Soulbound (The Legacy of Tril Series)

Soulbound (The Legacy of Tril Series)

by Heather Brewer


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A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

Heather Brewer has created a thrilling, action-packed, and romantic first installment of the Legacy of Tril series, where one strong heroine must break the rules to claim her destiny and her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803737235
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Series: Legacy of Tril Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Heather Brewer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood. Ms. Brewer lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.

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Soulbound 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It usualy takes me a week to finish a book....i read this book in a day! I LOVED this book and the twist in the end!!!!!!! I am eger to read book two....P.S just so u no there is no sex in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this incredible book and it left me jaw dropped. The queen of plot twists has done it again. Cant wait for the 2nd book :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, it was a good book. I don't like the beginning much. I would've preferred if the author expanded the beginning a little bit, to let us relate with the character more on her relationship before the first twist hits. This is constantly looked back on throughout the book, and it leaves me feeling indifferent, because I didn't understand why the character felt the way she did. The way it was introduced didn't allow us enough time to relate with the event that happened, and though it's what drives her forward throughout the book, all we get is a little bit of fluff. The author needs to work on how she uses foreshadowing. By the hints she gave, I expected the major plot twist within the first hundred pages or so. The ending didn't 'wow' me as some of the others have said, because of it, so I was left a little disappointed that I could see straight through the plot to the very end. I'm not one for romance novels; I've read many YA books that have focused on that and it has left me bored out of my mind. This book didn't do that. The author did very well in balancing out the romance with the character's determination that drives the plot forward. I was able to read the book through and through without having to put it down because of the absurdity that seems to fill YA books with the 'instant-love' syndrome. The romance is... realistic, and I like that it more or less rejects the 'there is only one person out in the world for you ever', and has the main character completely rejecting the 'damsel in distress' attitude that many female characters seem to be taking on. Even the main supporting female character wasn't weak, and in the end the main supporting female character was my favorite in the book, if only for her attitude. Like I said, the book is great. I will read the next book, and this author has earned my respect where I was iffy a couple of days ago. However, some of the choices, whether it was the editor or whatever, has left the book feeling a little bit hollow, to me. I'd have liked to relate to the character a little more in the beginning, would've liked to not pick up the foreshadowing that was clear as day to me in the beginning of the book (and thus, ruined the big 'wow' factor at the end of the book), the ending was a little bit awkward (I'd suggest going back and rereading the last couple chapters when the next book comes out, simply because it ended like a chapter would end, and not the end of an actual book. I have a feeling remembering what exactly happened will be a bit of an issue, if the author picks up directly where she left off like I'm assuming.) and there were a few continuity issues that could've been worked out more; but all in all it's one of the better YA books I've read.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I’ve only read one of Heather Brewer’s previous books – the first Chronicles of Vladimir Tod book, and I thought it was ok for being a pretty simple story. This one blows Vladimir out of the water. This is a fantasy book that has a lot more depth and characterizations going on. The main character, Kaya, is struggling with being a young adult thrust into a world she didn’t think she would ever be part of. The action starts fairly quickly and continues on in spurts throughout the story. Kaya is torn between two guys, and while she does have some instant feelings, it does feel overwhelming like the insta-love syndrome does in other YA books. While the story centers around Kaya, there is enough about the two guys to keep everyone entertained. This book has it all – romance, action, super powers, human-eating creatures, swordplay. I’m looking forward to more of each of those things! ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Soulbound left me reeling. I was pulled in by the promising premise, but the immature characters, the less-than-exciting romance, and the numerous plot holes unfortunately made this book fall short of my expectations. When I read the synopsis, I was expecting this book to be action-packed and full of romance. It isn’t. More than half of the book is spent on world-building and introducing characters. (And even the latter half doesn’t have the action and romance I was hoping for.) And–get this–Brewer didn’t even do a good job on world-building. I was left confused several times: why is the world of the Skilled kept secret from the Unskilled? What is the difference between Bound and Soulbound? Brewer didn’t explain anything, and I was left to figure things out myself. Most of the characters felt one-dimensional to me. Even though Kaya is headstrong (which I like in heroines), she’s too self-conscious. Also, her reaction to her best friend Avery’s death felt too subdued, and although she wants to protect her parents from dying at the hands of the Zettai Council, she still sneaks around, training in self-defense against the rules. Very