Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 324
Series: 1st in a series
Acquisition: NetGalley

Summary:
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else. (from Goodreads)

My thoughts:
While at times I felt that the story was a little drawn out, overall I enjoyed Spellbound. Suspenseful and engaging with a cast of characters I found easy to like, I didn't love every aspect of the story but it was a enjoyable read.

Emma is s strong character that stand up for herself and the people she cares about. She's a very real character. She's scared and self conscience but she also knows what she wants and isn't afraid to fight for it. Her swooning over Brendan was a little over the top at times but her feelings for him did seem genuine.

The background mystery of Spellbound was a little far fetched. Soul mates and ancient curses and natural born witches. At times it was a little hokey but again, overall it kind of worked for the story.

A few 'what were you thinking' moments, a few unrealistic social settings and a lot really sweet moments. Emma and her family, Emma and Brendan - there were more then a few sappy scenes but I really liked them all!

Final verdict:
A paranormal tale with heart. Nothing too over dramatic and very enjoyable to read, Spellbound has a few very important things going for it. Realistic characters that I felt connected to coupled with a storyline I couldn't help but be drawn into. AND as a bonus, NO love triangles!

I really feel like Spellbound would be perfect as a standalone. Meaning, I'm not sure I'll read book 2. While I like this world, I wasn't completely draw into it. We'll see though!

Overall Rating:
3.5 / 5 Stars

Books in the Series:
#1 Spellbound
#2 Spellcaster (March 2012)

Linkage Love:
Author's website
Goodreads
IndieBound

1 comment:

  1. I actively avoid paranormal romances but somehow this book won me over. I agree that it seemed like a standalone so I originally thought the sequel would focus on that friend of Emma's rather than the original couple. I'm going to give it a try for the end of the month and hope I enjoy it.

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