Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
Published on July 24th, 2014
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC
Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn’t even know his name.
Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she’ll be.
As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?
This book was a very enjoyable fantasy full of romance. action, and magic. Not one single element in this book was over-done. There was just the right amount of everything in this story. It was fun to read and the story-line really drew me in. It was an original take on magical powers. The beginning of the story starts off in a way that sets up the rest of the story very well. It was exciting to read the whole way through and one of those books that kept me up late reading. I didn’t want to put it down.
I fell in love with the characters. Each and every one of them were interesting in their own way. It’s not too often that I like all the characters of a book, especially the girls, sometimes they can be so whiney. I think that for the most part that what Amelia has learned about her life and what she has to deal with and go through that she was a trooper. She was pretty fearless as well. I loved Aidan! I think he would have been EXACTLY the type of guy I would have fallen for when I was in school. He just has that slick charm about him that pulls you in. All the characters just had a wonderful way of pulling me into the story and routing for each and every one of them. Ok, except the Queen of course. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of these characters and what they had to deal with. I felt their pain.
There were quite a few surprises and twists and turns in this book-with the characters and the plot line. An amazing plot line by the way. This book was wonderful first book to a series and a great set up for the second book. I am so extremely excited to see how this series progresses. I have high hopes. There is still so much of this story to be told and so many more magical and amazing moments to be had. This book was just the beginning of the adventure. There is so much more in store and I am dying to get my hands on the rest of this series and dive in. This was just getting good. The second book is going to be an adventure from the front to back. Warning: If you pick up the first book you will be hooked and need the next two books immediately. I don’t want to wait to read the rest of this series but unfortunately I have to at the moment. You can be rest assured though that the second I have a spare moment to read what I want I will find every way in my power to get the next two books and sit down and binge-read then. They all just pulled me into the story even more. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of the characters and what they had to deal with.
The writing style was wonderful. The descriptive writing was enough to let me see everything that was going on with out being overdone. There are still descriptions that stand out in my mind. That’s how you know when it’s written well. I have a clear picture of each and every one of these characters, and the setting.
The ending of this book left me wanting more. I was so sad that it ended that fast. I wish this would have been one of those books that were 600-700 pages. I don’t think it would have been overdone or drawn out and I would have gobbled up each and every word and still been hungry for more. It is one of those books that you will read very fast. I am too excited for more. This is one series that I don’t want to leave unfinished and I hope to read the rest of before the year ends. Hopefully a lot sooner than that though. If you love magic, don’t miss this one. It’s truly magical. 🙂
I’m not one for spoilers so I don’t want to say much more without giving away the whole concept for the book so I’m going to end it here. I really hope what I said will be enough to have you pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.
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About the Author:
Stormy Smith is the author of the number one bestselling Bound series. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.
Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.
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