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Bind the Soul

Steel & Stone Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Series: Steel & Stone, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don't get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule - big time. After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she's ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they're not bad for a couple of daemons. There's just one problem: Ash is missing.

Really, she shouldn't risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he's in trouble, and if she doesn't save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash's world - a world with no escape for either of them.

©2015 Annette Marie (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Katherine
  • 03-08-2015

good sequel...but...narrator awful

Look, I purchased the first book and really enjoyed (well, actually, I liked it - ended up reading it on Kindle). The narrator Jorjeana Marie is actually quiet good on some books that she's narrated. However, ALL recent narrations from her are horrid - she has an extremely nasal delivery; and I don't mean "nasal" as in "accent" or "dialect" - I am from NYC and a lot of people think that a "New York" accent/dialect sounds nasal. That's NOT what I mean, I mean that this woman needs to seriously either blow her nose or get herself sorted out medically. She sounds like she has a horrid cold/flu/plague, etc. It's absolutely unbearable to listen to and should not be allowed to record audiobooks. It's not like the audiobooks are free for god's sake... This review is NOT for content of book or the author (I ended up purchasing a Kindle version so that I actually could enjoy the book). I just felt that it was appropriate to review the "narrator" since this is an audiobook site. So, please do, buy the book - it's quite good, but not in the audio format.

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  • Amie Hanenberger
  • 26-08-2015

Great series but fell a little flat.

Where does Bind the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this series. The chemistry between Piper and Ash is amazing. Annette does awesome job of sucking you in, I was hooked immediately. By then end I was a little disappointed, I don't think the second book reached its potential.

Have you listened to any of Jorjeana Marie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I was so disappointed when I saw Jorjeana was narrating this one too. I had a horrible time with the first book. She was so nasally. BBBUUUTTT I need to apologize to her, the sinus infection was finally gone! I think she did a great job. I look forward to listening to book three with her!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I in fact did listen in one sitting. I woke up early on my day off so I could start it and canceled a family dinner so i could finish it....... (sorry mom, I couldn't help it)

Any additional comments?

*** Spoilers****** Beside loving this book I think it did have some issues. In my review of the first book I noted I wished it wasn't a YA book. I didn't see Piper as someone under 18. She just wasn't a believable teenager. She seemed closer to 22-24. I have to say I believe that even more now. I think if Annette would have pushed into New Adult or Adult it would have been GRAND SLAM... There was so much drama/action/suspense that you missed out on Piper and Ash. They were apart for most of the book, which I think hurt and slowed down the story. When Piper goes to rescue Ash it takes FOREVER and every fight scene was drawn out to only find themselves in a new fight. I wish that the action was cut down and filled with more Piper and Ash. Their chemistry is off the charts and it doesn't really get explored. Neither one of them say a word, not ONE word about caring for the other. Which seems crazy, Ash should have killed Piper in the last book. But he doesn't, he controls himself around her. She calms him when nothing else does. Yet they don't talk about it at all. Never even comes up... Then we have the ending.... I HATED it. This majority of this book is trying to save Ash or trying to save Piper. The battle is finally over, it is time to leave and Piper wants to stay and go to school????? Seriously! Then all Ash does is say "you sure?" Piper says yes. Then BOOM he leaves. Just like that. Gone. Piper literally went into HELL to save him, then is like eh school sounds better????? Absurd. This is another reason why I don't think YA works. Piper is almost killed a dozen times, Ash "dies" a dozen time, all of this is brushed off so she can go to school???? WTF just happened :/ super bummed. How about I love you and can't be without you!!! Makes no sense to me.

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  • Adriana B
  • 15-03-2016

One of the best series I have read

Non stop action. It keeps you in the edge of your seat. Never a dull moment in this series.

Ash has disappeared and Piper goes looking for him. She knows she is not supposed to get involved with daemons but she can't help it. He has saved her life more than once.

Love this series!!!

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  • Jace
  • 16-09-2016

Not as good as book 1

Felt long and uneventful in areas. Little to no character growth. Villain flat, doesn't spark emotions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-2019

Despite all the negative reviews, I took a chance.

I love the series and fully intend on seeing it through. I've been searching for a new story for a while now and I'm really glad I stumbled across this one. I like Pipers character and have already fallen for Ash right along with her. Cant wait to see what happens next!

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  • totallysighman
  • 24-08-2018

Aaaaaaand the cold is gone?

Book 1, the narrator sounded like she had a cold or was holding her nose. Book 2 and nothing of the sort. So it's an improvement to say the least.

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  • Sherese
  • 21-01-2017

Good Story and More Depressing, but Necessary

What made the experience of listening to Bind the Soul the most enjoyable?

I didn't enjoy this book near as much because of the constant depressing parts. With that being said, all of the trials that Ash and Piper had to go through in this book is probably setting up the greater, overall plot. Its like Episode V of Star Wars where the middle movie is darker and not as much fun as the first but is necessary for Episode VI to make sense.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bind the Soul?

When Piper was taken captive.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Piper rescued the girl from prison.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really wanted to hurry up and get to a less oppressive parts.

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  • Madilynn
  • 01-08-2016

Amazing

i absolutely love this audiobook and I can't wait to see what happens next! I'm in love :)

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  • Shelly
  • 25-04-2016

Awesome sequel

I'm leaving this review on all of the books from this series, but no real spoilers here.

I can say that I'm terribly sad that I'm almost done with the 5th book in this series (even if only 3 are on audible), I am worried that I won't be able to find another series that I love quite like this one, not for awhile. But in another way I'm a little bit glad that I am almost done because I can get back to my life afterward!

I read a ton of books. I don't always leave reviews, but I had to leave one for this series because it kept me going and going and going. I never wanted to put it down. I had to force myself to do so. And when I found that the last two books were not on audible I almost cried, not kidding. The narrator, while not my favorite at first, ended up fantastic.

The plot was awesome. Slight spoiler here: the love story is terrific. There wasn't much of the icky-sweet, romantic-puke, "our love is the strongest love that ever existed" crap that I see in other series that always makes me go "Really? C'mon now." This one was so much more realistic.

I like that the characters are strong but faulted. I love how the friendship between the 3 grows so strong. I wish Piper would say "Thank you" once in awhile, but I'll get over it. I like how the twists happen, when you think one thing might happen and then, bam, another thing happens.

This series had me gripped from *literally* (I'm using that with it's intended meaning), the first chapter of the first book. That is my favorite type of book, the kind that just grip you and won't let you go. I haven't had that happen to me for a long time and it was such a pleasant surprise, even if it did keep my up until 3 in the morning a few times. These are going on my faves shelf because...well...they are.

Dear Annette Marie, more please? Pretty please?

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  • Sarah
  • 27-02-2016

Love this series

This is one of my favorite series. I love all of the characters, and there is constantly something happening to keep your interest. It would be nice if there was a little more time in between the crises to enjoy some happiness, but it keeps things moving and wanting more.