Tethered is the latest novel to be checked off my to be read list, which never seems to stop growing. That is one of the things I love about reading, honestly. There is always a new adventure waiting for you when you pick up a book. 

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About Tethered 

What could be worse than an arranged marriage to a vampire prince? 

When Luna is sold into marriage to the Prince of Darkness on her twenty-first birthday, she thinks she knows what to expect. Arranged marriages happen all the time, right? Wrong. No one could have prepared her for the reality of being married to the vampire prince.

Ever since the day he was Made, Sebastian has been living according to Queen Marguerite’s rules. After all, he’s only alive because of her. When she orders him to marry and Bind himself to Luna, a human hailing from a neighboring kingdom, he has no choice. He agrees to the marriage but never expects to feel anything for her.

When their Binding Ceremony goes awry, and they are magically Tethered, everything is thrown into upheaval. Unable to leave each other’s presence, they must learn to live with each other. Or die.

Tethered is an arranged marriage high fantasy romance and is filled with forced proximity, magical bindings, vampires, and world-building. 

Tethered takes place in the same world as Of Earth and Flame. It can be enjoyed on its own or alongside The Ithenmyr Chronicles.

Thoughts on Tethered 

I had never heard of Elayna Gallea before this, nor do I typically read young adult or fantasy novels. But I really wanted to branch out and try something completely different. I have a tendency to stick to the same basic types of novels most of the time. Don’t we all? So trying something totally different is always a goal for me, because I’ve found some great novels when I push myself like that. 

This book was House of the Dragon meets Twilight. That was the initial vibe I picked up. Arranged marriage, to bring peace to the country and an alliance from the marriage. The marriage is to a vampire, not another human. 

I must admit that I was surprised that this story sucked me in and it was easy to read. There is always a healthy level of skepticism when I’m not completely sure what I’m about to get myself into. 

Tethered was all about character development because it is the first in the series. But I can easily see this becoming a much bigger series than just two books, and I honestly hope that it does. Because I want to read it! I loved getting to know the characters, and they were completely believable in their emotions and thoughts. It all made sense, and it made me want to see them succeed together and really fall in love, not just be stuck with each other. 

The romance aspect of the series is completely “clean” and is more merely suggestions that leave things up to your own imagination. Which is fine with me. I found the romance aspect to simply be adorable. Two strangers learn to trust each other as they get to know each other in circumstances beyond their control, yet are drawn to each other at the same time. It was written in a way that actually felt completely organic and believable. 

Tethered had a really good pace to it, that kept me wanting to read it. I found myself halfway through it before I realized it. It just sucked me in and kept me reading all the way though, and I always appreciate when that happens. I like getting completely lost in a story and other world where I forget everything going on around me. 

Carl the Sloth wanted to read Tethered right along with me!

Final Thoughts on Tethered 

Elayna Gallea has a second book in this series coming out in January, called “Tormented” and I am absolutely looking forward to reading it to find out where this series goes. 

Tethered was a total chance reading for me, given this isn’t my usual style or genre. But I’m seriously glad that I gave it a chance because I wasn’t disappointed. I’m just going to now impatiently wait for book number two in the series to be released so I can find out what happens next. 

If you’re on the fence about this book because it isn’t your style, I would definitely recommend that you branch outside of your comfort zone and give it a try. I ended up loving it and that was such a pleasant surprise for me. Now I’m annoyed that I don’t read outside my comfort zone nearly often enough. 


Have you read Tethered or any other writing from author Elayna R. Gallea? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

Tethered author Elayna R. Gallea

Elayna R. Gallea is an author of young adult dystopian novels and new adult fantasy romance novels. She lives in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada with her husband and two kids. She is an avid true-crime lover, and in her spare time, she eats copious amounts of chocolate and cheese. If Elayna isn’t reading and writing, she can probably be found watching The Food Network. Elayna and her husband have dogs and cats and enjoy touring their beautiful province whenever they can.  

Tethered author Elayna R. Gallea

Purchasing Tethered 

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