Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: Bound by C. K. Bryant

Welcome to my review of Bound by C. K. Bryant and today's stop on the Dark C.A.R.M.A. blog tour.

Book Description:  When 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.

My Review:  Bound has all the elements that are making today's young adult novels so hard to resist - characters that mirror our own insecurities and then find out they are more capable than they imagined, trials to overcome, journeys to new worlds or into new trains of thought and new ideas, steps outside our known parameters, and - let's be honest - hot guys.  Octavion from Bound is one of my favorite new heroes, and I have to say, I'm a happily married woman, but he did make my heart go pitty-pat at least a couple of times.

Kira is a sympathetic main character.  We see where she's come from and we know she has the capacity to fulfill her dreams, but she doesn't know that at first.  We see her strength emerge as she's faced with challenges far beyond anything she ever anticipated, pulled into a battle between good and evil spanning two worlds.  In the midst of all this, we see her determination, loyalty, and passion for life. Much of this is true about author herself.

Each of the elements of the story are woven together with unique touches that could only come from C. K. Bryant.  Only a fertile imagination and polished storytelling skills could bring together such a powerful cast of characters, an out-of-this-world plot (literally), and wrap it up in such a compelling package.  

If you would like to own an autographed copy of Bound, you can click here to order.  If you would like a Kindle download, you can order it here.  You are also encouraged to go here and follow the Dark C.A.R.M.A. tour, enter to win, and learn about the other fantastic books being featured.

FTC:  Even though I was offered my very own fluffy white tiger, I did not accept it, (painful though it was to refuse) and the only compensation I received for this review was a copy of the book.


Abby Fowers said...

I've heard some really good things about this book. I am excited to read it.

C. K. Bryant said...

WOW! I'm going to have those words printed on fabric and made into a quilt so I can wrap myself up in them. Seriously. What a great review, Tristi. A huge boost to my confidence. Thanks so much for believing in me and helping me make this book so much better than the first version you read. You're the best. HUGS

Jenn Wilks said...

I'm in the middle of reading Bound right now (curse you, Christine, for keeping me from my NaNo novel!!!) ;)

And I have to agree with everything you said here, Tristi. Out of the mouths of two witnesses...

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