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BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series) [NOOK Book]

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When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of ...
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BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series)

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Overview

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.
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Editorial Reviews

Laura Bastian
The fight scenes, the danger, the intrigue, the romance, and the secrets are all placed so perfectly it keeps you turning page after page to find out what happens next.

I really enjoyed it. It was new and refreshing. A clean romance with just the right amount of steam.

I would totally recommend this book to people who like Stephanie Myers Twilight books, and even to those who don't. C.K.Bryant has the talent to take something far fetched like space travel, magic, shapeshifting,
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013591417
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Series: The Crystor Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 111,729
  • File size: 249 KB

Meet the Author

Christine has always been a writer. Even before she could compose a single word with pen, she scribbled her version of cursive along the open page just to see what it looked like. As a teen, she swiped her dad's old Royal typewriter so her muse could breathe life into what her vivid imagination had created.

She's spent the last twenty-five years married to the man of her dreams and raising their two sons. After helping run the family restaurant for most of their marriage, Christine finally broken away to pursue her dream of being an author.

When she's not with her family or tickling the computer keys, she loves camping, reading, scrapbooking, listening to all kinds of music, and making new friends.

Christine currently living in the middle of sage brush and lava rock with a spectacular view of the Snake River Canyon in South Central Idaho.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    Interesting plot

    One of the things I enjoyed most about this book, were the easy, fun, very believable exchanges between the best friends. I'd catch myself smiling while they teased and mocked each other. I also admired their unwavering loyalty. It was what I hoped for and expected from their relationship early on. There wasn't any cattiness or jealousy on their parts.

    You meet Lydia's big brother, Octavion, early on in the story. He gives new meaning to the term "over protective". He's pushy, forceful, stubborn and abrasive. But, you also get to see his softer side. He can be gentle, caring and moved to tears. As you delve further into the story you come to understand why that is. There are good reasons for a lot of his behaviors and reactions, but oftentimes he can't get a good grasp on controlling them. He has great chemistry with Kira. There's a powerful attraction and intensity between them. Their exchanges range from tender to volatile. They have some pretty great scenes together when they're alone.

    I'm not sure I ever really warmed up to Kira, even at the end. Her behavior felt inconsistent throughout the book. She starts off weak and helpless, but gradually finds her footing. As she finds confidence, self-worth and her backbone, it's refreshing, entertaining and exciting. When she begins to stand up for herself and take charge of the direction her life will take, you root for her. But, I felt like I got some whiplash as she flipped back and forth between being brave and being a coward, over and over again. I don't fault her for being afraid of different characters or situations, it was the behavior she displayed that perturbed me. One minute she's pointing a weapon at someone and the next she's cowering on the floor like a kitten and can't make eye contact with them. I have to give her credit for her heroics and bravery, when she showed it. I owe her that. She's someone you'd definitely want on your side.
    You can find romance, magic, paranormal elements and otherworldly opposition in this book. Enjoy!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    I got this review as a read to review. The cover was the first

    I got this review as a read to review. The cover was the first thing to grab me. I was curious so I read the blurb about it. This also looked appealing so I decided to review it.

    I have to say that Bound was a great start to a new series. The book was stellar and I couldn't put it down. I even stopped reading another book I was most of the way through to finish this book.

    The author kept the story interesting and weaved a great romance into it. The plot was original and the characters were likeable. Bound was a very interesting and creative story.

    This story had it all:

    Great plot
    Interesting premise
    Likeable characters
    Shifters
    Alchemy
    Aliens so to speak
    Action
    Romance
    Friendship

    ....and the list could go on.

    If I were a lover of YA paranormal romance, I would beet feet and grab this book. It was awesome. I know that I am eagerly awaiting the sequel Broken out June 7th!I give Bound a solid five stars:)

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Good, exciting read!

