Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon : B&N : Goodreads
From Goodreads:

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.
 The first thing you will love about this book are the characters. Emma is an awesome, sarcastic character that I easily relate to. Her snide look at things in life is hilarious and I found myself laughing several times at her antics. Then she meets Brendan...and their meeting is pretty stereotypical of course, love at first sight. However, there is an interesting twist to this romance. Instead of the female bringing the issues into the relationship, it is the male. Brendan brings his family's past into them mix and it pretty much blows up from there. Angelique is the glue that holds this book together. Her distinctive style  and personality single-handedly keeps an excellent focus on what needs to be done. Then she uses her own methods of fixing it... Love it, I want to see more of her!
On top of this, school is absolutely miserable for everyone. Anthony and his little followers do not discriminate with who they torture, they simply do it to all. He is a good "evil, crazy" bad guy, but even after the final scene I feel like it all could have been umped up a lot more.The book keeps a steady pace of events and should keep your interest till the end. The grand finale was ok, but it could have been better. The interesting turn of events there had me confused at first. After a quick re-read I think it worked out the best it could have with all things considered. I would definitely recommend this book to others, it is completely worth it.

3 comments:

Gina @ My Precious said...

I read this book last year and the second book this year. Overall thought it was a decent series. Great review. Glad you enjoyed it.

Lisa Mandina said...

I love this series! Glad to hear you liked it as well!

Bookworm1858 said...

I really liked Angelique a lot-she is so cool! I thought the second book would be from her point of view (it is not; it focuses more on Brendan and Emma again) but she still plays a big role.

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