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Punished Arelia LaRue Book #2 YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance (The Arelia…

by Kira Saito

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Read this in a day! Amazing book!! Fantastic Author! Keep it up! ( )
  Hve6610 | Oct 2, 2016 |
Ahhh...I love this series. It has everything I want in a story: a lovely heroine starting out in life battling tough odds, the setting a grand old house both beautiful and secretive, hints of a love tiangle, a goofy but lovable best friend for comic relief, and at least one wise older woman to advise our heroine and guide her. But Saito does more than just give us a lovely example of classic gothic literature set in the American South. She also knows a lot about voodoo, for her heroine is a voodoo queen. You learn a lot about this practice by reading the books. I have to say, Saito's breadth of knowledge on the subject and ability to relate it to the reader is impressive.

Punished is Book Two in this series. In it, you get to watch the characters introduced in the first novel become more fully developed, and Aurelia, our heroine, learns more about who she was born to be. I like the unique way that travel in time/space gets handled in this book, and it's worth noting that these kinds of travel are increasingly being portrayed in stories that are otherwise Southern gothic in genre (I'm also thinking of Amber House and its upcoming sequel, Neverwas,by Kelly Moore and Tucker and Larkin Reed, and my own series including Open Door and In Time). It fascinates me that several contemporary writers are including a particular fantasy element in the gothic genre, and I love the way Saito does it in Punished.

At the end of the novel, I was eager to read the next to find out how Aurelia gets herself out of this mess--or deeper into it. I'm so happy this series is NOT a trilogy: there's more fun to be had in book four, too. ( )
  christine3236 | Jul 12, 2013 |
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Down in New Orleans, Arelia LaRue's once ordinary life has been transformed into something truly extraordinary. As her ability to work and communicate with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood's secretive owner, Lucus LaPlante. However, Arelia quickly realizes that beneath Darkwood's seemingly extravagant surface, there are secrets that may place her very soul in danger. In the intoxicating world of New Orleans voodoo/hoodoo expect the unexpected. Please take note that this is the 2nd book in the series. It follows Bound An Arelia LaRue Novel #1.… (more)

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