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The Binding

(The Velesi Trilogy #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,646 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home.
Published January 21st 2012 by Smashwords (first published December 11th 2011)
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Absolutely terrible. The plot needs some series structural work,the story needs to be revised and edited, the pace in the couples' relationship is going WAY too fast... oh boy, the list is endless. I hate how the author puts exclamation marks in practically every other sentance. Exclamation marks should not be used so easily; they should be revered. The characters in the story need a whole lot of development because they're too flimsy to be anything but a crap load of words strung together in a ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book! Couldn't put it down once I started reading it! Lily is an everyday girl until two days after her eighteenth birthday her life changes! The brother she loved her whole life went missing four years ago only to attack her at an attempt to take her life! It is the Prince Tharin steps in and rescues her, forever changing the course of her life! She finds out that Tharin is her betrothed, the son of one of many elf clans. He is there to bring her back to her world where sh ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Binding is a paranormal story about um sorry I mean elves. I enjoyed reading about Tharin and Lily. Though we spend half of the book with Tharin in denial about his feelings about Lily, he finally comes to terms with it. Ah what would a story be without some type of inner struggle. I did like that it was not love at first sight, we got to see them develop feelings for each other. It was refreshing to see. I enjoyed the fight scenes and of course the tension between Tolan and Jul ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L. Filloon, the auther of this book, contacted me via my mailbox on Goodreads giving me a code to purchase "The Binding" for free. That hasn't happened to me before, so needless to say, I was excited, lol. But it also made me really nervous- what if I didn't like it? Then I'd feel guilty, yet still obligated to write a review. And I hate writing negative reviews, which is why I hardly ever do.

Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about! You've read the premise, so I will just say that "The Binding"
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely impressed by this book..
The story..the it weaved n ofcourse i always love Arrogant princes handling princess ;)

And damn eagerly waiting for that sequel to come soon :)
I wasn't sure what to expect but I love this book. From the beginning I found myself immersed in the story and couldn't put it down. Character development is very strong and I really enjoyed the book because I like the characters and how they evolve throughout the story. The heroine, Lilly, is humble, caring and although insecure, has an inner strength about her. I love her unassuming ways and the fact that she is true to her heart and is someone with ideals and values. The hero in the story is ...more
Susan Hart
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! And I especially love the elves. The Binding is an urban fantasy that’s fast paced, full of action and has a great storyline. The author’s debut is a wonderfully written tale of young adult urban fantasy with fast pace actions, adventure and tender moments of first love.

It starts off innocently enough with a run in the park and ends with literally running to the border to stay ahead of danger and staying alive. The book starts off at a fast pace and stays that way until the en
Emily Stites
I give this book 3.5 stars, which, considering the fact that I don't normally enjoy YA novels, is quite generous. It's not that I disliked the book, actually, I did enjoy it to be honest. It reminded me a bit of The Lord of the Rings with all the orcs, elves, trolls and other creatures featured throughout the book. Of course the story itself was completely different and original in and of itself.

What I liked most about this book is how easy it read, not in a lazy way, but more in a fluid way. I
If there is one thing I love that doesn’t get much exposure is elves. I absolutely loved elves so when I found out this book was about elves I was super excited!
The plot is really fast-paced and when I started the book I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. However, the more I read the less I could pull myself away from the book and I found myself really liking the book by the end.
I liked Lily for the most part even though I thought she cried all the time and it was kind of annoying. I liked Th
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a total surprise! I didn't know what to expect but what I got was a whole new spin on a new type of world that I just couldn't put down! I was left hungry for more.
I love Fairy books and this one delivered 100%!

Lily is a an orphan after her only remaining family member, her older brother, goes missing on her 15th birthday. Three years later on her 18th birthday while out for her customary celebratory run, she's tackled by the Fae Prince Tharin in an attempt to save her from her brother's deadly arrow. For three years after he disappeared, Lucas shows up with the intent to kill Lily. Still reeling from the tackle, news that she's a half fairy, betrothed to
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, fantasy, ya
Review Posted at Ruby's Books

If there's one thing I love more than anything is a good fantasy book. The Binding was, in my opinion, more than just "good". It was more than great, actually.