contradictory. But she’s attracted to Trayton, a gorgeous goody-two-shoes to whom she’s Bound. (Personally, I think his preppy name suits him.) Trayton is too perfect to be real (and sometimes he acts like a jerk), and their insta-love is just too unrealistic for me to believe. Darius, on the other hand, is more on the grumpy side and shuns Kaya for the first half of the book. He’s much more realistic than Trayton, but I still don’t understand his actions and I definitely don’t know what’s up with his silver hair. But the thing that upset me the most was the big shocking secret revealed in the last two pages of the book. The problem? Well, for me, it wasn’t shocking. I had made a prediction about the love triangle 40 pages into the book based on reader experience and the synopsis…and it came true. And to add insult to injury, the book leaves the reader stuck with that new revelation and absolutely no explanation following. (Yay, cliffies. Not.) Despite my disappointment, I admit that the book wasn’t bad. It was entertaining at times, and I did want to continue reading. So my review wrapped up in a pretty little bow? Soulbound was okay. I loved the idea and the world created, but the execution and the characters were less than satisfying. It was a good story, but just not good enough. source: hardcover borrowed from library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, and would suggest it to anyone. I was constantly intriqued, and entertained. I absolutely love kaya too. She is a great role model for anyone. If you are considering this book, get it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not expect this to be good because of the cover, but it was. Never judge books by their cover! Give it a try.
Anonymous 25 days ago
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MeganB66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a war going on in Tril but only the Barrons and Healers know anything about it. It is their duty to fight against the Graplar King, so they go to Shadow Acadamy to learn, the Barrons to fight and the Healers to heal the barron they are bound to. There was once a time where healers were soulbound to a borron but with so many deaths it is rare. Kaya is a healer, her soulbound dead, she is bound to another. Kaya however is unhappy with the idea of simply standing around defenseless and looks to learn to fight. Heather Brewer has written a great engaging book. I love the unique and knew ideas that are mixed in with the popular triangle romances. Brewer has a great ability to make you love all the characters for who they are rather than putting you on one side or the other. I loved that the love triangle in this book never made Kaya annoying but just another girl with choices in front of her. I loved the book even more because although it with be a series the book had a begginning a middle and an end while still leaving the reader with the cliff hanger and dying for book two.
singerji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Soulbound by Heather Brewer takes place in the world of Tril, where live Unskilled (normal) folks, like you and me, and Skilled folks, divided into Barrons (warriors) and Healers. Barrons are faster and tougher than normal humans, while Healers take care of them, healing their wounds with medicine or even a mere touch. Barrons are pair-bonded with Healers, sometimes intimately and sometimes not. There is also a system of Protocol to be followed, with Barrons on the top, Healers secondary, and Unskilled at the bottom.Kaya Oshiro was born a Healer, her parents both Barrons, living in a small Unskilled village and blending in with the population. Unfortunately Barron society has been at war with King Derrek, who sends monsters called Graplars to sniff out and kill Healers, thinking that the fewer Healers there are the less Barrons will recover from fights. Her parents used to fight in the war but have dropped out. Kaya's friend is killed by a Graplar, and she is required to go to the Shadow Academy for training. There, she discovers love, friendship, and discrimination, as well as more encounters with the fearsome Graplars...Strong characterization, action, and good dialogue are all present in Soulbound. I enjoyed reading the book and may pick up the sequel when it's available. However (and it's not often I say this) this novel actually _wasn't long enough_. Several items are left unexplained, undescribed, or underused, whereas a few more paragraphs about them would really help flesh things out. For example: * Sometimes a character flicks a light switch to turn on a light, and once there's recorded music playing. Other times torchlight and candlelight only. Huh? * Graplars are somehow sneaking in to Shadow Academy to attack students, but nobody really seems concerned about that. We don't see increased guards, fearfulness on the part of the students, announcements from the staff. * Kaya needs to behave in the Academy because she's fearful of her parents' safety, but why haven't her parents been drafted to fight as well? She sends messages but never hears a reply -- isn't that strange? She's also rather unconcerned about King Derrek, the enemy, and about the war, preferring to ignore it entirely. * Healers bonded to their Barrons are supposed to be able to heal them at a touch. But it only works sometimes and isn't reliable. Don't you think people would test this and try and improve the system, if this conflict has been going on for decades? * Kaya loves to read, and early in her time at the Shadow Academy one of her love-interests takes her to the academy library, a wonderful setting brilliantly described. Then dropped. We almost never see it again, and never see any other students using the setting.Perhaps this is a choice -- a limitation of marketing the book to a specific YA audience, or limiting the amount of secrets revealed to build tension for later books, but I really think some fleshed-out descriptions and more explanation would have really helped.All in all, an average YA fantasy aimed at teenage girls.Note: This is a review of a LibraryThing Early Reviewers ARC.
