Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Amulet Books
~Rating: 4/5 stars~
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.
It took me a little while to get into this, but once the plot started picking up, I was thoroughly engaged. Otherbound is a mixture of contemporary and fantasy, with incredible world building and diversity.
This book has two very diverse protagonists who have to deal with a lot of hardships in their lives. They are connected in some inconceivable way, which is very disruptive for their lives. They want nothing more but to be rid of this link. But when they try to do it, something goes wrong.
Nolan, suffers from seizures each time he blinks. But behind his eyes he holds the secret of another world, a world diagnosed by doctors as merely hallucinations. From the tender age of only five years old, Nolan was drawn into Amara’s world through his dreams, which now occurs when he closes his eyes. Amara is a servant who was torn away from her home to protect a cursed princess. She can heal her own injuries, making her valuable as long as she is able to serve her purpose. Even without Nolan, her life has always belonged to someone else. Amara communicates with the use of sign language, her tongue cut out by her owner has left her virtually mute. Two very distinct worlds, where one body is shared.
This book is engaging and fresh and I really liked it! I highly recommend it!
A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing speculative MG and YA novels. She enjoys brutal martial arts and gets her geek on whenever possible.
She also sleeps an inordinate amount.