The first thing that caught my attention was that we don't have just one perspective, but two. The book is written in first person, but we get to see Lily's and Tharin's take on the action, alternatively. That's where I, as a reader, tip my hat to the author. Seriously. As a reader that's weary of books writt
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
I am not one to normally read books about elves or fairies. When I saw The Binding I had to check it out. The author doesn't write about tree dwelling fairies, no, elves are the star of the one. I don't know much about elves except that the keebler ones make some rocking cookies. :) The Binding is the beginning for Lily and Tharin. Lily is part elf and doesn't know it until her fiancé, since birth, saves her life one night. Tharin is none too happy to be saving Lily, but he always keeps his word ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I started reading this book because of a recommendation my friend here on goodreads gave me and I so happy that I did.
We have princess who doesn't know she is a princess or that shes betrothed and has to travel to another realm with her betrothed, who may and may not hate her, but nevertheless always protects her to marry and stop a war from breaking out after her brother, who she thought was dead tried to kill her. Will she be able to reach the realm safely? And will she be able to convinc
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
At the beginning of the story, Lily, comes off as somewhat of a loner – especially since her brother, Lucas, had disappeared on his eighteenth birthday. Eighteenth birthdays seemed to be jinxed for Lily & her family. Two days after her own big day, events unfold in such a manner that it leaves her world upside down. She is attacked by her own ‘missing’ brother only to be saved by a complete stranger who keeps a panther as a pet!

Tharin & Tolan, twin princes, appear in Lily’s life only to
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
The Binding (book one) is L. Filloon's first novel and I found it to be very entertaining. I liked the storyline of Elves instead of Faeries, even though when I first read the word Sidhe, I automatically thought of Fae.

Lily is a interesting character, her parents are dead and the only real family she has left, her brother, disappeared several years earlier. She was finally establishing some type of home with her foster mom when out of nowhere someone tries to kill her while she was jogging. If i
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lily's life changes two nights after her 18th birthday when she is attacked. She is attacked by non other than her brother, Lucas who went missing four years ago. Lily is saved by an unknown stranger. This night will change Lily's future is major ways. Lily finds out that her rescuers are elves called Sidhe, and that she is one too. This story follows Lily, Tharin, Julia, Tolan, and his three cousins. Romance isn't what Lily is looking for when she agrees to come with the two brothers, but that ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic! It takes place over only a few days, but is so action packed that you just can't put it down!

Lily has just turned 18. While out jogging, she gets attacked by her brother, who mysteriously disappeared 4 years ago. Tharin is her saviour, yet he is angry and moody at Lily, although she doesn't even know why. Tolan is his twin brother, and his complete opposite. Together, along with Lily's best friend Julia, and 3 of Tharin's cousins, the set off towards Velesi, with trouble
♥ Sarah
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3 - 3.5 stars

The Binding took me by surprise; in all its formulaic and predictable familiarity, the story held me captive until the very last page. There were a few technical issues: a general lack of editing, and very FAST pacing. However, I was too caught up in the events of the story that I barely noticed.

What I liked:

1. No love triangle.

2. Effective, efficient shifts in DUAL POVs – with distinctive voices for both Tharin and Lily.

3. The easy banter, camaraderie, and familial bonding adde
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was such a cute story. Lily is a normal girl who one day finds out she is a Sidhe princess. Not only is she a princess but she is bethrothed to a Sidhe prince. On her 18th birthday, Lily is saved by Tharin and his brother from the evil Ange. These assassins are determined to kill Lily in hopes to bring war upon their Clans. It is the hope of the arranged marriage between Lily and Tharin that will bring the Clans together in peace. Lily, Tharin, Tolan and Jul
Paula Ratcliffe
I loved this book it's the first in a series about Lily Michaels whose a princess elf and doesn't know it yet. She was raised by her brother Lucas until he disappears on his 18th birthday. When Lily turns 18 she spots her brother trying to kill her, along comes Tharin and Tolan and their friends and relatives to help rescue the princess. They find themselves collecting Lily's friend Julia whose been beaten by her family. They also find evil elves and other beings trying to kill the Prince Tharin ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I would really say 4.5 but alas good reads doesn't give me that option. And you the say why not 5 and to that I say the constant misunderstanding, misdirection, misguided oh he loves someone else and I'll just wait to tell her how I feel was about to drive me insane even as I finished this book at 12:22 am.

