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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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  • Print Length: 199 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZ05DWI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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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
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.


*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not compensated for my review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bound 7 December 2014
By Serenity - Published on
So I thought this book sounded interesting and that I would at least like it. Then I started to read the book and really liked it!

So Mel thinks she has a boring life. Each day goes on about the same way and nothing interesting really happens. Then she bumps into Selestia who is royal and a guardian. Mel doesn't know very much because she isnt allowed to read about him in the papers. Then later she meets Leo another guardian. So today doesnt seem so boring anymore, now does it?

It gets crazy when Leo picks Mel to be his wife and she must now learn the ways of the guardians! Okay I thought that part was a bit fast, but still written well. So then off to the tower they go and Mel is fine, while her father isn't. No matter how hard he may try, he will have accept what has happened and let things be.

Of course things wont be easy and thats okay. Mel is strong and will always say what she thinks/feels, which is great. Shows just how strong Mel is, even if it doesn't seem that way all the time. Mel is a really great character and I loved watching all she goes through. The story was written so much better than I had thought and I'm glad I got to read this book and I can't wait to be reading more from this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - 3.5 stars! 20 December 2014
By marianne kozbial - Published on
When I started reading Bound it kind of felt like a contemporary - Mellea is a girl who just graduated from high school and is working to save money to pay for college; however, my mistake was not for long. Soon after, M.J. Stevens began to introduce Selestia and the idea of the Guardians.

As I was reading, I was skeptical at first. The inciting incident is nothing less than alarming - throwing Mellea into the world of the Guardians, a world she cannot escape. It seemed almost cruel to me what was happening to Mellea, especially with some of her initial exchanges with Leo. There's one in particular that I found particularly alarming and I was worried that she'd forgive him without another mention of the happening. Fortunately, M.J. Stevens had Leo bring up the event and sort of rationalized it to a point where I was no longer appalled by his actions and unable to forgive him.

Throughout the story I found it very easy to understand Mellea's point of view and to care about her. While at times she felt younger than her age, more like the 16-year-old heroines in other young adult novels, I still felt like she had reason behind her thoughts and actions. The way she transforms when she finally decides to make the best out of the situation is something I think can apply to all people in various situations.

While the reveal of the enemy was fairly predictable, I still enjoyed that aspect of the story as well. The enemy was interesting and I was constantly intrigued by what they were up to and what the Guardians would do to defeat them. The action helped to balance out some parts of the story that were less eventful, such as Mellea's study time.

All in all, I did enjoy Bound. I liked the idea of the Guardians as well as the enemy and I'm intrigued by some of the elements in the story that were set up for later on. I look forward to see what M.J. Stevens has in store for Mellea, her relationship with Leo, and the Guardians' battle against their enemy.
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those looking for an easy and fun read! 25 July 2014
By Fidah - Published on
Bound is set in Selestia where everyone is ruled by royalty, the Guardians. Our main character, Mellea is raised with the thought that the Guardians were evil because her dad absolutely detests them. She was told of how corrupted they were and her dad has always tried to prevent her from learning to much about them. However, her life starts to change when she saves a Successor of the Guardians.

The world that M.J. Stevens created is really unique. She combines both fantasy and science fiction elements in this series. I have a fondness for the transport system. It differs from the poor and well-off places. I like the way magic is used. I also love how the characters doesn't depend on magic and they still use weapons like guns, rifles and knives.

Another aspect of the book that I really liked were the characters. I really love all of them, both good and bad. It added some spice to the book. Each of them had a distinct quality and voice to them. My favourite characters would definitely have to be the Guardians. The Guardians are seen as cruel and merciless according to Mellea's dad and since we read from her point of view, we get the same impression. However, that's not necessarily true. We really get to see how much they care for each other as the story progresses. While some may be more closed off than others, you can't question that they will have each other's backs.

As for the relationship between our two main characters, I actually quite like it. Mellea and Leo are two opposites. They come from two completely different backgrounds and they annoy the hell out of each other. But that makes their relationship interesting and alive. They do not become close right away but it develops slowly throughout the story.

