My Thoughts on The Bonds that Tie Series by J Bree

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While I could post a review about every book in The Bonds that Tie series by J Bree, I didn’t want to put them down or pause reading to do so. I enjoyed the series that much (spoiler alert). So, I’m just going to combine them all together as I have done with other series that captivated my attention to this extent. I originally discovered this series through TikTok, but only ever heard that they were fantastic without any real details around the plot which I appreciate so I could go into the series without there being spoilers. I love discussing the details of a book as much as the next person especially when it’s a good book, but I don’t like knowing those details until I’ve gotten a chance to experience it for myself. Case and point Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, I still haven’t finished that series due to the fact I know everything that’s going to happen and it makes me not want to pick up the next book. So, with that being said, I’m not going to be going into heavy details about the books, so there will be no spoilers here while I share my thoughts on this series.

Though some of the book synopsis can spoil things, if you want to avoid that, skip to the “Overall Thoughts” of this post.

Broken Bonds (Book 1)

After the death of my mother and her Bonded, I was relieved to find my own Bonds. I was sure everything would be okay if I had them. It wasn’t. The fate of our people is in my hands and I know we’re better off if I’m alone. After five years on the run, I’m caught and dragged back to face the men I ran away from. I thought I was doing the right thing. Now, I’m not so sure. North, Nox, Gryphon, Atlas, and Gabe may never forgive me but one thing is for sure. I won’t ever forgive myself.

Book Details

  • Published: June 28, 2021
  • Page Count: 425 pages

Savage Bonds (Book 2)

With my gift coursing through my veins, the tables have turned on the Draven Campus.

I’m no longer the Giftless reject, no longer the girl who’s fair game to the other students for daring to run away from my Bonds.

But there are bigger problems heading my way.

With destiny pushing me closer and closer to each of my Bonds, I’m fighting tooth and nail against nature to keep my distance.

But they’re fighting harder to keep me in their grasp.

When it becomes clear that the Resistance is closer than we ever thought, I don’t know who I can trust.

Can I finally take control of my gift, or will it take control of me?

Book Details

  • Published: September 28, 2021
  • Page Count: 350 pages

Blood Bonds (Book 3)

After three years on the run, I’m back in a Resistance camp, chained to a chair as the resident monster.

Everything I ran from, all of the villains of my past, they’re all here to take another bite out of me. But this time, I’m not alone.

With my Bonds desperately trying to reach me and new friendships I never expected, I start to believe that maybe I won’t become the weapon they want me to be. Maybe I’ll be a monster of my own creation.

When loyalties are questioned and Bonds are tested, everything I thought I knew gets turned upside down. Who are my friends, and who are my enemies?

Are Bond ties stronger than blood?

Book Details

  • Published: December 21, 2021
  • Page Count: 336 pages

Forced Bonds (Book 4)

They say to keep your friends close but your enemies closer;

What if they’re one and the same?

The stable foundation I thought I’d built in the Sanctuary has been ripped away, and I find myself on the front lines of the war against the Resistance. I might have my Bonds on my side, but there are darker schemes in motion.

Can I prove myself and turn the tide to protect our most vulnerable, or am I nothing more than the monster they’ve always claimed I am?

Will we make it out of this without tragic consequences?

Book Details

  • Published: March 28, 2022
  • Page Count: 337 pages

Tragic Bonds (Book 5)

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Our Bonded Group has been torn apart, and the monsters are now the prey.

But we’re not going to just wait around for our enemy to strike; the blood on his hands is unforgivable, and the god living inside of me wants her revenge paid in blood.

And a thousand souls.

We have been pushed to the limit, tested in ways that have devastating outcomes, and paid the ultimate price. Can we recover from such losses? Is the promise of a world without our enemy worth the sacrifices we’ve made?

Can we prove to everyone, and ourselves, that together our bonds are unbroken?

Book Details

  • Published: June 28, 2022
  • Page Count: 326 pages

Unbroken Bonds (Book 6)

The gods live among us.

I thought that the death of the man who tortured me, broke me, and then hunted me to the ends of the Earth would be the end of our fight; but it’s only the beginning.

After thousands of years of being apart, our god bonds are reunited once again; and they’re not ready to go down without a fight.

They’ve woken up hungry.

All of the research in the world couldn’t have prepared us for what’s to come, enemies and wars fought over millennia. Now we’re being forced to act, but this time, we have the advantage.

This time, we’re Bonded.

Are we strong enough to survive the gods and their plans? Will we ever live in the peaceful world we’ve fought so hard for, or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Book Details

  • Published: October 28, 2022
  • Page Count: 351 pages

Overall Thoughts

The series is told primarily from the first-person POV of Oli, though later in the series it starts switching more regularly between Nox, Gabe, Atlas, North, and Gryphon, as well as Oli. This is a paranormal reverse harem series, so there’s not one main love interest. Their entire society revolves around multiple pairings in a bond group with a central bond (individual) in the middle, usually with the pairs being male and female, though it’s not uncommon that there might be some bisexual pairings within the same bond group. But the majority of the bonds are in place for stronger lineage and to balance power dynamics within the groups. Something that we learn has been manipulative with several groups outside of the main one we’re following. Not just in this generation but the one prior. No spoilers on who though.

