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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 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
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4.2 / 5
Bound by Duty
August 3rd, 2016
I liked this book, lots of the unexpected and excitement. I very well thought out book and great characters.
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I like it, except for the main character
April 2nd, 2016
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.
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Bound by duty
March 30th, 2016
Wonderful I never wanted to put the book down. Read it in 3 days, I had to do some unpacking since I moved a few days before starting this one. Can't wait for the next one.
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Couldn't put it down!
March 3rd, 2016
Can't wait to read the second book! I enjoyed finding the answers to so many questions with Amelia and Cole. Story full of action and fun, romance and sadness. Awesome book.
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Interested, but not bowled over.
January 19th, 2016
The premise was good and interesting... I liked the secondary characters a lot. The romance felt authentic generally, but something about the MC was kind of dull and slightly thick. There was a lot of telling and not showing and the pacing was slightly off. However, the plot was enough to keep me interested and I bought the other books in the series to find out what happens. Hopefully, Amelia will stop being so slow and naive in the coming books.
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Beautiful.
November 23rd, 2015
This was a totally new and exciting world to be in, thank you Mrs. Smith for creating it. I cannot wait to continue to support you in this series and read further into your other books. I'm in awe by your ability to make reality around me transparent, I couldn't put the book down. You've done a great service here haha, know that as your reader I commend you. Now off to purchase the rest of this series! Zombified reading here I come!
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Pretty good
November 8th, 2015
This book was pretty good. The plot was really interesting although at times, I got really annoyed with the main character and her decisions but I definitely cannot wait for the third book to come out!
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Bound by duty
October 6th, 2015
I enjoyed reading this ,I found it a little Co fusing at times but a good story line.would I read the rest of the series not sure.
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August 7th, 2015
I didn't like this book. The beginning was good but then it all went south. I would not recommend this book.
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LOVE THIS!
July 12th, 2015
I love this book, I got the ARC and didn't put it down until it I was done, and I found myself cursing the author (jokingly, of course) at the end because I DIDN'T WANT it to END yet! Ahhhh, now I have to wait, such is the frustrating deliciousness that is a first book in a series. I'm going to have to go ahead and read it over and over until the next one comes out, just because I'm going to miss all my new friends. Alright, let's get down to the good stuff. The heroine is Amelia, and she has been stifled her whole life, and at the mercy of the decisions of the men in her life. Can't blame her for wanting to make her own decisions and be in charge or her own life for once! So with spunky side-kick Bethany, she enters the world of dating, with a hunky guy who is just too human for those in her life. As her frustration builds, her magic build until she just has to release it. Noticing her struggles, Bethany's boyfriend comes to the rescue...I won't go any further than that. Suffice it to say that things escalate, and Amelia slowly unravels the mystery of who she really is and her importance in the life of her people. She is bound by duty, but will she choose duty? Or will she choose love? Hmmm, guess we'll have to find out
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"You have a duty to your people…”
July 12th, 2015
Amelia Bradbury left home to escape her controlling father and stave off her preordained destiny. Amelia knows she is an Elder, which is leader in the Immortal community. (A quick note of explanation: in this book, the Immortal community is comprised of Mages, which Amelia is, as well as AniMages and Hunters). She also knows she's special; what she doesn't know is how or why she is special. She has been forced her entire life to hide her powers, so she isn’t quite “at one” with them. In fact, she often has a difficult time controlling her abilities. Amelia also knows that she is betrothed to the son of the evil Queen Julia, who unmercifully rules the Immortals, and that she only has a few years left before she is forced into this unwanted marriage. As Amelia attempts to harness her powers grows and search for clues as to who and what she is and can do, she must also ward off attacks by several unknown entities and keep her loved ones safe. Amelia attends college in Brighton, where she can be far from her father but close to her brother Cole, also an Elder, and Amelia’s self-appointed protector. Rounding out the cast of characters is Rynna, Amelia’s surrogate mother; Bethany, Amelia’s Southern belle roommate and very first best friend; Micah, Bethany’s love-interest; and, last but not least, Aidan Montgomery. What to say about Aidan? He is handsome, blue-eyed, and determined. He sets Amelia’s insides on fire. Aidan is sweet and kind and protective. Amelia, being unsure of her powers and having that whole “betrothal” thing to worry about, tries desperately to avoid Aidan but can’t fight the attraction she feels for him – and the sense of completeness her power feels in his presence. Much of the first act of the book centers on Amelia and Aidan’s burgeoning relationship. Bound By Duty is an interesting story. Amelia is an interesting heroine. She isn’t brash or annoyingly confident. She is introspective, often insecure and unsure of her choices and movements. Amelia truly has no clue what she can do, both as a human and an Immortal. She doesn’t question WHY she is betrothed, or WHY the queen is evil. She doesn’t know how to use her abilities or even how much ability she possesses. She has spent her life hiding her powers and hiding from her father, who sheltered and tormented her to the point of breaking her. Much of the book takes place in Amelia’s head and we get a sense of how broken she is, and how torn she is as she struggles to fight her feelings for Aidan out of fairness to him because of her inescapable duty. As is typical of this book genre, the males in Amelia’s life constantly tell her what to do and I loved reading the scenes where she tells them all to shove it, because that meant she was growing in confidence and coming into her own. The supporting characters in Amelia’s life are funny and supportive even when they are annoyingly overprotective. There are