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Down in New Orleans, Arelia Larue’s once ordinary life has quickly transformed into something truly extraordinary.As her ability to communicate and work with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood’s secretive owner Lucus LaPlante.However, Arelia soon discovers that Darkwood’s shiny and seemingly extravagant exterior holds secrets that may put heDown in New Orleans, Arelia Larue’s once ordinary life has quickly transformed into something truly extraordinary.As her ability to communicate and work with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood’s secretive owner Lucus LaPlante.However, Arelia soon discovers that Darkwood’s shiny and seemingly extravagant exterior holds secrets that may put her very soul at risk.In the intoxicating world of New Orleans voodoo/hoodoo, expect the unexpected.Come along for the ride!...

Title : Punished
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ISBN : 13511687
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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Punished Reviews

  • Hannah
    2018-11-13 19:44

    It had been awhile since I read the first book. Thankfully I remembered enough so I wasn't lost. It's nice that we are starting to learn more about what actually happened with Lucas and Louis. Unfortunately it will probably be awhile before we know everything and it gets taken care of.

  • Kim
    2018-12-07 15:49

    The good...I liked this book even more than I did the first, Bound. There was far more depth to the characters and the story was darker and richer for it. The spirits were even more involved in this story, and Arelia' s interactions with them really added to the book. The love triangle between Lucas and the two girls gave some good romantic conflict, too. I liked that Arelia, despite being a voodoo queen, was still a teenage girl with all the angst and ups and downs that go with teenhood. She wasn't made to be anything other than a normal girl who just happens to have extraordinary powers.When I read this, I was absorbed into the world of magic and mystery and Darkwood Plantation. It definitely as that Southern Gothic flair.The bad...Unfortunately, the editing errors continued with this book. That disappoints me more because I think Saito is a far better writer than the errors make her seem. Some of the supporting characters didn't seem to develop as much as the main characters and it was obvious at times. With a limited cast of characters that remain throughout the books, supporting or not, they appear often enough that they should have developed a little more, I think. The Dumptys got rather stagnant, and so did Sabrina.Diva notesMuch like the first, the cover art is ridicuously beautiful and totally supports the novel's storyline. I will most definitely be reading the next book, Possessed.

  • BookNerdKaley
    2018-11-16 20:55

    One word: AMAZING.

  • K. Bird Lincoln
    2018-11-23 17:47

    Arelia LaRue is still at Darkwood "working", still fighting with Ivan, and still attracted to mysterious, cursed Darkwood-owner Lucus.If you haven't read the first book, the instant plunge back into events might throw you off a bit.All the things I liked in the first book of the series are here, too; interesting Voodoo/Hoodoo spirits with tricky personalities, brooding angst from Lucus, and Arelia's spunk in navigating the tricky waters of magic in African/Hoodoo mythology. I enjoyed the focus on smells and delicious sounding cuisine (buttermilk drops and chocolate)However, the things that keep it at three stars are that the side characters of Aunt Mae, her rich friend Sabrina, Ivan (at least until the very end), and Mr. Dumpty were fun when they were first introduced, but since I found little development in this book, those side characters kept appearing and playing the same role over and over again.Mr. Dumpty said self-centered things and got drunk. Arelia encountered Ivan who grabbed her, said sarcastic and mean things, and Arelia told him off and called him creepy (until the very end but I can't talk about that without spoilerage). Sabrina became a caricature of a rich spoiled girl overly name-dropping designer names and lusting after Lucus completely clueless to her best friends' feelings or magic adventures. Henri was reduced to sad, puppy dog eyes constantly giving Arelia iced chocolate coffee.What kept my interest despite the sense of marking time were the little vignettes of Arelia encountering various Hoodoo spirits as well as the developments of her encountering alternate Lucus (although the insta love there was a bit too much for my taste) and finding out more about Louis.For an author of Saito's popularity/experience, I was surprised there wasn't a bit more attention to editing. Some typos and overuse of creative dialog tags sometimes tripped my annoyance wire. "His dark eyelashes casted long shadows on his smooth tanned skin and highlighted the sharp angles of his cheekbones." and exchanges like this:"I like rum," it answered."He only wants run," I advised."Arelia...""Fine, show yourself," I instructed.Despite my quibbles, I think Saito's series is worth your time and 2.99 for a light and entertaining read.This Book's Snack Rating: Still the same, sweet airy taste of store-bought beignets with a little bite at the end to peak your interest.

