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Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
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May 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: paranormal-romance, virgin-heroines, fae, dragons, pregnancy, dreams, favorites, magic-and-witchcraft, thief, huge-hero, elves
Read from September 15 to 16, 2011

Dragon Bound
5 Stars

Half-human and half-wyr, Pio Giovanni has spent her life on the run from unknown forces. After inadvertently revealing her abilities, Pia is blackmailed into stealing a coin from the most powerful of the Elder Races – Dragos, whose fury knows no bounds and who will stop at nothing to find and keep the one who stole from him.

A book that definitely lives up to the hype. Dragon Bound has a gripping story, fantastic characters and an amazing romance.

The world building is incredibly detailed and intricate. The author’s knowledge of various mythological creatures and her skill at incorporating these elements into the plot and characterization is commendable. For example, the fact that Dragos hoards beautiful things is traditional of dragons in western culture and books such as Smaug in The Hobbit and the dragons guarding Gringotts in Harry Potter.
The romance is absorbing. Pia and Dragos’s chemistry is intense and kept me turning the pages. I just didn’t want their story to end. Some readers may find Dragos overly domineering and possessive but this aspect of his character is consistent with the fact that he is, in fact, a dragon albeit in the form of a man.

Pia is spunky, intelligent and resourceful. She is more than capable of holding her own against all the male characters in the book (and the female as well) from her obnoxious ex-boyfriend to the spiteful fae king and the dragon himself. The mystery revolving around her wyr-form (i.e., the creature that she can shift into) is intriguing and the ultimate revelation of her identity is one of my favorite scenes.

My one small nitpick is that the villain of the piece is a little generic and never really constitutes a real threat. He is easily thwarted and his ultimate demise is anti-climactic. Nevertheless, this plot point never detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

The secondary characters are also well developed and interesting with each of Dragos’s friends having their own distinct personalities and opinions. The series continues with some of these characters taking the lead and I look forward to reading future installments as well as re-reading this one quite soon.
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Lauren It was fantastic. Didn't want it to end.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Great review, Lauren.

I have a question for you. I saw that you have a PhD in Eng. Lit. Congratulations! I was wondering if that makes it hard for you to read a book without being really analytical and critical about the writing?

Do you do any writing yourself? I think you write very well.

Lauren Thanks Danielle.
I approach a book in one of two ways – either reading for entertainment or reading critically. For the first, I focus on enjoying the story and the characters, and for the second, I focus more on the literary aspects including the writing. Some books I have read with both caps such as the Harry Potter books (first to enjoy and then to analyze).
I have written academic articles and my Ph.D. has recently been accepted for publication so I’m turning it into a book.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) I'd love to read your book when it comes out. That's very exciting.

Lauren That would be great. I always love the input. It might still be awhile as I still have quite a few re-writes and corrections.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) That's okay. Just keep me posted. I'll look out for it.

Lauren Will do.

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