The series also dynamically changes as time goes on. It starts out with a college student learning how to navigate normal life after spending years on the run, though we don’t know exactly why she was on the run for quite some time. And how her entire bond group feels about her taking off on them when they were all set to take her in and love her after the death of her parents. So, we spend a lot of the books with Oli not wanting them to get close for a number of reasons: fear they will be targeted, fear her powers will grow (something she has been repressing for years), and fear that they will never accept her if they learn the truth of what happened to her all those years ago. It never feels like a different series, but the dynamic between everyone changes especially as they figure out how each other’s past, learn to forgive each other, and work together to deal with the Resistance that wants to wipe out all non-Magic/Bond individuals and control the population.

Everyone in the group has a slightly different power:

  • Oleander (Oli): Soul-Render – Can take the souls out of any individuals (instantly killing them) or make them go insane to the point where they die due to the horrors placed in their minds.
  • Nox: Death Dealer – Controls shadows and inflicts individuals with madness.
  • North: Death Dealer – Controls shadows but they are rabid in comparison to Nox’s shadows and leave behind acid. Also can tell how an individual dies by touching them.
  • Gabriel (Gabe): Shifter – Can literally turn into any predator he can think of.
  • Atlas: Cleaver – Indestructible and super strong to the point he can tear things apart.
  • Gryphon (Gryph): Neuro – Able to manipulate any facet of the mind of another individual.

These powers grow when the group goes from Bonds to Bonded with Oli. I won’t spoil how their dynamic or powers change, but it makes things interesting. Especially considering how against the Bonding that Oli was. All things she had valid reasons to be concerned about. And it’s not like she just gave into it all at once, each one of the relationships goes about it slightly differently in how they get to that final Bonded stage. I won’t spoil it, but my goodness some of them are something else. I feel bad for the characters in a way because of the way it happens (some are forced in a way due to circumstances that I’m not going to get into).

My thoughts on each of the characters:

  • Oleander (Oli): I totally get where she’s coming from in being against the bonding. She’s been through a lot in her life. A lot of that including her powers causes her to have questionable morals, but she is very strong, brave, and loyal.
  • Nox: Originally he was the most questionable out of the group. He went about the bond in not a great way originally (forcing himself on Oli in order to get his powers, but she denies him that), then he’s the most vocal and critical of her later. Which we later learn is due to a lot of trauma he went through as a kid. Not excusing it, but it makes sense why he acts the way he does. And the two learn how to find common ground with each other.
  • North: He is controlling and possessive, at first he feels like the bigger villain than his younger brother Nox. He knows there is a clip in Oli’s head (granted he doesn’t know the full amount of what it does but we don’t know that) that can be used to track her and even threatens to chain her to his basement if she tries to leave. But once he learns the truth, North is still possessive and controlling but more devoted and ready to give Oli literally anything she wants.
  • Gabriel (Gabe): The golden retriever of the group. Literally a social butterfly but protective and doting as all heck. He’s also the peacemaker of the group, though he’s more loyal to North, Nox, and Gryph originally than he is to Atlas. Though he later is shown to be much closer with Atlas than the others.
  • Atlas: Oh, Atlas. He starts out as the best of the guys as he’s the first to accept Oli for who she is. He doesn’t fault her for disappearing for five years, but we learn why that is. Which makes his dynamic in the group interesting (won’t spoil it). But there’s one thing he always is and that’s protective of Oli. He’s the first to stand by her side and guard her against anything that tries to hurt her (physically, mentally, etc.).
  • Gryphon (Gryph): The military leader in the group. He’s always focused on the mission, whatever that might currently be and making sure everyone is protected and accounted for. He might be tough around the edges at times and a bit overbearing, but he does everything to ensure the group is in a good place with each other and the community. Even if some of the community need serious whacks on the back of the head.

I seriously loved this series. I could not put these books down. And know I’ll be returning to them whenever I need a comfort book. There’s a lot of healing and personal growth in these books, though the road to them can be messy for the different characters. Some happen during the course of a book, while others are stretched out over multiple. It depends on what they were facing at the moment. Each book tackles a different aspect or stage of growth. It’s also written in a way where the main conflict of that book you see addressed in that book with the next one introduced at the end, while still maintaining the overall plot of the series without it feeling like a lot of things are left hanging or unanswered. Sure some things are but it just made me want to keep reading.

We also get to see other groups evolve over time outside the main group. Some of the developments happen quickly but based on the way their society works it makes sense they happen the way that they do. Plus, we get other dynamics from those other groups. Like Sawyer and Grey who turn out to be in the same bond group, so though they’ve been in a relationship for ages it’s not like they’re going to be pulled apart but there is a shift that happens that we get to see play out. We also get to see the negative side of the manipulation of bonds through Sage. Her entire group gets messed with in more ways than one, so we can see the negative side effects that are happening in the larger picture. So, while we aren’t following those characters we still have more world-building outside of the relationship of the main group.

Overall, I would give this series a 4.25 star out of 5 rating. There are some minor grammar or editing mistakes throughout the series but not enough where I’m taking major points off for those like I have in the past for some series.

If you’ve read this series, what did you think? Also, who is your favorite character?

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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2 Comments

  1. Dorothy Peace Dele
    July 26, 2022 / 1:48 AM

    These series was really good. I couldn’t put it down!!!
    I wanted to know if I could use a pic or two for an edit on booktok. If not then I understand, but if I can then can I get your TikTok username so I can tag you?

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      July 26, 2022 / 7:40 AM

      Same! I really loved these books.

      Sure as long as you tag me for credit. My username on TikTok is @maepolzine
      ♥️ Mae

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