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[REVIEW] Soulbound – Heather Brewer

Heather Brewer
Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, Book 1)
Penguin (US & CA: 19th June 2012; AU: 2nd July 2012)
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Think I added this to my wishlist before I knew what it was about. I’m not much for traditional/high/epic fantasy. Still, I gave this a crack.

Soulbound is an easy read, a page-turner, but my word it gets on one’s nerves. We meet the two potential love-interests early. Kaya Oshiro is Bound to Trayton, a good-looking, nice, friendly bloke with a smile. But then there’s Darius, a good-looking guy who picks on Kaya, always angry at/with her. We’ve read enough fiction to know that of course the heroine will pick the douchebag over the nice guy. “Brian, do women like it when you treat them like crap?” asks Stewie Griffin in an episode of Family Guy. Well, Stewie, FICTIONAL women like it when you treat them like crap, but who knows about real-life chicks…

The summary blatantly says that one guy plays by the rules, and the other doesn’t, and that one will train Kaya to fight, but there’s no secret as to which one. Soulbound lacks subtlety and mystery. In the world of Tril, mean girls are just mean girls, though at least the story’s big antag has some shades of grey. But mean girls aren’t allowed to be complex in fiction. Authors tend to avoid fleshing them out.

In its favour, though, Soulbound is a breezy read, if you switch off your thoughts. Don’t think about it, and you’ll have a good time.

July 2012 Releases

Done with June 2012 Releases? Here are July 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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19th June 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to…

Heather Brewer
Soulbound
Penguin Dial (US & CA: 19th June 2012)
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Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons’ wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya’s life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

June 2012 Releases

Done with May 2012 Releases? Here are June 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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10 New Covers (Armstrong, Brewer, Elrod, Guran, Hart, Pettersson, Rose, Tentler, Vincent)

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