Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bewitching Book Tours Book Review: Bound

Author: Kira Saito
Title: Bound
Publish Date: Oct 28, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Bewitching Book Tours & The Author
Book Blurb:
Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.

When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.

However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.

Review: I had some mixed feelings about Bound pretty early on in the book. Arelia is a bit too much on the pity me side, and Sabrina is a Super Bitch. It is really hard to fathom how these two girls that are polar opposites have remained friends for so long.

But oddly I got over that, because I absolutely loved the setting of New Orleans and the voodoo and ghosts. It really intrigued me and I had to read on. The story is pretty face paced and it is an easy YA read.

I love that deals with the spirit world and not vampires or zombies.  Plus I loved Arelia's Aunt Mae and her grandma. I definitely would have liked more a of a backstory on them, since they were so connected with Darkwood.

Then there's Lucus. He's the hero with a secret...a secret I can't tell you or it will spoil the story for you.  I loved how well he behaved like a southern gentlemen..well he was one. What I couldn't stand was how he played along with liking Sabrina. I don't know how anyone could like Sabrina, she was the most unlikable and unsympathetic character I've ever encountered.

Arelia is a voodoo queen and it is her powers that are needed at Darkwood. Of course, until she gets to Darkwood she doesn't know about the queen stuff. That's part of all the stuff she has to sort through in her head.

I had a love/hate relationship with her as the story went on too. She was a bit too moody, yet as I read, she didn't act any different that any teenager I ever knew. Maybe its the truth hurting that bugged me. This is how teenage girls act. Yikes!

Lisa left us with a huge cliffhanger at the end...so...I guess I'll be waiting patiently for book 2 in the series! I have to know what happens!

Rating: 3 stars


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

The setting and elements sucked me in..I am glad it was a good read. I think I will pick this one up from the library.
Oh from one Dr.Who fan to another..the book depository has all the books you could ever want and they ship for free...just type in doctor who in the search box and yippie! I want to join the challenge..but alas I have joined to many already..eek!

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