Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (2/5 stars)

Title: Spellbound (Spellbound #1)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Date Published: 21 June 2011
Genre: Supernatural/Young Adult
Paperback: 324 pages
Rating: 2/5 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.

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*.


  1. Hi there :) just popping in...

    I agree it does sound like an over-used and somewhat stale storyline.

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  2. This was a wonderful review,I was interested in this until your notes, I may still read even though it is an overused story line.
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    1. There are a lot of tropes but it's still a fun read! :)

      Aw thank you so much for the award! I'll do my best to pass it on the soonest! <3