  • CharlotteBlack
    2018-11-29 12:29

    Its very rare that a second book of a series keeps me captivated as much as the first. Usually something gives in the wrong place or a character gets too cocky, but Punished held its own exactly as Bound did. Gorgeous writing, beautiful scenery, sumptuous food, shocking history and lots of wonderful romancing made this read highly enjoyable.This book starts exactly as the previous book ends. Bound ended with Lucas, the hot mysterious guy opening his bedroom door. Punished begins with what happens next, and I was utterly hooked. Again! I dove straight back into the story, and felt like the characters were all old friends and exactly as I'd left them.Punished is much darker than the first. The dark histories spiral outwards as Arelia understands her path as Voodoo Queen. She feels the confidence growing in her to call on the spirits, who are not all nice and friendly, and she acts without hesitation when they turn on her friends. Arelia as a character was still as great as I remembered and had room to grow in this book. She finally stands up to Sabrina, her jealous and selfish best friend though Sabrina surprises us in the end. Arelia also embraces her need for knowledge in regards to the lotions, oils, concoctions and tools needed to defeat the evil. Her feelings for Lucas grow immensely and while it should almost be a forbidden love, you can't help feeling finally glad that they've found each other.This is much more than just a Paranormal YA book. Saito helps us learn more about the cruelty of the slave trade. We get to understand how these poor people suffered in terrible conditions and share their emotions as if they are real people. We also get to finally understand about Lucas and his nemesis. And how can I forget the food. Once again my mouth constantly watered when I read about the divine dishes served, and I really wished I was there to try them out!The ending was a cliffhanger but in a good way. A culprit has been found, but what happens next...only book 3, Possessed, can tell us and it will be out soon!

  • Alexandra
    2018-12-04 16:54

    So many errors! I will proofread any of the author's future books for free! It was too much.It has been a while since I read the first book in the series and either I've changed or the main character is completely different now. I described Arelia as strong and smart in my review of the first book. And in this book I found her annoying and so stubborn she comes off as stupid and lacking common sense. I really did not like her and I couldn't connect with her.The use of the cliffhanger is a bit much. I kind of knew what was coming, so for it to happen at the very end and not reveal anything else was kind of annoying. The reader is forced to read the next book in the series to get any answers. I really don't like how the author ends her books and I'm not sure I'll be finishing this series.

  • amberj
    2018-11-20 19:58

    This book is so much better then the first book!! The characters have more depth to them and I'm not as annoyed by our leading gal :) this story is getting so good! Though these books aren't super wonderful they still have me coming back wanting more!! Im actually sad that I have to wait until may to read the next one!

  • Hydie
    2018-12-12 16:32

    Another great book. Although I really like this series so far I feel like its some what short. I would like of it were slightly longer. The characters are great, and lots of twists. I can't wait to see what the next book is going to bring. Wish it would come out ASAP!!!!

