I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Published by Amulet Books on June 17th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Source: the Publisher
Amara is never alone. Not when she's protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they're fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she's punished, ordered around, or neglected.
She can't be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.
Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he's yanked from his Arizona town into Amara's mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He's spent years as a powerless observer of Amara's life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she's furious.
All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan's breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they'll have to work together to survive--and discover the truth about their connection.
First of all, can I just say that I LOVE that Corinne Duyvis is an Amsterdam based author. That’s right, Amsterdam based! When I first heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it, so when I got to read it and found out that the author actually lived in Amsterdam I was absolutely ecstatic. I know there’ll be an event (totally read it on her website), and I’ll try my best to be able to attend it.
Now, about Otherbound. Because, this book was a great read! Highly original and creative. You get to read about two different worlds. One of which is reality and the other is a world of fantasy. Otherbound had one of the more original and creative concepts that I’ve encountered in a while, and is backed up with some fabulous writing.
Readers looking for some more diversity in their books will have a blast. There’s many ethnicities, sexual orientations, and people with abilities/disabilities. It was fabulously written story with enough diversity present, but with a subtleness that didn’t make it stand out too much. It just wasn’t a big ‘thing,’ it was just something that was, and the people were just exactly who they were. So refreshing!
The characters were great, their complexity and growth was absolutely beautiful. What I really liked was that not only the main protagonists, Amara and Nolan, grew a lot throughout the story, but the secondary characters did as well. While the pacing was a bit slow for my liking, the last part of the book wholly made up for that (past paced and action packed!). The switching between minds was a bit confusing at first, but once you get used to it, it ended up adding to the complexity of this story and its characters. It also added to the differences between the two worlds presented.
The one thing that I would have liked to see more was world building. Throughout the story, places and different kind of Mages are mentioned without any background information. It would have been nice to know some more of their history and origin. I would’ve loved to know how the mages got their powers, or how they came to be.
All and all, this really was a great read. I really enjoyed it and and for the readers looking for some more diversity in their books, I highly recommend Otherbound, because there’s a big chance this is the book that you’ve been waiting for!