Bound by Duty (Bound Series, #1)

Bound by Duty (Bound Series, #1)

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by Stormy Smith

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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 doesn't even know his name. Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community


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 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, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become. 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 win the battle, or her heart?

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Bound by Duty 4.4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 30 reviews.
Heavenly_Good_Books More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story is totally different and it pulled me in straight away. I couldn't stop. The book is told from POV of the main heroine, Amelia. She knows what she are, but she doesn't understand that. Everyone around her tells her that she can't show her real power, because they will find her. She knew about her power, but she knew nothing about her abilities, and what I loved, is the fact that we learn with her. All the truths, all her powers and all the lies are discovered and we are feeling the same emotions as she is. Hurt, betrayal, pain. But it's not only the negative emotions we have here. After she starts college, she made her first friend: Bethany, B., that she just adores and loves. Thanks to her, she can be for the first time a normal teenager. They talk boys, B. mostly talks about Micah, her crush. A blond handsome guy, that Amelia just doesn't trust. He gives her the creeps. Soon after the book starts she meets also Aidan. A buy that her heart beats faster whenever he is near her. They bantering and snarky comments are my favourite. I love the reason, why he calls her "Doll". I think it's sweet and shows how much he cares about her. But unfortunately, Amelia is not normal. She doesn't belong to a mortal world and soon her real life is catching up with her. And all the lies, all the hidden truth are revealed, together with her abilities and the things she can do. And friends she made? Either she can't be with them as they will be in danger because of that, or the are betraying her. I love the side characters: Cole, Bethany, Drew. The whole story is amazing and the ending? Broke my heart, caused so many emotions to raise in me. I wanted to punch some people. But also it made me excited for the next part! Amazing, well deserved 5 stars
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 3.5 out of 5 Unicorns - I more than liked it!!!  ***Received a copy of the audiobook for an honest review The cover is beautiful, but I have a thing for both purple and eyes, so putting them together makes it a win :) I read the blurb for this book and thought it sounded like it might be intriguing, so when the author asked me if I wanted to listen to the audio version, I totally jumped at the chance.  I must admit but until this year; I had never thought much about audiobooks, but it was a mistakes.  I’m definitely a book addict and love to read, but sometimes, you have other things to do like grade papers, drive somewhere, or mow the lawn.  So I wasn’t getting my book fixes enough due to having other things I had to do.  Audiobooks are the perfect solution for someone like me who is able to listen while doing other things to get my book fix :) This was my first time listening to the narrator Kristin James.  It took me a while to get into her style as a narrator.  I have found this is a usual thing for me at least….it is like getting to know narrator as you listen, but once you do, I find it is easier to get sucked into the narrator’s works as you listen to more and more from that narrator. This is the first book in the Bound series, and it is also the author’s first book too!  The story is definitely unique and not like anything I’ve ever read before.  I think the series is going to improve with each subsequent book, and I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on this series.  There are so many questions I still have and want answers to that when the book ended; I was silently screaming Noooo in my head because I wanted more.  Amelia is being pushed, pulled, and dragged in every direction, but she is also mostly in the dark and cluelessly trying to find answers. Stormy’s story has so much going on that you are definitely not bored while you are trying to figure out who is what side and who you should cheer for.  I think I’m still not sure, so I definitely need book 2 in the future :) I recommend this book to anyone who wants some magic in their life mixed with lots of mystery and intrigue.  This is definitely a unique take on magic and the different kinds :)
Anonymous 16 hours ago
Great books . Can't wait for the 4th book
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Anonymous 13 days ago
This book is awesome. Once I finished it I quickly brought the entire set. Can't wait to finish it this week. Finished this book in one night since I couldn't put it down once I started!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Teen fiction. Not my favorite genre. Tried to read it a couple times,but just couldnt get into it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Surprised that i loved the story. Part of a cliffhanger. Cant wait to read part 2.
Bookaholic_Banter 5 months ago