This book was really exciting and intriguing at the same time. I liked everything about the book but it does lack a few things. Firstly, there wasn't enough world building. Sure, there were a few descriptions of the places in Selestia that our character went to, but it wasn't enough. I think it was too simple and brief. I wished it was a little bit more detailed. Secondly, dialogue. While I did enjoy the banter between the characters here and there, I felt like it was a little basic and immature at times. Other than that, there wasn't much character development.

All in all, I had a really great time reading this book. The story may be lacking here and there but it didn't change the fact that it was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed myself and would really love to read the sequel as the book left off in a cliffhanger. I'm dying to get my hands on it and continue with the story as I've grown a little attached to the characters and the world that M.J. Stevens has created. She has done well for her debut novel. A must read for those looking for an easy and fun read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this mix of Fantasy/Paranormal with Scifi. Great start to a new series! 21 May 2014
By Michelle's Paranormal Vault - Published on
I loved this book, except the major cliffhanger ending, so fair warning there, lol. I hate cliffhangers so much, especially if I do not have the 2nd book, and especially when I have no idea when the next will be out.

Anyway, this book sure took me on a ride. I loved the dystopian/high tech/sci-fi/paranormal feel to this book. It was great. I was hooked pretty fast too.

I really like Mellea after I got to know her more, at first she just seemed pretty immature for her age, but she grew fast and overall just grew on me I guess. She is strong, and doesn't give in easily, she is a fighter. She is claimed by a Guardian Prince, Leo, and he wants her as his bride, and she has no choice, this is after she helped him when he got injured too, Well this doesn't sit well with her, as she was coached by her dad, who detests the Guardians. There is a lot more to why on that, but that isn’t really revealed till the end.

Anyway, Mellea is whisked off to the Guardian tower and prepped to be Leo’s bride. She doesn't give up on trying to find a way out of this.

Now for Leo, he was a complete jerk, at the beginning anyway, he was conceited, rude, pompous, and spoiled. He really got on my nerves at first. But as the story progressed the really Leo comes out, and he is great. So no worries, she isn’t stuck with a complete jerk, it was more of a act, how he felt he is supposed to act. Poor Leo has not had much socialization; so really, he is pretty lost when it comes to interactions with others his age. After the real Leo came out, I really came to like him a lot, and found him to be a great guy.

I hated Mellea’s dad, he is a jerk, and I just knew something was really off about him. I won’t say more on that, as you will have to discover that when you read this, if you hadn’t yet, you sure need too.

I loved the world-building of Selestia, it was so vivid that I was able to picture it in my head with no trouble. The author did a great job with that. The way the enemies are were well described, and creepy too. I could picture it so easy. Great villains.

The 2nd half of this book was the best. It was a bit slow for me the first part, maybe slow is not the word, just not as intense I guess. But overall just loved the idea of this fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal book. That’s how I would describe it, and thought the mix was great.

I guess the only negative in my mind is the ending, I really detest cliffhangers that are right in the middle of an intense scene, just feels so cut off I guess. I know authors do this to make us want more, but sometimes is just pisses us off. Lol. But I will want to read book 2, if it’s out soon enough, as if it’s too long, then I would have to re-read this one to remember everything. Hope it is soon. Its called Divided, and shows to be out December 2014, I sure hope so.

Oh, and I dislike the name, it doesn’t fit for me, also if you go to search Bound at any book retailer, you get a ton of erotic type books come up, and also with this name, that is the first thing you think when hearing the title.

Give this book a try, it was a great ride. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book from the author for my honest review.

Cover review: I liked the cover, but not loved it. It fits for the most part, but what fits about it isn’t even discovered till the very end, so really think it could have been done a different way. The cover itself is very well done, so just meaning on as a fit for this story is all. But like I said, I like it ok, and it does show it should be paranormal at least some.

I say 4 out of 5 stars on the cover alone. (as anyone who has read my reviews, the covers are super important to me, it’s what will get a reader interested enough to read the description at least.

Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Note to Readers. This Author is Australian, so the grammar and spelling differs from ours in the U.S