Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 1: Bound Spirits by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance)

 
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BTS eMag http://btsemag.com/
Aug 20, 2013
3 ½ Stars!

"BOUND SPIRITS is like an urban legend told sitting around a bonfire with your hairs rising on the back of your neck from this tale. It sucks you right in and you're on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the rest of the story. Bloodmoon Mountain has an eerie secret as well as the woman that John Kotter finds inhabiting his home.

After many years away, John returns to take over the family business but finds himself drawn deep into ghost of the past. He must find a way to solve children being murdered on his mountain and find out exactly who the woman is, because falling in love could get you killed."
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Readers' Favorite (http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/12023)
Jul 20, 2013
I have been interested to read BOUND SPIRITS because of the story's uniqueness. This book is like an oasis. In this generation where a lot of stories have the same underlying idea, this book stands out. It may be part of a common or popular genre but the story is opposite to that. Also, despite the many back stories that one can read within this book, it's not messy to look at. They were written to fit in seamlessly together. It's not confusing. Rather, it became more interesting. It fires up the imagination. This book has led me to think of different assumptions. With the mix of stories, I'd sometimes end up thinking that there are a lot of possibilities. It made my reading experience more fun. The characters were a great help, too. They fit one another, complementing each other's humanity. I also find the unraveling of the story commendable. Wiesner is gifted as a writer to have crafted the story in such a way where it doesn't seem slow but it's not rushed either. All in all, I strongly believe this is a good read that everybody would enjoy."
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Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Reviews (https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/12751)
Apr 9, 2013
The plot is excellent and filled with mystery, suspense, fear, and intrigue. It is gripping and takes readers into all sorts of forbidden zones where their minds would not have gone earlier. The beauty of the story is that in the midst of all the ghosts and strange happenings, the author has deftly woven a romantic subplot which adds to the interest of the story.

The ghosts haunting Esmeralda and her past give a separate angle to the theme. And the romantic element makes the story a bit more soft and gentle in the midst of angry and vengeful ghosts lurking at Bloodmoon Cove Park. The narration and detailing of the story is perfect. The author's skill in weaving many plot threads together and syncing them perfectly is the strong point of the book.
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Author of STEEL ROSE, Barbara Custer (http://bloodredshadow.com/about/night-to-dawn-magazine-and-books/barbara-custers-night-gallery/)
Oct 3, 2013
BOUND SPIRITS wooed me with well-drawn characters-not only John Kotter and Esmeralda, but also the supporting cast: John's mother, Troy Mulvaney and his friends, and the others. BOUND SPIRITS reminded me of Stephen's King's Misery. In Misery, Annie Wilkes, a nurse also afflicted with a mental illness, locks injured protag Paul in his room, torturing him with starvation alternating with affection and unbridled fury. Now King's book is psychological horror, which includes a graphic description of the torture. Wiesner takes a subtle approach, allowing my imagination to supply the details, but she turns up the tension by adding a ghost. Not ghost.

Ghosts, for Esme had to go up against the spirits of a man and his dog. These ghosts are seeking revenge on the family of the man who killed them and walled them in a cave. On one level, Esme can relate to these spirits, being a bound spirit herself, and Wiesner sells Esme's reaction in a way that I can believe. King's story packs a heavy wallop with his protag's ordeal, but Wiesner tweaks up the tension yet again with portraying Esme after the fact.

Esme comes to town afraid to trust, ready to run when anyone questions her. She didn't count on falling for John Kotter, a man who struggles with demons of his own. What's more, the people of Bloodmoon Cove have their own ideas on how people should live, something that doesn't sit well with John. The way he reacts to Esme is quite touching, and a sweet romance starts to blossom between them. The suspense started from page one, with Troy and his friends visiting the cave, and kept me turning the pages. I believe this a great read that everyone would enjoy.
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Karen Wiesner
Jun 9, 2015
Awards & Honors:
5 stars from Readers Favorite
5 stars from Huntress Reviews

5 Stars! “This author has written many stories, in multiple genres, but I feel that THIS type of story fits her best. It has the flavor of an old Gothic Romance (of which the few I still hoard will never be tossed out) yet it can still be classified as a Christian Romance. The characters are well developed. They never felt flat or two dimensional. The female is frightened, naïve, untrusting, and often compared to a fairy or sprite. The male has made mistakes in his past and tries to keep an open mind – be it about the living or the dead. If this is a taste of what the rest of the series will be like, then I refuse to wait a second longer to begin book two.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “These three people create a perfect storm that brings terror and death to the people around the mountain and love to lost souls. A very atmospheric and old-fashioned ghost story, a sweet love story, and redemptive tale of lost souls being found through love.” ~Marilynn Byerly http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A18M526MCUKBMM/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp

4 Stars! “Not to be read on a dark and stormy night, this is a thrilling tale where ghosts do battle with natural elements. A wandering soul looking for revenge wreaks havoc on a frightened town in this story that also charmingly depicts love in first bloom.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com
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Jenna Whittaker, author
Jul 4, 2016
In Bound Spirits, Karen Wiesner uses the premise of a ghost story to delve deeply into the characters, their motivations, and their relationships with each other. This novel is well written, and I found myself drawn in as I read it. The beginning scene is of a group of youngsters investigating the tale of a ghost in Bloodmoon Cove. It's a slow start, but the realistic dialogue between the characters in this setting scene makes it fascinating to read, and what follows is even better!
There are different characters, each with their own definitive personalities, and their struggles throughout this novel in their personal lives, as well as the demonic oppressions of Bloodmoon Cove and its haunting make this a book to remember!
I highly recommend anyone to check this out. Karen Wiesner is an excellent author and it was a pleasure to read and review this book.
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