This book was a very enjoyable fantasy full of romance. action, and magic. Not one single element in this book was over-done. There was just the right amount of everything in this story. It was fun to read and the story-line really drew me in. It was an original take on magical powers. The beginning of the story starts off in a way that sets up the rest of the story very well. It was exciting to read the whole way through and one of those books that kept me up late reading. I didn't want to put it down. I fell in love with the characters. Each and every one of them were interesting in their own way. It's not too often that I like all the characters of a book, especially the girls, sometimes they can be so whiney. I think that for the most part that what Amelia has learned about her life and what she has to deal with and go through that she was a trooper. She was pretty fearless as well. I loved Aidan! I think he would have been EXACTLY the type of guy I would have fallen for when I was in school. He just has that slick charm about him that pulls you in. All the characters just had a wonderful way of pulling me into the story and routing for each and every one of them. Ok, except the Queen of course. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of these characters and what they had to deal with. I felt their pain. There were quite a few surprises and twists and turns in this book-with the characters and the plot line. An amazing plot line by the way. This book was wonderful first book to a series and a great set up for the second book. I am so extremely excited to see how this series progresses. I have high hopes. There is still so much of this story to be told and so many more magical and amazing moments to be had. This book was just the beginning of the adventure. There is so much more in store and I am dying to get my hands on the rest of this series and dive in. This was just getting good. The second book is going to be an adventure from the front to back. Warning: If you pick up the first book you will be hooked and need the next two books immediately. I don't want to wait to read the rest of this series but unfortunately I have to at the moment. You can be rest assured though that the second I have a spare moment to read what I want I will find every way in my power to get the next two books and sit down and binge-read then. They all just pulled me into the story even more. By the end of the book I felt compassion for some of the characters and what they had to deal with. The only pet peeve that I had with this book was the editing mistakes. There was quite a bit of them. I just don't understand how some of these mistakes were not caught or overlooked. Now, before you judge the book for this, I was given a copy to review in exchange for an honest review. I don't know if maybe the copy I was given was an unedited version. It could be possible. It didn't say that on the book but could be possible. I was willing to overlook these mistakes however, because of how wonderful the story was and in no way did I let this effect my review. I promise you that these mistakes don't take anything away from the story and you should still read it either way. If you don't you will totally be missing out on such a wonderful reading experience and miss out on a promising series that I know is only going to get better with each book. This first book was just the appetizer to the main course!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Nice storyline.
BellesBeastlyBookBlog 8 months ago
Amelia has been kept in the dark for most of her life, only getting glimpses of her Elder powers. When her father makes a deal with the "she devil", Amelia has until her 21st birthday to live a little. She is betrothed to the prince of the immortals and she doesn't even know what he loos like. Her power is taking a hold on her and it is hard to control, but her brother, who is also and immortal, helps keep her under control. Then, when she goes to college she becomes friends with B and meets a handsome human that will do anything to get to know her, even the worst parts of her. Immortals are forbidden to tell humans about themselves or others, so Amelia should just cut him loose. He isn't who he seems and neither is her friends. Someone she knows well will betray her and her love for this human makes more things confusing. He isn't what he seems, either. Will she be with the human? Is she really the Elder of all the Prophecies? This was a great book and I really want to read the next book. I was really mad that everyone was keeping secrets from her. She would have been more prepared if her dad and brother would have just told her about her powers. I was really surprised at multiple parts in the book. And I really felt like Amelia's emotions were perfect for what she was going through. Stormy Smith did a great job with this book.
vs_valerie 9 months ago
I got this book because I was enamored by the cover. And also, this book started really interesting with the prologue going on like it did. I like the concept of the story and how it's a different look on magical people. However being not a fan of whirlwind romances and instant attractions Amelia kind of got on the wrong side of me. Also for someone who's suppose to be so powerful, I felt like the way she was described and how she was acting was pretty contradictory. Aiden didn't help to make me like her either. His character and how it developed, in the end was predictable for me. Then Amelia made this stupid decision in the end which made me actually hate her. I feel like coming inside the book and ask her, 'are you even thinking?' So, if the author's goal was to make me feel irritated with Amelia and her choices, I can say she succeeded. Micah, I don't know if I like him or not but I don't trust him. I mean, Amelia has this feeling of unease towards him at the start and then suddenly it took an 180 degrees turn and they are the new best friends. What was that? I thought heroines intuition play a part too and I was pretty sure Amelia's was right and I felt like she failed me once again. I like Cole, though. I like the big brother that he is. I like Julia because as an antagonist she played the part well. I want to know how the prologue will exactly play out for her in the end. So yeah, I'll probably still read the next one.
BuckeyeAngel 12 months ago
Amelia has magic but can’t control it and doesn’t understand it. Amelia’s brother is Cole who she completely trusts and depends on. But he does lie a lot. Micah comes to train, assist, and encourage Amelia. Micah has feelings for for Amelia’s best friend Bethany, Amelia is also an Elder and the last of her kind. Amelia wants some time to be normal and leaves her father to go to college. There she met Aidan at a party and flirts with him but it can’t go anywhere as Amelia has been engaged since birth to the evil queen of the Immortals son that she doesn’t even know. well this book was pretty good but there was to many lies that had been told and Amelia didn’t even know what or who she was that can’t be good. The characters were pretty good I felt for poor Aidan and how Amelia lead him on to some degree and Amelia took all her frustration out on Aidan. I also thought this dragged in places. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