  • Sarah Holland
    2018-12-06 15:50

    Settled down to read a few chapters before i did my coursework... now finished punished in one night and cant wait for the next book. The coursework will have to wait :) loved it x

  • Samantha Morris
    2018-12-10 14:47

    Really love this series cant wait for book 3 :-)

  • Keren Hughes
    2018-11-22 13:40

    Firstly as always with me, cover appreciation. I do love a good cover. We all know I am picky. But this cover is definitely one of my favourites. I was lucky enough to do the cover reveal previously on my blog so I saw it before it was released. I opened the email with it attached and said to Kira "Oh my goodness, I love it". I thought the cover for BOUND was great and this is very in-keeping with that. I've never been a fan of the colour green and I suppose you could argue that this isn't exactly green.( But as I am a little colour-blind, it looks greenish to me.) Yet even though I have never been a fan, I find it really suits this book!When I read BOUND, I was left on tenterhooks waiting for PUNISHED to be released. So much so I kept nagging Kira about when it would be ready for my attention. I was very much relieved when this landed in my inbox. As some of you may know, I am friends with Kira. But if you think that makes me bias, you should think again. I made friends with Kira because I saw the cover for BOUND on Twitter and had to ask her about it. From that, I became the first person to review BOUND and we became fast friends. But that does not mean that I would be bias about PUNISHED. Quite simply, I always try to be impartial. There's nothing to be gained by falsely buoying an author or a friends ego. No point in telling them their book is fantastic, when in reality it's nothing special. So with that being said, I'll get on with my review. PUNISHED is the second book in the Arelia LaRue series. So we're back in New Orleans at the Darkwood Plantation. Back with a colourful cast of characters who can't fail to brighten anyone's day. Whether it's laughing at the antics of Mr Dumpty, rolling your eyes at 'label snob' Sabrina or really wishing Lucus would just get on and kiss Arelia already. This book will make you giggle, laugh and maybe even a guffaw or two depending on your sense of humour.I know a lot of people didn't really like Sabrina in BOUND and unfortunately for those people, I don't think you will feel any more love for her than you do already. To me, Sabrina is very misunderstood. Yes, on the surface she is a materialistic little madam. She likes Dolce & Gabbana this, Jimmy Choo that. But I don't really think she's as shallow as you think. In my opinion, if you scratch the surface, Sabrina hasn't really had it all. Her parents aren't there for her. They're constantly off in Morocco. So what's a girl to do when she's left to fend for herself? Well some of us might not but in Sabrina's case, she's made the most of her parents sending her money and she's bought herself things to try and find some semblance of comfort. I know that they say 'money can't buy you happiness'. But whilst that may well be true, money can help to alleviate stress in some small ways. It means not worrying about bills, it means you can buy yourself luxuries. Sabrina, to me, seems as though she buys herself expensive things to make up for the lack of parents or indeed other family in her life.So anyway, I digress. I don't really want this whole review to be me nagging you to like Sabrina. You like her or you don't. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is just mine. I personally couldn't be friends with someone who seems as shallow as she does. Yet, if I knew there was a good person underneath it all, I would be willing to give her a chance. So for all those of you who don't like her, I'm asking you to try and see it from another point of view. Just maybe give her a chance. Try to see beyond her exterior and look into her heart.As for the story itself, I don't want to spoil it too much by telling you what happens. This second book, pretty much like the first, ends on a cliffhanger and you are on tenterhooks waiting for the next book to come along. I don't yet know when the next one is due, Kira says it won't be long. But I know I am going to go insane without it. For some people, I know that it seems like these books are quite short and you think that they fly past. Well, this book is actually around 10,000 words more than BOUND and I personally think they seem a little short but not in a bad way. I'm not defending my friend here, I just honestly think that maybe they go by so fast because they are so fast-paced and easy to read. You sit down with a cup of tea and the next thing you know you are on the final page.I have to say, the ending really sprung up on me. I wasn't expecting it quite so soon. But I think that was because it was really getting going. We were really at the point I wanted to be at when all of a sudden THE END was staring me in the face. As I said, cliffhanger ending. But in having said that, it was the perfect ending too. That's because it sets the scene for the next book in the series.For me, these books have gone at a lightning pace but they are perfect in setting up for the next one and knowing it will be a longer series, that Kira isn't trying to pack too much 'Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am' into only a couple of books - that is just how I like it. I like to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next piece of the puzzle. Anyway, I think I digressed again but you get my point.PUNISHED is a great story. We see more of the background of Ivan, whom I was absolutely ready to punch in the face back in BOUND. Honestly now, having read this, he's not as bad as I once thought him to be. He isn't my favourite character (because I think Lucus is) and though he isn't actually any more likeable at the start, by the end of the book you are actually left thinking 'Okay he wasn't always such a [insert own expletive] after all'. We also see more of Arelia coming to terms with herself and her powers. She is getting to grips with being a 'Voodoo Queen'. She isn't quite there yet and she hasn't mastered her destiny but I like that about her. In some books we see the MC's come to terms with their varying 'powers' all too soon. But Arelia is naive and in some instances she is too trusting but in others she isn't trusting enough. She needs to learn to trust in herself implicitly before she can really trust others.That being said, she is growing as a character more and more each book and quite honestly she earned a place in my heart because I have never met another character like her.In my review of BOUND, I wrote "Being an avid reader of YA books, and having read Ruined by Paula Morris, Meridian by Amber Kizer and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, I feel the following sentiment to be the right way of expressing what lies in the pages of this book: You take a base layer of Paula Morris, add a pinch of Amber Kizer and a helping of Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, add them all together and you have the perfect recipe to make Bound by Kira Saito."Now I look at this sentiment and whilst it was certainly true at the time, I feel that Kira has developed her own style as an author and I love it. I love to read anything she has written. I find myself drawn in by the magic.. or should that be voodoo? I wonder if she placed a spell on me? *sniggers*Whilst I feel I could talk about this book and about Kira for a lot longer, I guess I better shut up now. I will get too 'spoilery' and then you'll all be mad at me.So I will end with thanks. Thank you to Kira for providing me an ARC of PUNISHED. Thank you for bringing Arelia, Lucus, Grand-mere Bea, Aunt Mae, Mr Dumpty, Sabrina and even Ivan into my life. I long to see them all develop as characters in their own right. I know it's Arelia's story but I like to hear more about the cast of characters that are involved in her life.Thank you for charming me with Lucus and tempting me for a moment with Tony. I like the way you write your men, even the bad ones.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-08 12:47

