Book Review: Punished

Punished CoverBook: Punished by Kira Saito

Self-Published by Kira Saito in March 2012|Pages: 223

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Arelia LaRue #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Kira Saito’s Blog

Summary: 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.

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.  I did like his story, though.

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.

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