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Kept my interest throughout. Nice story line and good character development. There are some errors that spell check and grammar check could have caught if it had been used, but not enough to make me stop reading. I have purchased the next in the series to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are great and the storyline carries you through a book that is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected, but in a good way. I liked it
Naduah82 More than 1 year ago
I'm sitting here asking myself how can I express what this book has done to me, ahh I LOVED IT!! This is the BEST book that I have read this year!! This magical story evoked feelings within me that only a FEW books have been able to do EVER! Right away I love Stormy's writing style. I'm not sure how to explain it but she has a way of making me feel at-home so to speak when reading her work. I guess what I mean to say is while reading Bound By Duty I felt that inane sense of familiarity and comfort. It's the whole reason why I fell in love with reading, and not many authors can invoke those feelings within me. Early on within the first 150 pages or say I knew that this story would go down in my favorites of all time! First off I must say that there will not be any spoilers here. Trust me, I read the summary and made sure to NOT include anything that isn't already there for you to read. In the summary it mentions that Amelia is betrothed to a prince she'd never met. Add to that it also mentions that she doesn't even know his name. Now fast forward to the story, she meets two guys. One is Micah, he starts dating Amelia's best friend Bethany. The other is Aidan. Right away both Amelia and Aidan have some serious chemistry. I loved the sexual tension! “Now I was falling faster than a comet plummeting to the earth, just waiting to create a giant explosion. Just like a comet, I had no idea exactly how much damage I would leave in my wake.” Now I know I'm veering off, let me get back on track here. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? That either Micah or Aidan is the prince she's betrothed to? Of course I'm not going to tell you how it goes down, but ahh the suspense while reading! One of my favorite characters is Bethany. She's a secondary character. I just love her southern flair and complete loyalty to her bestie Amelia! Of course I can't forget her sense of humor, she will have you laughing! Honestly as I continued on with the book I'd love to read a novella or spin off with Bethany as the protagonist! This book pretty much has it all. Strong character development - check Magic (mages, shifters oh and an evil queen!) - check Romance that will make your toes curl - check Tons of mystery - check Overall I don't think I will be able to eat, sleep or do anything until I get my hands on the next book! All I can say is OMG OMG OMG...I NEED Bound By Magic like yesterday!!
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thunderreads More than 1 year ago
This book, written by Stormy Smith (she has the coolest name ever!), is the perfect example of improvement. Both story and writing wise. After the world building the book started to get a little repetitive, but that soon stopped. New characters were introduced while others were explored and developed. The plot picked up and got really intense! Even though the twists were a little predictable for me that didn’t take any of the enjoyment away and I was dying to know what would happen next. I loved how deep we went into Amy’s mind. I felt everything she felt and understood what she did, even if it was wrong. I think the relationships between the characters were fantastic and I specially liked Bethany as a friend and person. Absolutely loved Bound by Duty. It made me feel happy, sad, angry and I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend told me about your books. Being her and I share every great book we come across. She has been on your team of readers from the beginning. She would never tell me a word about the book but "OMG!! YOUR GOING TO LOVE IT!" So I am finally getting to this series of yours. Just finished the first one and was sucked in at the beginning. After following you on facebook to finally getting to read your books. I LOVE IT!! Your a wonderful author! Now to purchase the second book. Thank you for a great book. Now to start the next!!!! WOOHOO!!!!
AshleyReads More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent YA/NA Fantasy and a great start to the trilogy! Bound by Duty follows Amelia as she tries to deal with everything life has handed to her. She has this strange power that nobody will explain to her or teach her to use. She is betrothed to the prince but has no idea who he is, not even his name. The contract gives her freedom until she turns 21, so she tries to live a few normal years at a community college where she finally starts to learn things about herself. Weird things start happening with her power, she meets a cute guy, and crazy stuff starts happening! Overall I really enjoyed this book. There were so many secrets in this book and just when I thought I had something figured out, the tables were turned and nothing was as it originally seemed. The secrets kept me intrigued and kept me from putting the book down. I only had a few small issues with this book, but they didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. I was a little confused by the magic system in this book and I'm still not 100% sure what everything means yet. At the beginning, I let it go because I thought Amelia was in the dark too so it made sense, but she ended up knowing more about the powers than I expected - I just wish they had been explained a little more. BUT, this is the first in a series, so I still have time to learn. This book was awesome and I cannot wait to read the sequel! That ending has my mind running wild and I need to know what happens next! *I received an e-copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bummer ending! Guess it teases, no demands another story Bingaux