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Book Review: Unbound by J.B. Simmons

22851464Unbound by J.B. Simmons
Genre: YA, Supernatural
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date: September 1, 2014

Elijah Goldsmith is having trouble sleeping. Well, to be more exact, he’s having some serious nightmare issues. Dragons. Destruction. Chaos. Mayhem. These dream adventures have it all. And the best part? They’re always the same. So why is a well to do privileged young teen having recurring nightmares about a place he’s never visited?

Partner that nightmare with the fact that Elijah is currently in the process of applying to work with the International Security Agency as a spy, and that’s a lot for anyone to juggle. Let alone a teenager.

And then there’s Naomi. She’s gorgeous. Smart. Talented. And she believes that she knows the secret behind what’s happening in his dreams and it’s bigger than both of them can even imagine.

From the first minute I picked this one up, I was intrigued. As I read, there were moments that I had to stop and step back from it just to digest what was happening. Fast paced doesn’t seem like enough to describe what happens in this book. The twists and turns are mind bending enough that you may need to go back and re-read sections just to make sure you really read what you thought you did. Yes, it’s that fast.

Though it runs fast, that doesn’t mean it’s not deep. In fact, the storyline will make you go back to your Bible and ask if that really happens in the book of Revelation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Especially when the book is geared toward a younger audience. We can all stand to learn a little more right?

I did manage to guess some of the plot twists before they happened, but still when they were revealed, it was done in a satisfying manner that made me keep reading. I was honestly surprised at where Simmons decided to take us in this journey, but it will be fascinating to see where he eventually goes with it. I mean the book of Revelation already has a pretty concrete ending right? If future rides are anything like this first one, readers will need to hold on tight, because it looks like they’re going to get pretty wild.


Rating: PG-13 – These books are definitely geared toward teenagers. On the younger end of the spectrum, parents might want to be ready to answer some questions, but older teens will enjoy the journey.


Review copy provided by the publicist.