Unchained [NOOK Book]


Unchained by J. Lynn

Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.


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Unchained by J. Lynn

Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything—and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622668939
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Nephilim Rising
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 40,929
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

J. Lynn, who also writes YA under the name Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, and her hyper Jack Russell Loki.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    First off: I need to point out that Unchained is an adult title.

    First off: I need to point out that Unchained is an adult title. It is not a YA title. At all.

    With that said, I adored Unchained. It kind of reminded me of a mixture of Jennifer’s Covenant series and her Lux series – just written for adults. That may sound like a bad thing, but it isn’t, I promise!

    Unchained has the sass and romance that readers have come to expect from Jennifer’s books, and it’ll easily keep readers glued to their e-readers (since this is a digital only release – as of right now, at least). It’s that addicting!

    My initial thought when I finished Unchained? I have a new favorite JLA book.

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Unchained since it was originally announced, so when Entangled was holding giveaways for digital ARCs, I immediately jumped at the chance. And I’m so glad that I did.

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to review this one since I finished it yesterday. The problem? I don’t want to spoil anything, because there is a pretty big plot twist in this one that changes everything. So, instead I’m going to make a list of reasons why you need to read this book:

    1. Lily and Julian: Remember how I said that I had a new favorite JLA book? Yeah, well I also have a new favorite JLA book couple (sorry, Alex and Aiden).
    2. Michael: Okay, so I wasn’t entirely sold on him in the beginning, but as the story progresses and he comes to terms with this world, he becomes more likeable. And by the end? I absolutely loved him. (Seriously, you’ll understand why when you finish the book.)
    3. Lily Marks: Lily is awesome at her job. She can easily take down most of the guys at the Sanctuary. But that isn’t the only side of Lily that we get to see in Unchained. There’s also this vulnerable woman beneath her title – her duty – and we get to see that, and I loved that, because it made it easier to connect to her character.
    4. The plot twist: Jennifer, are you trying to kill me here? I did not see that coming, and it made me want to scream, because I liked ________ before that scene. Seriously though, even though that plot twist shocked the hell out of me, I loved where Jennifer took the story.

    I could keep listing things that I loved about this book, but as I said, I’m trying to avoid spoilers.

    My final word: You need to read this book. Now. (Really. Now would be a good time.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    I love me some books about nephilim, and this one did not disapp

    I love me some books about nephilim, and this one did not disappoint. Jennifer L. Arementrout's adult books, are usually contemporary romance so I like that this one was an adult fantasy novel. It was fantastic-a kick ass female lead, an endearing and mysterious fallen angel; this story was really entertaining.

    We follow Lily through her journey at the Sanctuary, and learn about her life as a nephilim. She's a great fighter and is very smart, and she loves what she does-to protect and defend humans from being corrupted, killing evil fallen angels, and to ensure that none of her own turn evil. I love the action and training part of the story, and how skilled of a fighter Lily was despite the fact that she goes up against men twice her size. I am in awe of anyone who can kick butt in heels and a mini skirt. She has the humor and attitude to make her a force to be reckoned with. Yet, there is also this vulnerable side of her that makes her a great narrator. When she starts to fall for Julian, she has to decide whether her job is enough to make her happy; and it makes me wonder if people can truly, and wholeheartedly be happy alone.

    Overall, I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would-the premise alone didn't sell me-but I ended up loving it. I didn't find it was good as her Lux or Covenant series, but still an entertaining read nonetheless. Cannot wait for the next installment :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    I spent my Sunday afternoon and evening reading it, and I hated

    I spent my Sunday afternoon and evening reading it, and I hated when I had to take a break to eat or call my sister, ha ha! 
    It was another gem of a read. I LOVED it! 

    I still can't believe that this book was only the second book that J. Lynn wrote way back in 2008. I'm so glad that she finally shared it with us. 
    The world of Nephilim, fallen angels, demons, deadheads, etc. and their individual roles are well explained. The story is set in the DC area which seems entirely appropriate and therefore easily plausible. I was sucked right into Lily's life and the intrigue taking place at the Sanctuary where most Nephilim live and train. 

    We meet Lily, a strong female (rare) Nephilim hunter, and Julian, a fallen angel who is supposedly 100% evil and therefore Lily's enemy, really quickly. No long build up or slow world building thankfully. 

