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Title: Otherbound
Author: Corrine Duyvis
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: 17 June 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

REVIEW BY HONOR – YEAR 8

Otherbound is a fantasy novel set in modern day America alongside a medieval fantasy land.

Nolan has been haunted by Amara all his life, diagnosed with a rare form of extreme hallucinations, when he closes his eyes he does not see the backs of his eyelids, instead he sees out of Amara’s eyes. Amara is a slave protecting a cursed runaway princess in the medieval land. When Nolan starts gaining control over these visions, his life and the lives of the people around him are threatened and he must do everything to protect them.

I was doubtful at first as to whether I would enjoy this book. It isn’t the type of book I would usually read. I entered the story with skepticism but, as I got further into the book the more engrossing and exciting it became.

Cilla is a runaway princess with a curse that threatens not only her life but Amara’s as well. She has never had the freedom to live her life as she would have liked, instead being treated like a delicate baby, however much she wishes otherwise. She is a quiet but likeable character and always tries to think of others before herself, even though it isn’t always possible to do so.

Duyvis has the clever ability to slip between worlds and make them slot together seamlessly. However, the book can get quite confusing and at times it can be difficult to understand.

Otherbound gives enough background information to understand the story. As the plot progresses further questions arise that require answers maintaining the tension within the narrative.

Otherbound features some swearing and is probably not appropriate for younger readers, it’s age group being more teens who enjoy a fantasy themed books.

I enjoyed Otherbound, it was gripping and exciting and would definitely read a book by this author again.