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Bound (The Crystor #1)

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When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s fal ...more
Kindle Edition, First, 358 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Dragonfly Press (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Revati Ragini
Jan 27, 2012 Revati Ragini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I barely made it through, I almost gave up so many times.

Have you ever seen a picture that is so busy, you can't quite tell what it is of? And if you really concentrate you see that nothing is really happening? That's how I felt reading this story. It moved so fast, jumping from point to point without all the necessary in-between fluff that helps to set the pace. Set over only a few days, this story was too long yet not that much actually happened. The emotions were unrealistic, I mean the guy
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Ali Cross
Sep 02, 2011 Ali Cross rated it it was amazing
BOUND is a tricky tale that takes your heart and mind on an exciting danger-filled journey. You start out with normal things, people you know, places you can relate to, only to discover that things are not as you'd expected, people are not just people and anything can happen.

At least, that's how the story was for me. I liked Kira and could immediately relate to her feelings of insecurity and reclusiveness. So when Kira had to adapt to the changes around her, to learn and grow, I grew right along
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Jacob Proffitt
Awkward. Everything about this is awkward. The characters do things that make no sense, the plot is elusive (when not nonsensical), the author shifts PoV at whim, but what kept smacking me in the face was the nearly constant withholding of information by overly convenient interruption. If it wasn't "it's not my place to explain" it was some dramatic stupidiocy by someone else that'd get in the way of actual information exchange.

I could have dealt with the drip/skip of information if the characte
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Mikky
May 31, 2012 Mikky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I have no words to express what this book made me go through. That probably explains why I couldn't get through the last 40 something pages.

The book started out fine enough, but towards page 20 something, it feels like the author just slapped me in the face, threw me over a cliff and let me hanging there screaming for help!

As the story goes on (again I remind myself no spoilers of how bad this book was) she falls for the BFF's brother, who has a really weird name which I still have no clue if I

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Aine Massie
Dec 31, 2011 Aine Massie rated it it was amazing
Bound is the fist book in the Crystor series. Kira is a teenage girl with normal problems and issues to her age, well, that’s how it seems at first anyways. Things quickly turn out to be very different for her and her BFF Lydia.

The story, characters and creatures of Bound are so richly written that you almost believe that these girls might just live down the street from you. It is not just another YA book guys! It is much richer and more enduring than many out there. And Kira? She is sooo not yo
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Jennifer
I just did not like this book. I'm trying to think if I can summarize it, I think I can...

Everyone: Kira, promise me, pretty please promise me, that you will stay here/not go there/go to there/do this one thing/be quiet/not put yourself in mortal peril?

Kira: Sure. Then immediately puts herself in mortal peril.

Octavion: I love you. I'm so angry all the time, I must roar and smash things. Don't look at me, look at me while I'm attacking you! RAWR, smash. But I have dimples so the heroine will forg
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RaShelle Workman
Sep 02, 2011 RaShelle Workman rated it it was amazing
It's got a sexy guy, cool world-building, and an awesome to-be-continued ending that'll leave you breathless and satisfied. =D
Nicola
May 19, 2012 Nicola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, indie
Bound has been on my to-read list for quite a while now and so I was very excited to sit down and finally get the chance to check it out! While it won't be making my favourites list, I still genuinely enjoyed it and it had my attention from the very first page. Bound certainly gets full marks for originality. I thought everything in this book had a very different feel to it which is awesome because for a while there, lots of the YA paranormal books I was coming across just seemed like copies of ...more
Katherina
Aug 31, 2012 Katherina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!! What a book! This book is like nothing I have ever read before! Magic, people transforming into animals, pet animals that can take pain away, other worlds, traveling in a blink of an eye and tragic romance (I say tragic because the girl loves the guy, the guy loves the girl, but if he gets near her, he could kill her). There was also action-packed fighting through out the book. What more could anyone ask for? It had me laughing, gasping and crying out "NNOOOOOO!!!!" V ...more
JeanBookNerd
Feb 06, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Bound by C.K. Bryant totally had me mesmerized from the beginning. Maybe the biggest aspect of this book is that it is so different from what is out there. Bryant’s imagination and unique writing style made the story’s originality very appealing and refreshing.