ccooney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review is based off an advance reading copy and thus an uncorrected text version of this title. The ACR was given to me in exchange for this review.Story:It is the world of Tril. In this world exists the Unskilled (normal people) and the Skilled, their `worlds¿ intentionally kept separate. Among the Skilled are Barons and Healers. Barons and Healers are soulbound to each other upon birth. They are born at the same time, and take their first breath at the same time.A war has been raging in Tril, brought on by King Darrek. Twice a brutal battle took place in Wood¿s Cross, each of these battles twenty years apart. Barons lost their soulbound Healers, the pain of this breaking leaving emotional scars on the Barons. Some Barons are re-bound to a new Healer. Two problems exist though: One, bound Healers can¿t heal as well as their soulbound counterparts. Two, several Healers have died, mostly in thanks to the monsters known as Graplars that are trained to hunt and kill Healers. Many Barons still go around without a Healer bound to them, soul-wise or not.Kaya Oshiro was born a Healer. Her parents are both Barons. Unfortunately in the world of Tril it is forbidden for a Baron to have a relationship with another Baron. So Kaya has been raised near an Unskilled village, her family blending in with the population, hoping to escape notice from the Barron-run Zettai Council. Her world is thrown into chaos when her friend is killed from a Graplar and a letter from the Zettai Council arrives at her home. Kaya is welcomed to Shadow Academy, a school for both Barons and Healers. She has no choice but to accept and report at the school in three days, or the Council will ensure that she attends by punishing or perhaps killing her parents for their forbidden relationship.Upon arriving at the school Kaya discovers a mentality from both the Skilled¿s overall Protocol and attitudes of some people at the school that is dismissive towards Healers. Healers are there to stand by if their Baron needs their healing assistance and not much more. And Healers are forbidden to learn how to fight. But Kaya wants to be able to defend herself and her loved ones against Graplar attacks. Kaya has no choice but to learn how to fight in secret. The only choices are Trayton, the Baron she is bound to (Kaya¿s soulbound Baron has unfortunately died.), or Darius, the Unskilled man who teaches the Barons how to fight at Shadow Academy. Meanwhile somehow Graplars are getting into Shadow Academy, a school surrounded by a wall and gates protected by Barons. Kaya gets attacked by a Graplar late one night, and one of her friends gets attacked another night. While Barons look for weaknesses on the outside of the wall, Kaya decides to search the inside for a weakness. She tries to figure out how the Graplars are getting inside before someone inside the school grounds gets killed.Review:I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to get into and just as easy to get hooked into it. It was one of those books that I had a hard time of putting down. I kept looking forward to breaks at work or free time at home to delve into the world to Tril again. And it ends with one heck of a scene that left me wondering what will happen next. (I must read book two.)I liked the soulbound concept between Barons and Healers, it was the reason this book caught my eye. Since there is a war going on, most of what the reader observes about this link is Barons who have lost their soulbound Healers and still years later suffer anguish over it. Even one of the main characters, a Baron named Trayton, lost his soulbound healer. Trayton fell into a depression over her loss. His family is hoping that binding Trayton to a new Healer (Kaya) will help him recover. Trayton does develop feelings for Kaya, however I wonder if Trayton truly loves Kaya, or is he actually still going through the motions and unconsciously fools himself into believing he¿s in love. I had a few minor issues with the book. I wish there
sperry106 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review is on the Advance Reading Copy.A fine example of YA fiction focusing on a strong young female character. This work has a solid undercurrent of questions of equality and respect as well as individual freedom versus governmental control.The characters are multidimensional and realistic in a storyline that truly draws you in. The flow of the story is natural and well paced making it hard to put it down.For an advance reading copy I was surprised at the attention to detail. I was not able to find any of the annoying grammatical errors that are often present on most ARCs. I believe this says volumes for the professionalism and quality work of the author and publisher.
joyfiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book enjoyable though there was a lot left to be desired in the world building. The love-triangle aspect that predictably arises is one that¿s very common in YA literature and will probably appeal to anyone who likes that internal conflict. For people looking for a very detailed ¿alternate world¿ this book won¿t be for them. There is too much left open and too much unexplored. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered- though one could hope that perhaps in the sequel many of these things will be addressed. This is the one thing that, for me, keeps it from being an even better book.
ljbryant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, a little background. The world of Soulbound is a fantasy world, where there are 'normal' people (called the unskilled) and there are people with a special gift, either healing or fighting, called the skilled. Those with skill are born in matched pairs -- one healer is born at the same time as a fighter. This pair is bound to each other, and the healer can only heal the fighter that he or she is bound to. When one of the pair dies, it is devastating to the other.Of course, there has to be a war going on to make things interesting, and flesh devouring beasts controlled by the enemy kingdom, and betrayal, and romance, and deception. And, icing on the cake, we have a very tough and likable heroine who was raised outside of the rules of society, an exploration of prejudice and the roles society tries to push us into, and the inevitable conflict that arises when these two things come together.Overall, Heather Brewer has created an interesting and engaging story, and world. While the story is firmly in the realm of fantasy, it does, like any good fantasy, make us think about our own society. While there were some negatives (mostly having to do with some of the limitations inherent in a young adult story), they were far outweighed by the positives. Overall, I loved this book, and am quite looking forward to the rest of the series.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a YA novel right up my alley: young woman is forced from her home to study healing at a rigid academy, destined to be Bound to a fighter. But she wants to fight to protect herself, her friends, her family, and others. She gains a sassy best friend, pairs up with a cute fighter, and sneaks away to be trained by a rebellious fighter. The set up felt a bit quick, I didn't really gain a connection to her home life before she was off to school and missing it. The Japanese influences were interesting (the katana fighting lessons were neat), and there were consequences to her rebellious actions. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Ignolopi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the world of Tril, on the continent of Kokoro, there is a hidden academy. Away from the eyes of the Unskilled, Barrons and Healers are trained to be ready for battle with the evil overlord Darrek. Every Healer is Soulbound to a Barron. If one of them dies, the other can still be Bound to another. Kaya is a Healer forced to join the academy to save her parents, who are both Barrons (and this is illegal). Her Soulbound Barron died without her ever knowing him, but at the academy, she is bound to a heartbroken good-looking boy, Trayton. Once they are bound, Kaya can't help but fall for him, and he is completely devoted to her. But is it love, or it it her just pretending because she knows she can't ever break free of this ridiculous system? Trayton learns how to fight, while Kaya kind of learns to heal, and Kaya is certain that she needs to learn how to defend herself. She finds someone willing to break Protocol and teach a Healer: the fighting instructor, Darius, an Unskilled who seems to have a grudge against Kaya. Also he is of course her own age and drop-dead gorgeous. (But then so is Trayton.)All the while they've got to deal with attacks by Graplars, large monsters sent by Darrek to destroy Healers in specific. Kaya doesn't know her feelings, she doesn't know if she'll see her parents again, and she doesn't know if she'll even make it to continue the struggle next week. So it's a teen-drama romance fantasy. But the problem is that the fantasy is interesting, and the romance is not. I would like to read more about the world set-up. If I have to read any more about Kaya... I couldn't stand it. She is really, really irritating. Not to say she isn't realistic -- she is the most realistic character in the whole book (maybe the only realistic character), but she is annoying. Several times she declares (either to herself or to others) that she can take care of herself. Obviously, she can't. She always has to be rescued. She has even admitted that she can't take care of herself -- and a few pages later goes on to wonder why Trayton needs to protect her, as she can take care of herself. And that's a good question -- why isn't Trayton there to protect her? The Graplars are somehow getting into the school. Kaya is attacked, Darius saves her. Kaya is attacked again (boy does she get into trouble), and again Trayton isn't there. But they have an argument where he objects to her wanting to learn to fight, she says she has a right to protect herself, and he says he's supposed to protect her, and for some reason she doesn't pull up the fact that he wasn't there to protect her before. She just keeps insisting she should be able to defend herself. And she does learn. In fact she learns surprisingly quick. I wonder if this is explained in a sequel because it wasn't here. (But you do get to figure out how the Graplars are getting into the school, and why Darius behaves the way he does towards Kaya.)Most of the story -- that is, the situations -- were contrived. Trayton's childhood friend Melanie has a party, just so Kaya can once again see Melanie flirt with Trayton. Characters overhear each other and stumble across each other at the right moments, etc., and the ending was ridiculous. It's a fantasy world, but the characters don't act very different, the food terms are the same, it was a lot like reading a high-school drama. (Cutting out Melanie actually would have made it a lot better.) The swearwords were different. But not different enough. The book is littered with phrases such as 'what the fak' and 'he's a dek' and it's not like anyone can't tell what she means. Cutting these down significantly would have improved my mood toward the book.SOULBOUND was like a shojo manga/anime. That's what it reminded me of. One of those that isn't very good but you read anyway because you want to see what happens next. The book really irritated me, but I did read it all the way through, which says something.
