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Bound (The Crystor #1) Author: C.K. Bryant Publisher: Dragonfly Press Published Date: October 2011 Paperback/Kindle/E-book; 398 pages Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia,
has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will
change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient
curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will
challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the
shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid
mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental
and physical strength to endure and survive.
BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.
I have really been looking forward to reading Bound. I had been hearing bits and pieces and wanted to know for myself how great this book was. I had also been staring at the amazing cover and couldn't wait to see what had brought about all of this buzz circulating around the net.
It starts out with two ordinary high school girls in gym class. Kira and Lydia soon end up on an adventure that you never would have imagined from reading the first chapter. Kira finds herself abandoned and also finds out that her friend Lydia is not an ordinary high school girl. As the two girls head to the mountains for a photo shoot, this is when the fun begins. One way to describe it would be, taking a quiet walk on a flat path, then all of a sudden finding yourself running up a steep incline and being chased by a cougar. This is how fast the story changes! I loved this!
Kira is exposed to people(?) from a different world with supernatural powers. Lydia is a two souled creature and has a hunk of a brother that changes into a fearsome creature when angered or around blood. I loved Octavian; even though at first he seems to be a rude, rough and exasperating character. By the end of the book, I fell in love with him. Move over Edward and Jacob, C.K. Bryant has written men/creatures that will blow you away! With crisp, descriptions and great characterizations, Bound will keep you reading quickly until the end. We are left with a merciless cliff-hanger that had me moaning and groaning, but excited to read the second book. Another thing I really liked about Bound is the unique storyline. So much of paranormal fiction is written from the same cookie-cutter storyline. Bound is not in that category. Without giving anything else away, let's just say you will also be awed by the creativity found in Bound.
I recommend Bound to teens (15+) and adults. There are a few cuss words and some mild violence. If you love paranormal romance, with interesting characters and storyline, this is the book for you.
About the Author:
~ I'm a loving wife and mother of two wonderful boys, living in Magic
Valley, Idaho. Our home sits in the middle of sage brush and lava rock
with the view of the Snake River Canyon, a truly amazing place to be. I
love music, books, photography, friends, family and, of course, writing.
At first I may seem shy, but once you get to know me you'll see I'm a
bit sassy and a rebel.
Book two in THE CRYSTOR Series:
Kira injured and dying, Octavion's last hope is to plead with the king
of Panthera for a cure. But King Ramla's magic isn't free. The price he
asks Octavion to pay goes against everything he's fought so hard to
protect and could destroy his bond with Kira. Will Octavion trade his
crown and swear allegiance to a kingdom feared by all, or will he
sacrifice the woman he loves to remain faithful to his father and
Xantara? Find out when BROKEN takes you on a journey into the savage and
unpredictable world of Ophera.
To purchase an autographed copy of BOUND by C.K. Bryant visit the author’s website here.
The Kindle version of BOUND can be purchased here.
**I was given a review e-copy of Bound. In no way did this influence the review that was given.**