Bound by Blood (Night Shift, #2) by Margo Bond Collins


The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Amazon)

***Standalone companion novella to Sanguinary***

Sometimes the monsters in the dark are real…

As a child, Lili Banta ignored her grandmother’s cryptic warnings to avoid children outside their Filipino community in Houston. When many of those other children fell ill, Lili ignored the whispers in her community that a vampiric aswang walked among them.

Years later, Lili returns to Houston to work for the Quarantine Station of the Center for Disease Control—but she is plagued by dark, bloody dreams that consume her nights and haunt her days. When a strange illness attacks the city’s children, Lili is called in to find its source, and maybe even a cure.

But in order to save the city, she must first acknowledge the sinister truth: A monster stalks the night—closer than she ever expected….


Genre(s):  Paranormal fantasy, horror

Series:  Night Shift, #2

Length:  57 (estimated)



“So what will you do next for him?” the mother asked, her eyes following my motions closely, as if by monitoring his care, she could control the illness that was wasting her child away.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Dr. Lili Banta, working for the CDC. I will not tell you more about the stories than shown in the Amazon plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Bound by Blood, Margo Bond Collins has created a thrilling scenario, raising questions like ‘What if viruses and parasites collaborate?’ or ‘Is it the same epidemic as last time?’ Bound by Blood focuses more on the plot than on the characters. You do not get to know the characters in too much detail; this doesn’t keep you from bonding, though. I was drawn into the story – thankfully more like a ghost or I might have been too close for comfort. This is for you if you like the combination of paranormal fantasy and horror in novella length.


About the author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Bound by Blood?  Or – if you did not yet read Bound by Blood  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If the Bound by Blood were filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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