The world that Bryant created was full of magic and mystery. The characters living in this world will have you amazed with the powers they possess. Kira and Lydia’s friendship was one for the ages. The bond between them was extraordinarily
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Valerie
Nov 18, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
My Summary:

Kira's mom thinks she's a mouse and underfoot. Her only friend is Lydia but there's something up with her eyes that Kira can't quite pin down. Then there's this feeling of being watched. But the truth is so far from anything Kira ever imaged. As a trip to the mountains to take pictures turns to a fight for survival, Kira must make a choice. Will she risk her life to safe her friend or run away like the frightened mouse her mom believes her to be? What about the mysterious brother that
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Breeze
I'd like to provide a WARNING: -14 age, this book is extremely safe, easy to read and NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG ADULTS OVER 14. You'll want more tongue in those kisses!!

Well, stupid personal rule "have to finished what I started".

This book would have been more interesting if we dropped the high school, dropped her parents, gave her an apartment with a roomy(BFF Lydia) and made these kids 18+. Took the middle of all the forest living and the secret telling and dropped it out of the story.
This st
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Lani Woodland
Oct 08, 2011 Lani Woodland rated it it was amazing
Bound is the thrilling first book in the Crystor series. Bryant has woven her story with action, a well crafted mythology, and romance that will leave you begging for the next book.

I really enjoyed Bound! It is rare to find a totally unique mythology in today's YA market but C.K. Bryant pulled it off. I really felt like she did an excellent job in her world-building. Kira, the heroine was a wonderful blend of vulnerability and courage. I think my favorite character was probably Lydia. Lydia was
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Catherine
Jun 17, 2013 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I have no desire to finish this book. When the male protagonist nearly breaks the elbow of a girl he likes and forcibly pins her down instead of letting the righteously pissed girl go to let her calm down and listen to his explanation and then drugs her when she still fights, and then the girl finds his embrace comforting instead of terrifying, all within the first thirty pages, I know this book is going to suck. Octavian is an abusive jerk and based on other reviews he doesn't get brought to ta ...more
Jessica
Aug 01, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action-packed and full of suspense! I was intrigued from the very beginning and loved the unique concept. Does leave one hell of a cliffhanger though *sigh*!

Merged review:

Action-packed and full of suspense! I was intrigued from the very beginning and loved the unique concept. Does leave one hell of a cliffhanger though *sigh*!
Stephanie Fowers
Jan 17, 2012 Stephanie Fowers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read “Bound” in a matter of days, and enjoyed Christine’s fresh take on YA fantasy. The book was a swashbuckling adventure, full of creativity with characters demonstrating a fierce loyalty and unconquerable spirit. This is the first book of a trilogy, and she has set up an exciting tale that will carry onto her next books.
Robin
Jan 14, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed it. Can't wait for book two.
judy Corona
May 28, 2015 judy Corona rated it liked it
i love this book
Lbousson
Jan 13, 2016 Lbousson rated it did not like it
#1 The Crystor

Where to start with this review? This story was nothing like what I thought it would be. Maybe that kept me from rating it higher. But it wasn't just that. There was way too much going on in this story. And the relationship between Octavion and Kira just didn't work for me. It was very stiff. First, she hates him; then suddenly, in the space of a few days, she loves him? There was no build-up to that relationship at all.

On the other hand, the relationship between Kira and Lydia was
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Idris
Oct 20, 2011 Idris rated it it was amazing
BOUND tells us the story of Kira, a young girl like any other, with the normal problems of her age; her relationship with her mother and her stepfather, school and friends. But what Kira doesn't know is that her best friend Lydia is hiding something, and when suddenly Kira discovers the truth, she will find herself immerse in a completely different world.