playful interactions and many lighthearted moments, which I enjoyed. I mean, who doesn’t love a good snarky verbal exchange? The imagery in the book is beautiful. The setting is seaside and many scenes take place along the water’s edge, one of my favorite places in the world. The Immortals are all blessed with categorized eye colors that indicate to which group they belong, and the descriptions of the eyes are gorgeous (and maybe a little scary, especially when powers are being used). I liked the characters and their interactions. At times, Amelia’s internal dialogue because a little tiresome, but that’s probably because I’m a cranky 35-year-old and not a young adult fighting intense emotional battles. It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the story but once the location of the book switched from Amelia’s college campus/classrooms to mainly interactions with her friends and the explorations of her powers and relationships, the book picked up steam and sucked me in. I also enjoyed the twists in the story, some of which I anticipated and a few that I didn’t. I actually cried at the end of the book, as Amelia is forced to choose between her duty to the Immortal people she has the ability to protect and free from the horrors of the evil Queen, and a life that would include the love that she chooses and deserves. I was mentally yelling at Amelia as I honked my nose into the tissues and brushed aside tears. I can’t wait for Bound By Spells, the next installment, to hit the shelves! Bound by Duty: 5/5 Stars! Great writing, witty banter, paranormal creatures, and a heroine who has only begun to kick ass and take names. Quotes: “I know I’m an Elder but there have been hundreds of Elders over the years. There is nothing special about me…” “Just like I always had, I would make the choices I’d been told to make.” “I couldn’t stop my eyes from roaming. There was something tortured about him…”
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3 of 4 people found this helpful
Debut novel, my rear end!
July 11th, 2015
This book was amazing. I was lucky enough to be able to read an advanced copy, and there's only one thing I can say about it: Holy Shiznit. This was Smith's first release, and there is not a single bit of this book that is "telling" of a debut author. Editing was well-done, the authors voice is clear, but not overwhelming, and the characters are fully developed and relatable. The romantic subplot is also well done, and it's so nice to see a relationship the mimics real life, which is funny as this is a fantasy novel. More detailed review to come, but if you like magic, destiny, love, best friends, betrayal, secrets, and a wholly unique world then this is a must-read.
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Amazing debut novel!
July 11th, 2015
Wow, just wow - Stormy has delivered a HIT! I devoured this book & thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! She has gifted me with a new series that I'm going to LOVE through and through! Anyone that knows me understands that I love everything Reckless Magic. Although I can see *some* Rachel Higginson influence in Stormy's writing, I want to assure you that Bound by Duty is totally different. I love the major and minor characters, their interactions, and the development of the story! I cannot wait to see what this series is going to have in store for me!
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You're BOUND to want more!
July 11th, 2015
What a pleasant little surprise this book was! I don’t quite know what I was expecting when I started Bound by Duty, but it wasn’t the level of originality that I ultimately got! This was a pretty great start to what appears to be a very promising series! This was a unique, intriguing story that pulled me in right away and dragged me along constantly wanting more. The magical/ fantasy element was easily my favorite part about this book, I just adore the world that Smith created here! I love fantasy books to begin with, there are virtually no limitations to where the story can go, only to the author’s imagination. And my friends, Smith’s imagination is quite extensive. This world of mages and all their hierarchy had me completely enamored from the very start. I love that we were, as readers, taking this journey and learning all these things about this world right along with the main character, Amelia, who was almost as naïve about it all as we were. It made an instant connection between the reader and the main character, which is always nice. Very well done. I also enjoyed the intense element of mystery going on. Not only did we not know much about the mages, but we also never quite knew who to trust or what was going to happen next. It seemed as if everyone wanted to use Amelia to further their own ends, and that made it very hard to know who actually was telling her the truth or had HER best interests at heart. It constantly kept things interesting and kept me on my toes. I absolutely loved dogs in this story, their unique gift was incredible! Why can’t that exist in the real world?! For the most part, I liked Amelia. I have to say I liked her better by the end though, when she was a little more confident and strong. The other characters were pretty multidimensional and I have a feeling that we have only begun to scratch the surface of them. Amelia’s best friend Bethany was a breath of fresh air. She was strong, funny and a great friend. I honestly liked Micah, I thought he was interesting and he had an air of mystery that kept me intrigued. The same could be said for Aidan. I will say that I did find the romance between Aidan and Amelia to be a little immature, but realistically Amelia was kind of immature, thanks to the way she was brought up, so it made sense. Hopefully they will mature as the series progresses. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of these characters and their growing abilities, and just more of this magical world in general! This story did end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it just ensured that I will definitely be reading the next book the minute I can get my hands on it! Originally, this was to be a 2 part review, and my happy a** (Jen) was just going to swoop on in and add my two cents but I’m pretty sure that Tricia said everything I wanted to and more. Literally felt the exact same about everything, from the magic to the men(i have a little less love for Micah *ahem* douche), the fantastically awesome dogs (I mean really, I loved them). I enjoyed how Amelia’s magic was purple and she was one of a kind. But one of the best things about this book was Bethany, she was such a breath of fresh air. She’s just one of those best friends that you can throw anything at and she’ll roll with the punches or pull your idiot a** out of whatever nonsense you’ve delved into. Can’t wait for book 2! We received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review By the way, totally thought this was going to be a porn/vamp book with added BDSM….. So glad it wasn’t lol
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Dazzling Debut!!
