{Book Review} Bound by Kira Saito

January 14, 2012 Blog Tours, Reviews 5

Pages: 246 pages
Publication Date: October 28, 2011
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog tour
Series: Arelia LaRue #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon kindle (99 cents)
Summary(from Goodreads):

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.

Bound was an excellent, fast read! I gobbled it up all in one sitting. In fact, I stayed up until 2 am reading it, and then when I was done I just sat there in disbelief over where Kira chose to end it. So not fair! I need to know what happens! Bring on book 2 ASAP.

I loved the story in Bound, and I loved how briskly everything flowed along. Arelia is a pretty cool character. She did bug me a little because she reacted irrationally and immaturely to comments a lot in the first half of the book. She lashes out a lot- she has a lot of anger. But, I can understand why she is distrustful. Heck, half the time I didn’t know who to trust, but I thought she could have handled it a little better in parts. But other than that, I really liked her. She is caring and observant. She genuinely wants to help people. Plus, how cool is her name??

And then we have Sabrina, her so called best friend. I flat out did not like Sabrina. She was selfish, spoiled, and really rude. But I don’t think we were meant to really like Sabrina, so I took her for what she was. A total brat. She did have a redeeming moment at the end with Arelia, but it was not enough to rehabilitate her as a character in my opinion.

What I really wanted to talk about was the setting for the book. I love that it is down in New Orleans. I think that is the perfect creepy setting for some awesome voodoo magic. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next at Darkwood. I have a feeling Arelia’s dream is going to play a big part, and Im both scared and fascinated to find out how it will fit in!

The two main guys in this story are Lucas and Ivan. Now, it is not a love triangle. They are just the two guys in the story. They both have secrets, and I went back and forth with who to trust. At some points in the story I didn’t even trust either of them! It doesn’t help how cryptic and unhelpful Ivan is towards Arelia, but because he is so mysterious I am even more intrigued to see what part he will have to play in the second book. And Lucas- I want to like him. Really I do, he seems to be so genuine and nice and a true southern gentleman. But like Arelia, I’m a bit skeptical of him. He almost seems too good to be true. I think I will reserve judgment until I read some more about him.

Overall, Bound was a really exciting and great read! This series has the potential to be amazing. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. Especially after that killer cliffhanger. I was reading on my kindle, so I didn’t even know that the book was going to end. I never would have guess that it would end so abruptly at the point that it did. Oh, Ms. Saito you are a minx. Great book, I really enjoyed it. I think you should check out Bound!

4/5 Gavels
And now I have a teaser from book 2- Punished! Enjoy 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments below

Chapter 1 I just want you here… “But, I thought.” Lucus was frozen as he stared at me. Uncertainty softened his strong features as he brushed away the lock of dark hair that had fallen over his right eye. Why didn’t he just get a haircut? “I assumed you were leaving.” “I can leave if you want me to.” I gave him a small smile as I took a step back. I didn’t want to let on that I was nervous or anything. I wanted answers and maybe some fried Oreos. “No, please, come in,” he said quickly as he moved aside making space for me to enter the room. “I’m going to do as you requested and put on a shirt.” He gave me a knowing wink. So, he had caught on that the sight of him shirtless was more than just a little distracting. “Thanks.” I attempted to gracefully stride into the spacious room and poured myself some overpriced cognac. A warm breeze wafted through the balcony window and the scent of fragrant jasmine filled my nostrils. “I’m so proud of you,” whispered Erzulie as she hovered outside the balcony. Apparently, in the span of twenty minutes, she had already changed her outfit and was now dressed in a flowing, red dress and matching headscarf. Strands of thick, gold necklaces hung from her neck and her arms were adorned with delicate, wooden bracelets. “Not now Erzulie.” I was mortified that she chose to make another grand entrance at exactly this moment. The moment I was pretending to be totally calm and in control rather than a raving, mud-flinging lunatic that spoke to voodoo spirits. Of course, she ignored me and continued, “Jasmine is the flower of love, you know.” “Thanks for the random info,” I hissed praying that Lucus wouldn’t hear. I wasn’t completely ready to let him listen in on my conversations with the spirits just yet. Even though he wasn’t exactly normal, I wasn’t prepared to expose all of my own craziness to him. Lucky for me, he was too busy hunting for a t-shirt within the massive, antique closet that sat at the other end of the room. “You should always give love a chance my dear, even if it comes in unexpected forms.” She was giving me one of her motherly speeches again. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to make of that ominous advice Erzulie,” I whispered as I inched towards the balcony and unsuccessfully tried to shut the heavy, lace curtains on her. She laughed delicately before continuing, “you do know what I mean, my child.” “No, I don’t. I don’t exactly see any epic romance developing here. I’m just sticking around because you asked me to.” “Sure you are my dear.” Her hazel eyes shone as she gave me a small wink and disappeared. “I thought you despised that.” Lucus eyed the glass in my hand as he put on a blue t-shirt and walked towards me. “I do,” I replied. I didn’t want to tell him that I needed something to calm down my nerves. I couldn’t get his speech out of my head. How was I supposed to act around him now? Lucus placed his smooth hand over mine, and took the crystal glass from me. He raised his other hand up to my cheek and grazed it softly with his fingertips. Consuming chills ran through my body, all the way from my split-ends to my non-pedicured toenails. His scent mixed with the aroma of sugary jasmine and cognac was undeniably intoxicating. His gentle breath was deliciously sweet as it made contact with my sweaty skin. “There’s no reason to be anxious, I’m perfectly harmless,” he whispered softly. “The last thing I want to do is make you uncomfortable or hurt you in any way.” “Sure.” I grabbed the glass from him, moved my cheek away from his hand and tossed back the cognac. “Gross! How can you actually like drinking this stuff?” A hint of a smile crossed his full lips. “You get used to a lot of things if you’re around long enough. You’d be surprised at the things you’re capable of as time passes.” “Well, I don’t think I’m going to get used to the fact that you’re basically a very old man.” “Is that the way you see me, as a very old man?” Lucus causally asked as he walked over to the heavy, wooden table and poured himself some absurdly expensive cognac. He studied me intently with his intense, dark eyes as he waited for me to answer. “I mean you don’t look like Mr. Dumpty or anything, but you’re just wearing a disguise to cover up who you really are,” I reasoned clutching the crystal glass just a bit too tightly while tugging on my hair. He let out a dry laugh and took a sip of cognac. “Aren’t we all?” “What’s that supposed to mean?” I raised an eyebrow. He shook his head and took a step closer. His sharp gaze saw right through me. “If you see me as a very old man, why didn’t you leave? What reason do you have to be here wasting your time?”

Author Bio
Kira is a magic junkie and loves writing YA paranormal romances. Some of her heroes include: Jack the Pumpkin King, Willy Wonka, Larry David, Princess Tiana, the vampire Lestat, Andy and her Maltese Costanza.
Twitter @KiraSaito

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