Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: Soulbound (Legacy of Tril #1)

Publication Date: June 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

This was a little too formulaic YA for me to really love it. Predictable and with all the usual elements. When I first started reading it, I got a little excited because it seemed like it could be a really good story. It just didn't deliver.

I will probably still continue on with the series, because I think it could get better. I do think some teens and YA fans might really like this. It features a strong heroine, which is nice, even if she is a little annoying. The set-up for a love triangle is there, although the author could go the other way, which would be really nice. Love triangles have been done to death, especially in YA.

When it comes down to it, there just really wasn't a whole lot of depth to this story, and there could have been. It all felt a little too light and fluffy. Even when people were dying, I didn't feel any urgency or sadness, it still felt light. Maybe it was just me. I'm going to have my 14 year old read this and see if she feels any different

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