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Review: ‘Spellbound’ by Cara Lynn Shultz

Review: ‘Spellbound’ by Cara Lynn ShultzSpellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 21st, 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 341
Format: Paperback
Source: borrowed from the library
four-stars
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.

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review

Emma moves to the Big Apple to live with her aunt after escaping an abusive home with her stepfather. Her first day at private school has her getting hit on by a douchy blonde Adonis. Then she gets rescued from the vile clutches of a mean girl by a a brooding quiet boy named Brendan. From that point on her life will never be the same again.

I always have this issue with books where love at first sight is so apparent that I have to cross my eyes and snicker. But this wasn’t the case with Spellbound. The reincarnation story line was so very interesting and I would think its quite romantic they’re soulmates and that’s what makes them feel like they know each other already. That being said I really wish the author moved the tale in the begging so the reader would know something was up. It gave the story more depth. I definitely enjoyed their little romance and how Emma realized she’s no ordinary teenage girl.

When the author writes the past stories from the spellbook, I thought they were so interesting and fun to read that I just loved the book because of that. Now if there was a prequel with the previous characters, then I’d definitely gobble that one up as well. Great job Cara! Love it!


quotes

My first day and I attract the attention of the biggest manwhore I’ve ever met. (19)
Why is it always when someone is wronged, they’re suddenly more interesting? (116)
High school girls are demons, seriously. (241)

rating

4/5

four-stars

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