Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Amelia has grown up sheltered by her father. She has broken away from his hold to attend college and try to make friends and a life for herself. She has powers though that she has no idea what they are or how to control them. Amelia belongs to a group of Mage but she herself is an Elder. Since there are no other Elder females she is unsure of what it even means to be one. Amelia has also been promised to marry a prince, the son of an Evil queen that has wiped out the rest of the Elders. All Amelia really wants is to live her own life and make her own choices.
I picked up this book because it was classified as a New Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy. The biggest problem is it really doesn’t even seem the characters are mature enough to be considered a Young Adult book. Amelia herself being the biggest offender of the characters very often comes across as an immature 12 or 13 year old. Her first interaction with Aidan she simply just runs off and from there it doesn’t seem to ever get better. Even Amelia’s older brother who is supposed to be 8 years older didn’t seem to interact the way someone of his age should. Aidan’s idea of getting a girl’s attention is to steal her seat in class and call her doll…. just no no no.
The entire maturity level just seemed to be completely lacking throughout so no matter how good or interesting a plot could be it just couldn’t save this one for me. The plot did have potential but the characters would need a lot of work to have gotten a better rating.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.