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Bound (The Guardians Book 1) by [Stevens, M.J.]
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‘No good deed ever goes unpunished, Mellea…’

Mellea Wendorn hasn’t exactly had a normal life. Misfortune seems to follow her, and her family, wherever she goes.
However, when Mellea stops to assist a mysterious young man suddenly her prior hardships seem trivial.

His name is Leo. He is a Successor, a child of the Guardians of Selestia.

He is royalty.
He is handsome.
And he wants Mellea completely to himself.

Unable to escape the Guardian's laws, Mellea must learn the ways of the royals. She is convinced her life can’t get much worse. But when a timeworn Guardian enemy arises from the shadows, Mellea must make a choice that will change her destiny forever.

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Its hard to put into words how dam good this book is!!! Just read it then thank me later
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Brilliantly built world with some interesting characters that will always leave you coming back. Recommend the whole series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 31 March 2014
By mk05 - Published on Amazon.com
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Honestly, this book was really good considering that it was free. I loved the plot and the twists. But it ended with a HUGE cliff hanger and I really hope there is a second book coming out soon because I need to know what happens next.
I loved how independent the main character was. And I like how it wasn't 'love at first sight' like most books are. I liked how you were able to read how their relationship developed. Again, I hope there is more to this series pretty soon because I will keep thinking about what will happen until I read the next book.
2.0 out of 5 stars good premise, bad delivery 12 June 2015
By Anne Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
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After a good start, the more I read of this book, the more disappointed I became. The characters felt flat, lacked any development and became annoying or charicatural. Cliches galore, a predictable, flimsy plot and the most horrible, trite, unimaginative and sometimes plain stupid dialogue I've read in a while. What a huge letdown...
4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure where no one is quiet who you think they are and the bounds of love and hate are blurred 20 May 2014
By purpleshadowhunter - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't sure what to expect from his story. It starts off kinda slow as the story is set up through the eyes of Mellea. He life seems simple, mundane, and with parent who have a mysterious past that they will refuse to discuss with her,hence her ignorance of who and what the Guardians really are and really do besides that they are the ruling royal family who live in the The Tower in Poridos City. Her father harbors what seems to be unreasonable anger towards the Guardians.Though Mellea is curious about them and their lives all she really wants to do is be able to save enough money to attend college and maybe some day live above the financial status she has grown up in,maybe not rich like those in Poridos but enough to have all the amenities to keep her living comfortable without struggling to pay bills or keep enough food or heat in her home.
Mellea's Dad,Noran,told her "No good deed ever goes unpunished" and one wrong choice lands her right into the situation that proves him right,or so it would seem anyway. In strolls Leo,Guardian Successor,unnaturally handsome with a cocky attitude that does nothing to attract Mellea's attention. It's a wonder she even sticks around long enough to be a "Good Samaritan" to him,however he is caught of guard by her kindness to stop and help him and the fact that she is so unlike any other girl that he encounters because she doesn't fall at his feet all googly eyed and smitten by his high position.
The story picks up pace here and this is where I was reeled in and captured by the adventure that soon takes her on a journey she never dreamed of ever happening,especially to her. Surrounded by unfamiliar ways of life and rules she must follow,Mellea,though scared and uncertain of her future,meets almost ever challenge she encounters with courage and a strong will of self preservation.Lessons are learned,compromises are made,friendships forged,and unexpected betrayals, loved ones lost and an ending that will leave you shocked and wanting answers to questions you never saw coming.My mind is still reeling with desperation for book 2 and pleading to know how this sudden twist of events will affect Mellea and the Guardians.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay, but probably more suited for younger readers. 17 March 2014
By The Lone Reader - Published on Amazon.com
This novel was a very...interesting read, and not the type of book I usually go for. The only reason I requested this book was because of the "royalty" concept, and as a huge fan of Disney and princes, I just couldn't stop myself. While even in the beginning my hopes weren't high, it was pretty much what I expected: vague, and without a properly-built setting. The romance was kind of cute and honestly probably the only reason I read this book until the end. Thankfully, the novel was a quick read, and it managed to keep my interest enough for me to keep going back.

The MC, Mellea, was a slightly annoying character; she grated on my nerves. A lot. In the first half of the book she was blindly argumentative, believing everything her father ever told her about the Guardians. Then when she meets Leo for the first time, she can't seem to do anything but nag and inform him of how much of a monster he is (despite the fact that the only time he becomes a monster is when Mellea calls him that). I have no idea how Leo could stand her, let alone want to be united with her. Of course he had his problems too, but they were more of the teenage boy issues you'd expect in a rich guy.

