Bound by Blood and Sand

Written by Becky Allen

I tried multiple times to read this book, but just couldn’t do it. It was drawn-out and boring. The idea is that the servants must obey every order given to them, no matter how cruel or useless it is. Jae is a young servant who dreams of death as an escape, but when a prince named Elan arrives in the small town where she lives, she finds out a magical well exists. She has no desire to help Elan find the well since she believes he will only use the water and the magic it contains to continue life the way it is. Each time I read, this was as far as I was able to get. There is nothing inappropriate in the book and maybe other readers would enjoy it, but it did nothing to capture my attention or imagination.

Review by Amy Burgon Hill, Teacher, Eisenhower Junior High
Rating: ★★✩✩✩ (2 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 8+

Bound by Blood and Sand
Written by Becky Allen
Random House Children’s Books
311 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2016
An advance reader’s copy was provided by the publisher.

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