Friday, June 6, 2014

Book Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

16081758Title: Otherbound
Author: Corinne Duyvis
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC (400 pages)
Genre: Fantasy

Amara is never alone. Not when she's protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when she's 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.

Thank you to Abrams for sending me a copy to read in exchange for an honest review!

Otherbound was such a unique book. One of the greatest things about it is that it is told in two, entirely different worlds. One world is Nolan's world. Nolan lives on Earth, and whenever he closes his eyes, he's placed in Amara's world, which is a fantasy world. Nolan lives with his parents and his sister, Pat. Since Nolan is constantly in Amara's world, it seems as if he is unconscious or out of it most of the time, so Nolan is diagnosed with epilepsy. He must keep switching medications until they find one that sorta works-at least by what Nolan tells the doctors. The truth is, Nolan's new medication allows him to control Amara, and actually be in her world.

Amara lives in a world where there are such thing as mages, and she just so happens to be one. She's also a servant, though mages usually aren't servants. She's only one because nobody knew that she was a mage yet by the time she became a servant. Amara has the power of healing, which is really awesome. When she was young, the castle that was working at wasn't doing well, and the young princess left, with a guy named Jorn as well as Amara. This princess' name is Cilla, and she has been cursed. It's not good when she's wounded or is hurt... nothing good comes of it, so that's why Amara is told to stick around.

I really loved the many characters in this book. Nolan was really interesting. I liked how he actually wrote down all of the things he saw as they happened, so that if he ever wanted he could actually go back and read them over again. The stories were written when he was younger because his doctor had told he and his mother to write down all the "hallucinations" he was seeing. His sister, Pat, is really into plays and musicals, and she's always there for Nolan. They definitely have a nice bond throughout the story which was really sweet.

Amara was fun to read about. Since she lived in the fantasy realm, her world was much cooler than the normal Earth. Her powers were pretty awesome as well. She and Cilla had been pretty good friends since they were younger since they had run away together, though they weren't supposed to be friends. Cilla is supposed to be above Amara, as Amara is just a servant and a mage. They used to always play games together when they were younger, so they definitely were good friends with one another. Jorn was a real pain in my butt. I mean, I'm pretty sure he was supposed to be, but he just really was! If you read the book, you'll definitely understand.

Amara has a love interest, Maart, who is also a servant. They have had a thing for as long as Maart had come to help serve. They are deeply in love, and nothing would ever tear them apart. I really loved Maart; he was really sweet and caring.

This entire novel was just so captivating. The entire idea was just something completely new and fresh, which made me not want to stop reading once I started. The characters, the adventure... just all of it. It's definitely worth a read. This book also made me want to get into reading more fantasy, because I haven't been reading much fantasy lately at all.

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3 comments:

  1. Fantasy isn't exactly my favourite type of read but I loved this, and while I do think it lost some of it's appeal throughout the middle and towards the end, I still enjoyed it. It's definitely unique and different, and not even the POC/disabilities/diverse relationships, but the world itself. and the way it was written, especially with Amara and the sign language, a different style. Pretty much everything for everyone so glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. I'm not the biggest fantasy fan either but I definitely want to read more fantasy now because of this book.

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  2. I actually featured this book for one of my Wishing for Wednesday posts! I'm glad to hear it's a good read. Are we ever told how their connection to each other is created?

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