    I read “Bound” in a matter of days, and enjoyed Christine’s fresh take on YA fantasy. The book was a swashbuckling adventure, full of creativity with characters demonstrating a fierce loyalty and unconquerable spirit. This is the first book of a trilogy, and she has set up an exciting tale that will carry onto her next books.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    I'll die if u dont read this

    This is an awesome book! I was reading this nonstop as soon as I got it. I couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it... if you don't read this I might die. It is totally somethibg different then what I usually read and it is a good thing I read it!!! Read this.... NOW!!!! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    A MUST read!

    Bound is the fist book in the Crystor series. Kira is a teenage girl with normal problems and issues to her age, well, that¿s how it seems at first anyways. Things quickly turn out to be very different for her and her BFF Lydia.

    The story, characters and creatures of Bound are so richly written that you almost believe that these girls might just live down the street from you. It is not just another YA book guys! It is much richer and more enduring than many out there. And Kira? She is sooo not your typical ditzy/weak girl who needs to be rescued, yet she is. But even when she needs help or rescue she is no simpering little waif. I just love her.

    Octavion, Lydia¿s big brother, is strong, gorgeous, mysterious, oh, and stubborn beyond reason at times yet he has the biggest heart and will so what ever needs done. I¿m sure many out there don¿t like Octavion much as he does grate a bit but if you look at the why and how of it you see a proud, loving, dedicated and true brother, son, and friend (maybe more) emerge from the attitude he throws out.

    Lydia and her alter Altaira are wonderful. Sweet and loving yet powerful and snarky. Just loved her/them.

    I can¿t wait for book 2, Broken to come out! If you haven¿t read Bound you are missing a great read, a wonderful first of the series, and a great adventure / romance. You won¿t regret this YA read! It¿s definitely and un-put-downable and re-readable book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Highley Recommended!!!!!!

    I was deffinalty bound to this book from the first to last page.. I can't wait to see more from this author. It was exactly the new series I was looking for!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Bound has been on my to-read list for quite a while now and so I

    Bound has been on my to-read list for quite a while now and so I was very excited to sit down and finally get the chance to check it out! While it won't be making my favourites list, I still genuinely enjoyed it and it had my attention from the very first page. Bound certainly gets full marks for originality. I thought everything in this book had a very different feel to it which is awesome because for a while there, lots of the YA paranormal books I was coming across just seemed like copies of each other or lacked some extra spark to actually make them stand out!

    Our protagonist is Kira and this novel follows her life as things get, well, really weird. Her home life practically falls apart (seriously- her mother ups and leaves!) and she learns some shocking secrets about her best friend. I loved Kira and enjoyed getting to know her. I think she's a very independent character and I loved that she was never afraid to speak her mind or tell somebody to quit doing something that was getting on her nerves or upsetting her. While I wouldn't say she takes everything in her stride, she does handle all the events with grace and bravery which I had to admire her for.

    What I loved most about Bound was how intelligent it all was. This was definitely wasn't a light or quick read for me. The plot really has a lot of depth and is well thought out. There are a lot of back stories and every aspect of the story had a history to it which I loved learning about. Bryant has created many interesting characters and I loved finding out more about them. Kira's friend Lydia- and her 'kindred spirit'' Altaria- are simply fascinating to read about. I went back and forth on how I felt about Octavion! I thought he was an interesting guy but not really a great love interest.

    This book made me think a lot about what I would do if I had to make some of the decisions Kira was faced with making. The story did drag for me at parts and my interest began to wane for a while but mostly, I really did like it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fellow paranormal fans! Bound has many interesting concepts, characters, events and creatures. The second book in the series, Broken, is coming out in the next few weeks and I will probably check it out when I have the time!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    A great read...800+ pages

    Really enjoyed this book! Nice climax and ending. Loved how the main charactor grew and became a strong woman. Cliff hanger ending!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    Amazed by the number of chapters, but the detail and story was very good. Excited to start the second book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Great read

    Thisis the best book i have read. Its filled with action, romance and everything in between. There is magic, death, pain, friendship and love. The characters in this book have to be brave and strong in irder to survive. It was a great read and i would recomend it to everyone. Please read it or you will bemissing outon alot! I couldnt put this book down! There are 866 pages in it and ididnt stopreading tillthe very last page. Do yourselves a favor and read it! You wont be dissapointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Good book

    I don't write reviews. But this book was great I can't wait to read the second book. I recomend this book if you like action, adventure, and love, plus the fact that there will be more than one. Please give this book a try!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Bound Has Invaded My Dreams!

