I wrote Honor Bound for a variety of reasons but I never intended it to be a life lesson book so her review completely blew my mind. Here it is: I was actually crying by the end because I was a gifted and talented student and I know exactly the feelings she's referring to. The fact that she says she wishes she had this book when she was younger really touched me. Thank you so much for this review!
I highly recommend this book, July 25, 2014
This review is from: Honor Bound - Awakenings and Sacrifices: Book One and Two Together in One Volume (Kindle Edition)
I highly recommend this book, especially for preteens and teens.
I was initially drawn to Honor Bound because of my background as a teacher of gifted students. I've found that these students are often interested in stories of individuals with special abilities. The Honor Bound series features a group of teens and young adults who have exceptional powers, such as telepathy, ability to alter matter, ability to influence the emotions of others, super speed, etc. The series opens with the kidnapping of a special ability teenage girl and her brother, who are quickly rescued by a small team of teens with other powers. When the siblings are reunited with their father, the interaction between the family members is very sensitively written. The father attempts to cope with new knowledge of his daughter's ability, and she is frightened that he won't accept her. This is written in such a way that I think it will speak to any preteen who feels him/herself to be somehow "different." The daughter worries that she will be rejected by friends, family, and the whole world. This is something that a lot of young people struggle with, especially if they have some quality that sets them apart from their peers (such as being gifted). The author offers a genuinely supportive and loving parent, and if you are having trouble talking to your preteen or teen about being "different," this book would provide a great opening to do so.
I grew up with my parents reading books to me, and later, with me. This is a book that I wish had been around when I was coming through middle school, as I think it contains some great values and lessons that would have been helpful to me, and may have provided my parents with an opportunity to talk to me about how to deal with feeling different. I do recommend reading this book WITH your preteen, since it does contain a couple of curse words (literally, I counted two). Also a great talking point, as the curse words occur during a highly charged, high adrenaline scene. I would absolutely add this book to my library for gifted students, and students who experience Asperger's syndrome.
Honestly, this book has something for everyone. The young people in the series are exactly the kind of role models that developing minds need; they are true heroes, and truly bound by honor. One of the characters has anger control issues, and the author again writes sensitively, providing some great strategies for reigning in powerful emotions. Another character, Cesco, who has the gift of super speed, is incredibly likable and well-grounded, and I think all guys will relate to him. The book also contains an element that will appeal to girls, fashion! It really isn't heavy on that aspect, though, and guys will appreciate the quick-paced action scenes and the sleekness of Kat's descriptions.
The book is a fun read, with lots of action and espionage, and some wonderfully subtle life lessons. There are a few missing periods and whatnot early on, but I've found that is to be expected with ebooks (I found five errors in Donna Tart's Goldfinch!), and the excellent vocabulary more than makes up for it. Likable characters, strong values, and a great storyline make this series very worthy of a download!