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Punished Arelia LaRue Book #2

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22 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

PUNISHED is the second book in the Arelia LaRue series. So we'r


PUNISHED is the second book in the Arelia LaRue series. So we're back in New Orleans at the Darkwood Plantation. Back with a colourful cast of characters who can't fail to brighten anyone's day. Whether it's laughing at the antics of Mr Dumpty, rolling your eyes at 'la...

PUNISHED is the second book in the Arelia LaRue series. So we're back in New Orleans at the Darkwood Plantation. Back with a colourful cast of characters who can't fail to brighten anyone's day. Whether it's laughing at the antics of Mr Dumpty, rolling your eyes at 'label snob' Sabrina or really wishing Lucus would just get on and kiss Arelia already. This book will make you giggle, laugh and maybe even a guffaw or two depending on your sense of humour.
I know a lot of people didn't really like Sabrina in BOUND and unfortunately for those people, I don't think you will feel any more love for her than you do already. To me, Sabrina is very misunderstood. Yes, on the surface she is a materialistic little madam. She likes Dolce & Gabbana this, Jimmy Choo that. But I don't really think she's as shallow as you think.
In my opinion, if you scratch the surface, Sabrina hasn't really had it all. Her parents aren't there for her. They're constantly off in Morocco. So what's a girl to do when she's left to fend for herself? Well some of us might not but in Sabrina's case, she's made the most of her parents sending her money and she's bought herself things to try and find some semblance of comfort.
I know that they say 'money can't buy you happiness'. But whilst that may well be true, money can help to alleviate stress in some small ways. It means not worrying about bills, it means you can buy yourself luxuries. Sabrina, to me, seems as though she buys herself expensive things to make up for the lack of parents or indeed other family in her life.
So anyway, I digress. I don't really want this whole review to be me nagging you to like Sabrina. You like her or you don't. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is just mine. I personally couldn't be friends with someone who seems as shallow as she does. Yet, if I knew there was a good person underneath it all, I would be willing to give her a chance. So for all those of you who don't like her, I'm asking you to try and see it from another point of view. Just maybe give her a chance. Try to see beyond her exterior and look into her heart.
As for the story itself, I don't want to spoil it too much by telling you what happens. This second book, pretty much like the first, ends on a cliffhanger and you are on tenterhooks waiting for the next book to come along. I don't yet know when the next one is due, Kira says it won't be long. But I know I am going to go insane without it.
For some people, I know that it seems like these books are quite short and you think that they fly past. Well, this book is actually around 10,000 words more than BOUND and I personally think they seem a little short but not in a bad way. I'm not defending my friend here, I just honestly think that maybe they go by so fast because they are so fast-paced and easy to read. You sit down with a cup of tea and the next thing you know you are on the final page.
I have to say, the ending really sprung up on me. I wasn't expecting it quite so soon. But I think that was because it was really getting going. We were really at the point I wanted to be at when all of a sudden THE END was staring me in the face. As I said, cliffhanger ending. But in having said that, it was the perfect ending too. That's because it sets the scene for the next book in the series.
For me, these books have gone at a lightning pace but they are perfect in setting up for the next one and knowing it will be a longer series, that Kira isn't trying to pack too much 'Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am' into only a couple of books - that is just how I like it. I like to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next piece of the puzzle.
Anyway, I think I digressed again but you get my point.
PUNISHED is a great story. We see more of the background of Ivan, whom I was absolutely ready to punch in the face back in BOUND. Honestly now, having read this, he's not as bad as I once thought him to be. He isn't my favourite character (because I think Lucus is) and though he isn't actually any more likeable at the start, by the end of the book you are actually left thinking 'Okay he wasn't always such a [insert own expletive] after all'.

We also see more of Arelia coming to terms with herself and her powers. She is getting to grips with being a 'Voodoo Queen'. She isn't quite there yet and she hasn't mastered her destiny but I like that about her. In some books we see the MC's come to terms with their varying 'powers' all too soon. But Arelia is naive and in some instances she is too trusting but in others she isn't trusting enough. She needs to learn to trust in herself implicitly before she can really trust others.
That being said, she is growing as a character more and more each book and quite honestly she earned a place in my heart because I have never met another character like her.

posted by GothicAngelBookReviews on June 1, 2012

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22 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

Arelia comes off as very immature and childish. If the descripti

Arelia comes off as very immature and childish. If the description wouldn't say she is 16, I would have believed she is just 10. She would overreact to the smallest things and she does the most stupid mistakes that make her unlikeable. despite having heard spirits her w...
Arelia comes off as very immature and childish. If the description wouldn't say she is 16, I would have believed she is just 10. She would overreact to the smallest things and she does the most stupid mistakes that make her unlikeable. despite having heard spirits her whole life, she refuses to believe any of it. instead of having courage, Arelia shows having no backbone. When her best friend turns against her, she forgives her. What? This is a no no for me.
I could not, for the life of me, understand this girl. As for Lucus, he was shallow. I didn't feel that there was an attraction between him and her. They all seemed very stiff; unconvincing. How I am supposed to enjoy a book when the character is already so whinny and weak. The second book didn't get better. I won't read any more books by this author.

posted by 12783684 on May 31, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Jackson

    "Okay…I'm gonna go now."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    This isnt great litterature. Its a quick book to escape from ou

    This isnt great litterature. Its a quick book to escape from our daily lives. Arelia is extremely childish, but who cares... Im actually waiting for the 3rd book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Satarting too get on my nerves

    The first book just cut off so you were expected too get the 2nd. The 2nd book has done the same. They are good books but its getting on my nerves.



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