    Though Ariela annoyed me more in this episode, but just as addicting as the first. Can't wait to read book three

  • K.R. Reese
    2018-11-28 14:46

    The way this played out was surprising, considering everything that happened. But when she learned that Louis was bound in a human body, I knew it was Ivan from the way he acted and my suspicions were confirmed by the end. Going on to the next one...

  • Shayna Varadeaux
    2018-12-07 14:55

    I like that there's just a continuation at the beginning and cliff hangers at the end!Punished is book two in The Arelia La Rue Books. I absolutely love the spook factor in these books. It has a great balance and does catch me off guard. I get the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end with every installment of this Voodoo-esque series.Arelia is pretty much in over her head and the spirits are restless. The creepiness of the old plantation and what's going on there are epic. The book literally grabs you and sucks you into the plantation grounds, it's very well written and some parts are disturbing but I am addicted to the series for sure. She has been told she's a Voodoo Queen, though she doubted it in the beginning. But the eerie things that happen at the plantation, confirm what she hoped was just make believe. In New Orleans, Louisiana its not uncommon for these things. But on ancient plantations were torture and slavery was a way of life, misery hangs thick all around. Louis was a slave angry at the people who thought you could own another human being.He grew up there and he seemed to adapt to the way things were until it came down to the love of his young life.The death and curses fly and Arelia gets sucked into hundreds of years of old spiritual unrest. The plantation owner, Lucus, is as cursed as he is handsome. Arelia was working at the plantation in present day, taking care of the tourists staying at the plantation. Her and her best friend, Sabrina took the job together. Arelia communes with Gran Ibo a mother spirit to the voodoo queen and aids Arelia as much as she can.Arelia comes across some evil spirits more than once and sent chills racing down my spine often. Ivan is this sort of jerky guy who works there too and he gets possessed by Louis. You can feel the haunting qualities of this series come to life. I get the thriller/ chiller yet supernatural vibe from this book. You get transported by Kira Saito's graphic details into the plantation setting and it's surroundings. I could almost hear the low drolling tunes of the tortured souls. *shivers* I definitely recommend this series if like your hairs to stand on end and don't mind feeling like someone's watching you while you read in the dark.Books one and two are really good reads, though I'd leave a light on! I haven't read books 3 & 4 yet but I plan on it soon! On to book 3 ASAP!

  • Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
    2018-12-07 12:49

    After really liking Bound, I was really expecting to like Punished. Which I liked, but not as much as I thought I would.One thing I really love is the focus on voodoo/hoodoo, which is something I haven't come across. So it's pretty freaking awesome that a paranormal series set in New Orleans actually focuses on one of the things that come to mind when I think of New Orleans. I liked seeing Arelia work with more spirits, and how she got pulled in to the history of Darkwood. We see a bit of Lucas' life back in the 1800's, and we also meet Louis, a slave who was at the plantation before the curse trapped Lucas there.As it turns out, Louis is also trapped at Darkwood. But while Lucas is in his own body, Louis is in a different one. It was pretty obvious who it was pretty early in the book, and I just can't believe I didn't figure it out in Bound! I think Arelia feels sympathy for Louis after seeing what his life was like.Sabrina and Ivan got really tiresome in Punished, and I felt like they were just...there. Sabrina seemed even more shallow than she did in Bound, and Ivan...his character does make sense, but he's still the same guy he was in Bound.So, the thing that's sort of annoying about Punished is that...it just ends. It was something I noticed with Bound, and I'm a little disappointed that it continues with Punished. I'm really starting to feel like Saito is just randomly deciding where to end, and just going with that, because Punished ended kind of abruptly. I like the series enough that I'm willing to overlook it for now, but I'm hoping it doesn't continue.Final Thoughts: I liked Punished, and I think the whole idea of a curse and the voodoo/hoodoo and the setting of New Orleans is different from a lot of other paranormal ideas out there. Some of the characters are still the same characters they were in Bound- even ones who have more of a backstory- and I'm not liking how the books seem to randomly end. Punished gets 3 stars.

  • Christine Locke
    2018-12-09 20:49

    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. [A small spoiler here:] 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.

  • Sandra Pulliam
    2018-11-14 19:44

    This was okay. Not as good as the first I'm sorry to say but it did keep my attention and I did enjoy it enough to keep reading until the end. First off, when this book started I got confused! What the heck happened from the end of book one until the beginning of this book? I was the next summer correct? So an entire year went by and what? See this is where I got extremely frustrated. It seemed to just continue on from the last book but with this big gaping hole in the middle. Also, the characters needed a little more depth. I knew instantly what was up with Ivan or whatever his name was the minute she ran into him. Now there were positive aspects to the book. For instance when Arelia gets sent back in time. I was actually glued to my Nook and up late because I did not want to put it down! Now the talking bird was ridiculousness but I can look past it because I loved everything about when she went back. From her time in the slave shack, when she ran into Lewis, how her spirits were still with her and finally when she meets the swamp voodoo queen. Now that was good stuff! Finally, when it ends I really liked the cliff hanger too! I like how she repeated the promise. Made me smile and want to purchase the next book right away.So all and all it was okay. I'm going to purchase the next book and see how it goes. Hopefully the next one will be less confusing when it starts off.

  • Jagged
    2018-11-25 19:48

    Hmmmm...I read this kind of blind. I don't remember much from the first book and there was inadequate reflection done in this book to piece together a lot of what I was missing.But that didn't stop this book from being really predictable. I knew Louis' identity in the first book, so it pissed me off that it took as long as it did to get to that. Nothing in this book was surprising.Arelia did not act her age. And she surely didn't act like someone to be respected in any aspect of this book. She was whiny, ignorant, stupid, and hypocritical. She was told many times to be respectful to the loa, but she never was. In every encounter she had with them, she was rude, and refused to listen, even after asking for their help. I just found it completely unlikely that the spirits would waste their time with her. I also felt that she did not suffer from any of the karma she has wracked up.This book was very shallow. It was quite disturbing.So many errors in this book. There were a lot of words missing and commas in places they didn't belong, among other things.I may look into the next book because the plot isn't half bad. It's just the delivery is awful. But because these books are relatively short, it's easier to deal with I suppose.

