Monday, December 5, 2011
Book Review: Bound by Kira Saito
First of all, don't you just adore this cover? Now, a synopsis I stole from Amazon....
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.
The first thing I have to say about this book is that I'm fairly certain the author cast a spell on me. I was sucked into the scenery and could almost smell the magic within the haunting city of New Orleans. There were also several times I felt myself wanting to be a hot voodoo queen like our feisty heroin-Arelia.
This is also the first time I've seen voodoo portrayed in this way. Namely, Arelia isn't some old hag. She's young, she's white, and she's instantly likable. The author brought her to life, and I found myself wishing we could meet one day. Reading Saito is like a breath of fresh air. I would recommend this title to any and all lovers of the young adult-paranormal romance genre. If you want something new and inventive, meet your next book.
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To learn more about the author and her books, visit her blog: Here
Come back on the 15th for a giveaway that includes...yes, a voodoo doll. =)