Arlyn’s quest is simple: Find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Arlyn had promised her mother she’d go. The problem? Her father’s people are myths and legends, and he doesn’t even live on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.

A dream long-buried

After five hundred years, Kai has given up on finding his soulbonded. So when he stumbles across Arlyn after returning from his latest mission and recognizes her as his mate, Kai starts their bond in haste. But he never could have imagined that his bonded is his best friend’s newfound daughter. Whoops.

A hidden conspiracy sparked to life

Though the sight of Kai makes Arlyn’s heart pound, she isn’t sure she can forgive him for starting their bond without her permission. But her love life is the least of her problems. Her father is an elf lord, and his sudden acknowledgment of a half-human heir reignites the same conspiracy that took him away from her mother in the first place. Now Arlyn and her family must face iron wielding assassins, bigotry, and her newly awakened magical abilities if they hope to come through in one piece.

Arlyn thought she would return to Earth after meeting her father. Now she must fight to save the family she never knew she wanted.

About the Author: Ever since finding a copy of The Hero and the Crown in her elementary school library, Bethany has loved fantasy. After subjecting her friends to stories scrawled in notebooks during study breaks all through high school, she decided to pursue an English degree at Middle Tennessee State University. When not writing or wrangling her two small children, Bethany enjoys reading, photography, and video games.

Genre: fantasy, romance, paranormal, young adult

More Info: Kindle edition, 255 pages, published on May 3, 2016


The moment I saw the synopsis, I bought the book immediately. It sounded so interesting to me. The plot was right up my alley: elves, drama and conspiracy.

On that note, I expected to start with Arlyn on Earth. I was ready to experience her mother’s death and strenuous journey through the veil. However, the book starts off as if missing a chapter or two. The very first thing we read is Arlyn meeting her father.

When Arlyn’s mother is dying, she makes her daughter promise to find her soulbound, her daughter’s eleven soulbound. So she does. Arlyn travels to another dimension to meet him. After some doubt, he accepts her as his offspring and heir (he is part royal).

Out of his mind minus a week of sleep and pure energy, Kai meets his soulbound and claims her on instinct. He even fails to ask her name and origin. Coincidently, she just to happens to be the long-lost daughter of his best friend. Not complicated at all.

Add on top of that that Arlyn need to learn about her new world, toxic energy is polluting other worlds, and two or more conspirators have appeared. The character must deal with threats to their lives and their own personal demons. Include romance, royal seers, and betrayal and you have Soulbound.

The writing itself was fluid, but ideas seemed to jump around. From paragraph to paragraph it seemed that there was something missing. I’m really not sure how else to say it…something was missing.

I did not connect with the characters as much as I usually do. I think this may be due to the fact the the entire book is written in 3rd person. Therefore, I couldn’t jump into the main characters’ heads and “become one” with them. Sometimes I think there were too many characters that I had to follow. If the focus remained on Arlyn, Lyr, and Kai only, it would be much deeper and easily to understand. Instead we get a glimpse into the life of Arlyn, Lyr, Kai, Ralan (the estranged prince), Eri (Ralan’s daughter), Allafon (Kai’s father and the conspirator), Moren (Kai’s brother), Lynia (Lyr’s mother), and some other characters as well. It was just too much.

With the third POV, I felt that the world I was being thrown into could have been explained much more. If it was 1st person with Arlyn then I would understand the missing info, since she is just as new to Moranaia as the reader. So, the main ideas could have been explained much better.

Also, I feel like the romance between Arlyn and Kai was artificial. All of a sudden, she just decides to accept him. There wasn’t much of a reasoning for her devotion to him, except that her soul was drawn to him so she felt protective. I wish I could get into her head and see her fall in love with him. {The sex scene was not graphic at all and suitable for YA readers.}

Then, the ending was way too fast. The main action was built up in stages too far apart, so that the events didn’t seem to join; there was a lot of filler. The climax happened within a short span of time. There was minimal build up and minimal inside information.

The price was fine at $2.99 on Kindle. Overall, I would maybe read this again if/when the next book comes out.

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