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Soulbound (Legacy of Tril #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,833 ratings  ·  459 reviews
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...more
Paperback, Advanced Reading Copy, 394 pages
Published 2012 by Dial
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3.5 stars

This had several elements that have been done time and time again: sarcastic rule-breaking heroine, heroine is shipped off to boarding school without a choice, saved by cute boy (who just happens to be a total jerk... but... he's cute. So it's cool), meets another cute boy and the dreaded love triangle is born... need I go own? I must say though, it wasn't JUST that badass looking cover that sold me originally, I actually did read the summary on this one before immediately adding it to...more
Perhaps I should start with what I liked about this book. Yes, that's definitely a good place to start. What did I like about this book? The cover. We have a strong, kick ass looking heroine on the cover. Yay!

All right, on to what I hated about it. I know hate is a strong word, but I was scowling while reading this book. No joke. I chuckled maybe once. All the other times I was groaning at how horrible it was.
Things that call out to me that drove me batty. (There may be some spoilers)
1. Kaya is...more
Disclaimer: I didn't finish this book. I got to page 258 out of 394 before deciding I really couldn't stomach any more.

Honestly, I have no idea how 45% of people who read this book gave it 5 STARS. FIVE! STARS! I usually reserve my five stars for the most perfect and pleasing of books I read —and Legacy of Tril (Soulbound?) was neither of those.

From now on, I'll have to remember to not look just at the average rating —but some of the reviews themselves. If I had with this book, I would have seen...more
Jan 26, 2013 Elle! rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens who liked Cold Fury and Fantasy.
Recommended to Elle! by: Goodreads baby ;)
First of all, this book reeked of cliffhanger.It omitted a smell so thick I was surprised when if didn't waft off the pages. As you all know, if you like to read, it is a terrifying smell that angers the reader. That results in tossing the book to the other side of the room and groaning. Anxiety will be felt for the next few minutes and depending on how delish the series is. Months, thanks JK Rowling. So, how do I know if my book is diagnosed with cliffhanger? The book will leave off in the midd...more
Tonya F
I wasn't entirely impressed with the story. The writing wasn't very good, and it didn't seem like much happened in the story.

Kaya is forced to go to a school to learn to become a healer, and most of the book consists of her daily chores and training. I also found the story to be extremely predictable. I suppose the ending was supposed to be a plot twist, but it was quite obvious at the beginning to me.

I also found it hard to empathize with Kaya. I liked her character, and I liked how she was to...more
Tepid. That word probably best describes how I feel about this book. It was an interesting idea, but it was poorly executed. I have so many issues with this book, I don't know where to start.

1. The world-building just isn't there. People seem to walk everywhere -- not that they get out much -- but yet they talk like present-day teens? And despite the pre-industrialization/village setting, Tril seems to have electricity: one scene has Trayton flipping a switch to turn on a chandelier, if I'm not...more
Kristi-The Book Faery

Wow, Soulbound by Heather Brewer was a one-of-a-kind read and I’ve never quite read anything like it. Ms. Brewer put a whole new spin on an already present genre and put it on high octane!

The main character, Kaya grew up knowing what her duty in life would be that of a healer to her Soulbound (SB) Barron or Warrior. The each bear a mark somewhere on their body to let them know they've been born to be a healer or a Barren. Not everyone is born with a mark, it's a special tribute fr...more
A.M. Supinger
This book did exactly what it was intended to do: it entertained.

Although there are some cliche things in this book (love triangle, boarding school, snarky girl who keeps stumbling into trouble), there is also some really creative world-building. If a reader is looking to sit down and read a book start-to-finish without wanting to stop, I'd suggest Soulbound.

The main character (Kaya)is a strong female character, even though she's young and has a lot to learn. She doesn't just follow orders, nor...more
Wow. Wow. I am IN love and I think I have my new favorite book! Seriously this book will blow your mind and leave you reeling!!!! This book was absolutely amazing and I loved every single page, as soon as I got the book I read the synopsis and I was like this is going to be an amazing book and was I ever right!!!

