Review | Savage Bonds by J. Bree

Review of Savage Bonds (The Bonds That Tie #2) by J. Bree

“If you burn, I burn with you. You’re not alone, Oli, not for one second. I told you before, I’m not afraid.”

– Savage Bonds
J. Bree

The Bonds That Tie Us is getting trashier with every new book, but I somehow still want to keep reading it


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?


I don’t know how I feel about this book. Nothing happened?

This is becoming a bit repetitive. The plot and ‘war’ is becoming a bit clearer, but there are still so many questions in my head and plot holes in this book. I swear, the only thing Oli does is whine and say she wants to be a bartender to earn some money.

The bonding (yes she finally bonds) was lacking. I did not care for it. It happened under really weird circumstances and I did not like it. It was so random and not romantic or

The world-building was lacking as well, I have no idea what the campus should look like, and it bothers me.

And thank god for the covers because otherwise, I wouldn’t know what any of them looked like. I actually did some research on Instagram to find out who was who. I honestly didn’t even have a clear vision of what Oli should look like. I know she’s on the cover, but I feel like none of the characters are really being described. What does Sage look like? No clue.

It’s quite hard to write this review because at the time of writing this I have already read books 3 and 4, and honestly, I don’t know what happened in which book. Also, there isn’t a lot that happens, so that makes it even harder.

I do have to say I like getting to know the bonds better. Some of them could be great characters. I hope we get to know them a better and get their backstories!

This book is definitely less exciting than the first one. The slow-burn is really slow, and I just am not interested in the plot (for as far as there is one). I do like the interaction between the different characters and it fuels my interest in these books.

Would I recommend it?

I mean it’s addictive, so kind of, but this isn’t the best series you’ll ever read imo.


Rating: 3 out of 5.



Trigger warnings
Trauma, violence, bullying and harassment, sexual assault, death of loved one, forced relationships, fear of oneself, manipulation, torture, abduction, betrayal of a loved one
Polyamory (?)
Paranormal, urban fantasy
Publication date
September 28th 2021
J. Bree
About the author
J. Bree is a dreamer, writer, mother, farmer, and cat wrangler. The order of priorities changes daily.

She lives on a small farm in a tiny rural town in Australia that no one has ever heard of. She spends her days dreaming about all of her book boyfriends, listening to her partner moan about how the wine grapes are growing, and being a snack bitch to her two kids.

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