Bound by Prophecy

Bound by Prophecy

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Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan's place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action. What he really wants is for things to go back to normal. But now he's kidnapped a girl, and his brother's men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it's the last thing Aern is willing to do. Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or know what's at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who's in danger. Suddenly, they're at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they'll both have a sacrifice too big to make.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1484067894
  • 9781484067895
  • 960,554

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1,285 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
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3 29% (368)
2 11% (135)
1 5% (65)

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We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: www.theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com If you are interested, you can visit our website: www.theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-unofficial-addiction-blog-tour.html The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: "They called it a thinning of the blood. Though most of our ancestors' magic had slowly weakened, it still left us the ability to hold sway over humans." Aern is one of this people who has the ability to sway humans to do what he wants. Some of his people, treat humans like puppets, others like Aern don't. And the most frightening thing of all, is the prophecy that could destroy the world that Aern knows. Well, that is if his brother is the boy in the prophecy. He is done watching his brother try to rule the world, destroying everything in order to obtain it. So when he finds out that Morgan knows who is the trigger of this prophecy, he does everything to protect her from him. What he never expected was that Brianna had a twin sister, Emily. Stubborn and determined Emily, doesn't care about anything else, but to save her sister from the person who kidnapped her. So she does the only thing she can: go after Aern. Running from Morgan's men to the Division, where they could be safe, becomes a far more difficult job that non of them have planned. To make matters worse, truth starts to unravel itself and Aern starts to realize that Brianna might not be the only one who could be in danger. With a secret war exploding around them, they find a far bigger secret that would put Emily and Aern in more danger. Review: This urban fantasy, full of magic, action and romance, did not disappoint us at all. In fact we were inside Melissa Wright's dangerous world within seconds. Not knowing what is going to happen or who to trust is one thing essential in this story and the unavoidable chemistry between the two main characters is the spark in the book that makes you want to continue until the end. At first, we were dying to know more about this mysterious world. It was so frustrating not knowing things...! But then, slowly, the author gives you pieces and pieces of the prophecy, of Aern, of Emily... and you keep wanting to know more. We were really glad to read some action for a change and Melissa Wright made us enjoy with her story. We love that Aern is a hottie, badass, willing to save a damsel in distress in order to protect the world and that our supposed damsel in distress is as badass as our knight. Emily is strong, determined and stubborn. She did not believe in everything her mother said, but she did it anyway so she could keep her sister safe. She is definitely not one of those girls that when something happens they start screaming and crying. She would get up and kick some asses with her knives. The prophecy is mind-blowing and Morgan is ruthless and cruel and is willing to show it to everyone who is not in his side. With a thirst for power, Morgan is a villain that would make you tremble and fear him. We really hate him, because he makes suffer our beloved characters, but at the same time we don't want him to die. Is a mix of feelings that only this author could evoke to us. Finally, we want to highlight the fact that the characters do not experience insta-love. It is refreshing and wonderful to see how they earn their trust for each step by step and that our feminine figure does not throw herself into the boy's arms at the first opportunity. We are madly in love with this couple and hope we soon know more about them, because the end of the book made us have goosebumps! (in a good sense, of course). We are happy to say that we are in love with Wright's writing and we tell you, Book Addicts, that you do not want to miss this wonderful story. So make a little space in your wish list and/or in your to-read shelf, because you are going to be captivated by it as we were.show more
by TUABFC
Aern seeks to protect Emily, a refugee of his kind, as well as a great secret of an omnipotent prophecy under the care of the Council. He refuses to join the Division-a darker, more corrupt ordeal-even though both authorities may hold the key to the future's safety-and not to mention his own. His struggle with his identity, bloodline, and his vengeful evil brother will all make his job harder, that's for sure... but it's the elusive and ever-obscure prophecy itself-the one he trusted wholly and upon which he depended-that will surprise him. Wright builds a beautifully dangerous and complex fantasy world, but her characters lack realistic development and sympathetic touch. I couldn't relate to or get myself to like any of them. They felt detached, robotic, and it feels like they were only formed solely on paper. This made the plot difficult to follow and moreover, rather uninteresting; if I don't like the characters, I'm not going to like the story. Most of the book is composed of explanation of Aern's dark world, and a back-and-forth exchange between Emily's destiny and Aern's role in it. Thus, I felt there was way too much talk and hardly any action. Even from the beginning, I felt like I had walked into the story in medias res; there was so much unexplained and uneventful stuff going on (which I assumed would later be elaborated upon, as part of the climax, but alas, it wasn't) and it just didn't click with me. I was impressed by the few action sequences present, though; they are cleverly simulated and don't skimp on the blood and vicious good vs. evil interaction. I love the different powers that these descendants of ancient masters possess. Wright imaginatively portrays the magical elements of the characters who struggle to survive. Pros: Suspenseful // Doesn't hold back on the danger and violence // Fully developed and fascinating urban fantasy world // Lots of plot twists I didn't see coming Cons: Boring most of the time // Dialogue-driven but weak in plot // Unrealistic and unexpected romance // Unmemorable characters // Bland, ordinary writing style // Anticlimactic Verdict: I had trouble keeping up with Bound by Prophecy because most of dialogue, characters, and style are inadvertently boring. It flows in sequence and isn't hard to comprehend, it's just hard to really become immersed in. This first installment of the Descendants series does have its redeeming points, including a well-instigated paranormal setting and exciting powers, but overall, nothing blew me away. Rating: 5 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Doesn't particularly light any of my fires; I feel indifferent about this book. Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review as part of the Itching for Books virtual book tour (thank you!).show more
by Karielle
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