Monday, December 12, 2016

#ReadIndie Book Review & Giveaway: Bound By Prophecy by Stormy Smith


Title: Bound by Prophecy (Bound #3) 
Author: Stormy Smith
Publication Date: November 12, 2015
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing
Pages: 348
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Reviews for book 1 & book 2

Amelia Bradbury is finally free from Queen Julia and Cresthaven, but she isn’t safe yet. The Keeper power runs rampant inside her and it will take an ultimate act of selflessness to contain the darkness that threatens Amelia’s sanity and the future of the Immortal race.

Aidan Montgomery refuses to give up on Amelia. Once she’s rescued from the Keeper’s hold, he intends to prove his love is more than a side effect of the prophecy, even if doing so leads him away from his pack and on a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

When the past and the present collide and the shocking origin of the Immortals is revealed, Amelia and Aidan are forced back to Cresthaven to end a war that never should have started.
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The Bound series was one of the first I had the opportunity to review as a blogger, which means it holds a very special place in my heart. I read books one and two as parts of blog tours and was lucky enough to also receive the final book, which I have been saving for this event. I'm happy to say that Bound by Prophecy was a fantastic conclusion to the trilogy!

Book three of this series picks up right after we left off at the end of Bound by Spells. Amelia has to learn to control the power within her while new and old characters rally as they prepare to do what they have to in order to end conflict and bring peace to their people. As always, I loved Amelia. Of course, she had obstacles to overcome in Prophecy, but she was just as strong and capable as I remembered her. I also loved the romance between Amelia and Aidan! Oh, and Bethany and Amelia will forever be one of my favorite friendships. Every single one of the characters grew in this book and I am really hoping to see more of them in the future!

The beginning of Bound by Prophecy is pretty slow and I'll admit it took me awhile to get into it. I can mostly forgive this though, since there was a lot of important information to be shared. There is also quite a bit of drama during this first bit of the book. Once things picked up though, and the action started happening, it was hard to put it down! I loved the mystery and the fact that there were always more twists that I never quite saw coming!

The world, though already well established in the first two books, definitely continued to come alive in Prophecy. Although it is fantasy set within the real world, I always felt like I had a good grasp on things. Stormy Smith does a fantastic job of setting up her magical system and conveying it in a way that makes it believable.

Something I really enjoyed about Bound by Prophecy was that the ending wrapped up pretty much every loose end. I hate when a series leaves me with questions and that definitely didn't happen here! There was kind of a weird appearance at the end that I definitely wasn't expecting, but then, there were a lot of unexpected surprises! All of that's to say I thought the ending was great, although I'd love to get a little bit more insight into Micah's life after the end... Thankfully this ending did at least leave the option for another Micah story in the future if the author decides to grace us with it!

I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling anything, but I really enjoyed Bound by Prophecy. This series has been fantastic from the beginning, despite some slow spots here and there. I love the relationships, both romantic and not, and I'm always surprised at least a couple times in each book! I definitely recommend this series to urban fantasy fans!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stormy Smith is the author of the number one bestselling Bound series. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.




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