July 2nd, 2015
I could not put this book away once I hit page 100. I was sneaking pages in all of my free time at work until I finished. I love magic, and I love novels that represent magic that comes with a price. Not only did Amelia have to face personal obstacles when it came to using her magic, but her decisions and actions affected everyone around her. I felt like the connections forged between each of the characters were genuine, especially loving the scenes between Amelia and that same hunky human, Aidan. Their parts sizzled with passion and romance and I could not get enough from those two. I also felt like everyone had a super developed backstory. Even some of the side characters were complex and added so much to the story. But most importantly to Amelia’s understanding of everything that was going on around her and the history of how their race of Mages (they are called Elders) have become virtually extinct. Some of my favorite parts of the novel were the flashbacks. Whether it was a description of Amelia’s mother and father or a horror story from the perspective of an exiled AniMage, they were all captivating. In an effort to save you from spoilers, I will just say that this novel comes highly recommended for lovers of paranormal romance with a side of ass-kicking girl power.
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1 of 2 people found this helpful
Fabulous debut!!
July 2nd, 2015
4.5 stars -- Woosh!! Well, that finished with some tears (and in my case a round of bawling). This is another one of those books I got to read super early, so now I have to wait FOREVER for the next one in the series!!! But yes, you may feel free to be jealous of me. ;) I'm probably going to reread it, b/c I was trying to concentrate on giving line edit feedback, and I had family visiting, so I didn't feel like I got the full absorption experience. But even still, this was a fantastic ride. I remember reading a blog post (or something) from Ms. Smith about how the story was initially inspired by taking some elements from Rachel Higginson's Reckless Magic, and then saying "but what if *this* happened". And I could totally see some of those *initial* similarities, but then it just went in a whole new direction! But at the same time, if you enjoyed Ms. Higginson's Star-crossed series, then I HIGHLY recommend this book. More magic. More sassy characters. A completely different but also heart-wrenching love story.... It's funny, b/c the love story wasn't as big a part of this book as I had initially been expecting. It was enough to make me love the interactions between Aidan and Amelia (and enough to break my heart all over the place), but in the end the book focused more on Amelia's "coming of age" (or "coming into magic"). I can't even imagine what it would be like to have all this power, and have barely ANYONE to teach you about it.... And yet Amelia never became too whiny or annoying....when she had a break down, you were kind of sitting beside her going "you tell them!" Which is probably why I fell in love with Bethany so much -- she was everything Amelia needed in her first best friend. Seriously, that girl killed me. <3 her so much. I'm on the fence with Amelia's brother Cole. I loved how much he cared and took care of Amelia, but I was just as frustrated with him for thinking he always knew what was best. I also wasn't really expecting him to be such a big part of the story, but I really loved that Amelia at least had *some* family to turn to. Will be interesting to see what role he (and Derreck) play in the next books. On a totally silly and Lenore-specific squee note, I pretty much died of awesome overload when she could communicate with Charlie and Onyx in some way. I mean seriously authors -- I read so many paranormals with magical beings, and this is probably only the 2nd time they have been able to communicate in some way with animals. It's kind of a stupid thing to be excited about, but I seriously just about lost my shit reading those little parts. I'm pretty sure my husband just wants me to shut up about it already....;) I will say that either there was some fabulous foreshadowing, or I am an epically smart reader that has the same brain waves as Ms. Smith, b/c I totally called the Micah and Aidan twists!!! Go me!! In fact, I feel like I have way more theories about what is going on than even Amelia...she needs to start thinking like me, b/c come on!! Although I think I would love to know more in the next book about why everyone was so dismissive of Aidan intially (ie didn't detect anything). Could be some interesting stuff there.... And there goes my long babbly review. *shakes head* What you should take out of this: this book comes out in July, if you enjoy any kind of magical paranormal, then put this on your list. A great debut.
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