Emma is a lot like other Young Adult female protagonist, crushing hard on the popular boy, feeling insecure about herself thinking she doesn't deserve him because she's not that pretty, she doesn't have designer clothes/money, and she's the social outcast, and it might come as a surprise but, I find her voice and character likable! She doesn't come off as whiny and despondent, despite the fact that a lot of bad things had happened to her and I like that she appreciates all that her aunt Christine has done for her.
I thought that Spellbound was a two stars light read, there are a lot of elements to it that are trite and overused - heroine has to go to a new school in a new town (like in: The Secret Circle/Fallen/Hush Hush), she gets the ire of the most popular girl in school/the mean girl, for liking the hottest boy in school (like in: Mara Dyer/Unearthly/Fine Art of Truth or Dare) has a gay best friend (like in: Mara Dyer/Illuminate/Fine Art of Truth or Dare), crushes on the brooding boy who she thinks she connected with one moment then ignores her the next (Twilight/ Mara Dyer/Fallen) and of course the climax has to happen during prom/dance! But! I still enjoyed reading Spellbound, loved the tragic story of Aglaeon and Gloriana (Brendan and Emma's first past life), and would recommend this to those who love magic, mystery, and reincarnation romances!
Watch out for my review of Spellcaster, the sequel to this book on Monday!
p.s. I keep wondering why the model on the cover blonde?? Emma has only been blonde in one past life (the one who was in love with Brendan's great grandfather) *sigh*.