Lucky for me, naggy Mellea was present only in the first part of the book. Towards the end, it was all clingy Melle...which it turns out is ever worse. At this part:

"I squeal a little and tuck closer behind Leo,"

I think I snorted. How does a girl who goes around shouting at Guardians who have the power to kill her suddenly hide behind them? I'd have been more impressed if she used that as a move on Leo:/ I know I usually prefer MCs who aren't totally independent and still have a need for a little bit of romance, but Mellea was just pathetic. I have to say at this point I kind of missed her courage and nagging. It doesn't help that she's the only one of three "brides" who didn't get to learn combat. My reaction was even worse when I read this:

"Leo shouts, 'Arin, do not be so graphic around Mellea! She is not ready to hear that kind of talk.'"

Just...no. I can't even--. So now Mellea is so fragile that she can't even hear about death? I mean, come on! At this point I had almost no patience for the girl. I'd be lying if I said I could stand her. I suppose it turns out that independence really does look good on a girl. However, her weaknesses aren't the only reason I didn't enjoy reading the novel from her perspective. I'd have been completely fine with her fear of death if she had always been like that, but earlier in the novel, when the Lady Guardian died - a sweet, beautiful lady who gave her great advice how to make the best of her situation - the only thought Mellea could come up with was:

"There was still so much more I hoped to learn from her."

I believe that was exactly where my dislike of Mellea first started getting into the extremes. What kind of person thinks that after someone dies? I'd expect compassion at the death of an enemy, let alone a kind queen. And anyways, how does a person go from this unloving-unloved character to being a scaredy-cat? It just seems like a lot of personality changes, making the MC a character I just couldn't connect with.

So like I mentioned, the romance was what kept me reading. For example, Leo and Mellea's first meeting was adorable. There was that whole "I hate you but I'm mesmerized by you" thing going on, and some of the barbs exchanged just cracked me up. Here's my favorite scene with Mr. Guardian Successor:

"'What is your name?' Leo unexpectedly asks.
'Mellea Wendorn,' I say. I have no idea why I felt a need to throw in my last name. In fact I should have used a fake name. Geez I'm a moron.
Leo mumbles, 'That is a very strange name. I do not really care for it.'"

Though scenes like this were my favorite part of the book, after reading I felt like this wasn't my usual age group of books. I have a feeling that the novel is aimed more at people in middle school, though maybe that's just me. The lack of world-building and the not-so-intricate plot only glued that idea into my head even more strongly. I don't mean to be rude, but I feel like this is the type of book that I'd end up writing if I ever tried, a book with a tiny plot that's shoved aside in favor of the romance (of course, any book of mine would be a thousand times worse). Nevertheless, I got the same feeling after reading the book that I did when I first saw the cover of Bound: that it just wasn't that great.

Bound is an interesting novel that will fulfill any young reader's desire for a cute romance, but the lack of plot development and the presence of a double-personality main character encouraged me to turn away. As a side note though, while I had, in fact, planned not to read the next book in the series, that nice little cliffhanger at the end is making me doubt my decision >.<
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to an intense looking series. Lots of fun 12 May 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on Amazon.com
Bound is the first book in the Guardians Series by M.J. Stevens. The first half of my book had me flip flopping my ideas on characters and my interest level in the plot, but by the time we hit around the half way point I was so invested in the story and the action and intensity was still on the rise. So much happens in the second half of this book, it was tough for me to put it down. Sometime that I loved from the start of the Bound was the futuristic setting. It is fantasy/science fiction and the book had cool helo pads and the main hub of the city/guardian tower was well described. I imagined it all as very stark and imposing with clean lines and harsh edges. It fit well for the tone of the story.

Mellea is just a girl from a not so well off family just trying to save enough money to go to university after secondary school. Her parents hit some tough times, but it was only ever alluded to in the beginning of the book what actually happened to them. We know that their father had some sort of "run-in" with the guardians of the city and now he hates them. The towns people and city people are all on edge because citizen after citizen are dissapearing. I felt like tension and conflict were only a moment away. Something bad could have happened at any point during the book. I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. And when it did..oh boy things got intense very quickly. It was fast paced plot action, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I enjoyed how honest Mellea was. I think it was because she didn't grow up in this world of politics and scheming openly so she just tells it like it is. It was refreshing. I also liked how much of a hard time she gave Leo. He just met her and scooped her up and claimed her as his own. Rude much? As you can tell, I was not a huge fan of Leo. My opinion of him eventually changed, but it took a while. In fact, it wasn't even the claiming part that made me dislike him. It was his interaction with Mellea in her room the first time they met after the claiming that made me narrow my eyes in anger a bit. But as the story progresses we get to know him more and I liked the real Leo much better.

Bound is a good start to what looks to be a really interesting and fast paced action fantasy series. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? What just is going on with the Guardians and the disappearances. The answers might surprise you. Beware of a cliffhanger ending and some unanswered questions though. This was a solid start to the series and it has made me interested in continuing with book 2. A great job for M.J. Stevens debut novel.

3.5/5

*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not compensated for my review.