Monday, January 16, 2012


Title:  Bound
Author:  Kira Saito
Publisher: (self-published) Amazon
Available:  Now
Source:  Author via Bewitching Tours

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Rating:  PG
Series:  Arelia Larue #1

About the Book:
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. 

My Take:
I was really taken by the description of this book when I agreed to review it.  Again, something new and fresh to the paranormal scene!   The descriptions of the plantations and surrounding areas was great.  I have never been down to Louisiana so I really liked this 'look' into the area.  There was also a lot of research done on the voodoo and spirits of the area.  Everyone has 'heard' the stories, but we live it more in Bound.  While the book didn't always flow smoothly, there was always something new in the horizon that kept my attention.  The teens were definite teens with their moody behaviors, yet beneath, there was something deeper to each character and I hope we can learn more about them in the future books.  

If you are looking for something original and fresh in the paranormal genre, try this book.  It may be what you are looking for.   It is a lighter look at voodoo, so if you are looking for dark and twisted...this isn't it, but it is a really fun quick read.  This is her first novel, I believe, so I think the next books in the series will only get better and stronger.  

About the Author:
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 Jasmine, the vampire Lestat, Andy and her Maltese Costanza.

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