Seriously I enjoyed Lily her friend Julie and their fearce loyalty to each other I adore Tolan and Mellis and the others. But my rant is Tharin and stupid Kallis who Im not totally su
"I make another mental note to myself. When Lily is happy, I'm happy. Got it."

I'm so glad I decided to read this. This is exactly the kind of book that I love to read, I got so caught up in the story that I wasn't looking for twist and turns, I was just along for the ride. There was a solid story line, action from the first few pages, strong characters, and a great writing style. I love books with two points of view, although sometimes they are written in an annoying way, this book was the perfe
Ashley Mayer
I loved The Binding! Lily is attacked right after her 18th birthday by her brother that has been missing for 4 years. She is saved by an elf prince, Tharin, who claims to be her bethrothed. Lily learns that she is an elf princess and the only way to save her people from civil war is to go through with the wedding. The thing is, it's going to be a tough trip to the elven land, Velesi, because now that word has spread about the princess coming out of hiding everyone is looking for her. Lily tells ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved The Binding by L. Filloon. I read a review on B00kr3vi3ws and knew I had to read it. I wasn't quite sure what I was in for, but jumped in with both feet. I wondered how the story would play out as I realized it was being told from two different viewpoints, alternating chapters. The result: AWESOME! I fell in love with Lily and found her to a genuine, caring, sweet character that I rooted and pulled for. In fact I loved all the characters and the story... Wow! The depth of the plot and de ...more
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I was entranced with this world and could not put it down. I'm in the middle of reading a non-fiction book and needed a little kick of fantasy. I'm glad L. Filloon chose to write from both Lily's and Tharin's point of view. It really enhanced the story and I probably would not have liked Tharin if I hadn't understood his motives. The Binding was very fast paced with lots of action starting on like page two. It was a little predictable at times but the ending threw ...more
Tracey Murphy
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-books
I loved the binding. It was a rich story filled with many people that you grow to love and cheer for. I can't wait for the next book. Lily and Julie are strong females trying to keep up with all the new information and situations being thrown at them a mile a minute. I want more and an anxious to find out how they are going to deal with situations they are forced to deal with. The depth of the main characters including the cousins continues to be fleshed out so that you feel like you are meeting ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read this book and once i started to read it i couldnt stop
loved it
the only downer is i have to wait to see what happens next in book 2
lol i didnt want the story to end yet loved it would of paid more
cant wait for book 2 maybe we can beg her to finish it sooner the the fall lol
worth the wait ever need a beta reader feel free to ask me lol
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to love it so much but dang it was so good. I was hooked from the first couple of pages. I loved it!!! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ummm... wow. This book was amazing! It had everything you could ever want from a book and more. ACK! I'm in love with the characters and the book! I couldn't put it down. READ IT! :)
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L. Filloon was born in Leone, American Samoa. At a young age her family relocated to Hawaii and settled on Oahu. In 1977, her father once again relocated the family, this time to San Diego, eventually making National City, California their home. Although she started writing during her junior high school years, it wasn't until late 2011 that she self-published her first book, The Binding; the first ...more

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“When I'm not with Kalis the things I missed about her are all physical. I know that now. I miss her smile, her eyes, her hair, her touch. She's tall and lithe and has a body that turns all the men's heads in Velesi. With Lily, even with her small stature, she towers over the rest of us, because of her heart and her love for Lucas and Julia.” 13 likes
“I love him, I truly do. I feel it in my bones, in my soul, with all my heart. It's just like all those sentiments that I've read about in the past in those Hallmark cards.” 13 likes
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