    Events happen that cause Lily to doubt her long held beliefs about the evil nature of fallen angels and she and Julian begin a secret relationship. Eventually the relationship is exposed and Lily must prove that she hasn't betrayed her Nephilim brethen by sleeping with the enemy.

    Lily is also in charge of training Michael, a new older Nephilim that has drawn the attention of enemy fallen angels Baal & Asmodeus. I really enjoyed the climax and the intrigue resolution. It fun trying to guess who the traitor was (Remy, Luke, Micah, the twins, etc.) but also stressful trying to figure our how it would all shake out. All the supporting characters seemed interesting so I can't wait for the sequel to learn more about everyone. 

    Bring it, J. Lynn! It'll be another automatic buy for me.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    It's no secret that I devour anything JLA, so I was happy to fin

    It's no secret that I devour anything JLA, so I was happy to finally get this book in my greedy little hands. It felt like forever for Unchained to finally come out, and I'm happy to say it was so worth the wait.

    Jennifer doesn't waste any time turning up the heat to a scorching level. Right from the first chapter we get a taste of what's to come. I've read my share of angel books, but I love what Jennifer brought into this lore. The secret world of Nephilim's, the Fallen and deadheads is dark, distributing and even a bit sadistic at times, with more then a few twist to keep us glued to the pages. The action was chalked full of kickass moments. It's fast paced and entertaining with a great mix of mystery, suspense, intrigue and sizzling chemistry.

    I've always love the way Jennifer gives a certain zest to all of her characters. They all have this witty sass and fire that has me completely invested and holding on to what they say and do next.
    Lily is an awesome protag. Fierce and strong but vulnerable in her own way. She may be a powerful Nephilim but her passion for the hunt as taken over her life and she's more lost then she believed. That is, till Julian walked in her life and shakes up her entire world.
    Julian is my favorite kind of trouble. The minute we meet him he sets the tone of the book to a roaring desire. Dark and brooding and just dripping with sex appeal. I love the way he always seems to be there for Lily, watching and protecting her. But there is so much more to this man and not knowing his true intentions right from the start made this even more fun to read.

    The romance is heart-pounding and delicious. It's the kind of romance that's forbidden, dangerous, undeniable and completely irresistible and the sexy times were sweet and seductive. 
    I really enjoyed the other characters as well and was surprised once we found out who was betraying the Sanctuary all along. I never saw that coming.  

    All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The plot is smart the writing is, as always, remarkable and all of these characters are wonderfully developed and easy to connect with. I'm not use to reading very many urban fantasy, but leave it to Jennifer to have me begging for more. I'm looking forward to seeing where she will take this world and these characters next. 
    A fantastic read!

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars This book is Adult Paranormal Rom

    Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

    This book is Adult Paranormal Romance - Please be advised that this book is NOT YA friendly, not even in a New Adult category.

    Thank-you kindly to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Unchained by J. Lynn, the first book in her new paranormal/Urban Fantasy series, Nephilim Rising. Unchained is a book that has been on my radar since I first glimpsed the cover and read the synopsis, and despite angel books generally being hit or miss with me I found it to be enjoyable none the less.

    Our main protagonist is 22 year-old Lily Marks who is a  Nephilim, she spends her days/nights guarding the Sanctuary where other Nephilim reside, protects the humans from soul sucking freaks and disposing of the fallen angels who cross her path, except for Julian who has managed to work his way into her life.

    Lily was an interesting heroine, she was protective of those she cared for, had faith in what she believed in and was kick-butt awesome with a fast trigger temper and a quick wit; there was a loneliness and vulnerability about her that I couldn’t help but sympathise with. I came to admire her for her beliefs and decisions.

    Julian was just ok for me, I have come to adore JLA’s smexy, snarky heroes and the way he was described certainly ticked all of the boxes but he unfortunately fell flat, when I would read his dialogue for some reason it came across as robotic (that probably doesn’t make sense at all), it didn’t seem to flow or sound natural but that could have been because of his age? Not quite sure. I did enjoy the way he cared for Lily but his stalking was a little creepy.

    The romance was sweet and slow to build; I liked the forbidden love aspect, the banter between them was amusing and the smexy moments were written very well. I’m curious to see how their relationship will progress.

