Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

What's worse than being blackmailed to attend a hidden school where you're treated like a second-class citizen? How about nearly getting eaten by a monster when you arrive? Or learning that your soulmate was killed in a centuries-old secret war? And then there's the evil king who's determined to rule the world unless you can stop him... Meet Kaya, a young woman with the power to heal and the determination to fight. But struggle as she will, she remains tied to three very different men: a hero who has forsaken glory, a tyrannical ruler who wants to use Kaya, and a warrior who's stolen her heart. Kaya learns the hard way that some ties can't be broken...and blood is the strongest bond of all.

A captivating new young adult series, this first chapter in Kaya’s life will keep every lover of this genre happy.

The storyline is fun, fast-paced, with a healthy dose of humor, romance and action. Once you start reading it’s hard to put the book down, especially by the time you hit the third or fourth chapter. Although not entirely unpredictable, the story is amusing enough to keep all of us interested.

Since this seems to be a much more plot driven book than anything else, the characters do suffer a bit. Although the author made efforts with thm, they aren’t unique enough to make too much of a splash. One thing I do have to say for the protagonist, Kaya really has a mind of her own. She has spunk and guts and she is thankfully not one of those weak female characters we are so used to seeing in young adult novels. All the other characters are amusing but not as fully realized as Kaya. I had hoped to see a bit more of Maddox throughout the story, but she didn’t appear half as much as I’d have liked to get a good sense of who she was.

This is one I really do recommend. I will definitely buy the next book in the series.

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