Embrace the Magic: A Review of Stormy Smith’s “Bound by Spells”

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult
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Goodreads.com Description: “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?”

About the Author

Profile Pic Low ResStormy 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 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.

My Review

I loved this installment in the Bound series by Stormy Smith!

We got to learn so much more about the characters. I loved Aidan Montgomery! He’s a great guy with so much depth. In Bound by Spells he has a major role to fill. He’s unsure and even scared of what lies ahead. As this story opens, Aidan is at war with the magical side of himself. Soon, he learns to embrace this new facet of himself. He uses it to get to the girl he loves.

Bethany is a gem. She may be only human, but she’s feisty and not scared of a challenge. We have book boyfriends. Bethany gets the title of book best friend! Everyone needs a friend like her in their lives. Someone who has your back no matter what comes up–bad break up, kidnapping by a bunch of magical shapeshifters, etc.

Thank God Amelia is stronger in this book! Unfortunately, she’s still a bit on the naive and reckless side. Amelia gets into some serious trouble in Bound by Spells. She is still learning about her powers which can be quite dark at times.

The villains, the Evil Queen and her hunter Rhi, are awesome in this story. They could have easily been cast in Once Upon A Time, one of my favorite shows. Queen Julia and Rhi are truly evil. We get a glimpse at what has caused them to embrace their dark sides.

Bound by Spells has action, intrigue and a cliffhanger. This book will give you a book hangover, but it’s so worth it. Be sure to pick up a copy.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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