  • Jasmine Crabtree
    2018-11-12 20:55

    This book really let me down. I enjoyed Bound to an extent. This book just seemed like a really strange filler book or something. It starts off confusing, and ends in an even more abrupt and confusing manner. I didn't know it was possible to hate the characters even more than I did in the first book, but I did. Aralia is a whiny brat with absolutely no respect for anybody. I wanted to slap her. She has no respect for the people trying to help her, she has no respect for the spirits, and no respect for herself. She's basically a total idiot. Lucas is perfect for her, because he's just as obnoxious. Sabrina is just a standard, personality deficient rich girl who apparently walks around like a cat in heat. She makes me feel bad to be a girl. The slave flashbacks thing was just unnecessary, we all figured out from the first book that blonde waiter guy was Louis. Why patronize us with stringing that along for hundreds of extra pages. The whole conflict between him and Aralia is ridiculous and unrealistic, and his hatred of Lucas is just as absurd. Basically, this book did nothing but irritate the poop out of me.

  • Rachel Dissell
    2018-12-12 19:50

    I noticed more editing errors in the second book than the first, but not enough to detract from the story, in my opinion. The book titles are apropos. They give a sense of the overall theme of each book, so far. We start to unravel the mystery that is Ivan. We are also introduced to some new minor characters who add to Arelia's back story. We get to meet some more loa (spirits). Other than that, there's not a whole lot to report about book 2. I don't feel like the story got very far, which was mildly disappointing. The story didn't digress, but perhaps plateaued a little?The author made the same attempt at an abrupt ending as she did in the first book. I'm not fond of such things. Thankfully, I started reading the series after 3 books were already out, otherwise, these endings would seriously irk me. I suspect I will be greeted by the same halt at the end of book 3. I am not looking forward to it. :/I will have to see where the story goes in book 3 to decide if I want to continue reading the series. I'm feeling a little lackluster about it at present, but hoping book 3 will change my mind.

  • Jenna
    2018-11-23 20:59

    I enjoyed book 2 of this series more than the first. Arelia was a little more grown up - don't get me wrong, there is plenty of teen angst and whining - but she seems to be putting aside some of her 'rich people are bad and must have perfect lives' mentality. She still jumps to conclusions and doesn't always think things through, but hopefully that will get better. The canary was one of my favorite characters since he actually said most of the things I was thinking about her whining.Some major pet peeves with this series - the misspelling and misplaced commas drove me nuts. And the endings on both this and the first book - they aren't really cliffhangers, but more like the chapter ended and you had to wait for the next book to pick up. I find that very frustrating as a reader.

  • S
    2018-11-23 12:30

    So, this earns an extra star because, despite there still being all the issues of the first book regarding the characters' personalities and predictability, some of the editing issues were worked out. Sadly, it loses that same star because someone needs to tell this author that you don't just spin a globe and move to wherever your finger lands. Nor do you randomly select a scene and end a book without tying up at least some of the loose ends. There is little doubt in my mind that the four (more?) books thus far could have been condensed into one, or perhaps two with room to spare.Still a very simple, no-brains-needed read, but also still entertaining enough. Plus I have a new favorite phrase because of this book: "seductively dribbling"I know I dribble hella seductively.