I will start with Kaya. What a character, you fall in love with her right in the beginning. She is a brave, outspoken, stubborn girl with a whole lot of kick ass in her bag and she is h...more
This was a fun novel and the concept of the Barron/Healer duo is interesting. I only gave it three stars for the following reasons:

- If a novel takes place in a non-modern, not-of-this-world setting, then it is very jarring for me when characters use the word "hot" to describe someone as good-looking, or if the popular but bitchy girl has a secret party and doesn't want the main character to come. At times I felt like I was reading a book about a high school, which I think takes away from the at...more
Jul 09, 2012 Amelia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 'Ranger's Apprentice' type stories
Recommended to Amelia by: Me, myself and I
This book was... okay. I enjoyed it in some parts, got totally irritated in others.

First things first. Japan. Or, at least, the Japanese sounding names and equipment within the story. Now, I love Japan. It's an awesome country, and when I learned that this story had some Japanese stuff in it, I was pretty excited.

Damn, was I disappointed.

The Japan-thing only extended to the fighting tools and place names. If that's the extent, why put it in at all? The rest was all Western. The names, everything...more
♥ Sarah

At first glance, I was drawn to the cover & the description. But I didn't really have high expectations for this book.

To my shock - and horror, I was appalled at how nonsensical and flimsy the plot was. And then the writing. OHMYGOD. I felt like I was reading a middle-school creative writing paper. Or worse. It was just god-awful, with predictable, and cliched "character development" and plot twists, if you could even call it that.

I liked the premise; the idea behind the lazy, sloppily put t...more
Admittedly when I first got this book to read and review I was a bit hesitant to do so namely because of the cover- what can I say? I am a bono fide cover whore and this cover? Well, it didn't do anything for me, therefore resulting in me projecting those "meh" feelings onto the book. However, as I began to delve deeper and deeper into the book I began to realize that my initial reaction of the book was a silly assumption at best- and we all know what happens when you assume. ;) This book was SU...more
Spoilers alert!!!
A very well rounded and fabulous book.
I loved the concept of the world the author has created. The idea of Barrons and Healers being soulbound and their hearts beating as one was sooo touching!
When the book started off, I enjoyed it immensely. The character of Kaya wasn't overpowering and she was funny. The setting was quite cool and the parents seemed mysterious and slightly badass, they reminded of the parents off Spy Kids...
When she got to school and met Maddox I thought
3.5 stars

I have not read Brewer's Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, but I really want to after reading this one because I enjoyed it so much. I didn't know what I was getting into when I picked this one up. I knew that it had a heroine who I would love simply because she went against the norm and refused to play the damsel in distress, and I'm happy to say that it lived up to my expectations. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for a heroine who can kick some serious butt, so Kaya is a blossoming favorite of min...more
Really it was a 3.5. The book was entertaining, the plot runs smoothly, and the charcters are likable. I really enjoyed the main character she does not settle for less, when she wants to do something or speak out her mind she does. The other characters were good too, having conflicts that make them human and completely human. The writing is good. Finished it in a day. The cliff-hangeris good, amazing good.

The reason that the rating is not higher is because it was the same formula:
1)Girl goes to...more
Melissa Posten
Heather's done it again--in Soulbound she's taken the high fantasy genre and made it incredibly accessible, opening up a doorway between her Minions and a realm of stories they might not have explored yet. In the butt-kicking Kaya she has given us the anti-Bella--a girl who not only can take care of herself, but who defies tradition and her teachers to do so. Creepy monsters, a hot love triangle and a maddening cliffhanger ending make this breathlessly-paced, action-packed story a must-recommend...more
You would have to be a complete and utter dipshit not to know that Kaya was Soulbound to Darius. I mean come on, there was no suspense at all. Ziltch. Nada. I only finished this book because I had the hopes it might get better. How in the 9 Circles of Hell are people giving this book 5 stars? Is it because of the YA factor? Is making all the teens tingle? I don't get it.

This story actually had promise, until I read the word Fek and Dek. Really? Just say Fuck and Dick and get it over with. And ha...more
Crystal Books Unbound
I don’t think I can actually put into words how much I loved this book! I really think that as of late I’ve found a new love in fantasy novels! Heather Brewer is an amazing storyteller and I will read pretty much anything she writes. I was a little hesitant when I started Soulbound because of the length but after about a few chapters, I was so sucked in that the page count wasn’t an issue.

