Book Reviews: Bound by Duty & Bound by Spells by Stormy Smith

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BOUND BY SPELLS (Bound 2) by Stormy Smith
Mature YA Paranormal Romance
Release: March 19, 2015

About the Book

Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it’s too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read Bound by Duty (review is below) and was excited to be able to immediately read Bound by Spells. The story of Amelia and Aidan continues. Both are still learning about their powers and their destinies. Aidan is also trying to find a way to get to Amelia and she is trying to figure out a way to get out of her betrothal to Micah, as well as find a way to overpower the queen.

The characters are well developed. There are several new characters in this book. I like Dillon who is so cute and tries so hard to be a man. My favorite character is still Bethany, though.

Since Amelia and Aidan are apart, both of their points of view are given, which really worked well. There was still some repetition but not as much as in the first book.

The ending was a cliffhanger and I’m looking forward to reading the next book. It’s going to be a difficult wait.


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 About the Book

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?

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I always like a good young adult fantasy. In Bound by Duty, Amelia knows she different and that she’s immortal but she’s been kept in the dark most of her life about exactly what that means or how to use her powers.

For the first time, Amelia has a best friend in her college roommate, Bethany.  Bethany and Amelia end up with the men of their dreams but, unfortunately, Amelia doesn’t have the luxury of just falling in love and having her happy ending. She has a duty to the Immortals. There’s so much for an 18-year-old to handle!

The characters are complicated and full of secrets and half-truths. I like Amelia but it was hard to believe that someone who is supposed to be so strong would faint so often. I love her roommate, Bethany. She’s so girly and yet very strong in her own way. Their men, Aidan and Micah, are both complex but they’re well meaning and obviously in love with their women.

Stormy Smith’s writing is easy to follow but there was a lot of repetition. I found myself skipping quite a bit. I still really liked Bound by Duty and I’m going to start reading Bound by Spells right now.

About the Author

Stormy Smith 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 that 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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