Monday, April 9, 2012

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (3/5 stars).

Title: Spellcaster (Spellbound #2)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date Published: 27 March 2012
Genre: Supernatural/Young Adult 
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Finding your eternal soulmate - easy. 

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much… 

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems.'s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close.... 

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in ├╝ber-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own."

Spellcaster starts off with Emma and Brendan still cloyingly into each other and at this point, with the curse broken, Emma thinks her biggest problems are girls telling her why she doesn't deserve Brendan, not sparing her details of things they had done with him and Brendan's icy mother. But on the day of their class field trip, Emma was attacked, someone set Brendan up so he couldn't save her and she began dreaming of Ethan again, her twin brother who has passed away, warning her like he did about the curse. 

A new book, a new turns out that Emma and Brendan's blood is rare and powerful, because they share true love, any spell a witch will cast after spilling their blood would be a success. I just wished that their love in their present life was developed more before they broke the curse in Spellbound, because in Spellcaster, there were issues that put tension in their relationship but as Emma realized, she will always forgive Brendan no matter what happened in his past and as Angelique has pointed out, no matter what Emma did, even deceiving him, Brendan would always forgive her because what they feel is true love and to me, it sounded like a fact that I have to accept, not something that I felt from their story. I didn't enjoy these relationship conflicts thrown at Emma and Brendan because it's too easy for them to forgive each other.

I liked that we get more magic and mystery in Spellcaster and the plot is more complex. There was a change in pov in the middle of the book but it was done smoothly and I liked Angelique's voice as well. I enjoyed SPELLCASTER more than I had Spellbound although it has a darker undertone to it and Emma can get caught up in her insecurities. A good book to get lost in! And again, why is the model on the cover blonde?!

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, interesting. I was sort of Meh about Spellbound, but maybe I should give Spellcaster a try! Love it when the sequels are better than the first!

    New follower, BTW!