Monday, January 30, 2012

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Spellbound Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound, #1
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Release: June 21, 2011
Hardcover: 342 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: NetGalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Shannon's Thoughts:
What can I say?  I probably shouldn't have liked this one as much as I did given the plot elements: star crossed lovers, curses, and witches.  I generally don't like that kind of thing.  But I was really amused by this book.  And I really chalk it up to the main character, Emma Connor.

Emma had a tough couple of years.  She lost her twin brother to meningitis, then her mother a year later, leaving her with an abusive alcoholic step father who almost kills her in a car accident.  So she flees to her aunt's house in the Upper East Side of New York.  She starts attending a fancy private school and tries to fit in.  She meets Brendan Salinger and is instantly drawn to him.  Turns out there is an old curse that keeps Emma and Brendan locked in an eternal cycle of meeting, loving and losing each other. 

The plot wasn't really anything special and had a typical YA romance.  And considering it is billed as paranormal, it wasn't very heavy on the paranormal either.  Its like Paranormal Romance Lite.  But I think this actually works in the book's favor.  It allows a lot of the attention to be on Emma instead of the paranormal elements.  And that is what makes this a 4 star book for me.  Emma is a lot of fun. She's spunky.  She's witty.  She has a great self-depreciating humor, especially about the situation she finds herself in.  She can be a bit awkward and unsure of herself, but she is not afraid to speak her mind either.  Also, the teen angst is kept to a minimum, thank god.

Brendan and Emma spend a lot of time worrying about the curse.  I found those sections to drag a bit, especially when retelling how the curse came into existence.  There were a lot of elements added to the story and sometimes the plot seemed a little overstuffed.  I sometimes wondered where all of it was leading.  But the ending was exciting and it kept me entertained the whole time.

All in all, this was a nice frothy bit of fun.  I was a little sad to see Emma go I must admit.  I had originally thought this was a standalone book but it looks like there is a second book coming out in March.  I will be happy to revisit Emma!

1 comment :

  1. I'm really excited to read this one. I just picked it up from the library. It sounds pretty good. I found it actually because I saw the second book and it sounded interesting. Glad to hear you liked it. From reading your review I think I will enjoy it and I think I should read it soon!

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