Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Cure (Unbounded #2)

About the book:
Even When You CHANGE, Some Things Remain the Same . . .

Erin Radkey’s life has altered completely since her Change made her one of the Unbounded. Yet she has learned the hard way that some things never change.

Greed. Over the centuries the long-lived Unbounded have divided into two groups, the Emporium who craves money and power and will do anything to achieve its ends, including experimenting on its own people, and the Renegades who protect humanity.

Power. Now the Renegades are close to discovering a cure that will save many dying mortals, and the husband of Erin’s closest friend is first in line to receive the formula. But Emporium agents will stop at nothing to destroy the cure—until they realize the research might be exactly the weapon they’ve been searching for.

Love. Erin’s new abilities are tested as she and fellow Renegades fight the Emporium in a struggle that soon becomes all too personal, and where lines of loyalty are blurred by relationships of the past. Everything is at risk, including the lives of her friends—and the love of Ritter Langton, the Renegade Unbounded who both infuriates and excites her.

From the busy streets of Portland to the jungles of Mexico, The Cure is a page-turning urban fantasy that will keep you riveted until the end.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for and honest review.

After finishing the first book in this series, the abrupt ending had me wondering what happened. The story stuck with me for several days after I finished it (I just love book hangovers!), so I knew I had to get my hands on the next book in the series. Want to know what I thought about the first book, The Change? Check out the review here.

To begin with, if you are reading the books back to back, you will initially be disappointed because the story doesn't pick up exactly where the first book left off. It actually picks up two months later. There are snippets that allow readers to find out what happened. For example, Ritter wasn't there when Erin woke from her surgery. No surprise there because that is Ritter!

This book feels the same and very different from the first book. There is still tons of action in it. The Hunters and Emporium are really a thorn in the Renegades' side. Erin however is not the same woman we saw in the first book. Her confidence has grown in the months that she has been Unbounded and she doesn't doubt her role in this new secret society anymore. She is 100% Renegade and she's out to recruit new Unboundeds to her side.

The characters must take a road trip to Mexico. This is also a reason why the "feel" of this book is so different from the first. The unfamiliar scenery as characters run through the jungle, adds a danger element to the plot. Enemies can hide so easily. If bullets start flying, it is difficult to spot Emporium soldiers in all of the foliage. It is hard to tell who is hunting and who is being hunted.

The same characters from the first book are in this second book plus a few extra. New talents are revealed that come in handy when the characters get in some sticky situations. Don't worry though, you're going to love these additions to the story.
Readers that love action, supernatural abilities and a hint of romance will definitely want to pick up this book. There is no sex in it, but there is some violence. It is definitely worth the read!

About author Teyla Branton:

Teyla Rachel Branton grew up avidly reading science fiction and fantasy and watching Star Trek reruns with her large family. They lived on a little farm where she loved to visit the solitary cow and collect (and juggle) the eggs, usually making it back to the house with most of them intact. On that same farm she once owned 33 gerbils and 18 cats, not a good mix, as it turns out.

Teyla always had her nose in a book and daydreamed about someday creating her own worlds. She is now married, mostly grown up, and has seven kids, including a two-year-old, so life at her house can be very interesting (and loud), but writing keeps her sane.

She thrives on the energy and daily amusement offered by her children, the semi-ordered chaos giving her a constant source of writing material. Grabbing any snatch of free time from her hectic life, Teyla writes novels, often with a child on her lap. She warns her children that if they don’t behave, they just might find themselves in her next book!

She’s been known to wear pajamas all day when working on a deadline, and is often distracted enough to burn dinner. (Okay, pretty much 90% of the time.) A sign on her office door reads: DANGER. WRITER AT WORK. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

She loves writing fiction and traveling, and she hopes to write and travel a lot more. She also loves shooting guns, martial arts, and belly dancing. She has worked in the publishing business for over twenty years.