  • Heather Lynn
    2018-11-17 13:57

    Another easy read. I'm hooked on the characters and love that the story is unpredictable. At first I thought the story was just about Arelia gaining the knowledge of voodoo and possibly falling in love with the owner of the plantation. However, there are so many different twists within the mysteries that are being uncovered as Arelia attempts to save the people she cares about the most.I still can't categorize this completely as a Paranormal Romance. Though the main characters are falling for each other, the romance isn't the overall focus of the story and it's developing so slowly.Overall, I'm thinking about buying these books in print, adding it to my collection. It's really exciting to watch these characters change dramatically and react to the spirit world around them.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-22 12:39

    Well I couldn't wait to read this book so I would know what happened with the characters. It took me a full day to completely read this book and I almost threw my kindle when I was finished. There were huge typos, the main character's name was misspelled half way through the book, the book was delayed for release due to editing on the author's part, but alot of mistakes were not caught. I was so mad with how it ended. Bound had no closure, but Punished not only didn't have closure it left you mid-thought. I still like the characters and the storyline, however I am not sure that I could go on with this series if the endings don't improve.

  • Yovana
    2018-12-04 17:40

    First of all., I loved the cover, and I also liked how she just continued along with the series, instead of like recapping to much. Anyway, it was like the same with the first book. Same format and style which was ok. Overall I liked reading the book. In the back of my mind, I keep thinking its going to get good. Then it's like OMG, that bastard, why. It's like a love triangle when they won't give up emotionally but they keep thinking with their head instead of their heart. This must sound confusing but that's what I thought while reading. I won't give you spoilers but i would recomend this book if you like to read something other than vampires and werewolves.

  • Carlie
    2018-11-18 16:57

    Punished is the follow-up novel to Bound and is the second book in the Arelia LaRue Series!Down in New Orleans, Arelia Larue’s once ordinary life has quickly transformed into something truly extraordinary.As her ability to communicate and work with Les Mysteries (spirits) grows, so does her attraction for Darkwood’s secretive owner Lucus LaPlante.However, Arelia soon discovers that Darkwood’s shiny and seemingly extravagant exterior holds secrets that may put her very soul at risk.In the intoxicating world of New Orleans voodoo/hoodoo, expect the unexpected.

  • Melody
    2018-11-12 19:47

    I like the storyline of these books Love Lucas hate Sabrina shes just a shallow jerk honestly. Arelia is soo rude and violent!!! I found her very annoying as the story went on. She started to redeem herself towards the end and I found it great that Sammie actually started giving it back to her and was rude I found it comical. One other thing I found to be extremly annoying that In the back of everyone of these novels it says not a trilogy Really?!?! unless there is going to be 4 parts to this book pretty sure we are hitting the trilogy mark with this 3rd book just saying:)

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-02 18:52

    Ok, so I always knew who the "ghost" was, but that didn't even come within the realm of marring my utter enjoyment of this novel. Arelia grows not only a person, but reluctantly faces her blessing and her life...past and present. The characters are so well developed, it's hard to imagine that one can discover more about them, but you do. The spirits are horrifying, funny, and endearing, while being completely frustrating. It's no wonder poor Arelia is so damn confused! I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the next installment!

  • Karen
    2018-12-11 14:48

    This is the first time in a long time that I read a book in only 24 hours. Much like, "Bound", "Punished" takes you further down the worm hole of love, sacrifice and voodoo. Arelia's journey of self-discovery continues as her life becomes more complicated with her feelings for Lucas and her "love to hate" relationship with Ivan/Louis. Book 2 certainly didn't disappoint. Kira Saito has quickly become one of my favorite authors. If you haven't checked the Arelia LaRue series out yet, what are waiting for!!

  • Dana
    2018-11-11 15:57

    Loved it...We meet up with Arelia as she decides to help Lucas despite their earlier argument. However this time the stakes get higher. As Sabrina continues to obsess over Lucas, the obnoxious guest continue to annoy and Arelia learns more about the spirits and being a voodoo queen the intensify. Lucas opens up more to Arelia and she to him but something's not quite right. When Arelia gets attacked in an unusual way and the loa help her she must find find the courage to stand for herself, save the one she finally acknowledges loving and bind the one who is causing harm...