When you see this book for first time, it can look like any other young adult book; A normal teenager girl who discovers a really dark secret
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Laura Bastian
Nov 02, 2011 Laura Bastian rated it it was amazing
Kira is a normal girl with a best friend who turns out to be something not quite normal in this world. She discovers her friend Lydia is a Royal from another world. Her stepbrother is here with her, and they are trying to fit in and live a normal life away from their older sister who wants them dead. Though they try to fit in, they just can't do it. The brother is a shape-shifter who craves human flesh since he is part animal. He has found himself a cave in the mountains to live in while watchin ...more
Valerie
Nov 23, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
My Summary:

Kira's mom thinks she's a mouse and underfoot. Her only friend is Lydia but there's something up with her eyes that Kira can't quite pin down. Then there's this feeling of being watched. But the truth is so far from anything Kira ever imaged. As a trip to the mountains to take pictures turns to a fight for survival, Kira must make a choice. Will she risk her life to safe her friend or run away like the frightened mouse her mom believes her to be? What about the mysterious brother that
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MiriLou
Jun 19, 2012 MiriLou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though there was a lot of interesting elements to the story it just wasn't' clicking for me. First off the character's "voices" are too similar, I found myself backtracking to see who was talking. The relationship between Octavion and Kira is warped, first Kira is told to trust him, that he won't hurt her yet he loses his temper and knocks her around like a rag doll. Then it turns out he is dangerous, especially during that time of the month. And so many things happen and I don't know why, why d ...more
Cess
Aug 18, 2012 Cess rated it it was amazing
i later realized that i pasted a review/comment in here that's not for this book. sorry about that.

anywayz, i loved this book! although most would say this has a storyline quite similar to twilight -boy meets girl, will protect her in every way he can.. to death- but isn't all them books like that? nonetheless, the circumstances here are atleast unique for me to finish reading this in one sitting. vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc had become a common entity that lived amongst humans in s
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S.
Definitely a "feeler" rating, that 4. But only because it knocked my socks off.

I was certainly not expecting to get sucked into this journey of Kira, Lydia and Octavion's when I picked Bound up at first. Maybe I knew I would love it, though, because all the way up until I got around to reading it, I'd bypass the cover and think, "Damn, I wish I could read this one right meow."

And then I did and my attachment issues even reached such a degree that I lay awake in bed (despite a looming 05 wakeup)
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Tristi
Sep 10, 2011 Tristi rated it it was amazing
In Christine Bryant's debut novel, she brings us a story of a girl pulled into a world completely different of her own to face not only danger and intrigue, but her own internal demons that have plagued her for years. Caught up in a battle between two forces from another world bent on tearing each other apart, Kira discovers strength she never knew she had and learns that no one can determine your worth for you.

I really enjoyed BOUND - the distinctive use of language, the creativity in plot ...
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Taylor
Sep 16, 2015 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who like fiction
Shelves: series, favorites
LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED! Sucked me in right from the begining. The author did such a great job of introducing the new world and making it believable and not confusing. Re-read twice I liked it so much.
Wendy
Dec 15, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I brought this book home only to have it stolen...by my 13yrold. The next day ( yes she devoured it in a day) she gave it back and asked when the next one was coming out. So, I read it--thoroughly enjoying the super unique set of circumstances that make up her world. Shapeshifters, bloodlust, a beast to tame, magic... Yeah, cool stuff.
Then, the book was stolen again as she took it back to read it again. She likes the cover so well, she has it sitting on her dresser beside her favorite tiger pic
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Sherri Rambo
Nov 25, 2011 Sherri Rambo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not one to use big words or give big reviews but I made an exception with this book. I found it to be intriguing, something I could not put down, and I read it via my laptop in one day. I was able to relate to the characters and so caught up in the story that they felt real to me and I did cry when Toran was killed. Christine took the characters to a level I was not prepared for and thrilled when I realized what a ride I had been on.

Christine shows a real promise as a new writer and I look
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Holly
It took me til about 34% through the book to decide if I was going to like it. After that I was hooked. It's one of those stories where anything is possible because its not tied to some image of a fictional being like vampire or werewolf stories. I love the freedom it gives the author to make up just about anything. This book is an example of that unhindered creativity. Can't wait to see how the next one ends. I'm off to start book 2 now!
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