Tavaresden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about the born Healer Kaya who's quite a rebellious little thing. She was hiding her status in order to avoid being sent off to a academy just for Barrons and Healers. As you can guess, she gets found out and sent anyway. Too bad everyone in the school follows the Protocol which dictates every single action. Of course, Kaya's going to do whatever she can to break the rules.I am very pleased with this book! I was a bit uncertain when I started reading this because I'm not a big fan of school setting books. They tend to devolve into cliches. Aside from one or two instances/characters, Brewer managed to avoid this! The book was engaging and fast-paced.The action scenes are done pretty well. I can always tell what's happening. As interesting as the story was, the characters weren't. Now, I understand that it's difficult to be original when you're competing with so many other authors. But it's still very discouraging to find that so much of the book was very predictable. Darrius is the secretive brooding jerk and Kaya is the smart-mouthed chick unsure of her feelings. I do approve of Trayton though! He's a very sensible guy who is oh so very flawed but is still sweet. I was happy to see that he responded rationally rather than jump to conclusions like you'd expect from the male lead in other books.Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys high school setting books with a dash of fantasy and plenty of action. Although there is magical healing, you see more work with the katana than that. IF you're looking for books with lots of character development and interesting relationships, then you should look elsewhere. However, this book is great for readers who are looking for some good actiony fun because there's plenty of that here!Won in a review in return for an honest review. I would also point out that I read an ARC so things might hopefully get changed. Definitely read the other reviews before making a decision :)
purplethings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world of Tril is at war. Soldiers called Barrons are trained to fight monstrous creatures called Graplars that feed on humans. Healers are paired or "bound" to Barrons and are charged with healing them in battle. Kaya is living a quiet life until the headmaster of Shadow Academy sends a letter saying she is required to report to school and train to be a Healer. Kaya does not want to go, but if she doesn't, the headmaster will jail or kill her parents. At the Academy, Kaya is bound to a Barron named Trayton. The restrictive rules of Protocol at Shadow Academy do not agree with Kaya, especially the rule about Healers not being able to learn fighting skills. Not wanting to be defenseless in battle, Kaya secretly takes fighting lessons from Darius, Trayton's bestfriend and discovers he has a secret of his own. Kaya develops feelings for both Trayton and Darius. Graplar attacks on Shadow Academy increase and Kaya wonders if there is a traitor amongst them. Fans of Tamora Pierce's Alanna series will enjoy this book. It was full of action, adventure, and of course some romance too. Kaya is a strong heroine who wants to protect her family and disagrees with the injustice of the Barron/Healer society that puts a Barron's importance above all others. Full of characters that have been scarred emotionally by the on-going war when they lost relatives or their soulbound partner. The soulbound and bound pairings of Barrons and Healers is interesting. I liked the main characters of Kaya, Maddox (Kaya's guard), Darius, and Trayton. Kaya wants to be a warrior, not a damsel in distress and she definitely proves herself! The love triangle between Kaya, Trayton, and Darius sounds like it will be even more interesting as the series continues. If you're looking for a book with a strong female lead, lots of sword fight scenes, and an interesting love triangle this is your book! The ending will definitely leave you craving book 2. Grades 6 and up.
