Join a Live Streaming Event with Stormy Smith & Four Guest Authors + Prizes!
Every now and then an author offers up a really unique opportunity to engage, and when I heard about how Stormy Smith, author of the number one best-selling Bound series, planned to celebrate Bound by Duty’s first birthday, I had to share!
On July 23rd, Stormy is giving fans two opportunities to not only interact live with her, but also with four amazing young adult authors! This gives readers around the globe a great opportunity to be part of the celebration!
From 12 – 2 p.m. Central, you can live stream and have Q&A with Stormy, South African author Carlyle Labuschagne, and American author Jamie Magee. From 7 – 9 p.m. Central, you can live stream and interact with Stormy, and young adult authors Alys Arden and Heather Hildenbrand. In both segments, Stormy will discuss and answer your questions about Bound by Duty, read a few of her favorite passages (including a special alternate POV scene from Bound by Duty!) and give away ebooks and print copies of Bound by Duty. The guest authors will be taking your questions, discussing their books and doing giveaways as well.
Afternoon event 12:00 – 12:30 Stormy 12:30 – 1:00 Jamie Magee 1:00 – 1:30 Stormy 1:30 – 2:00 Carlyle Labuschagne
Evening event 7:00 – 7:30 Stormy 7:30 – 8:00 Alys Arden 8:00 – 8:30 Stormy 8:30 – 9:00 Heather Hildenbrand (all times are Central)
For full details on the guest authors and their giveaways, visit Stormy’s website.
Bound by Duty was only recently released to all ebook vendors.
Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn't even know his name. Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become. As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?
Magic? Mystery? Romance?
Obviously, I was very intrigued by this book, and I couldn't wait to read it! The book started off a little slow for me. I think it was because there was a lot of dialogue about the magic and supernatural aspect of the book, but it wasn't explained. I was mentioned numerous times, but we didn't learn what all the magic lingo meant until a little bit into the book. Once things started to make sense, I got really into the book. The supernatural world that Stormy Smith built in this book was extremely intriguing, and I loved learning about it and Amelia's powers. I am excited to see Amelia develop her powers more in the next book.
Amelia was under a lot of pressure, and I definitely felt bad for the girl. I know there were times when I wanted to shake Amelia and tell her to stop being so hesitant, but then I had to take a step back and remember what she was going through. Amelia had a lot on her plate in the magic realm, and falling in love with a forbidden boy definitely did not make it any easier. I did like Amelia a lot, and I think she has potential to become a great character as the series progresses. She was extremely stressed in this book, so I couldn't really fault her for the things she does. Amelia was told this:
"The queen must be stopped and you are our only hope."
I am a year older than Amelia, and I know I definitely would not be able to handle that type of pressure.
The forbidden romance in this book gave me all the feels. I want Aidan and Amelia together so badly that it hurts my heart. I loved Aidan so much. He was perfect for Amelia. He never pressured her into anything, and he was always there to support her even when she wouldn't tell him what was going on. Aidan was witty and charming. He definitely is a new book boyfriend for me. I have faith that this forbidden romance will work out.
I also really liked Bethany, Amelia's best friend. A lot of side characters can be annoying in books, because I feel like they take away from the plot. However, Bethany was different. What was great about Bethany's character was that she was adorable and hilarious. I always loved it whenever she was in a scene. Cole, Amelia's brother, was awesome as well. He was fiercely loyal to Amelia, and super hot. I definitely liked him. Micah was the character I loved to hate. I went from hating him, to loving him, to hating him again. I have decided that I love to hate his character.
THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK KILLED ME. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT ENDED LIKE THAT. I don't want to give any spoilers away, but I definitely was shedding tears at the ending.
This book was a lot of fun to read. It had magic, mystery, romance, action, and humor. Sometimes the dialogue was a little lack luster, but as a whole the dialogue was well written. I am so happy that I had the chance to read this book. I enjoyed it so much and I cannot wait to read the next book! I want Aidan back. I also want him and Amelia to make their relationship work.
4.5 / 5 Fangs
Review On Goodreads
To really make this celebration great, Stormy has made Bound by Duty FREE from July 22 – 29 on all platforms! This is the first time Bound by Duty has ever been free, and it was only recently released to all ebook vendors.
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About 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 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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