By Heather Brewer
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 5th 2012
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What's worse than being blackmailed to attend a hidden school where you're treated like a second-class citizen? How about nearly getting eaten by a monster when you arrive? Or learning that your soulmate was killed in a centuries-old secret war? And then there's the evil king who's determined to rule the world unless you can stop him...
Meet Kaya, a young woman with the power to heal and the determination to fight. But struggle as she will, she remains tied to three very different men: a hero who has forsaken glory, a tyrannical ruler who wants to use Kaya, and a warrior who's stolen her heart. Kaya learns the hard way that some ties can't be broken...and blood is the strongest bond of all.
Soulbound was an entertaining read that left me with a craving and it definitely took me by surprise. It was unique and refreshing.
You have your main character, Kaya, who has always known what she is and where she came from, but never really lived according to that kind of lifestyle. Her parents kept her away from a world that was more dangerous than living on the streets. A world, where if you're a healer, all your duty is to sit back in a battle and be there when your Barron needs healing. Healers are important, but not treated as if they are. They are not treated equal, and this Kaya does not stand for.
What I really liked a lot about this story was that each healer has a Barron. A male or female who is born at the exact same time as you and your soul just automatically bounds to theirs. In other words, your Soulmate. Once your soul is bound it is your duty to protect one another. Kaya was born a healer and her job is protecting her Barron. Only Kaya's Barron has been killed. To Kaya it wasn’t a BIG loss because she was never really taught to live by their ways, and she never met him/her. She basically grew up in a “human” world. She had a very strong head on her shoulders. She was brave, and very likable. She wanted more than just sitting on the sidelines and she was going to get it one way or another.
What I didn't like about the story was Kaya’s love interest. I really didn't like him from the beginning and to me he was fake and whiny. I mean, sure, he was romantic certain parts of the stories, but to me it wasn’t enough to really like him. I just didn’t feel anything towards him throughout the book and found myself annoyed whenever Kaya and him were together. I also felt he had issues. One minute he was so depressed about an ex-girlfriend, and the next he was already saying I love you to Kaya. That really bugged me because it just wasn’t believable. Thank goodness their little romance isn’t really the main focus in the book. I mean sure it’s there, but it’s more about Kaya and her wanting to learn to fight to defend herself and be strong. The ending is a huge cliffhanger, but an AMAZING cliffhanger. To me the ending redeemed it all. Once the last couple of chapters came, I found myself at the edge of my seat. I was left in a huge “Oh my gosh” moment. I need part two NOW! Great shocking moment!
4 out of 5 stars.