Monday, October 12, 2015

Bound~Donnielle Tyner | ARC Review & Giveaway

Title: Bound (Caelian Cycle #2)
Author: Donnielle Tyner
Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction
Length: 200 Pages (approximately)
Release: October 2015
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Bound picks up shortly after the events of Lost, with Sadie training and on a mission to stop the Konig family. She's trying to master her physical and mental abilities while not losing herself. 

It's always hard going into a second book because I'm worried about "second book syndrome." This one suffered slightly from that condition, but wasn't a disappointing read. It did feel like there wasn't as much development in the overall story or in the characters themselves as there was in Lost, however. I would have liked a bit more self exploration from Sadie than we got. She did have to face some challenges, obviously, and did grow, I just would have liked it presented slightly differently. 

There is a lot of action in this novel as Sadie goes from one extreme situation to the next. She finds out a lot about her life and the lives of those around her that she didn't know before. And there are still plenty of questions open to explore in the next installment. Society is falling apart as norms and Caelian's fight each other, causing widespread unrest. 

One thing that I really enjoy about these books is Sadie's relationship with all of her friends. They hold each other together and support each other. We get to see Rebecca, Madison, and John again, as well as some of their other friends from the orphanage. Kian has been at Sadie's side since the end of Lost. I wasn't completely happy with the progression of their relationship because I just didn't feel it building very much. Things seemed almost too sudden. 

This was slower paced overall than Lost, but still really enjoyable. There are plenty of questions leading into the third installment and I am very excited to get my hands on a copy when it's released. This has proven to be a very enjoyable series so far, something that I was a bit skeptical about when I started these. Definitely a pleasant surprise. 

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