Yoke Book I of The Bound Trilogy
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As far as Sophie Morgan is concerned, nothing sets her
apart from other people her age, except maybe her quick temper. But when a car
accident claims the life of her mother on Christmas night, Sophie comes face to
face with her angelic father and learns her existence is anything but ordinary.
As Sophie adjusts to her new life in California with her Aunt Celeste, she is
thrust into a world of music, angels, and unearthly vengeance. And she is not
alone; misunderstood classmate and local musician Joseph McCafferty is tortured
by his own demons. Sophie and Joseph begin a strained friendship that develops
into an unshakable, possibly forbidden love that marks the first step along a
pre-destined journey in which Sophie must choose between her love for Joseph, her
place in Heaven or Hell, and the fate of humanity.
Praise and Reviews
It is rare when an author manages to take a popular topic and twist it into something new, original, and fresh. E.M. Ragland has accomplished just this in the novel YOKE. It transcends YA literature. This allegory blends fiction and nonfiction into one, unforgettable story that will make you look at yourself and the world differently. It is beautifully and delicately written. The characters come alive in this novel of substance. I am anxiously looking forward to the next book in the Bound Series.
I was intrigued by the subject matter of YOKE as opposed to the books about vampires and werewolves that pack the shelves of book stores these days. YOKE opened up a whole new world of fascinating beings that I had never heard of before. There is a tremendous love story here and you can't help being terrified that the forces that conspire against them may prove too much to overcome. This is a battle between good and evil of the most epic proportions involving the most unlikely of heroes. It's a page turner that you won't be able to put down.
YOKE is a smart and gripping debut. If you like the TWILIGHT and FALLEN series, you will love this fast-paced read! I found myself obsessing about Ragland's modern re-telling of history, prophecy, and divination the way a teenager obsesses about a first love. The apocalyptic division among angels and men is compelling and well-researched, and the romance between Sophie and Joseph is natural and honest. The end of the world never felt so truly imminent. A must-read for women and teens!
Though originally from
New Jersey, E.M. Ragland currently resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. She
loves books of every genre, particularly young adult fiction, independent