    The plot was entertaining with a few surprising twists to keep it all exciting; it mainly follows the search for a traitor within the Sanctuary who has been discovered to be working with the Fallen who are corrupting the Nephilim by turning them into their minions. I found the action-sequences enjoyable and it kept the pacing flowing well. Unfortunately the premise isn’t completely unique and there was a lot of information to take in but it wasn’t overwhelming or confusing in any way and the world-building I found to be convincing.

    There were quite a few side characters and each played a pivotal role, I really liked Michael; he has me intrigued and the twist we are given about his character has me eager to learn more about him. Nathaniel was a great father figure, I liked learning of his link to a certain Fallen.

    Overall, I enjoyed Unchained but I wasn’t completely wowed by it as I have been by JLA’s other series. Her writing is wonderful and the many plot twists and turns kept me engrossed, I’m keen to read the next book in the Nephilim Rising series.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    Unchained... Disappointing. I've read several of Jennifer L Arm

    Unchained... Disappointing.

    I've read several of Jennifer L Armentrout's novels now and I consider her to be one of my preferred authors. However, Unchained was a complete disappointment from chapter 2 through the end. 

    My first issue is this: I have no qualms about the use of 3rd person POV but switching between Lily, Michael, and the corrupt Senator was too much. Admittedly, I tended to skim through the parts focused on the Senator and Michael. Those POVs were terribly uninteresting and near torture to read through. I would've been fine sticking to just Lily or even Julian's POV. Secondly, reading this book one would NEVER fathom that Lily was freaking 26 years old. Hell, she barely acted like she was 17 with her brash impulsivity and abandon for consequences concerning her actions. The one redeeming quality about this novel was the sexy Fallen Julian who is clearly a mixture of J Lynn's Hunter and Daemon (Arum and Lux Series). His attitude and character was the only thing that kept me reading despite the lack of originality in terms of his character. All in all, Unchained was a poor read. You can clearly tell it was one of her earlier works of fiction. It could've used some serious editing and revamping. I would not recommend reading this book. The plot was poor, the characters were drab, and there's simply nothing too good about it--aside from the steamy scenes between Julian and Lily. 

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    4.5 stars (ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange f

    4.5 stars
    (ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review)

    Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again. She has swept me away with her amazing story telling, vivid characters, and the compelling
    worlds she creates. Yes, the Angel world, Nephilim and Fallen Angels has been done, a lot. But I felt that Jennifer brought a fresh new
    light into the angel world. 

    From the start I knew I was really going to enjoy this book. And let’s be honest, I enjoy pretty much anything written by this chick! But
    nonetheless, JLA has added her own unique flair. A flair that captured me and took me on a great ride.

    First, let’s talk about characters. Unchained introduces a nice cast of characters. They were all interesting and played a great role within
    her story. And, in good ol JLA fashion, her heroines are flippin’ tough chicks. Lily is a pretty hardcore, stubborn chick. And I loved her.
    Though she does battle a few things in the book, small and large alike, she’s a strong and determined character. 

    And of course, a JLA book wouldn’t be a JLA book without some smexy men. She definitely delivers a nice dosage of male hotness.
    First, there is Julian. Let’s just say he took my breath away. Though I don’t typically lean towards the blond hunks, I definitely did fall for
    him. He had just the right amount of cockiness I love, along with a side of heart stealing lines.  Julian is another male I am so crushing
    on right now.

    Now, as I mentioned, Jennifer delivers a nice dosage of male goodiness…male godliness...whatever.  She introduced a few other
    characters that played amazing roles, and were also nice mind candy, too. I enjoyed that immensely.  (I always love me some good
    mind candy). 

    I also loved the heat that was between Lily and Julian. Jennifer definitely gives her older fans a good dose of smexy.  So, if you don’t
    care for explicit sex scenes, I would be a bit weary reading this one. Unchained is definitely for the more adult JLA fandom. However, I
    enjoyed all the lovin’. 

    Unchained is also told in third person POV. It switches between many characters. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of third person,
    but Jennifer plays it out nicely. Giving great detail into, not only the character’s personalities, but the world she created. Now, I do wish
    that the book focused more on Lily’s POV.  I just couldn’t thoroughly enjoy all the alternating POVs.
    The pacing in the book also flows nicely. Though it moves fast, I never got lost and it all felt natural.  The action scenes also held my
    interest, which is rare. I tend to skim action scenes. The detail, as mentioned, was good. I was able to clearly see the world Jennifer
    painted and I was swept away with it. That being said, I loved Jennifer’s take on the whole Angel, Nephilim world. Again, though it’s
    been done before, she brought freshness to it. 

