Title: Bound (Arelia LaRue #1)
Author: Kira Saito
Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.
When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.
However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.
Gorgeous cover strikes again! Bound has an interesting premise and it looks very promising but unfortunately the story line felt really flat.
First of all, Sabrina was really annoying to say the least. She’s self-centered, narcissistic and one dimensional. she’s your typical girl who you love to hate for just existing. I get it that she’s troubled and all that (issues with her parents) but c’mon – she’s really arrrg frustrating. Lucus (what’s with the name?) is a so so character – lacks the appeal that was needed to make the love angle interesting. I believe the only character that put a smile to my face was Perry (or was that his name? The ghost?) – a ghost who loves to come and go with few hints of voyeurism. Lols. And I almost forgot, Ivan. That guy was as annoying as Sabrina but I bet he’ll be a big part for the next novel.
The story goes on and on and when the great part was actually starting, the story ended. Can you see where my problem is with this story? This is one thing I hate about series but the fact remains, if the readers loved your story they will read the next book without leaving them with a cliffhanger or abruptly ended story. As I said, the story had potential but how the story was executed was not really working for me at all.