Danielle.Montgomery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really great YA novel! In my opinion, Heather Brewer did a wonderful job of creating a story that appeals to YA readers. She weaves an intricate story with adventure, action, romance, betrayel and rebellion, all of which were essential and added depth to the story. Soulbound by Heather Brewer is set in a different time and different world, where two forces fight, one to save mankind while the other focuses on destroying it. There are two groups of people unknown to regular humans, Barrons (those who wield katanas to fight for the survival of humankind) and Healers (people who are bound to Barrons in order to heal them in the midst of battle). Kaya, born from the unlawful union of two Barrons, is summoned to Shadow Academy to train as a Healer. Through injury and death of close friends and death threat to her parents, Kaya realizes that she must learn how to fight even though Healers are forbidden to learn the art of combat and must rely on their Barrons for protection, though her bound Barron will hear none of it. So she turns to the only person with the skills to help her, Darius, the Academy's foremost combat instructor and expert, and her Barron's best friend. However, Darius holds a secret so big that it may completely destroy his friendship with Kaya and his best friend.What I Liked: I really enjoy the cursing. At first I thought it was stupid for the characters to say "fak" and "dek" but those words grew on me and worked into the story well. I also enjoyed that Brewer didn't overdo the Melanie/Kaya jealousy over Trayton, Kaya's Barron and that their interactions were believable. I think Brewer did an excellent job with everyone's personalities and kept everyone in character through the whole book. I still had no clue how the Grapler's were getting into the school and was totally not expecting the answer to that question so that was very interesting and a good twist. The ending was great! HUGE cliffhanger. I slightly wanted to shake Brewer because I want the second novel to be out already!! Even though I know this one isn't even out yet XD. You know a book is good when you get to the last page and you think to yourself, "What?? No, no, no, I want to know what happens next!!!" And that was definitely my feeling when I turned to the last page. I kind of already guessed Darius' secret but at the same time I was hoping it's not true because it would complicate the relationships between Kaya/Trayton/Darius. I kind of was rooting for Kaya to like both of them because Trayton is such a nice, loving guy yet Darius is more suited to Kaya's personality. But I know she'll have to choose someone and I'm afraid!! Because I don't want any of them to get hurt. But I think I may have my favorite. The next book "Soulbroken" is very aptly named. What I Didn't Like: Not a whole lot I didn't like about this book. I would have liked to learn a bit more about the Council and what their secrets are since they are portrayed as not evil, but doing things for the good of the council rather than making decisions that would benefit mankind. There are just questions that need answers so I hope the next few books will take more time to answer those questions. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!I received this book from's Early Reviewer Giveaway.
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect with Soulbound - the cover is the sort of dark-fantasy-photo thing that's so popular with YA fantasy/romance novels these days and which I generally find pretty off-putting. I ended up enjoying it more than I expected, too! I really liked Kaya as a character and I thought the beginning of the novel was really strong. However, I had more and more problems as it continued. The author seemed to have a pretty good idea of where she wanted her book to go, but not a great idea of how to get it there. There were several moments in the text where I felt important transitions were missing or characters were lacking motivation or reason for what they were doing. Lots of things happened conveniently or coincidentally. I also had some problems with the romance; I'm not a big fan of love triangles in the first place and this one, at times, took over the plot, which could have been better without so much romantic interference. I'm all for romance as romance, but not romance as plot. However, while Soulbound had its issues, I found it overall an enjoyable read and a fun, light, easy-to-get-into book for a day spent traveling.
B00KAH0LIC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were more cheesy moments in Soulbound than I could count. However, I was hooked into the book and impatient to know how it would end. I was waiting for something intense to happen with the main character Kaya and Darius. Darius is the only Unskilled person at the school, yet he's the only seventeen year-old teacher. He's also out to make Kaya miserable. I was curious to see how Darius and Kaya would act toward each other as the book progressed. I was waiting to see if she would fall in love with Trayton (the Barron she was bound to). She had an instant connection to Trayton the moment they met, and it seemed he was the best person she could be bound to if she absolutely had to be. The only drawback was that he followed to rules while she wanted to break them. The plot seemed juicy, and I knew it would have an intense ending. It didn't fall short for either of those expectations. Still, it got really cheesy. I was constantly wincing. I found myself reading the words in my head in a mocking voice. Even through the cheesiness, I enjoyed Soulbound and am looking forward to reading the second book.