    * Since reviewing Bound on my blog in January I have dreamt of it 4 times and had to reread it again! It was even better the second time through! :) *

    The first thing that struck me about this book is the depth it has. The characters themselves are very deep... they have layers. I would just start to feel like I knew the characters when SURPRISE they would do something I didn't expected. Take Kira for example; she loves her best friend Lydia like a sister, has and awful home life, and suddenly learns a secret that will change her life forever. No pressure. The way her character handles everything is, to me, remarkable. She will do anything to help her friend but she doesn't just blindly jump into things. She thinks about the best move to make, and doesn't let a pesky warrior bully her into submission. One thing that stood out for me about Kira is she doesn't have a perfect home life as many main characters do. She actually has to deal with many emotional things that make you want to step in and hug her.

    This book is full of page turning anticipation that coupled with the amazing plotline gives you a story you should not miss. This book is full of action, love, self-discovery, the tests of friendship, and having faith in those closest to you. A must read for all paranormal romance lovers!

    The cover of this book is exquisite. The girl on the cover perfectly matches my image of Kira, the intensity in her gaze matches up perfectly with her attitude. This book would be a great gift, especially if the receiver appreciates a well-written story that has a beautiful cover to match.

    I give this book 4.5 stars; Very Highly Recommended

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    This book was a pleasant surprise! I did not know what to expect

    This book was a pleasant surprise! I did not know what to expect when I started it but I ended up loving it! This book involved friendship, loyalty, romance and much more. I instantly connected with Kira and I enjoyed growing with her throughout the book as she learned more about Lydia and Octavion.

    C.K. Bryant was able to put her own unique spin on common paranormal characters. I loved the originality of this story! I don’t want to give too much away because there is a lot to learn as the story progresses. What I will say is this book will have you reading into the wee hours because you are unable to get to a stopping point because you keep learning more and it keeps you wanting to know more. (Okay maybe that is just me but don’t say I didn’t warn you ;))

    I also recommend the anthology In His Eyes. There is a deleted scene from BOUND in it and it is good!! That scene had me smiling and laughing out loud. Loved it! I am now really looking forward to the second book in the series BROKEN!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    BookWhisperer Reviews: Bound (Great Inventive Read)

    C.K. Bryant offers a debuting series that combines mythological and supernatural elements that create a intricate and fresh world. Kira and Lydia are best friends with normal thought and concerns consistent with every other senior. Or so Kira thought until she discovered her best friend and brother are not from this world or human. Dedication and loyalty are in abundance throughout this book, and it is easy to see why these three friends are willing to risk there own lives for one another. The stage is excellently set for Kira to fit into Octavion and Lydia¿s world. It also make is easy to understand Kira¿s desperation to support and help them in there quest. Ophera was carefully crafted and easily imaginable. I had no problem seeing this world as though I was looking through the eyes of the characters. Ms. Bryant is a dedicated writer that will test your shock ability with her graphic novel. She will take her story that a cliff, and proceed without hesitation as her story drops readers from the deadly heights. I was very impressed with this novel, and the ability of this author. I definitely look forward to reading more from this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Good story

    It was a litte slow in the beginning but I was pleasantly suprised by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    OUTSTANDING !!!!!!

    Loved this book ! Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Loved the book.

    I very much enjoyed this book. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Enjoyed

    This was a really interesting read. I liked that the main character grew during the story line. There was action parts that were funny and sad. The book was never stall and kept my attention. I read it in one sitting and recommend it. Looking forward to starting book II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Great book

    I am very impressed with this series. Fantastic read. Need to read number 3. It was hard not to get involved or pulled into the characters. Very well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Good

    Love this book good for young readers

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