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Bound, An Arelia LaRue Novel #1 YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance (The Arelia LaRue Series)

Bound, An Arelia LaRue Novel #1 YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance (The Arelia LaRue Series) [Kindle Edition]

Kira Saito
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Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.

When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.

However, at Darkwood nothing is what is seems. Arelia enters a world full of tricky spirits, strange characters and forbidden love.

In the intoxicating world of New Orleans Hoodoo/Voodoo expect the unexpected!

Come along for the ride...

Please take note that this book is 55,000 words long
Punished book #2 is 63,000 words
Possessed book #3 is 63,000 words

Punished Book #2 and Possessed Book #3 in the Arelia LaRue Series, are now available!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kira Saito (28 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060EHJX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different paranormal for you 11 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As soon as I received this book to my kindle and started reading I was hooked. The writing is so rich and absorbing that it was difficult to put it down even for a few minutes!

Firstly the main character, Arelia, is someone I can relate to. From a poor background she and her Gran-mere have had to work hard just to keep a roof over their heads. Everything in Arelia's life is about survival so its no surprise when she decides to take the job offer of summer work at the Darkwood Estate.

Her best friend, Sabrina, comes from the other side of the fence, the rich side. While Arelia is very proud and would never accept any monetary help from Sabrina, her best friend still shows her kindness in different ways. Yes, Sabrina is spoiled beyond belief. Her work ethic is nonexistent and she has only one wish. To meet and eventually marry the heir to the Darkwood estate. The only problem is that Lucas, gorgeous and mysterious as he is only has eyes for Arelia. But why?

The characters in this story are brilliant and well developed. Ivan, the most annoying waiter, the irritating guests such as the Dumpty's, and Ms Mae and her secrets. All of them pop out of the book with such life that you feel like you're really in the house experiencing it all first hand.

And I can't not mention the food! I'm from England. I've never been to New Orleans. I have no idea what a pain perdu, buttermilk drop, shrimp gumbo, or any of the other delicious sounding foods are. I had to google them just to see pictures. The mentions of the food made even my mouth water!

The scenery of the Darkwood Estate is described exquisitely and was such an excellent backdrop for this amazing book. Arelia has a mysterious past that she has little knowledge of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 2 Mar 2013
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Really great read, had me hooked from the start. Can't wait to read more and find out what happens next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 21 Feb 2013
By Chan
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I love this book it's awesome and I love supernatural things I would read the series and show my friends
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2.0 out of 5 stars Down in Darkwood 22 Feb 2014
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Oh, I love books about New Orleans, especially if they somehow incorporate voodoo and history into them.

So I hoped to really enjoy "Bound," the first novella of Kira Saito's Arelia LaRue series -- it has voodoo, ghosts, snakes, a gorgeous old plantation and lots of atmosphere. Sadly, it also has a massively unattractive heroine, no real ending and some major writing flaws that badly need to be addressed.

Against the wishes of her grandmother, Arelia LaRue takes a job at Darkwood Plantation with her best friend Sabrina (who is every rich blonde slut cliche crammed into in one character). Within an hour of arriving, Arelia discovers that the Darkwood cook is her great-aunt, that she has special voodoo powers granted by the loa Erzulie, and even gets a visit from said loa.

She also encounters Lucus, the handsome and charming scion of the family. Arelia immediately hates him because he's rich (seriously, that's the main reason), but for some reason he's very interested in her. And as she learns more about Darkwood, it becomes clear that an ancient power still holds the place.

I really had high hopes for this novella. Kira Saito loads the novella up with haunting Southern atmosphere and a truckload of voodoo stuff, ranging from appearances by the loa to a gris-gris-making class. Honestly, there's a lot of potential here, and I was disappointed when the rest of the novel didn't stack up.

One of the biggest problems is pacing -- Saito rockets through the story at light speed, pelting Arelia with massive revelations about her powers, family and history in a very short time. There are no quiet moments where the characters can breathe, no foreshadowing before they learn anything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bound 10 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this story and it deserves this rating and I'd recomend it. The story line was well paced and the characters were well developed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 31 Oct 2013
By Unknown
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Really good would recommend to everyone wish it wasn't so short and the end of a paragraph wasn't so cutthroat ending also I wish Sabrina wasn't such a cow. Also voodoo Kid kind of creepy although ho they do it I less evil. I love that Lucas ha vulnerabilities as well I makes home seem more human an I hate it when the Gus are big shots who don't show any emotion except on rare occasions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very good read 26 Sep 2013
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Very good gripping read, a little predictable, characters are likeable and an all round enjoyable read! Onto the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 3 Aug 2013
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OMG I read this in one night it was that interesting I'm just happy there's more books like this because I am hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
really got into it, the series is brilliant, would reccommend to those who like haunting romance novels with a twist
Published 8 months ago by miss illuminated
5.0 out of 5 stars Rriveting
This is a story that captured my imagination and held it until the very end . I have read it twice now and still want more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I really enjoyed this book, it was different to most things i have read before and as an added bonus it was free!
Published 10 months ago by La
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Even though the cover is disturbing, the book is fantastic. The characters are well thought out, the plot is interesting. I will read more of Kira Saito's work
Published 10 months ago by Anonymous
2.0 out of 5 stars An okay book...
I really did like this book, but I didn't like the way it ended at all... It seemed incomplete, I know their is more books but to end the book how it was just didn't seem right.
Published 11 months ago by Chynna
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
There was a few errors, but apart from that I just couldn't stop reading it. It was funny as well, the throwing the dirt part etc.
Published 12 months ago by Melissa Curran
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This book is just me I have really enjoyed it and can't wait to start the next one. Thank you
Published 12 months ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
As soon as I finished this book I bought the second one. Couldn't wait to read more. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a supernatural mystery.
Published 13 months ago by susie q
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