Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound #2
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release: March 27, 2012
Hardcover: 382 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Netgalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own. (Summery courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Emma and Co. are back for a second outing in Spellcaster.  She and Brendan are enjoying their relationship while she is learning to control her witchy powers.  That is, until another threat surfaces and they find themselves in peril again.

I feel Spellcaster is stronger than the first installment.  I adore Emma.  She is funny and witty.  She is a fun narrator with a great self-deprecating sense of humor.  And I enjoyed her interactions with Brendan and her friends. Once you get past the numerous descriptions of how hot Brendan is (did I mention he's hot?), his emerald eyes (they are sooooo green!) and how they are soul mates (for like, eternity!), their relationship is pretty adorable.  I also like that you learn a lot more about Brendan's past, which gives his character much more depth. 

The rest of the story is just fine. It is exciting, but sometimes feels a little forced.  There are parts that don't quite make sense to me and a couple points in the narrative split from Emma to her friend Angelique.  I found it kind of odd because it only happens twice.  I know the author is trying to give us a different perspective, but I think Angelique is a strange choice.  I will say that without Emma's narrative, I probably would not have enjoyed Spellcaster as much.  Emma really is the heart and center of what I enjoy so much about this series.

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