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Bound (The Crystor #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,365 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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
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
Ali Cross
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
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

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

Aine Massie
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
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
RaShelle Workman
It's got a sexy guy, cool world-building, and an awesome to-be-continued ending that'll leave you breathless and satisfied. =D
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
Aug 31, 2012 Katherina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Lani Woodland
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
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
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*!

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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
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.
Totally enjoyed it. Can't wait for book two.
judy Corona
i love this book
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
Laura D.
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
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
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
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
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 ...
I brought this book home only to have it 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
Sherri Rambo
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
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!
I want more! Octavion and Kira captured my heart from the beginning. Lydia was a nice friend with many secrets, and Alteria grew on me after a few appearances. The only problem I had with this book was the way Kira looked at everything. She always thought the complete opposite of what was really going on. I liked that she was stubborn though. It worked out in the end. I'm hoping to get my hands on the next book soon.
Brianna Bennett
I really want to read it, when it comes out it will be the first thing i do . I heard from the reviews that it was really good,so ill take their word for it. Also, i have noticed her other books she is making. I am pretty sure she will be a really good and famous book writer. Good luck C.K Bryant!
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. Great story that I would gladly recommend to any of my friends! Has a very unique and enjoyable storyline. I loved the mixture of the romance and thrill the book had. I can't wait to read the next book! Good job C.K. Bryant, I am definitely a fan!
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