March 19, 2015

Release + Review + Giveaway | Bound by Spells by Stormy Smith

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We're getting excited about the release of BOUND BY SPELLS by Stormy Smith! Check out the excerpt, teasers, and giveaway!

BOUND BY SPELLS (Bound 2) by Stormy Smith
Mature YA Paranormal Romance
Release: March 19, 2015

Synopsis

Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it's too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

"Featuring a cast of mages and shapeshifters with unique magical abilities, one destiny-shaping prophecy, a genocidal megalomaniac, and a budding, heated romance (or two!), this book is paranormal gold! Read the first book in the series first, of course, but once you finish this one you're sure to be salivating for the next release in this not-to-be-missed romantic paranormal series." ~Serena Chase, USA Today's Happy Ever After blog, author of The Ryn.



Review

Two words ... that ending!

As most know, cliffhangers are never my favorite, but besides the point, I LOVEEEEEEE this book! There was so much suspense and I just wanted more. This book definitely pulled me in more than the first in the series, so I was very happy with this one.

We learn so much more about this world, the abilities that the mages and shapeshifters have were so fascinating, I was intrigued by all of it especially Amelia. We all know that she's capable of so much , but she still has so much to learn, especially since it's been caged for so long. One can only predict what kind of power would be unleashed.

The book picks up right where it left off in the first one and we get a beautiful double POV, I was so happy about that. To be honest, from the beginning to the end, I was definitely more interested in Aidan's story, Amelia's POV wasn't bad, but she was a sitting duck for a bit ... more like trapped in my opinion, so there were only so many things she could do with her.

Ah Aidan, he's the second "Aiden" character I've loved! I'm so glad that we got to see his thoughts because we get more from him. There were so many missing puzzle pieces in the first book and it all cleared up in this one. His development from beginning to end is awesome, he becomes quite the man, especially when his life had so much unknown, but it due time, all is revealed. 

Unfortunately I have to be vague with my review, SO MUCH is revealed in this book. Plenty of oooo and ahhhhhh moments. Not only can you see the growth in Aidan, but with the whole book in general. And with all the characters, there's some new faces that'll grow on you. And I hope we get to see a lot more of them in the third installment.

MUST HAVE THE THIRD BOOK ASAP! I'm dying to know what happens!




Excerpt

As I stopped in front of him, I wasn't sure what to do. I was suddenly nervous and unable to make eye contact anymore. I fidgeted and a shyness I hadn't felt since his initial pursuit took over. As I waged an internal war over what to do, Aidan did what he did best and took control of the decision for me. He had always known what I needed before I did. He got up and circled me. He stopped when he was facing me and sat down. Even sitting, his head was close to chest level. His tail swished back and forth behind him and his eyes were full of patience. He let out a low yelp and it was all the encouragement I needed to drop to the ground and wrap my arms around him. My body was positioned between his front paws and he nuzzled into my hair as I struggled to maintain control of my raging emotions and held on to him as if he was my life raft in the sea of uncertainty and fear I lived in now. (Amelia)



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Meet the Author

Stormy Smith 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 that 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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