Review: ‘Shadow Bound’ (Wraith #2) by Angel Lawson

***IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS***

Rating: 4

The Low Down: Jane and Connor are together, but lately, Connor has been distant and moody. A girl he knew when he was hospitalized in the past has committed suicide, and he seems to be having a lot of difficulty dealing with it. When Charlotte appears in Jane’s room, Jane can tell that something is off. Charlotte is manipulative, mean and scary. She says she has no interest in crossing over because she has some things to take care of. Connor usually takes medication to help with the huge influx of ghosts that he sees, but Jane can tell that he’s not taking them now. She knows it has something to do with Charlotte, but she doesn’t know what. Did Connor have a thing with Charlotte in the past?

Meanwhile, there’s a little ghost girl that has been hanging around at Jane’s next-door neighbor’s house. She seems shy and, at first, unwilling to tell Jane what she wants. Jane is the person that ghosts go to so they can cross over, but the girl’s mother says the girl has been waiting around thirty years to help Jane. And, when Jane visits with her great-aunt in a care facility, she doesn’t know why Aunt Ruth tells Jane that it’s not a raven that’s been following her, it’s the angel of death.

Both Jane and Connor are keeping secrets from each other. But if they can’t confide in each other, than who can they talk to? Is it true that Connor is just one of those guys who is always going to be a delinquent? Are things just going to end unhappily between them? What of the ghosts? Will there be more like Charlotte – angry, bitter and scheming? And when Jane discovers that she is more than a crossover conductor for the departed, could Charlotte use that for evil?

Best Thang ‘Bout It: When I reviewed the original, I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. The first book was neatly tied up, but as I said in my review, there were ways to make an interesting volume 2. That being said, many sequels don’t have the “zing” of the original, the freshness and newness, so they seem forced or worse, boring. There are new characters in this story that add a new dimension to the drama; and Jane finding out more about her ability is very compelling. Also, the friction between Jane and Connor adds an element of reality in a story where two people who care for each other deeply still need to get to know and trust each other. The characters are three dimensional people, not stereotypes. There’s no drama for the sake of drama which is usually a poorly used plot device.

I’m Cranky Because: My only complaint would be that there was so much going on in this book that I could have used more time with the various components. There was not one character in the book that was superfluous, the various story lines all had impact and were compelling and a vital part of the story.

Should You?: Yes. Ms. Lawson is a wonderful storyteller whose characters are absorbing, real, sometimes damaged and always entertaining.

Shadow Bound (Wraith #2) by Angel Lawson was published on December 11, 2012 by Anna Benefield. A free copy of this book was received by Ink and Page in return for an honest review.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Ages: 14 and up

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See my previous reviews of books by Angel Lawson:
Wraith
FanGirl
Serial Summer

5 thoughts on “Review: ‘Shadow Bound’ (Wraith #2) by Angel Lawson”

  1. Thanks Audrey!

    I wanted to add that I’m not always a fan of series books. Sometimes I love them, but I always find book 2 to be weak. If there are three planned 1 and 3 seem to be the heavy ones and the second one the connector between the two. I decided not to fluff out Shadow Bound in that way so many second books do. I’ll never know if that was the right decision or the wrong one but ha! Living with it now!

    1. Yes, there are many books out there that suffer from the sophomore slump. I have written about that many times. Book 2 is merely a set-up, a bridge between 1 and 3. Very unsatisfying. I even read one book that did all of the set-up in book 1, where the author promised all sorts of action in book 2! That’s why I go on about story arcs being needed for each book as well as the entire series.

      You couldn’t write fluff if you tried.

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