Kaya is a really great main character! Her parents raised her to have a good head on her shoulders and to th...more
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First book I've read by this author...started last night and finished at 1am this morning! 'Academy/school' series can be repetitive and overdone but that's not the case here!
Kaya has a simple life with loving parents in an small village. She knows their history and that a simple slip from her can mean their deaths. She even knows that she had a place in that society but her parents chose each other, and their choices protect her from that life and war.
(Soulbound, Bound...adds a new dimension t...more
First of all I would like to say that I was really very excited to read this book. I had read the summary of this book a while ago and since then was really looking forward to read it. The description of the book had gotten me intrigued. It's description makes you believe that the book is gonna be really adventurous and fierce. Which certainly it wasn't.

Now to be frank, the start of the book was a bit boring. But after a while I got a bit interested when she meets the mysterious guy in the jungl...more
I instantly loved the world of Tril that's filled with the skilled and the unskilled. In the society of skilled, there are those who are fighters, known as Barrons, and those who are Healers. In the strange world of the skilled, the Healers are not viewed as equals to Barrons even though Healers have the power of holding the life of their Barron in their hands.

Kaya, who was raised around the unskilled, is use to freedom and equality. She does not respond well to the rules when she's thrown into...more
Shelley Daugherty
Kaya lives in a world that is ruled by protocol. There are two classes of people who work together as a team in a world filled with war. The two classes are Healers and Barrons. The Barrons are warriors and the Healers are there to keep the Barrons safe by their ability to heal but there is a catch, they must either be soulbound (at birth) or bound which is basically being assigned to each other. If a Barron does not have a Healer, they have no chance of surviving in battle, and Healers are beco...more
I normally don't quote blurbs in my reviews, but I was about to start explaining the world of Tril and realized the blurb did it quite neatly in a single sentence. "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." Kaya is a Healer and the daughter of two Barrons. But Barrons are not supposed to have relationships with each other. Kaya must attend the Shadow Academy and be the mo...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
This book was one of those that are very unique because you've never read anything like them before. Miss Brewer created a completely different story that didn't involve the common vampires, werewolves, or angels that we see in most YA books these days. Not to say I don't enjoy reading about said mythical creatures, but it's nice to read something fresh-of-the-block once in a while. This book earned bonus points from me just because of that, and I'm very happy to say that I finished it in all of...more
Rene Kirkpatrick
What!??!! Is this all there is for this book? I have to wait how long for the next one? I HATE that! I should have looked at the last page before I even decided to start it! I loved this book, it was so much fun, great adventure, great romance, a little magic, sassy girls, a love triangle. When is the next one coming?

Tril is the world and the protectors, great warriors, are the Barrons. The people who keep the Barrons alive when they are damaged are the Healers. The Barrons and the Healers are b...more
I have read all of Heather Brewer's books and really enjoyed them all. When I found out she had a new series called Legacy of Tril I was elated. I had to get my hands on Soulbound and really was excited to read it. Soulbound is a very different book than all of Heather's other books. Soulbound is a fantasy romance while Vlad Tod and Slayer Chronicles are paranormal fiction. To really understand Soulbound you need to understand the original world of Tril Barrons and Healers are Soulbound. Barron...more
Step Into Fiction
I had the pleasure of meeting Heather Brewer at San Diego Comic Con this summer. Penguin was nice enough to give away copies of this book along with have Heather sign them. Not gonna lie, the cover is really what intrigued me. But they usually say, don't judge a book by it's cover. I expected Soulbound to be a very action and adventure book. And yes there was definitely action in it, there was also a story about growing up.

Soulbound centers around Kaya. A teenage girl whose parents ran away from...more
This book was full of plot holes and gaps in logic, and it was probably one of the most predictable reads I've ever come across. I knew what the big reveal was going to be thirty pages in, and I knew how it was going to be revealed and when. Considering this is coming from someone who usually isn't particularly fast on the uptake in these things, that's saying a lot.

I want to point out that this sort of story appeals to me on a fundamental level. A girl who wants to go against social convention...more
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Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.
She hasn’t changed much.

Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under the full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending Renaissance Festivals in costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up,...more
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