macsbrains on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am very disappointed that the world building in this novel is atrocious. It's just... really really bad, and there's not enough good elsewhere to allow me to overlook it. The characters are ok, nothing special, but they also keep drawing attention to the fact that the world and the plot do not make any logical sense whatsoever. I love secondary-world fantasy. I love YA lit. In fact, the idea of binary soul-bonded fighting pairs is one I've seen before and wanted to read more about and is the main reason I wanted to read this book in the first place! So I'm not just disappointed, I'm kind of mad, because the author managed to make me un-believe a world & plot she didn't even have to sell me on. Here are just three things about the setting that stomped my suspension of disbelief into the ground and could have been easily fixed:* Even though Kaya's parents didn't train her in sword fighting (though they could have), after a WEEK of secret early-morning training she is able to fight her advanced instructor to a draw.* The entire world as referred to is surrounded by people-eating monsters less than two days away by FOOT.* Kaya, and her fugitive parents, managed to remain unidentified and on the lam for over 18 years while living LESS THAN TWO DAYS away from those who would pursue them.In short, the characters are passable, and are probably what people will respond to while reading (OMG soulmate love triangle!), but they are certainly not anywhere near strong enough to overlook the entire nonsensical plot, and more often than not the characters just bring those plot issues into sharp relief. (Not to mention the character issues I didn't enumerate.)Sigh, the basic idea had such potential! *shakes head*
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Born a Healer, Kaya wasn't raised to follow the Protocol that the rules of Barron/Healer society would have her abide by. In a world where one Barron and one Healer are Bound or Soulbound together, her parents, two Barrons, fell in love and fled. Now, with their lives hostage to her good behavior, Kaya is forced to attend the Shadow Academy where she'll be trained as a Healer, Bound to a Barron, and expected never to fight in the war between the Skilled and the Graplar King. Unwilling to be a helpless bystander, Kaya's struggle to learn to fight leaves her caught between her Barron and an Unskilled with a mysterious past who agrees to train her.This has all the makings of an excellent series. Kaya's a strong, likable heroine, both Trayton and Darrius are appealing, and there's certainly plenty of material to delve into regarding the the Zettai Council and the Graplar King's search. The one minor irritant? Brewer's use of "fak" and "dek" and the like to serve for swearing. I read the ARC, so a little more creativity, or a little less use would be nice to see in the published version. Still, I'd be happy to read the sequel and see what happens next.
bookgirl59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great beginning to a YA series, it left me frustrated that the next book isn't out yet, because I really want to know what happens next. I wasn't completely surprized by the turn at the end, but it was a very well done cliff hanger. I don't want to drop any spoilers here so I wont tell. The story is about Kaya, who was born a healer but kept apart from that society by her parents who are in hiding. When they are discovered, a letter comes to tell her that she has to go to the training school or her parents will be punished. So she is forced to become a part of a war that she doesn't know or care anything about.Every healer has a soulbound Barron, but Kaya learns that hers is dead. She is bound to another who has lost his healer. Although she is attracted to him, and she likes him, she is never fully comfortable wiht him. She finds that healers aren't alowed to train for combat, and her Barron is hung up on rules and wont teach her, sot she finds someone else to teach her.When her barron finds out that she trained behind his back things get worse.The school is under attack by graplers, nasty, blue, human devouring creatures that somehow keep getting past the walls and killing healers. At the end, Kaya learns how they are getting in and plays a key role in stopping them. In the process, things are learned that are unexpected and you will want to know more.This was a libraray thing ARC. I was lucky to get one.
sdmtngirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I picked up and didn¿t want to put down. Considering there are few story lines that haven¿t been explored Heather Brewer did a good job of creating a scenario and building a world around it. With the Barron¿s as the warriors and the Healer¿s as just that, the premise of Kaya being a Healer not brought up in their normally sequestered pampered world worked well for the storyline. Not being brain-washed to follow the time-honored Healer path of seen-but-not-heard or stand-at-the-sidelines-like-a-damsel-in-distress was well-crafted and held true throughout the story, making her choices plausible. I have a few issues with some plot glitches but I believe Brewer will mend these in future sequels. And I AM looking forward to the next story in this series. This was a stay-up-late, just-another-chapter kind of tale. I loved the ending ¿ obviously trailing towards the next title and when I finished reading it at 3:00 AM, it left me wanting to know more. Kudos to Heather Brewer!