by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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 Conner, 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.
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Review by Me!
4 Squees/5 Squees
I was really drawn in by the synopsis of this one. It just sounded so darn interesting. I had to read it and find out what is was all about.
I have to say I really loved the premise of the book and the execution wasn’t bad. There were a few times when I was a little bored and even felt a little distracted while reading this one, but all in all it was a good read.
I really liked Emma, she fit in with my love of female leads with dark pasts that make them strong women. I feel like a lot of authors lately have been creating these really strong female leads and this makes me so happy. Emma was haunted, but resilient still. She learned from her past and was able to stand up for herself because of it. I really loved the fact that her struggles were so real and made her vulnerable.
Then there was Brendan. He was my favorite kind of leading guy, dark, mysterious and somewhat dangerous. I had a lot of moments where I wanted to hug, hit and kiss him all at once. The battling emotions I felt toward him kept me reading on. I knew that something good had to be coming for him and Emma.
There was some characters I could have lived without. Jenn for instance irritated me. She pops up randomly here and there and every time I was like why? I didn’t find her necessary to the plot and really would have been fine without here. I felt the similar about Cisco. If he had a more prominent role in the storyline, then I would have loved his character. He was a lovable role, but he was so inconsistent that I didn’t really need him around.
Moving on. I really enjoyed the plot of this one. There was some neat historical-esque stuff that was incredibly interesting and I think made the book so great. I loved the ideas and the premise of the whole thing. I can’t really indulge to much, without giving it all away, but it made for an interesting plot line.
The part that made no sense to me was the witchcraft. It didn’t really fit with the storyline and I think it would have been a better book if it was spun a different way. I didn’t feel like it made any sense with the historical stuff and it could have been left out and not made any difference.
All in all, I think this one is worth the read for lovers of YA paranormal books. You’ll find Spellbound as interesting as I did and you’ll love the overall plot and outcome. I’m curious to see what this author has coming in the future.