    Unchained was beautiful, unique, action packed, and intense. I simply loved it! I cannot wait for the rest of the story and to see what is
    going to happen next. I definitely recommend this book to older JLA fans, or those who love a good paranormal love story that gives you
    good twists, action, and a fresh take on an old story. 

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    This is an adult title and not to be confused with JLA's YA Cove

    This is an adult title and not to be confused with JLA's YA Covenant or Lux series'.

    What I Liked: Whoever made the cover change call, was one smart cupcake because this one definitely depicts the story much better than the original cover did. I always enjoy JLA's writing style, whether she's telling me a story about turtle loving college guys, pure-bred protectors or glow worms, and UNCHAINED was no different.

    I liked the characters of Lily, and Julian (especially Julian), even if I did feel the need to cover my eyes while reading certain parts. Lily is a great mix of strength, compassion and vulnerability while Julian is an intoxicating blend of swoon and danger.

    Lily is surrounded by other Nephilim like herself who are charged with killing demons, but it's Julian, a Fallen and her supposed sworn enemy, who challenges her to question all she's believed to be true. The closer she gets to him, the more the lines of good versus evil and right and wrong begin to blur, leaving Lily even more confused. She wants to do the right thing, but she also can't deny that Julian isn't like all the other Fallen, or the way he makes her feel. He's always there when she needs him and only seems to want what's best for her, but when a traitor surfaces, Lily will have to decide whose been telling her the truth all along and whose only out to destroy her.

    What I Wasn't Fangirling Over: There are a lot of graphic sexy parts.

    Would I Rec This Read?: If you are under the age of 18 or a reader who is not fan of explicit sexy scenes, then you'll want to pass. This may not have been my favorite JLA book, but I have no doubt Julian and Michael will have their megafans right along with her other book guys. ;)

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    ARC received from Entangled Publishing. This review is not biase

    ARC received from Entangled Publishing. This review is not biased in any way. There was no money, gifts, discounts, or favors exchanged for this review.

    I should hate this. I should rant and rave about how it's just another angel book, and how it's so predictable, and all things like this. But for some absurd reason, I love it.

    The sad thing about the summary is how it gives away half the book. It's nothing too hard to guess, once you start reading, but it gives out too much information for a few paragraphs.

    Lily is a Nephilim, the daughter of a Fallen angel and a mortal. She's part of a society called the Sanctuary, which are a group other Nephilims dedicated to destroying the Fallen and their followers. Ever since she was sixteen, a fallen angel named Julian has been following her. He's saved her life multiple times, but she still doesn't trust him, since according to the Sanctuary, all Fallen are bad.

    Lily and Julian are two characters that wouldn't be interesting alone, but when they're paired up, they're amazing. They're carefully developed, and they seem "real" to me, and probably to all other readers.

    Lily is like many other of Armentrout's characters: tough, but at the same time, extremely sweet and kind. A thing I really love about her is that she doesn't immediately trust Julian just because he's pretty. She doesn't want to get herself killed, and she's understandably cautious around him.

    Julian is a mix of Hunter and an older Daemon. He's extremely protective, possessive, and predatory, like other Urban Fantasy characters, but Jennifer makes him seem real.

    The world building was extremely realistic, but I can't get rid of the feeling that this is an older version of the Covenant. However, I still loved the detail of the Sanctuary and the normal world.

    I've stated above how some parts were predictable. However, others weren't. For example, the identity of the antagonist is cleverly hidden until the reveal.

    There is something that annoyed me, though. Jennifer seems to have an obsession with eyes, especially on the main characters. Lily's eyes are pale green, Daemon's, from the Lux series, are a vibrant green, Aiden's, from the Half-Blood series, are silver, and the list goes on. This probably won't irk other readers, since many of my friends seem to love this aspect of the characters, but it is something that I wouldn't mind toning down.

    I also would have liked more background to both Lily and Julian. There seems to be so many hidden secrets, and I would have liked it if there was just a little more information.

    Overall, this novel was amazing, as I would expect from Jennifer Armentrout. I demand the next book immediately. But since that probably won't happen, I have a Mission-Impossible-like plan of breaking into Jennifer's house from the roof and stealing her flashdrive I mean- I'll be anxiously awaiting it for the next year.

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